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It’s all about the bubble, welcome to Chatime Paris!

30 Apr

Chatime ParisWelcome to Chatime Paris!

The famous Taiwanese brand just arrived in Paris and opens its first bubble tea bar in the capital end of April.
I was lucky to meet with the Parisian and Taiwanese team who explained me the mystery of the bubble tea.
First, the tea is important.
Choose from green tea, roasted tea, oolong, jasmin green tea or genmaisha.
Be aware that all teas are infused in house and closely monitored to stay fresh (a tea conserved too long will become bitter).
Then select between juice or powder.
And be sure to  adjust the
  • sugar level (100%, 80%, 50%, 30% or no sugars)
  • And the ice quantity
Chatime ParisAnd definitively, don’t forget to add  the toppings
  • The boba or the tapioca pearls
  • The jelly (coconut, mixed, aloe vera  or grass)
  • Or the pudding 
Then be patient, get the famous purple straw from Chatime and you are ready to go!Chatime Paris
My best addresses around the world are the following
In Melbourne, Australia 
In New York, USA 
In Miami, USA 
In London, UK
And now Paris, France
Thanks to Mark, Aldon and  Chatime Paris for their help shooting and writing this review.
More infos 

Ever tried Tiger nuts?

3 Nov

Homemade HorchataHave you ever tried Horchata drink ? I haven’t !
Until I took a short trip in Valencia (Spain), where I found an Horchata kit in El Corto Ingles supermarket.
I didn’t  really know what it was but the bottle was cute and it said on the sticker that it was an authentic drink from Valencia!
Super excited, I brought it home and made my first Horchata (1 portion of concentrated Horchata for 4 portions of very cold water).
And it was a revelation! I love it!

Horachata kit Horchata kit Horchata from Valencia

Not only does it taste great (kind of nutty) but it is also a healthy drink.
Check this out:
It is a plain and simple drink with no preservative nor coloring, it is non dairy and gluten free.
Horchata keeps blood cholesterol under control, it’s a source of fibers, proteins, magnesium, zinc and vitamins B1 C and E.
It also helps with the digestion.

But now that I’m back in Paris, there’s no Horchata around (there’s the brand Chufi but it’s dairy …) so after looking everywhere desperately, I found a Spanish online grocery store selling the famous tiger nuts that are used to make Horchata.

I decided to try making my own Horchata.
I bought a hand mixer, a strainer and I’m now ready to tackle the Horchata like a real Valencia girl … that I’m not!
I received my tiger nuts (through the mail), I just need to add water and sugar.
The proportions are the following
. 250gr chufa (tiger nuts)
. 125gr sugar (I make it light with only 25gr)
. 1L water

Socking the nuts add water Photo 1-11-2014 5 55 03 pm

I’m trying to pay attention to what I eat so I reduce the sugar in my alimentation.
I cut the amount of sugar drastically in the recipe (and it was way too sweet anyways).
. Phase 1, let’s soak the nuts in water, when it is soft, rinse them and put them in a bowl.
. Phase 2, pour the 250ml of water in and use the blender. The mix turns white right away.
. Phase 3, add 750ml of water and blend.
. Phase 4, use the strainer to reject the paste of the nuts to only keep the liquid.
. Phase 5, add the 750ml of water, sugar, stir and here you go, fresh Horchata home made!

More infos
. Follow @balensya
. Official website balensya.es
. Like their page fb.com/balensya

PS: Nutrition facts
. 400kcal per 100g, 4.15% Proteins, 26.54% Starch, 21.23% Glucose, 24.13% Fibre, 4.77% Water
. MINERALS: Magnesium 1070mg/Kg, Sodium 206mg/Kg, Potasium 7100mg/Kg, Phosphorus 2557mg/Kg, Calcium 179mg/Kg

The breakfast of champions!!

29 Sep

Chia PodRecently I discovered the chia seeds at the US Open in New York City where an Australian company was giving away for free chia desserts during the 2 weeks of the tournament (thank you ChiaCorp!).
There were many flavors and I tried them all (banana, vanilla, strawberry,…).
Its consistence was weird (kind of slimy) at first and not very sweet (which I liked, my friend missed the sugar).
I loved it and became a regular at the Chia Corp booth.
I wanted to know more about this little black seed.
Digging a bit, I discovered that the Chia Pod were gluten free (quite fancy right now), dairy free and vegan.
Digging a bit further, I learned that it was a seed that the Aztecs used to eat often for it’s long lasting energy it provides.
So what composes the seed to qualify it of the label “superfood“?
The chia is a great source of
. omega-3 fatty acids,
. high quality proteins,
. natural antioxidants
. and dietetic fibre (good for a healthy digestive system),
. as well as Omega-6 and Omega-9 fatty acids.

The chia seeds have the property to absorb liquids and grow to become a slimy texture stuffed with liquids.

Back home in France, I didn’t find the Chia pods so I decided to buy the seeds and to make my very own chia pudding!

The recipe is super super easy, even for me.

Soy milk, chia seeds and that's it!

Soy milk, chia seeds and that’s it!

Chia seeds first

Chia seeds first

add the milk and stir

add the milk and stir

. Drown one portion of chia seeds with 4 portions of liquid (I use almond milk or nut milk, my brother coconut water)
. and go watch an episode of House Hunters international,
. after 20 minutes, stir,Chia seeds
. watch another episode and 20 minutes later stir again,
. Let it rest for the night in the fridge and voila!

The Next morning, you got yourself your breakfast ready to eat!
I add honey, some nuts, kinako powder or cranberries but plain is great too!

It fills me easily until the next meal, and you have usually left overs for the next couple of days.
I even take it at the office when I don’t have the time to eat a proper lunch (as you know I’m not into sandwiches).

Chocolate sprinkles on Chia pudding

Chocolate sprinkles on Chia pudding

 

More infos
. Chia Corp official website
. Follow Chia Corp
. TheChiaCo on Instagram
. Spork on the walk

Do you Nobu in a box ?

8 Oct

imageNobu is one of my favourite restaurant.
I already experienced Nobu in Melbourne, NY (on 57th), London and Dubai.
Yes! I am into japanese food big time, I eat japanese food at least once a day, 5 days a week.
My favourite food is the original japanese food, cooked and raw, I love it.
At home, I stick to cooked food as I don’t know
. Where to find good fish
. How to chose the best fish
. And how to cut it properly
… at the end of the day a sushi master is someone who masters the art of sushi (from cooking the rice to slicing the right way the best fishes), I am not a sushi master but a sushi eater!

Thank god, Nobu saved the day and invented the “The Nobu Hand Roll Box“!
It’s like building an Ikea shelve but with fishes and rice: sushis and maki in the kit!

With the help of their best sushis masters, Nobu filled the box with
The basics for your sushis
. Sushi rice
. Nori to wrap your sushi
. Wasabi
. Ginger
. Scallion
. Sesame
. Creamy spicy sauce
. Salmon egg
. Soy sauce

And of course the best fishes nicely sliced and sorted
. Tuna
. Yellowtail
. Salmon
. Avocado
. Shrimp
. Asparagus
. King crab
. And tamago

Then, you become the sushi chef and it’s up to you to work your magic to create the rolls! Nobu gives you all the instruction (link provided) and if you need help a Nobu sushi expert will be there to guide your first steps (at an additional cost).
The box will feed up to 12 sushi-lovers.
It can’t be easier, fun and good to make sushis at home!

More information
. The box is priced 550US$ and is available at most Nobu locations in the US.
. Call Nobu restaurant New York Special Events at 212 757 3063 to order the box
. Visit Nobu restaurants official website
. And don’t forget to follow @NobuFiftySeven1 @NobuLosAngeles @NobuNewYork1

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