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March 04, 2009

Paris Fashion Week Begins with a Dose of Hot Chocolate

Paris Angelina's dessert

Condé Nast Traveler Style Director Mark Connolly has just arrived in Paris following a weeklong stint covering Milan's fashion week. Judging from his report, below, traveling makes Mark very hungry. 

by Mark Connolly

Well, I'm finally in Paris! The fashion shows don't start until tonight, so I have a bit of down time. Am staying--as always--at the Hotel Meurice on rue de Rivoli (great location, amazing service), which is a short walk away from one of my favorite stores, W.H. Smith. It's an incredibly well-stocked British bookstore where I load up on all of the hottest European fashion magazines. Then I take them and myself a short walk down to Angelina's on rue de Rivoli for my favorite pig-out lunch, the Angelina salad. Foie gras, avocado, artichoke hearts, and a hard-boiled egg. I defy you to finish one. This is then followed by the holiest of holies of a dessert, which they are famous for at Angelina's, the Mont Blanc. Chestnut puree filled with whipped cream! Some brave souls actually have this with Angelina's super-rich hot chocolate (which is just melted chocolate, I swear). Definitely not a size zero now. I'm sensing the beginnings of a food obsession during this week. Watch this space . . .

Paris Angelina's front
The entrance

Paris Angelina's salad
The salad

Angelina's scene
The scene


Mark, I'm so jealous! I ate at Angelina while in Paris last April. It was heavenly. But be careful, even though French women don't get fat, no one said anything about the men.

For any of your Mont Blanc Fanatics who do not have the patience to wait in the Sunday afternoon lines at Angelina's......we have just discovered that Brassarie Lipp on the Left Bank has a supply....Hot off the Angelina Assembly Line!!!

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