Ah, love is in the air…not just because it is February, but also because some of our favorite people at Le Bon Garçon will celebrate their birthdays this month. (hint, hint look for a special promo code coming soon to honor this.) We thought this was a fitting time to reflect with Justin Chao, Le Bon Garçon’s master chef. Justin went to culinary school in Paris at Bellouet Conseil and then practiced his culinary craft at Le Meurice.
Here is what a lover of food, life and sweet indulgent desserts learned about love in France.
10. It is always Time for Romance! Romance is art and nature and taking time to enjoy the little things. One trip to the Musée de la Vie Romantique (Yes, that translates to MUSEUM OF ROMANTICS) in Paris is all you need to set your clock to Amour.
9. Those that Prepare Meals Together Stay Together. Even if you can’t shop in a charming open market like Marché des Enfants Rouge, shopping with the one you love as you prep for a meal you will later share is incredibly romantic.
8. Take Me Church. In many ways, love is like connecting to a higher power. Maybe that is why visiting a magnificent church like La Madeleine, a cathedral built to look like a Greek Temple, brings the spirit of love to you. Attending a wedding at a church? Even better.
7. Get Fruity! There is no such thing as being a tart that is too fruity when it comes to inspiring playful love. Gerard Mulot’s fruit tarts in Paris will convince you of this--if you are unsure.
6. Get Down and Dirty! Some of the most romantic “in-the-moment times” happen after discovering a quaint, little hole-in-the-wall restaurant. Sharing a pizza made for two in a place like Pizza Momo on Rue de Rivoli is what it is all about. We could go there every day and it would never get old.
5. Be Mysterious. Role play. Try something new. Pretend to be a secret spy as you sip tea and people-watch in a tucked-away place like la Mosquée de Paris.
4. Take A Day Trip. Go somewhere you have never been and experience it through the eyes of your lover or someone you love. Did you know you could visit the gardens that inspired many of Monet’s painting? See Giverny, just a daytrip from Paris.
3. Put a “Le” in it. Pick your favorite most romantic things to say and learn how to say them in French. For practice, find the best French restaurant in your town, and ask the waiter to help you with your French. Hint: if it has “Le” in the title is it probably going to be romantic as well. Our inspiration- Le Petit Marché in the Marais.
2. Use Something Sweet To Get You in the Mood. Second only to our love for caramel, is chocolate: not just any chocolate, but Jean Charles Rochoux’s chocolates. This tiny chocolate shop tucked away in St. Germain, makes the sexiest and smoothest ganache on the planet.
1. Play and Flirt with Your Food. Food is about sensory experience. Feed someone, and alternate between small and big, sweet and savory bites. Blindfolded? Even better. We take our cue from Christophe Michalak, the executive pastry chef from Plaza Athénée who also happens to be deliciously handsome.