Saturday, July 23, 2011

Paris Breakfasts

Today as a duel purpose Paris in July and Weekend Cooking post, I want to spotlight a blog that I have been reading for a long time now, one of only a few non book related blogs that I read regularly.

Here's a bit about Paris Breakfasts:

Paris breakfasts was started in 2006 to share a stack of cafe watercolors sitting on a shelf. Your comments inspire new Paris dreams. Every post is an 'amuse bouche', a little bite of quotidiene Parisien life to savor with your coffee and encourage you to return. I make my own paints to match any macaron or pastry you desire. I paint Paris dreams...

So the name probably gives away why I want to post about this blog for Paris in July, but maybe not so clear for a Weekend Cooking post?

Not only do Carol Gillott's posts make me want to return to Paris, but they quite often make me want to eat delicious food, especially cakes and macarons. Up until a few weeks ago, I had never even tried a macaron, but I knew I wanted to try one, based purely on the images that are shown at Paris Breaksfasts. So far, I have tried a vanilla, a chocolate one and a blackberry one (which was my favourite). Quite often, Carol matches the photos she has taken with beautiful paintings that she has done herself. So talented, and her blog is so gorgeous as well! I can, and do, spend ages going through her archives. It's not all food, and it's not 100% Paris, but it is most of the time!

Here are just a few glimpses of her work (all images link back to their original posts), many of which are available to purchase:

Jar O' Macarons, watercolor, 9" x 11"

Laduree Religieuse Violette, watercolor, 9" x 11"
All images used with permission of Carol Gillott.

Don't they make you hungry just looking at them?

Weekend Cooking is hosted by Beth Fish Reads and is open to anyone who has any kind of food-related post to share: Book (novel, nonfiction) reviews, cookbook reviews, movie reviews, recipes, random thoughts, gadgets, fabulous quotations, photographs.

Paris in July is a month long event hosted by Karen from Book Bath and Tamara from Thyme for Tea, which invites the participants to celebrate all things French!


  1. The artwork is indeed gorgeous. And so is the food photography! Now I'm craving macarons (and other French goodies) as well!

  2. Just lovely. Thanks for showcasing this blog. I'm off to check it out :)

  3. Wow -- I think I'm going to be a daily reader of Paris Breakfasts!! I love the artwork -- the colors are just fantastic. I'm so glad you spotlighted this blog.

  4. Is it Paris day? Did I miss the announcement? Looks like a fantastic blog.

  5. Beautiful watercolours. One of my colleagues made macaroons for us last week though she had an accident with the food colouring so they looked a bit odd but were very yummy!

  6. I've been reading Paris Breakfasts for the better part of a year I think. She has really helped me appreciate a spot of red on a grey, rainy day- and macarons of course.

  7. I love her site - a perfect choice for Paris in July!

  8. Beautiful artwork! And the photo is delicious. What a terrific site, thanks!

  9. Fun post! Love that artwork :)

  10. Those paintings are just wonderful and the photo made me all drooly. I also love macaroons, but have never had anything other than coconut. I might have to look out for recipes for some others. Thanks for sharing this post today!

  11. WOW!!
    Thanks very much for the lovely post Marg.
    I'm overwhelmed.
    Most kind

  12. Hi!
    I've never had a Macaroon before, but have heard they are yummy. Love the art work, beautiful. Have a great day!

    Just Books

  13. The artwork is beautiful! I will have to check out her blog. I don't think I have had a true macaroon. I may have to give one a try!

  14. The watercolor painting is so pretty :)

  15. And I love the berries on top. The presentation of confections is just amazing.

  16. Hi Marg - thank you for your amazing contributions to Paris in July. I wanted to let you know that you are a prize winner for week 3 of the event - congratulations! Can you please email me at with your address so that I can send you your prize.

  17. Do you think everyone is capable of doing something like this? I find astounishing what people can do with their hands. I just saw this one here Drawings Paintings Prints
    I really would like to learn something like this... Following your posts, everyone should do it.



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