Callebaut creates a pink chocolate

Callebaut, a Belgian chocolate brand, has just created a pink chocolate. You will probably think it is filled with artificial colors… well no, this chocolate is 100% natural! It is the result of a meticulous selection of “ruby” cocoa beans and Barry Callebaut know-how. This ruby chocolate has a pink color and a fruity taste with fresh and tangy notes, and its flavors and color are obtained without any added aroma or coloring.


© Cristian Trochez

Launched almost a year ago in Asia and at the beginning of the year in Belgium, its official launch for artisan chocolatiers and pastry chefs will take place in Paris during the Salon du Chocolat.

Eggplant balls (Polpette di melanzane)

These meltingly soft vegetarian balls are inspired by the recipe from chef Giuseppe Giovanni Di Martino of the restaurant Cappero Rosso in Pizzo Calabro.

Ingredients for 4 persons

  • 2 eggplants
  • 1 egg
  • a handful of black olives (pitted)
  • 15 capers
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • some fresh parsley
  • 1 tablespoon cumin powder
  • 20 grams of grated pecorino
  • 50 grams of bread crumbs
  • a dozen pine nuts

The Recipe

  1. Preheat your oven at 200°C. Wash the eggplants, cut the ends. Bake for about 30 minutes, turning them halfway through cooking. Check that they are well cooked with a knife.
  2. Take them out of the oven, let them cool. Remove the skin and take out the flesh in a salad bowl.
  3. Place the chopped garlic, parsley, capers, olives into the bowl. Add the pecorino, cumin and coarsely cut pine nuts, as well as a large pinch of salt and pepper. Mix everything with a fork.
  4. In a bowl, beat the egg with a pinch of salt. Form small balls with the eggplant. Dip them in the egg and then in the bread crumbs.
  5. In a pan, heat some olive oil and fry them for a few minutes on each side until they are golden brown. You can enjoy them with some arugula salad, or a homemade tomato sauce!


My friends Thomas and Arthur (after working at the delicious Zébulon and Pirouette) opened this little gem just a few months ago, in my favorite neighborhood, I of course named the… 11th! They spent months discovering amazing natural wines that they serve in this bright and warm space.

In the (small) kitchen, the talented Finnish chef Marlo Snellman (ex Frenchie and Verjus), serves us perfect and daring dishes. The entrées already conquered me: a melting calf liver and celery remoulade with punchy zest of lemon, or this smoked mackerel with crisp hazelnuts. Audacious, the poultry is very pink, and plays on its bed of cabbage and kale, perfectly seasoned.

The lunch menu at 17 € is unbeatable, I could eat there every day!

Lunch: formulas 17€ (starter-main) or 22€ (starter-main-dessert)
Evening: 32-46 €
Saturday evening: wine bar

5 rue Guillaume Bertrand
75011 – Paris
Tel. : +33(0)1 73 79 87 90

Open from Monday until Friday for lunch and dinner / Saturday night only

Ginger and combawa lemonade

The Ingredients
– 1 large piece of ginger (at least 4 cm)
– 2 tablespoons of sugar or honey
– 2 combawas (or limes if you can’t find it)
– 1 lemon
– 2 cloves

The Recipe
1. In a saucepan, boil at medium heat the grated ginger in 1.5L of water, with the cloves and sugar.
2. Add the zests and juice from the combawas.
3. After 30 minutes, add the lemon juice, let it cool and store in the fridge after filtering the juice.

John Weng

Niché dans une ruelle agréable à proximité de marché d’Aligre, entre motifs asiatiques et suspensions en paille, John Weng offre une cuisine fusion fraîche et raffinée. On y sirote un thé matcha glacé ou une infusion au litchi, en attaquant les wontons frits au cream cheese, complètement régressifs. La salade de poulpe, sésame, daikon mariné et algues est un délice, tout comme le rafraîchissant tartare de saumon au lait de coco (version cabillaud et citronnelle tout aussi parfaite). Côté plat on se laisse tenter par le magret de canard sauce teriyaki et orange, ou l’excellent tataki d’angus, fondant à souhait. Pour ceux qui ont encore faim, le risotto croustillant aux crevettes et sa sauce cacahuètes vous ravira. On termine en beauté avec ces jolis rouleaux de printemps colorés aux fruits, perles de japon à la fève tonka, ou la délicieuse glace au gingembre confit. 

Entrées de 8,50 à 11 euros
Plats de 13,50 à 23 euros
Desserts de 7,50 à 9 euros

John Weng
12 rue Theophile Roussel
Fermé dimanche soir et lundi soir

et aussi :

97 Avenue Niel
Fermé dimanche

20 rue du Faubourg Poissonnière
Fermé dimanche

12h00-23h30 en continu

Food skincare

I try as much as possible to pay attention to what I eat, organic and local products as soon as I can. This way of life also extends to what I put on my skin, and I would like today to make you discover some natural cosmetic products which use…eatable ingredients!

Sister & Co

First of all, Sister & Co, an English brand with pretty packaging, created by Sophie. She had the idea to develop her brand after ending up having skin problems while traveling, and getting cured with coconut oil. She became passionate about the ability of food-grade, nutrient-rich natural ingredients in their raw and undiluted state when vitamins, minerals and nutrients are fully intact, to heal and nourish your body on the outside as well as the inside.

No additives or perfumes or toxins, not tested on animals, we love the lip balm with lemon myrtle and mint, the apricot and vanilla body cream, or the exfoliant with cocoa and coffee found in this kit of essentials.

>> Available at Nuoo or Asos (from 9,99€)

Frank Body

There’s also Frank Body, the fun and girly Australian brand, la marque australienne super fun et girly, which started selling a coffee-based body scrub in 2013 and which is selling its products around the world today… Creams with coffee bean oil, charcoal cleaners, lip balms, or this amazing lip scrub, essential during winter periods…

>> Available at Sephora or Urban Outfitters (from 8,95€)

Le Bon

The toothpaste Le Bon in addition to being super pretty, are made in France with natural organic products, vegan, and certified without sulfate, paraben, dyes, fluorine, … Available in 6 different tastes, they all contain green tea and aloe vera : they help to naturally prevent bacterial growth, plaque formation, cavity and to protect gums.

>> You can find them at Oh My Cream or at Printemps Beauté (21,50€ yes, they are indeed expensive!)

Wooden Spoon Herbs

What’s cool with Instagram it is to be able to discover sublime stories like the one of Lauren Hays the apothecary of Wooden Spoon Herbs. In the Appalachians, she harvests and picks medicinal plants that grow in the region and makes all kinds of remedies: moisturizing creams, invigorating herbal teas, cough syrups …

>> Available on their e-shop (from 14$)


Mustus makes fabric masks impregnated with an essence of juice absorbed by the skin, made from fruits and vegetables.

>> Available at Sephora (4,95€)

Youth to the people

100% vegan and manufactured in California, Youth to the People offers products free of paraben, phthalate, mineral oil, sulfate. Harnessing powerful antioxidants and phytonutrients from cold-pressed plant extracts, Youth To The People combines superfoods and science and promesses to keep your skin youthful and vibrant. We love the kale and spirulina mask, or the goji and açai oil.

>> Available at Sephora, on their e-shop, or on Anthropologie (from 29,90€)

Pure Earth

Founded by Kavita Khosa, Pure Earth is inspired by Ayurveda. Also free of silicone, parabens, sulphates, GMOs, the brand uses wild ingredients or ecologically grown in villages and valleys of the Himalayas. We want to buy everything, like this turmeric mask, apricot oil or mandarin body butter.