The day I fell for Paul Marius was an amazing day. We were just getting in the beautiful city of Montpellier in France. We arrived by train in the evening, and we checked in our Air B&B. It was a lovely loft at “La Place de La Comédie.” Every time we get in a new spot, we always run to the window to see what’s the view like and this time, something different was there! It was in the building in front of our loft in such a cute little pedestrian street. This gorgeous handbag. Black and gold, not too big, just enough … you know… Perfection! It was love at first sight but it was out of reach … the store was closed.

I don’t know if it has something to do with the fact that I’m turning 35 this year, but I’m not that tolerant to alcohol anymore. Quite honestly, even in college I never was the guy who could chug a whole 26 oz of spirit in a party and still being able to go to the gym class the day after but still… I feel like I’m getting old and I hate it.

This was my first real pie. Oui oui… No bullshit! I know!!! I’m impressed myself. HAHAHA! Just kidding! For real, it was just a try. You got to believe me, bakery is far from being my comfort zone. I’m learning one step at the time, one recipe at the time! I’m truly starting to love baking. Bakery requires discipline. You must follow the rules which was my main concern. HAHAHA! I usually cook with my heart, I season little by little, one bite at the time to adjust myself. So I’m always out of line and I don’t follow any rules. It took me a while … and many fails to figure that bakery was totally different. Every single pastry recipe is a new step in my learning experience and I’m so happy to share it with you! Oh! And I must say that I still mess up sometimes and have to throw a whole recipe away. Don’t judge, sometimes it’s better to fill up the garbage bin than poisoning someone LOL It’s part of the game! Don’t give up if one day you screw up a recipe. It was just a bad day and tomorrow will be better. Sometimes even if we don’t understand WHHYYY … it happens. LOL!

The process of clarifying drinks may sound like a new trend or like another innovation from modern mixologists to make cocktail making yet more complicated but it’s not. Some writing track clarified punch recipes from as far as the early 18th century. Even Benjamin Franklin had a recipe of his own. While some say that clarifying a punch with milk was to make it easier to digest, we can say for sure that such process changes massively the flavours of said punch. The acidity from the citrus and strength of alcohol become smoother while the mouthfeel gets pleasantly silky.