Secret Parisian Bars & Divine Delights

We’re in Paris for my upcoming fortieth birthday!

I found the restaurant on Instagram and just had to go…

No bookings mean we have to wait for a table, but how joyous to do so! We have a drink downstairs in the speakeasy. You are given no directions, and clandestinely enter through a “no entry” meatlocker to find a dim, red velvet walled bar. The menu suggests a flight for the tastebuds; sweet, sour, acidic, dry…a cocktail to match. Relax & chat while you wait listening to some hip hop chill.

We get a text message that our table is ready! Dinner is fun; the servers are friendly and happy to help with recommendations. They don’t even mind our lame attempt at ordering in French.

We have prosciutto & melon to start which is light and sweet and delicious. For mains he has the steak with roast potatoes and cheesy polenta which he exclaims is heaven on earth. I have the Instagram pizza which is large and delicious; bubbly, fluffy woodfired dough and wafer thin slices of ham and mushrooms. We have a side salad that is so big it could feed a herd of rabbits! We ambitiously order a bottle of red wine, but have some green tea to help digest while we share a heavenly dessert; a slice of some godly creation where tiramisu meets banoffi pie. Divine.

Seriously, there is nothing bad to say about Pink Mumma. Go, eat, drink and save room for dessert.

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the new Louis Vuitton les parfum :: Mille Feux 

Scent is such a powerful sense. It can transport you to another time and place or transform your mood subtly or instantly.

For this reason, I love fragrances. Or rather I have quite an obsession with perfumes and scented candles. However, they have to be quality fragrances, or your senses know the difference.

I splashed out on one of the new Louis Vuitton perfumes this week. Les parfarm.


It’s a beautiful indulgence; softly sinks into the skin and lingers for hours.

The LV description is as ethereal as the scent it’s self;

An incandescent fusion of raspberry and leather creates an ode to lightA golden ray, a starlit sky, the aurora borealis: light contributes to the magic of travel. To capture its incandescence, Master Perfumer Jacques Cavallier Belletrud sought a color to weave into this theme. On a visit to one of Louis Vuitton’s leather ateliers, he saw a craftsman transforming raspberry-colored leather into a luxurious handbag. The skin as bright as ripe fruit gave him an idea: to associate the scent of leather with that of the berry. He shaped the composition with osmanthus, a white flower with an animal and apricot scent, iris and saffron. Mille Feux is like an emotional bombshell. Fireworks.” (LV website)

Here for purchase.
[photo from my Instagram @thisismelly]

a question a day in may | three

Day 3 question

Where’s the best place you’ve ever eaten?

This is a tough one. I do consider myself a bit of a foodie and I’ve eaten at some amazing restaurants (just see my Soul & Stomach page) so although it was a lovely trip down delicious memory lane, I have narrowed it down to three (only 3!) meals;

  1. Picnic on Whitehaven Beach, Whitsundays; it was our honeymooon and from the resort we were dropped off by helicopter on deserted Whitehaven Beach for half a day. We swam in the crystal blue water, ran around starkers in the sun on the fine white silica sand and ate tasty treats from our picnic basket (prepared by the resort chef) which included Moët, cheese, fresh bread, fruit (pawpaw, mangoes, strawberries & watermelon), cashews, half a lobster, some prawns and oysters, salad and various sandwiches. Amazing.
  2. Dinner in Paris; After a long day of sightseeing we found ourselves in Trocadéro (16th Arrondissement) as the sun was setting. From there you have a view straight down the gardens (Jardins du Trocadéro), over the Seine and directly to the night-time-glittering Eiffel Tower. We took a table outdoors at Cafe Le Malakoff and had apéritifs (Kir Royal!), steak frites (for Jay) and the most amazing lobster salade (for me)! We finished with some fromage (cheese) and crème brûlée. It was an impromptu dinner and it was one the of best meals ever.
  3. Dessert at Becasse; My favourite restaurant in Sydney used to be Becasse. Justin North (exec chef & owner) outdoes himself with each dish. I say “used to be” because he has changed locations and mixed it up a bit with the philosophy; he now has Becasse (not the same menu), Quarter 21 (where you’ll find similar dishes to the old Becasse) and Etch. Jay & I ate at the original Becasse twice for our wedding anniversary and my friend Mandy had her hen’s night there (very classy no penis straws or strippers insight!). We haven’t been to the new Becasse or Quarter 21 but we ate dinner at Etch in December. Along with Quay’s Snow Egg, the most delicious dessert has now moved from the Becasse menu to the Quarter 21 menu. It is the famous & delicious Banana crème brulée, salted peanut brittle & milk coffee sorbet. [image via]