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Weekend Reading #3

What are you doing this weekend? I'm trying to nurse my two youngest babies and husband back to health. When there's sickness, a new baby, or a sad heart I always turn to congee for comfort food. I hope you have a great weekend, and in the meantime, here are a few links from here and there for you to enjoy...

See Paris Like a Local in the 4th, 5th, and 12th Arrondissements of Paris

A friend of mine recently reached out about visiting Paris and when I asked where he and his wife were planning to stay, I just couldn't restrain myself and wrote a lengthy e-mail with recommendations of more restaurants and places to visit than one could possibly have time to see in one weekend. You are now the beneficiary of that email. Make sure to put everything in google maps so you can potentially pop in if you're in the area. Most of these are located in the 4th, 5th, and 12th Arrondissements of Paris. Enjoy!

A Must-Visit Old World Restaurant in the Heart of Paris

Back in February of 2020, before the pandemic had taken hold of the world, my husband and I were lucky enough to go out on a very charming date with a newborn in tow. I had heard about Le Quincy somewhere on the interwebs and had put it on my Paris bucket list a year or two before we finally visited (and I'm so glad we went when we did!). This quaint restaurant is located in the 12th arrondissement of Paris, just a few streets away from the colorful Rue Cremieux. Walking inside suddenly transports you from the streets of Paris to an old-world French countryside home.

The Best Gluten-Free Banana Bread

I've been eating gluten-free since I found out I have something called Hashimoto's back in February of this year. It's definitely been an adjustment, and you know I'm missing pastries with my coffee. Luckily there are some things that still turn out well, even though they're gluten free. This recipe was inspired by a low-sugar recipe from Joanne Chang's Baking with Less Sugar, and another recipe called "Bestest Banana Bread" from Food52's Genius Recipes (um, i think). It's moist and delicious, gluten free, and low sugar without tasting like it's low sugar. It might not be just the best gluten free banana bread you've ever had, but maybe even the best banana bread you've had period. I know nobody likes to hear this, but you really should let it cool completely before digging into it. Since it's gluten free, it's less crumbly once everything settles down for a few hours or overnight. Fun side note: I might be in labor? Thus the main reason I typed this recipe up— I didn't want to forget how I made it! Anyway, I'd be happy for anyone of you to make this for our sweet little babe (and mama, too), or just for yourself and someone you love. Happy baking friends! #bonjourbebequatre