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About Rebecca Plotnick

Rebecca Plotnick took an unconventional route into the world of photography. She grew up in Cincinnati, Ohio and studied Apparel Merchandising at Indiana University, but couldn't stay away from photography. Over the last 10 years, she has explored the two poles of the medium - the dark room and the digital world. Rebecca wants her photographs to encourage people to "linger over the beauty of life a little longer." While much of her work has been based on scenes from her local farmer's market in Chicago, she has been expanding her portfolio of travel photography with recent trips to Italy, England, Israel and most recently Paris.

Easter in Paris

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In 2010 I took my first solo trip to Paris when I launched my photography business. I spent 10 days photographing the city from sunrise to sunset. My travel schedule happened to overlap with the Easter holiday. I assumed everything would be closed and I would have to make alternate plans for the day. Luckily this wasn’t true at all and Easter in Paris is just as an other Sunday in Paris. The Bastille market is open which is a major plus in my book. Wherever you may be this Easter weekend enjoy it with something sweet! If you are in Paris I recommend a praline egg from La Mere de Famille as pictured below.

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Spring Blossoms continue

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Cherry Blossoms season continues with a little more pop of pink

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Spring Pantone Colors meet Paris Doors

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The other day while scrolling through my pinterest page the Pantone colors for Spring popped up! I was instantly inspired because in my door collection I have all but one of those colors! Any guess which one I don’t have? Scroll through for a visual journey of Paris doors in Spring 2014 Pantone colors.

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pantone spring colors 2014 in paris doors

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In the Kitchen with La Cuisine Paris

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This past trip I had the opportunity to get my hands dirty in the kitchen of La Cuisine Paris. I took a fantastic cooking class at La Cuisine Paris When I said I got my hands dirty it really was the case as I had to put down my camera and put one hand on the chicken and the other on the knife. With guided instructions I learned how to debone a chicken. We used the bones to create a chicken stock and the chicken breast for a Paupiette.

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The Paupiette were stuffed with pine nuts, parmesan cheese, mushroom,basil and more delicious flavors.

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The chicken stock was used to make the most delicious onion soup. A classic french dish.The recipe was easy and I even tried it at home this past weekend.

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The finished Paupiette with a sauce to finish it off.

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We all sat to enjoy the meal we cooked in the beautiful sun lit kitchen over looking the Seine.

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Along with our paupiette and french onion soup we had a fresh salad with homemade vinaigrette and ice cream with caramel sauce.

 

 

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For more information on the fun classes that are offered at La Cuisine Paris

I can’t wait to check out the Market class and the Croissant Class next!

Happy Spring Weekend

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In Chicago the temperatures continue to stay cold and I keep telling myself Spring is coming. I am so jealous of all of those enjoying the very warm Spring in Paris. Here are a few links for your weekend reading:

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This one made me laugh out loud. 23 Mildly Embarrassing Signs you lived in France

If you are in Paris there is an exhibit that just opened up at the Musee D’Arabe about the Orient Express It opens today and runs through 8/31

A tale of Paris in the Spring. A blog post I wrote for the fabulous blog Haven in Paris 

David Lebovitz just released a new book: My Paris Kitchen: Recipes and Stories now available on Amazon

The WSJ published an article on Where to Find the Best Croissants in Paris. As if I need another reason to go back?

Spring lunch in Paris

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Friends ask me all the time about the food in Paris. You may know by now that I love my favorite boulangeries and patisseries that I have found on my walks. This happens to be my favorite go to lunch in Paris which is salmon tartare. I lunched with my friend Gail of Perfectly Paris and I haven’t stopped thinking of this perfect Spring lunch.

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One of my favorite views of the Marais I stopped by my friends apartment later in the evening. I could stare out the window all night. The light hit the buildings perfectly.

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To celebrate the kickoff of Spring in Paris and hopefully other places in the world. I am offering a 25% discount on all items in my etsy shop. Use the code THINKSPRING at checkout

Paris Cherry Blossoms in Bloom

I have a few favorite spots in Paris. For rainy days, for coffees, for walks, but my favorite place for a picnic in the spring is under the cherry blossom trees on the side of Notre Dame. The smell of Spring alongside the Seine shaded by pink blossoms. Don’t you agree?

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Happy Birthday Madame Eiffel

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Today 125 years ago the eiffel tower was completed in Paris, France. I don’t feel like a trip to Paris is real until I see her. The eiffel tower sparkles every hour on the hour after dark. You can see the eiffel tower best at night from the Trocadero which is just across the street from the eiffel tower. There is a metro stop right there so you really can’t miss it! 

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Cafe Life in Paris in Black and White

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Cafes are a big part of Paris life. Apartments are small and Parisians spend a good amount of their time at local cafes. People watching at cafes can last hours on end as there are always new characters and the wardrobes are pretty fantastic. Paris feels like walking on a never ending movie set. 

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Paris Market Photos – Kitchen Set

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If you haven’t figured by now one of my favorite things to do in Paris is to walk the Paris Markets. I don’t have to buy anything I just really love seeing the way they display everything. It really makes me happy to make the markets part of my walks through Paris. I put together this set now available on Etsy of different market photos for some French Kitchen Art

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