Gluttons in Paris

Hello Everybody,

After jogging at 6.30 AM in front of the Louvre, best way to see sites without any people around.

First of all please do not hate me (those who care) for taking so long to post something new up. I arrived in Manila last week and as you can imagine it’s been nonstop since then, 1 trying to catch up and read all work related emails, 2 seeing friends and 3 getting back to a healthy lifestyle. Which brings me to the following: I ate for 3 people every day during this 2 week vacation. 1: I ate for the fat kid, 2: I ate for the cook in me and my culinary knowledge, 3: people keep saying the world is going to end, so I gorged. I travelled to Paris (first stop on our little trip) with my Family, my Girlfriend and my Friends. We all had to be in the city of lights for a wedding of a dear friend of ours and after which we all went our separate ways. The dangerous aspects of groups like this, well, we all mostly don’t live in Paris anymore, therefore when we do get to go back, Bakeries tremble in fear. To give you a little preview, we arrived at my apartment at 7.00am from the airport, our first day, at 7.10am i was walking  to Erick Kayser, at 7.30am I was walking back to the apartment with croissant, pains au chocolat, baguettes, pain de campagne, pain au lait, brioche aux raisin, éclair, tarte au citrons and croissant aux amandes. By the time i got home, half of my baguette was already eaten (i blamed it on the pigeons). Yes all this food was for 6 people. We all sat down, fried some eggs, unleashed our bread spread, with salted Breton butter, fresh fig preserves from the countryside, peaches, sweet plums, rhubarb jams, St. Moret, greek yogurt, country ham, red vine tomatoes and brewed coffee. This is after a 16 hour flight. We would usually shower and change clothes first. But food has that effect on people. (We had 5 other meals that day)

One of the things I look for when in Paris, is beef Tartare. I absolutely love the stuff and it is served in most bistrots and brasseries around the city. Even though, when dinning in Paris, it’s very important to research your restaurants first, as the offer is huge but quality is fickle, the tartare is always either good or redeemable with enough Tabasco and mustard.  something about raw minced meat, with little veg and some basic sauces, screams cave man and hits the spot all the time. Ironically enough, one of my favourite restaurants in Paris, is this no-reservation-always-a-line-outside lao/Cambodian/Vietnamese restaurant in China Town (Lane Lao Xang ), and they have their own “version” of tartare which is also a popular dish in Loas. This Beef Larb is what inspired this perfect healthy and refreshing bite.

Spicy Lean Beef Larb with Sweet Potato Mash

For 1

Sweet Potato Mash

–          3 small/medium sweet potatoes

–          4 tablespoons of heated coconut milk

–          Salt and pepper

  1. Boil potatoes in salted hot water. Cook until tender. Remove the skin and mash until smooth with the heated coconut milk and season with salt and pepper.

Lean Beef Larb

–          150grams lean tenderloin (the fresher the better)

–          1 red chilli

–          3 shallots

–          Lemon balm leaf (or lime leaves)

–          Mint

–          Basil

–          ½ green pepper

–          Drop of sesame oil

–          ¾ tbsp peanut oil

–          1-2 tbsp of fish sauce (to taste)

–          1 onion leek (white + green)

–          1 lemon

  1. Slice the meat in small cubes, add chopped onion leek (white), sliced shallots, sliced chilli, chopped herbs, diced pepper, sesame oil, peanut oil, fish sauce, juice of 1 lemon, pepper and mix.
  2. Get a pot sizzling hot with a little oil and fry (just to colour) both sides of the patty like mix. Barely 15 seconds per side. You want the insides to just slightly warm but still raw.
  3. Remove quickly and serve on top of bed of mashed sweet potatoes, season and top if needed with S & P, lemon rinds, or onion leeks (green part)
  4. Enjoy!!!

Paris isn’t complete without a thorough food experience, check out the following restaurants/places next time you are in the city, this is my little black book of food tripping:

Seafood – Le Jarasse

Crepes – Breizh cafe

Cool resto – Le Dauphin, Chateaubriand,Vivant, Frenchie, Spring, les fines gueles.

Simple Resto –Comptoir + Avant Comptoir, Chez Michel, L’Ami Jean, Chez Paul.

Cocktail – Perscription Cocktail Club, Le Molotov, Le Carmen, Le Shmuck, Le Wildrick

Italian – Casa Bini, al taglio, Coopérativa Latte Cisternino

Cakes and stuff– Berko

High Tea– L’absinthe, le grand Colbert, Cafe Louis Philippie,

Ice Cream – Grome, It Mylk, Bac a Glaces

Brunch – Ralph’s, 37m2, Home in Paris, le Bal Cafe, Le Bruch de L’Ouest Parisien, Rose Bakery

Awesome lunch – Cafe cache (104), La belleviloise.

Drinks – Le Mansart, Renoma Cafe, La Conserverie,

Wine Bar : Le Garde Robe, Le Rubis, Le Frenchie Wine Bar, Wine by One, Saturne. O Château. Le Verre Vole,

Chocolate : Jacques Genin, Josephine Vannier . Christophe Roussel, Choroom Via Chocolat, la maison du chocolat, pierre marcolini. Patrick Roger.

Patisseries : Stohrer, Carl Marletti, Eric Kayser.

Oysters: L’huitrier

Coffee: La Cafeotheque

Asian: Lane Lao Xang


    1. mijigonzales September 26, 2011 at 6:42 am

      Looks wonderful! I’m thinking of using Idaho or yellow potatoes and sour cream instead of sweet potatoes and coconut milk. Will it ruin the intended flavor of the dish?

      1. Ricco September 26, 2011 at 1:38 pm

        It seems like an appetizing and gastronomic alternative. I’d try it! :P

        1. Erwan Heussaff September 30, 2011 at 1:47 am

          it is! it works really well, give it a try.

      1. Erwan Heussaff September 30, 2011 at 1:52 am

        haha that changes the whole dish! if you use idaho potatoes and sour cream, youre basically getting closer to a regular mashed potatoes, and you will loose that sweetness that complements the meat and fish sauce so well. But of course it would still be ok.

    1. Suellen Ogena September 26, 2011 at 7:35 am

      Parisian food looks so scrumptious, thank you for the recipe. My professor recommended the same same food – beef tartare :) Are there any fine restaurants here in the Philippines that serves beef tartare?

      1. Erwan Heussaff September 30, 2011 at 1:52 am

        it is gorgeous. Most of the french restaurants do, try la Regalade in Makati or Champetre in the fort.

    1. Ralph Antonio September 26, 2011 at 11:22 am

      Looks awesome dude! Keep it up!

    1. iamxiaojini September 26, 2011 at 12:22 pm

      Love your blog love u and anne u guys are inspiration. Goodluck & GodBless:)

    1. Red September 27, 2011 at 1:05 am

      Hope you post personal photos thanks.

    1. Jane September 27, 2011 at 2:46 pm

      Nice pic!:D Food looks yummy.. will try this..:D

    1. Jane September 27, 2011 at 2:46 pm

      Nice pic!:D Food looks yummy.. will try this! thanks!

    1. Anna September 27, 2011 at 2:47 pm

      You look so cute! hope you post more pics!

    1. Sheshe September 27, 2011 at 2:49 pm

      Yummy tried this food na! very sosyal! Appreciate also your list of resto recommendations.. i regularly travel to Europe because of work…will try these restos..;)

      1. Erwan Heussaff September 30, 2011 at 1:44 am

        haha yes it has that social feel, but its a street food recipe adaptation from Laos :)

      1. Erwan Heussaff September 30, 2011 at 1:44 am

        great and then please let me know how they were!

    1. Mia September 27, 2011 at 2:52 pm

      Hello! Your videos looks good.. your Paris menu is one of my favorites..hope you post more from your other trips in Europe..=)

    1. Rye September 27, 2011 at 2:52 pm

      Nice Jump! Will try your new recipe!

    1. Angela Erbite (@BeaVaron) September 28, 2011 at 12:36 pm

      Will definitely follow your travel series. Is Paris your favorite city in France?

      1. Erwan Heussaff September 30, 2011 at 1:36 am

        There are so many! but Paris has to be one of them!

    1. Joaquin October 8, 2011 at 11:41 am

      Dude, what is that ‘opel’ shirt your wearing?! PSG kit?

      1. Erwan Heussaff October 12, 2011 at 9:52 am

        haha it was the only workout shirt i had! yes its PSG!

    1. Diane Ibay October 12, 2011 at 4:59 pm

      hi erwan!

      im supplying nespresso coffee machines and capsules here in the philippines. you might be interested in excellent quality coffee. :)


      1. Erwan Heussaff October 13, 2011 at 12:09 am

        i have my own little smuggler for those already, thank you!

    1. Charlz Villanueva October 13, 2011 at 11:05 am

      That looks good! I should start eating healthy… Hope you could help.

    1. iamcamerashy October 16, 2011 at 5:08 pm

      I love the way your videos are edited! And thanks for posting your “before” photo. Very inspiring. Keep it up!

    1. Michelle chin November 15, 2011 at 10:22 pm

      I find this sentence incredibly funny!

      1: I ate for the fat kid, 2: I ate for the cook in me and my culinary knowledge, 3: people keep saying the world is going to end, so I gorged.

    1. Lady San Pedro November 16, 2011 at 9:33 am

      L’Ami Jean is our favorite! Can’t wait to try the chocolate recommendations. And Le Jarasse. Thanks for this!

    1. Dean November 25, 2011 at 1:15 am

      Hi Erwan,

      Nice blog that you have. We voted for it already.
      Will try your recipe this weekend!

      Patrice and Dean :)

      1. Erwan Heussaff November 25, 2011 at 5:39 am

        Thank you Patrice and Dean. Do let me know how it tastes :)

    1. Stephanie February 4, 2012 at 3:37 pm

      I was amazed by how you cook delish foods with much or your experiences! Hoping someday I will be as good as you! haha thanks for inspiring me to take culinary classes. Keep up the good work! :)

      1. Erwan February 5, 2012 at 2:57 am

        you will be all you have to do is cook for yourself everyday and you’ll be amazed by how much you can absorb!

    1. Mickey Viray March 7, 2012 at 9:40 pm

      I didn’t know you are a brilliant writer who’s got a wonderful blog like this until I checked your twitter account. I’m a follower by the way. Hahaha You’re such a great food blogger! You’re indeed an inspiration. I’m a food enthusiast / culinarian myself and your dishes, recipes and plating are really great! Hmm.. Why not come up with a book? :) More power Erwan! God bless. :)

      1. Erwan March 12, 2012 at 4:00 am

        thank you Mickey, i really appreciate that!

    1. The LensMaster May 5, 2012 at 6:06 am

      Did I just see you wipe your lips/nose with your thumb in the video (00:17)? Hahahaha!!! You’re an inspiration, man! I dream that my kids will lead an equally good life as you do. You got yourself a new follower here..Thanks to the Source 2 for featuring your insights on the latest food trend…You’re excellent…worthy of being emulated!!! Be blessed always!

      1. Erwan May 10, 2012 at 4:02 am

        nope the thumb goes in my mouth brother

    1. Jon Arevalo July 14, 2012 at 10:12 pm

      just read this. nice post! :) i’ll definitely try those restaurants in that list of yours when i visit paris. i’ll cross ’em of the list after :) how bout amorino? have you tried it? some of my friends say it’s good. i’m actually in south of france as a stagiaire patissier til oct, so are there any restaurants that you can recommend down south? :) definitely a follower right here. awesome blog! will check this from time to time :)

      1. Erwan July 20, 2012 at 2:15 am

        amorino is a chain, it isnt bad, but i prefer the artisanal ice cream shops

      1. Erwan July 20, 2012 at 2:15 am

        the south is very big ;)

    1. Jon July 21, 2012 at 11:59 pm

      i see. hmmm, once i’m around paris. i’ll try to get lost with a friend and i’ll see if we can look around for those restaurants that are good and hidden :)

      1. Erwan July 31, 2012 at 2:41 am

        go for it!

    1. Jon July 22, 2012 at 12:02 am

      haha. okay. so maybe i’ll just go look around south, get lost and probably discover good food. thanks though! :) more power to you! and good luck to your training btw :)

      1. Erwan July 31, 2012 at 2:41 am

        yup coast to coast you are looking at 8 hours, so thats alot of ground to follow. if you give me the name of cities maybe i could help you

        1. jon July 31, 2012 at 9:59 am

          wow. that’s pretty damn long. but i’ll try to make time on my days-off :) i’m already here so i won’t waste my time just sitting around. i’m in cannes right now, so know any hole in the wall restaurants that serves good food here? :) planning to explore nice after, monaco and st. tropez. what are the other good cities down south?

          1. Erwan August 14, 2012 at 9:47 am

            all the small ones in between those you are going to

    1. Cheska March 29, 2013 at 2:07 pm

      Hi I’m going to Paris next week. What are the good cafes, Restos, etc that the locals go to? I don’t wanna fall into tourist traps. I want cheap but good authentic food

    1. Princess Adao June 19, 2013 at 2:54 am

      I’m definitely making thiis! :)

      this post of yours makes me wanna go back to Paris and eat crepes & croissants all day!

      Thank you for being such an inspiration! :)

    1. justine g. September 3, 2013 at 9:13 am

      hi erwan! first time i visit your site and I am a fan instantly! you really are a great blogger and writer, makes me imagine what you’re really doing .. Im also a fan of Anne and look up to both of you guys as a power couple in showbiz. really an inspiration! :) God bless you and Anne!




I gained weight because of a sedentary lifestyle and overly indulging in foods I knew were bad for me, eating out too often, taking the easy route (microwavable dishes) and not caring what went in my body, before I knew it reached 240 lbs. I lost weight through pure dedication, tireless hours of hard work and yes, food. I cooked my way to fitness, making sure to only feed myself tasty well prepared dishes with all the right stuff, the perfect fuel, taking me down to 150lbs. Of course I indulge from time to time, as the fat kid still lurks inside of me; here you will find a little bit of everything for the sole purpose of sharing my passion for food and life.





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