Welcome to Croque-Camille!

In this blog I intend to chronicle my dining, cooking, and general food-related adventures in my new hometown: Paris, France.  Of course I may digress now and then, but if you’re into vicarious eating, you’ve come to the right place!

I am a pastry chef by trade and a lover of food and travel by disposition.  As such, my husband and I decided to uproot ourselves and become expats for a while.  So far, it has been a daily adventure.  There are things we miss (Mexican food, chicken-fried anything, a decent cheeseburger) and things we can’t get enough of (amazing bread, fresh croissants, plentiful duck, lait cru cheese).

I have added a Platial map feature to the blog, where I will be mapping my favorite bakeries, bistros, markets, and other places of foodie interest.  Click on the name of the establishment for addresses, hours, and Métro access information.  Platial has left the building.  As soon as I figure out how to read the exported map file, I’ll get the info back up on a Google map (which is better anyway, and I should have done a long time ago).  And the new and improved Google map is up and running!  All the old information is there, plus some new places, as many phone numbers as I could find, and links to more detailed write-ups, if they exist.  And the map keeps growing, so check back often.  I’ve linked to it above, as well as in the sidebar, where you can find it just below the calendar.

If you have any thoughts you would like to share with me, please leave a comment or feel free to email me at: croque (dot) camille (at) gmail (dot) com.

Several people have asked my why I don’t post all of the recipes that I use.  Mostly, it’s because I’m guessing at the amounts anyway.  But I usually write down what I cook, so if you see something on here that you’re dying to replicate, shoot me an email and I’ll do my best to pass the recipe along to you.

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26 responses

19 02 2008

Chere Camille,

I look forward to hearing about all of your adventures, particularly those that begin in Amsterdam.

A bientot,


22 02 2008

nick,thanks for letting me know about this site. congrats to Camille for this.

27 02 2008

Have a nice day !

11 03 2008

Camille — you are definately in your element! This is fantastic. Here’s hoping Nick will still have his figure by this time next year!
Happy Anniversary!

6 04 2008

This blog is fantastique!

Wendy and all

15 05 2008

Love the site! Putting you on my blogroll! http://www.felixpapadakis.wordpress.com



22 07 2008

I’m so glad you found me, so I could find you! I’m green with envy on both the Paris move and the pastry chef career, both of which I’d love to do if I weren’t such a huge chicken.

23 07 2008

I enjoyed your blog a lot. I used to be a Pasteur Fellow in Paris (03-05) and discovered many lovely places there to eat. I read that you miss good cheeseburgers. For american style food visit Breakfast-in-America, an American style dinner in Paris. It has 2 locations and they have awesome burgers. Here is their website: http://breakfast-in-america.com/main/

I used to live in the Ile St. Louis. There in Rue Saint Louis en Ile, in front of the Berthillon ice creams, is a small bakery that has the best croissants and pastries. The two ladies that work there are lovely. And for the best hot chocolate check:
La Charlotte en l’Île
24 rue St-Louis en l’Île, 4e
Only open from Th-Sun 2-8pm. Just amazing. Their curry cake is divine.


23 07 2008

Ah found the website for the chocolatier…



24 07 2008

nererue – Glad to see you here!

Marcos – Welcome, and thanks for the suggestions! I have tried BIA, and wasn’t overly impressed, but a friend took me to Floors in the 18th, which had very good burgers. The biggest problem is that in Paris they all seem to run about 12 euros! I’ll look into that pastry and chocolate on the Ile St. Louis next time I’m over there.

22 12 2008

Hi. I live in Sweden and was just googling cabbage…saw your coleslaw recipe and FYI. You can make buttermilk: 1 T white vinegar to 1 cup milk. Happy cooking!

26 03 2009


We bumped into your blog and we really liked it – great recipes YUM!!! YUM!!!.
We would like to add it to the Petitchef.com.

We would be delighted if you could add your blog to Petitchef so that our users can, as us,
enjoy your recipes.

Petitchef is a french based Cooking recipes Portal. Several hundred Blogs are already members
and benefit from their exposure on Petitchef.com.

To add your site to the Petitchef family you can use http://en.petitchef.com/?obj=front&action=site_ajout_form or just go to Petitchef.com and click on “Add your site”

Best regards,


27 05 2009
Lady Carmen

Wow, what an awesome skill!
I’m inspired… =]

22 10 2011

Hello Camille!
It was so nice meeting you last night at Verjus! I’m the lady with the white hat 🙂
I’ve been enjoying your blog for quite a while so it was great to meet you face to face! Enjoy the weekend!

A bientot!

24 10 2011

Elaine – It was wonderful to meet you, too! It is always a delight to meet a fan. Hope you have a fantastic rest of your stay in Paris!

27 10 2011

Delicious and delightful blog! And the new improved Google map is amazing!

27 10 2011

Michelle – Thanks! I try to keep it up to date!

5 11 2011
Amazing Potatoes (au Gratin—no Cheese!) «

[…] original recipe can be found here (from real chef Camille Malmquist)—I modified it slightly as […]

16 04 2013

Dear Camille, I’m a big fan of your writing and work for a craft brewery in Paris. I’d love to take you on a tour of our brewery and introduce you to our brewer some time. It’s great to find someone writing so enthusiastically about the beer scene here. Please do get in touch if you’re interested in hearing more. Thanks and keep up the good work! Kate

4 07 2013

Just found your blog as we are considering a move to Europe. My main question is, was it difficult making the move without jobs? I didn’t think that was possible. You must have had quite a savings account~

8 07 2013

carole – My husband had a job lined up when we moved here, and fortunately his visa gives me the right to work as well. He was able to start working right away, but it took about 6 months after we got here for my paperwork to be sorted out and for me to find a job, and money was definitely getting tight by the end of that 6 months!

11 10 2014

At this time I am going away to do my breakfast, afterward having my breakfast coming over again to
read additional news.

22 08 2015

Just found your site via a commentator on the Paris subReddit while researching for a forthcoming trip in January. The google food map is awesome! Thanks VERY much for all of your time putting this together for the internet community. It’s invaluable and I’ll be using it OFTEN. I was also told that you also comment on dining experiences, so I’ll be scrolling through your archives…

19 07 2016
Amanda Robbins

After seeing an ad with videos of your work I was interested and very impressed, and I would like more information.

7 09 2016

Hello Camille, back from holidays in Toscany I thought about your post on French beer tasting (“Beer in Germany, wine in France, never the opposite!”). I think you’ll like to taste Gertrude, Adel and Brunilde, all made in a place called “La California” — yes, very good Italian beer! They have an online shop that I haven’t tried yet. Thanks for this great blog!

11 12 2018

Hello! I did not find your email adress, nor how to post a comment bellow your Tarte à la Ganache Cassis, but I have some cassis in the freezer and would love to try it. The texture looks absolutely perfect so I was wondering if you could share the recipe? Thanks!

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