An éclair for all seasons

Eggnog Éclair and a macaron au café Gugelhupf and a macaron à la vanille Delicious!

On those rare occasions when I’m ill, the only place I want to be is at home, tucked up in bed with a hot water bottle. However, during my most recent weekend in Paris, I found myself sick with the flu for the first time in years. Coughing, wheezing and generally feeling like rubbish, I wanted nothing more than the curl up in bed with a hot water bottle and feel sorry for myself, but we don’t do that in Paris. With the view that a little luxury might be good for the flu, off I went to the Four Seasons.

A French classic: tarte tatin One of everything please!

Being very well looked after, a healthy lemon and ginger tea was recommended to help keep my pesky cough at bay. Sipping it slowly and desperately trying to avoid to dessert cart, I forgot all about my sore throat and spending my life savings on tissues and let the tea work its magic. Feeling a little better, I gave into my girlie urges and opted for the prettiest pastry available: an éclair. But this was no normal éclair, if such a thing exists, it was an eggnog éclair. Innovative, non?

Ginger and lemon tea Christmas baubles Christmas at the Four Seasons Paris Pretty flowers, as always

Eggnog is a decidedly North American affair rarely seen on my wee island or Europe in general. I don’t know why but I have an irrational fear of eggs – the texture, the taste, the look, the concept etc so anything with ‘egg’ in the title usually scares me off. But this is the Four Seasons and from past experience I know not to turn down dessert. A little bravery was called for and now I’m left wondering where to get one in London. I don’t miss living in Paris. I do miss pastries at the Four Seasons. Something tells me this year will involve many more weekend jaunts to Paris and even more desserts.


  1. 29 January 2013 / 10:59

    Everything looks so yummy yummy!!!
    I understand why you miss french pastries 😉

  2. 29 January 2013 / 11:40

    Milla, it looks delicious and I would love to have a ‘Four Season’ remedy every time I don’t feel very well…I may have told you already, but your pictures, especially the foodie ones, are amazing! On a different subject, I’m very curious to know the outcome of your Goyard tour…keep me posted! Have a nice day, Caterina

  3. 29 January 2013 / 16:31

    Milla, it’s a good thing I’ve just had some delicious ice cream. I think a dessert at Four Seasons in Paris would make anyone with a cold or flu feel better, almost as good as new. 🙂

  4. 29 January 2013 / 21:54

    It amazes me that French pâtissiers consider éclairs as a form of art. I had a similar experience last weekend when I discovered a relatively new store in Le Marais called L’Eclair de Génie. You should check it out, their éclairs are gorgeous!

  5. CinZilicious
    4 February 2013 / 04:10

    oh my Milla, i hope you’re feeling all bettter by now and if not, wishing you a speedy recovery!!! Eggnog eclair? Sounds strange, lol but surely it was yum cuz i love eclairs! I remember only learning about them when i was studying in the UK. I saw them in ASDA and i was drooling,hahaha….

    Gosh, that basket of macarons look delish! My friend recently bought me my very first first box of Laduree macarons in HK!!! It was a suprise and i was soo happy i was like “omg’ing” in public,lol…gotta say, laduree
    do the best macarons, no doubt about it! Made me miss Paris when i ate those macarons,lol.

    You know, the Four seasons in Paris looks soo much prettier than the one we got over here. I love the Christmas baubles center piece at the lobby,so gorgeous! Think its the lobby anyway,lol

    Anyhow, hope you’re off to a good start this week!!!


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