June 2019

Tibos Electric Crepe Maker: Yummy French Treat, Beret not Included

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One of my favorite memories from a trip to Paris last summer—my daily stop at a street-side crêpe stand. Back in the States, I was determined to learn how to make these scrumptious treats.  I started with a regular skillet, and to my surprise they were incredibly easy.  I began making them regularly, and when my birthday rolled around, guess what I got?! This incredible electric crêpe maker.  The griddle cooks them evenly every time and even lets you know when the ideal temperature is reached.  While it has helped me make larger and more delicious crêpes, it has also become the centerpiece of social gatherings.  My friends and I love getting together to making crepes with a lavish assortment of fillings and toppings—and of course, a glass of wine.  Everyone wants to give the griddle a go along with the authentic utensils that came with it. This makes an amazing gift; just don’t forget the Nutella! Bon Appétit!—Emilee Malvehy

Buy Tibos Electric Crepe Maker, $150, williamsandsonoma.com

On Island Time in Paris: Hotel Saint-Louis en l´Isle

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The Hotel Saint-Louis en l’Isle could just be the best location in the ultimate location—Paris. Hotel Saint-Louis en l´Isle is perfectly situated on the Ile Saint-Louis, far enough from the madness of central Paris, but just a hop across the Saint-Louis Bridge will lead you right up to Notre Dame Cathedral. During a stay last March, a few of its 19 rooms were under construction, but we managed to snag one that was newly renovated in charming classic décor with oak beams and complete with modern touches like Wi-Fi and a flat-screen TV.  So, whether you’re returning from a day of shopping the Marais or an evening of floating down the Seine, the concierge will welcome you back to this cozy island haven in the city.  When you check out, don’t forget to sign le petit guestbook at the bottom of the spiral staircase.—Courtney Bannerot

Hotel Saint-Louis en l´Isle, 75, rue Saint-Louis en l´île 75004 Paris, France, +33 (0)1 46 34 04 80; rates $184–$355