Archive for November, 2010


Far-Flung Claim

We saw this cheesecake in the market yesterday (in L.A.) and were pretty sure “Bakery de France” isn’t in France. So we checked: it’s in Rockville, Maryland! Not knocking it, though; we just thought it was sort of funny and that it looks pretty good.

Explaining T-Day to the French

No expat Thanksgiving is complete without a re-reading of Art Buchwald’s brilliant column on this occasion. One of our most important holidays is Thanksgiving Day, known in France as le Jour de Merci Donnant . Le Jour de Merci Donnant was first started by a group of Pilgrims ( Pelerins ) who fled froml’Angleterre before the McCarran […]

Brit-Style Bouffe

If France and England have a tense history, you wouldn’t know it after eating at Le Bal Café, a new spot where lines of Parisians seem more than happy to scarf down scones, kippers and kedgeree. Hidden at a tiny impasse near place de Clichy, Le Bal is an exhibition space housed in a former bordello and […]

Jean Veber Slept Here

At the end of a row of attractive townhouses on the Boulevard Pereire stands one that seems to have come from another place and another time. If this is the case, it is also true for the home’s original owner, the painter and caricaturist, Jean Veber. Born in Paris in 1864, Jean Veber was trained as […]

The Grass Is Greener…

Before arriving in Paris, most of us had been dreaming about it for a while. All of our fantasies and hopes and desires were all wrapped up in the amazing possibilities that were to come of the experience of Paris : the life changing experience of the city of lights. Paris was our fairy godmother who […]

Smart Lives Up to Its Name

Gruff Rhys Free Show!

Of all the great songs that Gruff Rhys has ever written, and there are many, maybe the greatest is called Ymaelodi Â’r Ymylon. It is written in Welsh, his first language, and can be found on the Super Furry Animal’s (Gruff’s band of the last 17 years) all-Welsh album Mwng. The song title translates as “Joining The […]

Update on an Indispensible Guide

My friend and superb restaurant critic Alec Lobrano has updated his bestselling book Hungry for Paris. Hungry for Paris was first published in 2008 to rave reviews and has become an indispensable source for avid foodies combing the city for the best restaurants.In the 2010 edition Alec has removed some restaurants that are no longer […]

Beaujolais Nouveau Arrives

It’s Beaujolais Nouveau day tomorrow, and although this generally means overpriced wines drunk half-heartedly whilst discussing whether this year’s cru tastes more like pears, bananas or petrol, it does seem like there will be a genuinely interesting event this time around. The Rue de l’Arbre Sec is a grey and rather depressing back street, which is […]

Turkey Day in Paris

If you want Thanksgiving dinner with all the trimmings but without the fuss and dirty dishes, here is a partial list of American-style dining options: Joe Allen is an American bistro that has been around for nearly 40 years and has become an institution in Paris. This is where you go when you‘re craving American […]

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