Archive for March, 2011


Tacos ‘n Cocktails

We were lucky enough to score the only available table in this authentically bright and buzzing taqueria. The rest of the tiny taco joint was busting with hungry locals lined along the counter and partaking in spicy snacks. The friendly staff manage to maintain their cool through the mayhem to cook and serve a selection [...]

Candelaria, Part 2

I grew up in Arizona, so when I heard there was a new taco joint in town (and that it was actually Mexican and not “Tex-Mex”), it wasn’t hard to gather a small group together to check it out. Our posse of eight managed to secure the only table available at Candelaria, between the open [...]

Semi-Secret Art Collection

A friend invited me to visit the Rosenblum collection. I had no idea what it was all about, but since I trust his judgement, I said, OK. And there I was in front of this big black door in the middle of the 13th arrondissement waiting for it to open. What I saw there was [...]

Changing of the Guard

Romanticized image of the French woman as a paragon of style has traditionally been represented by cinematic icons Catherine Deneuve, Brigitte Bardot, Sophie Marceau and Juliette Binoche; women who, while forever associated with glamour and sensuality, are no longer relevant examples of the modern French woman. Their classic looks and polished faces still grace the [...]

Seeing Double

I’d love to get an explanation of why so many Parisian street corners sport duplicate street signs. Here the old sign appears up top, the newer one, which includes information about the person for whom the street was named, appears below. Was a new law passing requiring the new signs to be posted lower? Is [...]

Branly vs. Bismarck

I was walking by the Musee du Quai Branly and saw the poster advertising the show on the African Dogon people and culture. I went in and up that endless, mindless, purposeless wavy staircase/thing to the exhibition space(s) thinking, “Who needs this? Just give me a box with off-white walls like the Pinacotheque where I can see [...]

Le Dauphin: The Movie

Spanish artist Oskar Alegria suggested that I may be interested in a film he made about Le Dauphin, perhaps the most talked about restaurant in Paris at the moment. He was right. This playful five-minute film looks at the establishment’s unique architectural style, and investigates the role this plays in relation to the food that is served there [...]

2 Friends

It’s small, it’s unassuming, it’s just how we like it. With its retro formica tables and faux-leather red banquettes, Aux Deux Amis is housed in a typical 70s style French bistro setting, and if you were to walk past at 7pm of an evening you’d probably not even bat an eyelid. But once the kitchens [...]

Liz in Paris

Here is the trailer from one of Elizabeth Taylor’s memorable films, The Last Time I Saw Paris, made in 1954 also starring Van Johnson, Donna Reed, Walter Pidgeon, and Eva Gabor. Based on a short story by F. Scott Fitzgerald, it’s about an ex-pat couple living the Paris high life in the late 1940s after WWII [...]

Paper Paradise

The name of the papeterie Tout Noté translates as Everything Noted and, if you need the perfect gift from Paris, take those words literally. Why? Step inside this shop in the 5th and you enter a little jewel box. The real surprise of this boutique—twice as large as it looks from outside—is its range of unexpected yet [...]

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