Archive for June, 2012


If You’ve Got €500 for Dinner

Paris has 10 three-star Michelin restaurants, and I’ve eaten in exactly zero of them. It’s next to impossible to have a proper dinner at any of the top restaurants for less than 200 euros per person. If you really want to go all out and experience the tasting menu with wine pairings, that number can [...]

Brits Shop, Japanese Eat

The Paris Tourist Office just released its 2011 statistics about Paris, Parisians and tourists. When questioned about discovering Paris, tourists said strolling through Paris is the principal reason for visiting Paris. 46% percent of Brazilians, Australians, Russians and Germans topped the list preferring this method to see Paris. 40% (Brazilian, Australian, Japanese and American) prefer [...]

American Food Invasion

Though I’ve been trying to ignore it, there is no question that the phenomenon is spreading. American food is hip in France. While this seems impossible to any rational being with functioning tastebuds, it is equally impossible to ignore the trend. There is a veritable engouement (which means “infatuation” but sounds as gooey as the insides [...]

Top 10 French Words to Avoid

Here is the best kept secret of ALL French teachers abroad. Swearing words. Of course, this is the perfect time to send you children away so they don’t learn them faster than you do.  Warning: I know you might like to use these words to sound « more French » than you already do. Don’t. I’m offering them [...]

Learn to Play Petanque!

For something leisurely (and French), stop at the Hotel de Ville where 20 terrains (what do we say in English? Courts? Pitches?) will be set up and ready to use, with the necessary metal boules also freely available. Saturday and Sunday, 10am – 9pm >more activities for this weekend in Paris

A Casanova Who Cooks

Le Concervatoire de Cédric Casanova is the latest venture from, you guessed it, Cédric Casanova – former tightrope walker, fan of Sicily, and the man behind one of our favourite restaurants in Paris, La Tete dans les Olives. In the same vein as La Tete dans les Olives, La Concervatoire ordinarily operates as a little [...]

Fab Moretti, NY Block Party, New Orleans Jazz

June 21st, the Summer Solstice. The longest day of the year, when the sun stays out longer than we thought possible back in January. Paris makes great use of this “midsummer night” by celebrating music all day and all night with their annual Fête de la Musique, with free performances all over the city. It’s [...]

A Walk Thru the ‘Dou

Never been to the Pompidou Center? The lines for admission can be daunting. Here’s an armchair tour, thanks to Paris on Demand.

Lunch at BHV

Sooner or later, we know, we will end up having lunch at the Cantine in the BHV (Bazar de l’Hôtel de Ville). It’s central. It’s inexpensive. The food is good. The view from the big windows is magnificent. And of all the Paris department stores, it’s the most approachable. It’s not as big as Galeries Lafayette, [...]

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