Archive for July, 2012


Ground-Level Reporting

White snakeskin platforms. As you do! Prete-Moi Paris has a fun round-up of amazing footwear spotted on people attending the recent round of annual haute couture shows in Paris. Have a look!

Summer Clubbing in Paris

Throughout Paris right now, flyers with the word “Wanderlust” are littered on streets and plastered on surfaces. For days, I could not figure out what this mysterious Wanderlust implied until I stumbled upon the answer while at an exhibition in the Cité de la Mode et du Design. Having an espresso in the museum café, […]

Acte 3 Cocktail Bar

One of the latest cocktail spots to spark some interest has sprung up in the energetic 3eme arrondissement as well as on Figaro’s recent list of the city’s best bars. Mel and I stopped in this week to find out just how Acte 3 stacks up against the best. Although the entrance is unmarked, the […]

Nude Olympics

These posters have been appearing all over town, encouraging people to take the Eurostar to the Olympics. And showing the real favorite British sports of pool and darts. Imagine all the indignant responses if anyone tried to put these up in the U.S.! But the French never went through a Puritan period. >more

Cali Guest Chefs at a Java Specialist’s

Paris isn’t traditionally known for its ability to make a decent cup of coffee, but award-winning French speciality coffee roasters and coffee shop Coutume Café, are making it their mission to change that. Located on Paris’ Left Bank, just a skip and a jump away from the Rodin Museum and swanky department store Le Bon […]

Vive la France

Happy Bastille Day to all!

Guest Post: Not All French Cuisine is ‘Haute’

France has a reputation for having some of the world’s best cuisine. However, after a long history of the fabulous food that brought France its international fame, this story has been changing nationwide for near about three decades. Some example of less than exquisite foods can be found in the rural regions of France. Poitou-Charentes, […]

A Metro Station Bomb Shelter

One of the many interesting things in Mark Ovenden’s book Paris Underground is the story of the Place des Fêtes metro station. The station was one of several stops on the new line 11 of the metro system, which was scheduled to be built at the beginning of the 1930s. As the geopolitical situation worsened during […]

The American Tongue

In the seven years I have been living in Paris, I have witnessed an American food invasion. When I first moved in August 2005, it was a subtle trend. Restaurants and cafes were offering their version of American style brunch, with extensive menus of large amount of carbohydrates including bagels, eggs, fruit, juices, etc. It […]

The Merde-meister Speaks

For Paris writers, Stephen Clarke needs no introduction. The author of the bestselling “Merde” series (A Year in the Merde, Merde Actually, Merde Happens, etc), he is the icon of success for self-published authors and a witty presence on the Paris literary scene. I contacted him after admiring the striking presentation of God Save Ze Président on amazon.fr. Laurel Zuckerman: […]

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