Archive for October, 2012


Paris Fashion Week Wrap

Fashion Week is over (or rather, has moved on to Tokyo). Here are some of the best looks from the shows in the City of Light.

Bon Marche Fetes 160 Years

I took a shortcut through the Bon Marché department store last week (well, it’s big), and was surprised to find the 160th anniversary decorations are actually pretty cute. Catherine Deneuve is the muse for this Rive Gauche event, with her cartoon caricature accompanying you in a fun little photo booth (€5) and a moody video […]

Empanada Heaven

Clasico Argentino serves classic Argentinian empanadas as well as an American classic: ice cream. In its third space, near the Place des Vosges, the new Clasico Argentino is tiny with a takeout bar and a counter with a few seats. The other locations are full restaurants with takeout counters. The affable Argentinian chef Gaston told me […]

Best Fall Green Markets

October is a great “fooding” month, as the seasonal change means shoppers can still enjoy summer fruits like melons and berries, and the new fall harvest brings lovely squash, pumpkin (for eating, not for Halloween), and various mushrooms (girolles, cepes). The marchés are a great place to experience the bounty of the fall harvest, and […]

A Home-Based Cooking School

La Cucina di Terresa, Terresa Murphy’s home-based cooking school, offers Italian-influenced vegetarian cooking lessons in Paris to individuals and small groups. An ideal spot for the collision of cuisine and good company, Terresa’s kitchen is a testament to her industriousness. The place is stocked from floor to ceiling with enticing ingredients and kitted out with […]

Paris-to-London Bike Route

I haven’t heard much fanfare about it, but I recently learned that a cycling route between London and Paris opened over the summer. L’Avenue Verte is a 406 kilometer (252 mile) low- to no-traffic itinerary linking the two capitals (via the Dieppe-Newhaven ferry; they haven’t figured out biking on water yet!) The route winds through a […]

Grape Harvest Festival in Montmartre

Incredible though it may seem, the Fête des Vendanges de Montmartre, which is in full swing this weekend, celebrating the grape harvest on the northern slopes of the city, is the third-most-attended event of the year in Paris, after the Nuit Blanche and Paris Plages. I’m not sure how they actually go about counting these […]

When “Non” Means “Oui”

Aisha was telling me about an anecdote with her French parents-in-law. Her mother in law was washing the dishes and Aisha asked “May I help?”.And she answered, “No, it’s fine. Don’t worry.” So Aisha left her to this task. The same situation happened again. Twice. But she could feel something was wrong. (At this point […]

Playtime Cocktails

The recently revamped Artus boutique hotel is courting the cocktail crowd with its newly opened bar, Playtime. This bright and tiny space was designed under the inspiration of film and the fifties, resulting in a playfully retro feel. Electric blue walls serve as a backdrop for bright green furniture and vintage-type posters. The bar has […]

Tapas in the 15th

Afaria arrived in Paris long before the popular tapas restaurant Dans Les Landes was even a thought. In fact, Julien Duboué is the man behind both restaurants, but it all began with Afaria in 2007. We were a group of 10 and thus able to reserve the high-top table that takes over most of the front […]

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