Archive for November, 2012

A Paris Hair Show

Ever been to a hair show? No? You’re not alone. You might not even know what one is. Enlighten yourselves this Saturday with “illuminata”, the first hair show organised by stylepixie English hairdressers right here in Paris. In the stylish setting of La Fabrique gallery, guests will be able to admire the fun and fantastic […]

Navigo Goes More Places

The public transport organization Stif has introduced a new formula for traveling within the five zones of the department, Île-de-France, which includes Paris using the Navigo Monthly and Navigo Annual passes (not the weekly, Mobilis or Paris Visite). This new service is for the metro, bus, tramway, weekend night buses (Noctilien), RER and regional Transilien trains. […]

The Top 5 Jazz Clubs in Paris

By Laura Pellerine Jazz first gained popularity in Paris during the roaring 1920s—a common thought is that it was introduced to the city by American soldiers who were stationed in France during and after WWI. It wasn’t until the next decade that it really became a part of the city’s culture, especially with innovative bands […]

A New “Top Chef” Restaurant

Top Chef is as popular a television program in France as it is in the US, and as in the US, many contestants on France’s version of the show go on to open their own restaurants after all the media exposure. Such is the case for the Top Chef 2011 semifinalist, Pierre Sang Boyer, who just launched […]

Le Jour du Merci Donnant

Our annual reprint of Art Buchwald’s definitive explanation of Thanksgiving, from the late writer’s 2005 column in the Washington Post. 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 (Pélérins) who fled from l’Angleterre before […]

Paris vs. NYC

Paris vs. New York: the video. Thanks to Paris Imperfect for the tip!

The 2012 Beaujolais Nouveau has arrived! Um… anybody?

The Beaujolais Nouveau has arrived! The Japanese are such fans that apparently some of them bathe in it (looks cold). The Chinese are snatching it up. When I lived in Boston, it was quite a big deal in my neighborhood, Beacon Hill. But in Paris, it’s hard to find anyone paying attention. Even the liquor store has […]

Why the La Poste Bank Sucks

French banks all have a legislative bank code that they have to adhere to, and it states that if someone steals your check book or your bank card, and makes fraudulent purchases with it, the bank has to reimburse you. Good deal, right? It is unless you are with La Poste. You see, it turns […]

A Swanky Jazz Evening

A little jazz and swanky schmoozing for a good cause in a stunning setting? The November 23rd event “A Little Love Music” is an evening of jazz and mingling at the British Ambassador’s Residence at 39 Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré (an 18th-century mansion formerly home to Napoléon Bonaparte’s favorite sister, Pauline). It is hosted by […]


Vivant Table opened in April of 2011 to mostly rave reviews, but a friend had a less-than-perfect experience when she dined there, with beyond poor service and inedible items on the plate. So I was curious to see where things would fall for me. Jancou shut his eclectic bobo slip this summer and swapped out some […]

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