Archive for July, 2014

A Triumphant Return

The reopening of the restaurant La Ferme Saint Simon is without a doubt one of the events of the 2014 culinary season after months of well-deserved hype. This mystical Parisian restaurant address had lost some of its glamour in the past; however, with a new team that has strategically rethought the menu and interior design, […]

Paris Zoo Reopens!

The Paris Zoo (Parc Zoologique de Paris) celebrated its 80th anniversary with a reopening in June 2014. The six-year closure was necessary to plan renovations. The zoo had never had been renovated or upgraded since 1934. Now, instead of being cooped in cages according to their type, the one hundred eighty park species, including the […]

The French “Manana”

My least favorite word in the French language was and may still be the word normalement. Normalement basically means “if all goes according to plan”. When you add normalement to a response, it means the thing should happen. For example: Question: « Le magasin est ouvert demain ?» / “The store is open tomorrow?” Response: […]

Ramadan-Themed Ad in the Paris Metro

I don’t remember seeing ads about Ramadan in the Paris metro before this year. Clearly a bigger part of the population than ever is observing Ramadan, the yearly month-long Muslim fasting time, which ends tomorrow. This ad is for a telephone company, Buzzmobile. It says, “Unlimited calls 24h/24. I can gassar without counting!” A footnote says that gassar means “talk […]

Cali Cuisine, Paris View

California dreamers who don’t want to lose sight of the Eiffel Tower should book a terrace table at Frame, the contemporary California-inspired brasserie at the Hotel Pullman Paris Eiffel Tower. I went for the Eiffel Tower views (even after 19 years living here, it’s still impressive!) and the fish tacos on the menu. My Parisian friend […]

Where the French President Eats

Imagine our excitement last Friday evening when we saw none other than the President of the Republic, François Hollande, dining at the gastronomic jewel in the crown of the 18th arrondissement: La Table d’Eugène. Proof that not only is this part of the 18th becoming hipsterfied – it’s positively being gentrified. Helmed by chef Geoffrey […]

You, Too, Can Paint at Giverny

My friends Laurie and Blair lead outdoor painting workshops in Paris and environs. During the summer they take clients to Giverny to paint and they receive a special permit that is only given to artists and photographers to go after hours when it is closed to the public. We went on a hot mid July […]

A Most Amazing Mall

Beaugrenelle is the perfect mix between the best features of a shopping center and the spirit of a department store. One might be mistaken and call it a mall…but Beaugrenelle is nothing like an American mall. Its original architecture, designed by Valode & Pistre, is full of light making it infinitely more beautiful and pleasant […]

A Graphic (Novel) Battle

Artist Joe Sacco has created an immense 24-foot panoramic depiction of the WWI Battle of the Somme (July 1, 1916) spanning the long metro tunnel in Montparnasse station (in the corridor between Metro line 4 and the train station). It was one of the deadliest battles, with 20,000 dead and 40,000 wounded in one day. The artist […]

Bust Out the j’Aimes

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