Archive for the 'Food & Dining' Category


A New Neo-Bistro in the 10th

Porte 12, a new 32-seat neo-bistrot in the 10th arrondissement, is just a few blocks over from other standouts in the restaurant category – Albion, Abri, Le Richer and L’Office. Chef Vincent Crepel presides over the narrow open kitchen where he inventively plays up seasonal produce in a style greatly informed both by his travels […]

Something Special in Saint-Paul

Le Métropolitain opened two years ago by a talented French chef, Paul Arthur Berlan. It is located in Saint-Paul, one of the most charming Parisian neighborhoods, not far from the Marais. Every dish we had the night we went was perfectly executed, and the service was very attentive. Things started off well with the marinated […]

Pre-Mixed Bliss

La Cave a Cocktail is a new breed of bottle shop that just opened doors and sells a variety of bottled cocktails. This is strictly a shop, not a bar. The basic range includes standards like a Cosmo, familiars like the Pornstar martini and unusuals like Duc o’Lada (Cachaca-based). They also offer a Prestige selection […]

Crowded, Noisy and Recommended!

Le Petit Marché is on rue Béarn, a small street just north and directly off of the Place des Vosges. Le Petit Marché is not for those who want a quiet, romantic dinner. It’s busy, noisy, jam-packed café perfect for a quick lunch and people-watching. Most of the staff speak English. Start with the Chinese […]

Le Food Fad

Went out for dinner tonight to a nice place in the 16th arrondissement and was surprised to see that since the last time I was there, they have added cheeseburgers to the menu. They are now officially fashionable in Paris. But not cheap. That’s $33 a cheeseburger.

Heavenly Cakes and Teas

One of my favorite indulgences right now is Ciel, a Japanese tea room that only has one kind of pastry: light and airy angel food cakes with cream filling in flavors like strawberry, yuzu, chocolate, matcha, Griotte cherry, vanilla, or black sesame. They are beautifully presented for eating at the small counter space or to […]

Ready for Lift Off

The luxury hotel Peninsula has made Paris its European point of entry, introducing a few new drinking and dining options to the city. The rooftop restaurant and bar, L’oiseau Blanc, was named after the French plane that attempted to make the first non-stop flight from Paris to New York in 1927 but mysteriously disappeared. Fittingly, […]

Champagne in Champagne

Over brunch one Sunday years ago, a friend raised her glass and said, “Thanks for introducing me to champagne.” I responded, “You’d never had it before?” And she said, “Well, at weddings. Not, like, every day.” Regrettably, I don’t drink champagne everyday. It’s more a once-a-week thing. Though I can be cheap in other areas […]

Apero Culture

The apéro is one of the many French traditions around food. And as a true francophile, you understand that food is sacred to French people. Today, we are going to demystify the French apéro for you and give you tips to impress your French hosts when you’re invited for an apéro. L’apéro is the short […]

Fresh from Ile de Ré

You may have heard of Marlette, the trendy culinary brand originating from île de Ré that has taken Bretagne by storm with its savory and organic pre-made mixes. Now you can have it all in Paris at Café Marlette, opened by sisters, Margot and Scarlett; this tearoom boutique can be found on the famous rue des […]

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