Archive for the 'Food & Dining' Category


Giving the Costes Another Try

I’m not a huge fan of the Costes restaurants, especially their original homebase, L’Hotel Costes, which doesn’t live up to its prices and has a flaky wait staff to boot. HOWEVERRRR, I have to admit that my most recent visit to one of the Costes’ Paris cafés really made me rethink my preset judgment. I […]

No Joke

When I first moved to Paris in 2005, I frequented Le Clown Bar, a cozy restaurant next door to Le Cirque d’Hiver. Loaded with charm, the interior from the turn of the century had tile inserts with clown motifs, along with an excellent two-course menu for about 25 euros. As I became more familiar with […]

Tower-Adjacent Dining

Eating around the Eiffel Tower is not THAT difficult, but you can’t really be too picky.  It’s pretty much a choice between restaurants that are overpriced for what you get, restaurants that don’t allow reservations and are packed, or humdrum joints that aren’t worth staying in the area for. This is why I’m so glad to […]

May It Be Deliciously Spooky

Happy Halloween from The Paris Blog!

The City’s Oldest Pastry Shop

The baba au rhum dessert was invented at Patisserie Stohrer on rue Montorgueil in the early 1700s. By Louis XIV’s personal pastry chef. The shop is still open, and you can still eat those delicious brioche soaked in booze!

Season for Savories

Americans aren’t used to seeing huge pork legs in the window, but many epiceries in Paris sell the highly prized Iberian Ham now officially known as Jambon Pata Negra (an appellation created by Spanish Royal Decree in January 2014). My favorite is the newly-opened hole in the wall in the Passage des Panoramas, Les Grands […]

Best Steak in Paris?

I don’t see the point in ingesting a steak unless its fatty, well aged and worth the calories. Like everything now, sourcing the very best gets you 90% of the way there. And by accident I stumbled the other night into the best steak in Paris that I’ve ever had. It was with no expectations […]

Where There Is Will…

William Pradeleix, the chef, loves combining French traditional flavors with more exotic ones. Our meal at Will was a true ode to fusion food and an original on the Paris dining scene. We started off with a reinvention of the classic French tartare, seasoned with sesame seeds, white truffle and green mango. The sesame added […]

A Gourmet Holiday Tradition

Nearly 30 of France’s top pastry chefs and 26 Bûches de Noël make for one indulgent afternoon well spent. As an insatiable gourmande, I jump at the chance to meet and speak with pastry chefs so you can imagine my excitement when the country’s top talents are together in one room. My blogging pal Carol Gillott […]

Bit o’Britain

The return to Paris of the British store Marks & Spencer has been so successful (food and clothing shops on the Champs Elysées and the Beaugrenelle Commercial Center in the 15th), that now they are rolling out a bunch of food-only convenience shops, M&S Food, currently at 35 blvd St-Michel in the 5th, 6 rue […]

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