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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 […]

Emerging from Obscurity

The crepidula fornicata, or Atlantic limpet as it’s soon to be better known in English (sometimes also known as the Atlantic Slipper Shell, or berlingots de mer in French) is actually native to the northeast of the U.S. Until now, few people have tasted this shellfish as it’s very difficult to extract the edible part […]

Plastic Not-So-Fantastic

Le Fooding is creeping northward, even reaching my neck of the woods behind Sacre Coeur. I tried out Jeanne B, one such place, and hoped for the best. Alas. My salmon in “papillote” turned out to be salmon “en plastique” though no mention of it was made on the menu. Neither did the server deem it […]

My Local

To be Parisian, you must have a local—your go-to for dining out, an aperitif before dinner, or a quick cup of coffee. And to be super duper Parisian, your local should be less than fabulous. It shouldn’t be a blazingly shiny brasserie or reupholstered retro bistro. The waitress shouldn’t be sexy. Those places are for […]

Venezuelan Sandwich Specialties

The “other” side of Montmartre – down the hill from the prime tourist photo-op territory of the Sacre Coeur – is bubbling up as one of the coolest neighborhoods in Paris right now. The burger bar Le Ruisseau is drawing local hipsters out of the woodwork, as is the trendy mid-century modern furniture shop Maison Nordik. Those are […]

Inevitably, a Beer Fest

Flush with its new popularity, crafts and artisan beers now have their own a  festival, La Paris Beer Week (despite the Franglais title, the site is in French), taking place in brasseries, bars, and beer shops around Paris now through  June 1. There will be degustations, soirées gastronomiques, and even an amateur beer-making contest. I’m […]

A Sumptuous Tea Room

Le Dôme du Marais is filled with romantic nostalgia. The entrance has a mysterious vibe, and was a divine spot to sit and enjoy the apothecary/vintage scientist type of decorative objects in the large glass window cabinet that dominates the area. I was meeting Quinn of Quinntessential Style. We ventured into the pretty tea room filled […]

Monk-Made

I found a fantastic boutique that sells products made by monks all over France. Le Comptoir des Abbayes regroups products from small workshops, farms and ateliers of the hundreds of monasteries scattered all over the countryside. These abbeys, places where monks seclude themselves to practice their religion and to pray, also are places of production […]

Burger Bonanza

Paris’ love for burgers is showing no signs of abating, with burger joints continuing to pop up all over the capital, even as far a field as the new, tasteful Le Ruisseau in a rather quiet corner of the 18th arrondissement. This part of town – on the other side of Montmartre, away from the […]

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