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Breaking Bread with David Downie

Author David Downie dispels a lot of myths about French food and cooking in his wonderful new book A Taste of Paris. To follow up on our review of the book yesterday, we asked Downie a few questions about the complex question of “authentic” French cuisine, what current restaurant trends he finds promising, and where […]

Gluten-Free Comes to Paris

In the baguette capital of the world, it is hard to find places that sell gluten-free food. But there are a few, mainly in the Marais, catering to tourists and people in the glamour trades. The helpful site GlutenFreeinParis lists just one gluten-free spot in the entire 18th arrondissement. So a gluten-intolerant friend and I […]

More Mexican Welcome in Paris!

In 2006, Julien Zattara, a Frenchman, met Alejandra, a Mexican, while they were both studying cooking in Lyon at Paul Bocuse Institute. Julien and Alejandro became fast friends, sharing sharing tequila shots and traveling together to attend a wedding in Mexico. They decided to open a Mexican restaurant in 2006 on rue Mouffetard in the […]

30-Centime Drinks? There’s An App for That

Fancy 30 drinks for €9.99? Check out the latest drinks-related app to hit the Paris bar scene: Firsty. Getting your daily drink on is pretty simple: download the app, subscribe for €9.99 a month, select a bar near you from their list of around 50, and head in for a drink every day of the […]

Here’s the Beef!

Jean-Francois Clavier, the owner of a company Archibald Gourmet, which imports Wagyu beef to France, and Jean-Francois Celbert, owner of the upscale Josephine Restaurant and Boulangerie have teamed up to serve a Wagyu tasting menu. Wagyu is a breed of Japanese cow that yields a high percentage of oleaginous unsaturated fat, producing a high quality […]

Rum’s French Accent

Rum is an incredibly interesting spirit, from its rich history to modern-day debates on its true definition. It can be sipped straight or mixed into a cocktail. There’s also its cheeky tiki side. En plus, it’s got a real French connection with artisanal rhum agricole hailing from the islands. If you’re already a rum lover […]

Where It All Goes

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France Bans Free Soda Refills

Until I visited France, I had always thought that a person’s weight simply increases irrevocably as one ages. One day in Paris, however, clarified that misinformation. The lean-ness of the citizens struck me, particularly of the chic older people. Grandpas and grannies strolled their trim figures around the the Jardin de Luxembourg, their beige trench […]

Sweet and Simple Bistro in the Marais

It’s tucked away on a Marais side street, at 8 Rue de Jouy, that I’d almost forgotten about Metropolitain. The neighborhood standby has been around as long as I can remember with its cherry red storefront dotted with portholes. Passing it last month, I saw they had a 20€ two-course lunch menu and decided to […]

A Vegan in Paris

Last weekend there were two big vegan events in Paris, the Veggie Pride parade and market at Place Stalingrad overlooking the canal, and the Veggie World fair at Le Centquatre. I went to the fair to find some decent vegan cheese for making pizza, and ended up going home with a whole grocery bag full […]

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