29 May 2018

28 May 2018

A bouillon in Pigalle

Bouillons were after-market soup kitchens in days of old and this one lives up to the tradition of elegance, simplicity, great prices, great food.

Above: herring w/its potato salad; pot au feu w/spinach walnut side salad
(click to enlarge)

Bouillon Pigalle
22 Boulevard de Clichy 75018

25 May 2018


A magnificent façade on a quai near the tip of Île Saint-Louis.

Reminder: one night only

Don't miss this sensational multi-award winning musical co-production between Broadway and the Théâtre du Châtelet.

An American In Paris

One night only unique screening

Monday May 28th
8 p.m.
(In English)

Music and songs: George and Ira Gershwin
Tony best choreographer: Christopher Wheeldon

24 May 2018

Champagne on ice

...is very nice.

Above: with salt-studded Brittany butter on the counter the barman prepares our apéritifs 

 Below: just some of the sharing plates that accompanied

[sardines-as-you've-never-tasted; poulet frites w/horseradish cream; planche of thinly-sliced rare roast beef, parmesan, tapenade, capers]

L'Avant Comptoir Marché

Chef: Yves Camdeborde
Champagne: Drappier

22 May 2018


Majestic vista of Place Vendôme's column as seen from the Jardin des Tuileries.

18 May 2018

A taste of Paris

The capital's most must-attend food event of the year ends Sunday May 20, 2018.

Greatest gastronomy festival in the world

Grand Palais 
3 avenue du Général Eisenhower 75008

Above: mega chef de cuisine Thierry Marx at work

Coffee and kilts

Parisian waiters wear kilts and combat boots at a café-bistro off Place de la Concorde.

Le plat du jour: tomates farcies

Ever since my Aunt Maria in Rome's stuffed tomatoes we've been on the lookout for the perfect tomates farcies, but have to admit that these came pretty close. - BPJ

17 May 2018

Girl with burger

At a photo shoot for an ad campaign.


Vietnamese: a break from French fare.

- In upcoming June newsletter -
Vietnam in Paris: where to eat; what to order


16 May 2018

Foot wear

Unusual sport shoes in a shop window in the 11th arrondissement.

15 May 2018

Café en Île

Watching the afternoon drift by on the beautiful Île Saint-Louis.


Great news: once again Danielle's film Mothers And Daughters hit record sales / rentals over Mothers Day Weekend!

- A huge congratulations (again) to all involved, with an extra special thanks to Amy -

14 May 2018

Top floor

From the 7th floor of the Terrass Hotel, Montmartre: one of the best views in Paris.

3 hours (or less) from Paris: Tangiers, Morocco

4-day getaway: Tantalizing Tangiers
(click photos to enlarge)

The Moroccan port city that lured writers Jean Genet and Paul Bowles.

- Newsletter update: more photos + travel tips -


Below: an assortment of delectable mezze

8 May 2018

Nutty breads

Whole grain breads made with walnuts, hazelnuts, pistachios and dried cranberries at a local boulangerie.

Fooding: I'm sometimes invited to review restaurants and this month will see both old and new stars, to be featured in next month's newsletter.

7 May 2018

Artists out

With spring weather finally here the painters of Place du Tertre are back in force.

5 May 2018

A place in the park

A lone chair in the Jardin des Tuileries.

At the foot of the butte

¡Hoy es el día de la paella!

70 rue Duhesme 75018

Reserve your portion: 09 50 18 02 26
- See you there -


Sister resto in Marais:
102 rue du Temple 75003

4 May 2018

More muguets

Last chance to give a muguet, a tradition that began when King Charles IX of France was presented with a bouquet as a token for luck and prosperity on May 1, 1561.

3 May 2018

Murano métro

  Writing on Paris for USA Today I described this métro entrance as looking as if "hundreds of multi-colored bras had been strung together."


In May newsletter:

3 hours (or less) from Paris
Tantalizing Tangiers: the Moroccan port city that lured Jean Genet and Paul Bowles; more