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.


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 with their horseradish cream; planche of thinly-sliced rare roast beef, parmesan, tapenade, capers]

L'Avant Comptoir Marché

Chef: Yves Camdeborde
Champagne: Drappier

22 May 2018

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

16 May 2018

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 Mother's 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

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

- Newsletter update: more photos + travel tips -


Below: 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 love being asked to review restaurants and this month will see a tsunami of both old and new stars to be featured in next month's newsletter.

7 May 2018

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

I once described this métro entrance in USA Today as, "hundreds of multi-colored bras 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