30 March 2019

Music art

Wall art on a Pigalle street corner announces live music inside.

A musical fête

Uplifting performances. Beautiful costuming. Talented cast.

All songs in English with French subtitles

Director / choreographer: Stephen Mear

April newsletter

Théâtre Marigny Paris


Photo images courtesy of Théatre Marigny
(click to enlarge)

29 March 2019


A favorite point de rendez-vous to celebrate friendship.

Le Lobby Restaurant
Peninsula Hotel
19 Avenue Kléber 75116


See my write-up:
LiLi at the Peninsula

27 March 2019

Mi casa, tu casa

Far from the usual Mexican fare
A demo / tasting at Le Cordon Bleu, this time with celebrity chef sensation Enrique Olvera on the publication of his new book, Tu Casa Mi Casa: Mexican Recipes for the Home Cook.

Olvera has single-handedly redefined Mexican cuisine. His Mexico City restaurant Pujol is high on The World's 50 Top Restaurants list - as well as my list when we visit Valle de Guadalupe, "the Napa Valley of Mexico."

More photos and book review
April newsletter

25 March 2019

A wine, a cheese

Exquisite French cheeses with what else? Exquisite French wines.

Legrand Filles et Fils
 Galerie Vivienne 75002

- elevated tables - counter seating - wine tastings -

18 March 2019

Soup's on

From creamy veloutés using winter vegetables to a Vietnamese grilled eggplant hot pot - not to mention my own minestrones (grazie to my Italian Aunt Maria in Rome) and soupe à l'oignon, just ask my French in-laws - there's enough chill left in the air to make soup the hottest thing since the return of bone broth (which, in my family, never went away). - BPJ

[More soups - plus where to find them and recipes - in April newsletter]

16 March 2019

Thigh high

The Fontaine du Gros-Caillou, the neo-classical Fontaine de Mars shows the mythical figures of Mars and the goddess Hygieia.

15 March 2019

Books and beams

Upstairs at one of the world's most iconic bookshops.

Shakespeare and Company
37 rue de la Bûcherie 75005

14 March 2019

Day trip: "The mill! The mill!"

A secret artists' sanctuary; an extraordinary magical place where composers and screen writers come to work in a tranquil country setting surrounded by natural beauty. As romantic as it gets.

Le Moulin d'Andé

[The table d'hôte and B&B will turn a day visit into a weekend, or more]

Above: the moulin from François Truffaut film, Jules et Jim

9 March 2019


The new bun on the block is unmistakably British:
delectable cinnamon knots at a boulangerie-pastry café on a narrow street in the Latin Quarter.

Below: a fresh batch gets a quick egg brush and ready for the oven

Circus Bakery
63 rue Galande 75005

8 March 2019

6 March 2019

End of The Week

Paris Fashion Week started with the loss of perhaps fashion's biggest icon, Karl Lagerfeld, and ended yesterday.

- Behind the scenes -
March newsletter

Photo image courtesy of Danielle

Paris fashion week

It's Paris Fashion Week. Again.


A blossoming tree near a square signals that spring is on course.

5 March 2019

Seafood stall

Oysters, shrimps, scallops and hot wine comfortably share a Montmartre food stand.

Update: thanks to chef Yves Camdeborde for "getting" my tongue-in-cheek take on 3/2 post Bistronomy a now over-used term - bistro + gastronomy - that came about thanks to him.
See 10/2017 post Flying pig

4 March 2019


Plenty of time left to catch the Calder-Picasso exhibition.

Ends August 25, 2019

Hôtel Salé
5 rue de Thorigny 75003

2 March 2019


Bistro + economy:
The rapport qualité-prix at this popular relative newcomer near the butte (see post A bouillon in Pigalle) is one of the best in the city.

Above: leeks vinaigrette with crushed hazelnuts entrée; bistro staple boeuf bourguignon on bed of coquillettes; thinly-sliced rare roast beef frites maison for lunch

Below: packed every night

Bouillon Pigalle
22 Boulevard de Clichy 75018

- No reservations -
Service continu from 12 p.m. to 12 a.m.  every day