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

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Théâtre Marigny Paris


Photo images courtesy of Théatre Marigny
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29 March 2019


Celebrating friendship with my "fashionista" press group at a favorite point de rendez-vous.

Le Lobby Restaurant
Peninsula Hotel
19 Avenue Kléber 75116


See my write-up
LiLi at the Peninsula
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California Dreamin': A Paris Restaurant Marathon

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 & Co.
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


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