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25 May 2019

A lunch table

Heading into the weekend with another hearty sit-down lunch, en famille.

Above: classic cassoulet; magrets de canard; foie gras ravioli; planche of artisanal charcuteries; AOC wine from the beautiful Bergerac

Le Comptoir de la Gastronomie
34 rue Montmartre 75001

Merci encore for the special "extras"... 

23 May 2019

Red is for radish

Springtime means radishes, and Paris market stalls are brimming.

Below: with home-made mayo, a twist on the classical French way of eating radishes (w/salt, butter and baguette); thinly sliced and fanned atop a crab risotto

20 May 2019

3 hours (or less) from Paris: Honfleur

Honfleur, fishing village charm in Normandy that was home to Impressionist Eugène Boudin.

Below: early a.m. start at Honfleur's sprawling Saturday open-air market on Place Sainte-Catherine; catching the full moon over the old port
(click to enlarge)

By car: 2 1/2 hours via A13
By train: just under 3 hours from Gare Saint-Lazare; several trains per day - search for train (to Rouen) / drive options

[close enough to be a day trip from Paris but recommended as romantic weekend getaway]

Where to Eat: Honfleur
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18 May 2019

Bourbon Sours

This no-frills drink, or rather its sibling, the Whiskey Sour, became my go-to in-flight cocktail years ago thanks to a sweet older English lady sitting next to me on my way from London to Arizona. She said she always had one "for luck" whenever she flew, and I thought it a great idea. You'll feel like you're flying after a couple of these. - BPJ

Live jazz / piano nightly 

17 May 2019

Chasing the blues

Live music adds to a weekend antiquing experience at the Marchés aux Puces in the north of Paris, just outside the péripherique.

Look for:

La Chope des Puces
(mostly gypsy jazz / jazz manouche, a style started by Romani guitarist Jean "Django" Reinhardt in Paris during the 1930s)
122 rue des Rosiers 93400 Saint-Ouen
Tel: 01 40 11 28 80

Le Picolo
58 rue Jules Vallès 93400 Saint-Ouen
Tel: 01 40 11 11 19

Chez Louisette
(songs of vieux Paris; blues, jazz, spontaneous dancing) 
136 avenue Michelet 93400 Saint-Ouen
- inside the Vernaison flea market -
Tel: 01 40 12 10 14

16 May 2019


Exquisite Roman antiquities. Where are they?
(hint: not a museum)

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15 May 2019

Egg on his face

A small gallery in the 12th shows off-the-radar contemporary art.

Atelier du Génie
28 Passage du Génie 75012

14 May 2019

Pieds dans l'eau

Much to take in biking along the Canal de l'Ourcq.

Above: a stop for tea-and-cake on the veranda of an artsy two-story "house" right on the water, where every room is different

Below: a peek inside; street art
(click photos to enlarge)

  Le Pavillon des Canaux
39 Quai de la Loire 75019

12 May 2019

Mothers Days

N'oubliez pas:

This year Mothers Day in France is celebrated Sunday, May 26th.

- Happy Mothers Day U.S.A. -

11 May 2019

If music be the food of love...

Cold and rainy Paris?
Here are two fun ideas for this weekend:

Above: "Chicago The Musical" at the Mogador Theater (all songs in English)

Below: "Four days of dining, drinking, and live entertainment for food enthusiasts!"

"Le Festival des Chefs"


10 May 2019


This version of classic buttercream pastry is loaded with crushed hazelnuts.

Yann Couvreur Pâtisserie
23bis rue des Rosiers 75004

9 May 2019

Hanging out

Sweeping views over the city from a heavenly Montmartre apartment.

Above: sunset; gin tonics al fresco; yours truly on one of the balconies
(click photos to enlarge)
Merci Catherine and Christian

7 May 2019

Terrace chic

May is time for terrace dining.

Above: a fountain, a cobbled courtyard, parasols, sparkly lights

173 Boulevard Saint-Germain 75006

Try: Maryland crab cakes; Maine lobster salad; grilled lamb chops with fava beans; beef carpaccio with horseradish


6 May 2019

4 May 2019

Going vegan

French cuisine is endlessly varied and this airy place at the foot of the Montmartre butte offers great value and healthy choices.

Above: creative veggie sharing planche for two; side salad of fennel, chick peas, walnuts and blue cheese

Below: mango dessert

Abattoir Végétal
61 rue Ramey 75018


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3 May 2019

Market muguets

May 1st is La Fête du Travail, Labor Day, when muguets or lilies of the valley are given to loved ones.

Above: a forest of muguets for sale at an open-air market

Below: blooms for the lunch table; bright gariguette strawberries, back in season 

2 May 2019

3 hours (or less) from Paris: Amsterdam #2

Above: a floating tulip garden; an early café créme on a quiet square; anyone for chess?

Below: no visit to Amsterdam is complete without feasting on rijsttafel (traditional Indonesian multi-dish "rice table"), sampling Dutch cheeses at a street market or hopping on a bicycle....


Several direct flights daily
Total flight time: 1 hour 20 minutes

By train: Thalys from Paris Gare du Nord - 27 trains per day
[shortest travel time: 3 hours 17 minutes direct into Amsterdam Centraal]

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