20 June 2019

Face off


HEY!
Exhibition of modern art and pop culture #4.

Ends August 2, 2019

Halle Saint Pierre
- bookstore / coffee shop / museum -
2 rue Ronsard 75018

Photos from champagne press opening in July newsletter

19 June 2019

Déjeuner sur l'herbe




June means food, music, art and, as usual, Paris goes all out.

Above: streets at the foot of Montmartre covered in grass and transformed into giant picnic spaces complete with lounge chairs, live music and barbecues til midnight

Below: a quick tapas and beer stop


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2019 Fête de la Musique

This Friday June 21st

"On this day, amateur musicians will invade the capital’s streets and bars to properly celebrate the 38th edition of Make Music Day aka Fête de la Musique"

 

17 June 2019

All in one night

 



Flash downpour then clear skies: dinner at Restaurant 58 inside the Eiffel Tower.

Chef de cuisine: Thierry Marx

Below: gliding on the river under a full moon when the Eiffel Tower lit up



16 June 2019

Fête des pères


Today is Father's Day.

Phare dans la nuit, capitaine du navire, contre les vents contraires, tu souris et déposes un baiser sur ma joue endormie....

14 June 2019

A simple meal




A delightful part of Parisian lifestyle is spontaneous dinners with small groups of friends. A plus if everyone lives in the same neighborhood.

Above: dinner chez an artist who happens to be a wine expert; starter salad

Below: sunset view from the dining room which also serves as an atelier



12 June 2019

Serious eating



No clowning around when it comes to the food and natural wines at this restaurant where Paris chefs head on their night off.

Above: Beef Wellington eat your heart out -
foie gras-laced duck breast encased in a light pastry with apple compote maison



Clown Bar
(a former canteen for workers at nearby Cirque d"Hiver)
114 rue Amelot 75011


11 June 2019

Spirit of Paris


Paris est une ville magique…  The occult sciences unite all that cannot be explained. They seek to make visible the invisible, in the broad sense, whether poetic or scientific.... We cannot understand 20th century Europe without knowledge of the occult sciences."

Bertrand Matot, French journalist and author, “Paris Occulte”

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Paris’ fascination for the occult spans centuries. Magic and sorcellerie were an accepted part of life in the Middle Ages. Nicolas Flamel, a formidable character in the Harry Potter series whose 15th century house is still standing in the Marais district, was not only a philosopher but notably, an alchemist.

In the mid-nineteenth century mysticism went on an unprecedented rampage. Every night in the salons of high society and even the Palace of the Tuileries - where Napoleon III would try to get in touch with his famous uncle - séances (a French term meaning "sessions") were held to communicate with spirits of the departed. These “salons of the occult" were frequented, and helmed, by some of the most glamorous and biggest names of the day in literature, arts, and sciences, all hungry to touch and be touched by the supernatural.

Victor Hugo was a frequent guest at beautiful Madame Delphine de Girardin’s spiritisme salons, while “le spiritisme, la magie et la science du fantastique” exerted a “grande fascination” over Honoré de Balzac.

Driven by a desire for the mystical, the chic and intellectual set of the day flocked to gatherings in search of the au-delà. Years later, Gabriel Garcia Marquez' magical realism, Umberto Eco's esotericism and, in fine arts, surrealism and fantastic realism, were to become undeniable offshoots.

In recently released “Paris Occulte” Matot delves into this fascinating part of French culture and history in the form of an engaging, well-researched and wonderfully illustrated read. BPJ

Paris Occulte
Author: Bertrand Matot
Publisher: Parigramme
(in French)

7 June 2019

Dress Code: white


The rules are simple: everyone must dress in white from head to toe. Elegance is essential and originality a plus... No plastic or paper dishes and utensils allowed...  
The Good Life France Magazine


This year's last minute surprise setting for Le Dîner En Blanc was as spectacular as expected: 
in the glow of the Eiffel Tower.

Merci François Pasquier

Last year:
Dîner en Blanc, 30 years

 Dîner en Blanc 2018, in pictures 


June newsletter

6 June 2019

Star among stars





A special occasion deserved a special night out.

Le Taillevent 
15 rue Lamennais 75008

Chef de cuisine: David Bizet

4 June 2019

The artist's mother



Restored atelier of Suzanne Valadon, painters' model and artist in her own right who lived here with André Utter and her son Maurice Utrillo starting in 1912.

Musée de Montmartre
12 rue Cortot 75018

3 June 2019

Café bleu


Probably the best crêpe restaurant in the city, on a recent afternoon.

Breizh Café
1 rue de l'Odéon 75006

1 June 2019

Souffléd



Soufflés have to be eaten straight from the oven, otherwise they deflate.

Above: classic cheese soufflés

Below: soufflés of chocolate, caramel with salted butter, grand marnier....

 
Le Récamier
4 rue Récamier 75007

 - remerciements to Gérard Idoux chef de cuisine for a super evening and for making sure our soufflés were ready at the same time -