30 November 2023

28 November 2023

Tarte Tuesday


An assortment of small artisanale tarts compete for attention on a bakery countertop.


21 November 2023

Turkey Tuesday


A turkey run on a farm that welcomed school groups and visitors.
(click to enlarge)
In France, bigger is not necessarily better and as turkeys are usually smaller than those in the US, cooking time is shorter. And because they are free range the quality and taste of the meat will be superbe. My French mother-in-law would lay a rasher of lard (bacon - fumé or not fumé) from the butcher atop a whole bird before bunging in the oven and the fat basted the skin. Stuffed with chestnuts or a breadless herbed pork farce and served with grilled seasonal vegetables and an autumn fruit - figs, apples, airelles (easy to find and mistaken for cranberries) - a feast was inevitable.
A very Happy Thanksgiving to one/all and until next week... - BPJ

20 November 2023

Mushroom Monday

 Still in season: varieties of mushrooms that inspire.

Above: large meaty cèpes have all but disappeared by 10 a.m.


19 November 2023

Church search


Three-quarters of the churches in Paris were burned down during the French Revolution leaving few survivors, most notably Cathédrale Nôtre-Dame de Paris, Église Sainte-Chapelle and the Basilique Cathédrale de Saint-Denis where the kings and queens of France repose, now all well-known touristic sites. (Despite its byzantine aspect the Basilique du Sacré Coeur de Montmartre did not appear until 1914). Today there are many lesser-known churches sprinkled throughout the city that deserve a detour, easily found by searching their whereabouts on a map of Paris. Most are active but some are former churches, cloisters, and ecclesiastical buildings, all worthwhile to discover for their history, architecture and beauty. - BPJ



 Église Saint Paul-Saint Louis

 Église Saint-Jean de Montmartre

 Chapelle Nôtre-Dame-de-la-Médaille-Miraculeuse 

 Église Saint-Germain l'Auxerrois

 Église Saint-Gervais-Saint-Protais

Èglise Saint-Médard de Paris

 Basilique Nôtre-Dame des Victoires

Basilique de Sainte-Clotilde

Église Saint-Étienne-du-Mont

Église Saint-Julien-le-Pauvre

Église Saint-Pierre de Montmartre

Église Saint-Sulpice

Église Saint-Séverin

 Église Saint-Eustache

 Église Saint-Seraphin-de-Sarov

 Église de la Madeleine

Église Saint-Germain-des-Prés

Le Panthéon (originally Église de Sainte-Geneviève)

Collège des Bernardins

 Église des Billettes and its medieval cloister w/exhibitions, concerts



17 November 2023

Fig Friday

It's the end of the fig season, but figs can still be found in most markets and on market streets.



Last night the 2023 Beaujolais Nouveau made its fruity debut.

Much anticipated on the third Thursday of every November dozens of vintages for every taste and budget begin to appear in wine bars, restaurants, shops, caves and on comptoirs.

Did you celebrate?

Beaujolais Villages AOC



15 November 2023

Artful dodging


Le Petit Palais is not only a magnificent art museum but its garden is an unexpected escape in the center of Paris.

Le Petit Palais
Avenue Winston Churchill 75008

11 November 2023


Dining at an old favorite in the Marais district.

 Above: duck in Moroccan brik pastry w/vegetables atop a sweet potato purée; foie gras de canard w/its confit d'oignons and glass of Sauternes
Se restaurer iterally means, "to restore yourself" - by eating. It is the origin of the concept "restaurant," a place where one goes to restore body and soul with food and drink. Today the synonym for "se restaurer" is manger, to eat.

This restaurant whose name translates to "spiral staircase" is an old favorite from back in the day when we lived in this lively quartier, and still comes through with no-fuss traditional French dishes that restore, and satisfy, with a contemporary twist. - BPJ


Le Colimaçon
44 rue Vieille-du-Temple 75004


10 November 2023

8 November 2023

7 November 2023

Travel Tuesday




Charming villages, log fires, cozy pubs, farm fresh foods / produce: a too short séjour in the enchanting English countryside.

Below: kitchen table view onto vegetable / herb garden


3 hours (or less) from Paris

Flights daily from Paris into London Heathrow or Gatwick

By train: Eurostar

+ car rental


5 November 2023

La Paloma

A glistening tourterelle or turtle dove, at first mistaken for a large pigeon, pays a surprise visit to a Paris windowsill. Tourterelles are a rare but welcome sight in Paris said to symbolize "enduring love."

3 November 2023

Floral Friday


Paris florists were busy all week with the Feast of La Toussaint - All Saints Day - as cemeteries filled with visitors placing flowers on the graves of loved ones.

 La Toussaint: All Saints Day
1st November


1 November 2023

Woolly Wednesday


Window of a knitting boutique in a 19th C covered passage in the 9th district.