30 April 2018

Heart of cards

A heart made entirely from playing cards in a boutique window.

28 April 2018

Fight club

Inside a men's boxing club in the Church of the Madeleine district.

27 April 2018

Krazy for Klimt

..and Hundertwasser.

A simple concept: immerse visitors in gigantic light projections of artists' work accompanied by music

Until November 11, 2018

Viennese artists
Gustav Klimt
Friedensreich Hundertwasser

More photos in upcoming May newsletter


Update: This exhibition has been extended until January 6, 2019 

25 April 2018

No room for dessert

Unseasonably warm weather and an evening stroll on the Left Bank led to:

- Drinks in a beautiful passage with
- Glorious planche mixte (charcuteries, cheeses) to accompany then
- Mediterranean mussels and prawns à l'ail

Often imitated

...but never equaled.

- Espace Dalí opens in Paris -

"a must for art and Dalí fans"

  Article: The Good Life France Magazine

24 April 2018

By the gram

Scales used to weigh the leaves of over 600 varieties of tea.

Mariage Frères
- Since 1854 -
30 rue du Bourg Tibourg 75004

(tea room open for refined lunches / tea time)

23 April 2018

Seeing double

I. M. Pei's Pyramide du Louvre might well be called, the "Pyramides du Louvre" as there are several smaller pyramids, a large inverted pyramid plus pyramid-shaped fountains.

21 April 2018

It was Johnny

A motorcyle, symbol of French rocker Johnny Hallyday, parked in front of a kiosk where a photo of his widow is on a magazine cover that reads, "It was Johnny."

R.I.P. Johnny Hallyday

In the loup

With such beautiful weather we decided that lunch on the terrace of Les Loups de la Butte, a new neighborhood bistrot I've posted about before, might be fun. And it was.

Above: chef's fish soup-of-the-day crammed w/eye-opening textures; a demi magret (duck breast) in its juices w/eggplant and chanterelles; small plates courtesy of the house; excellent wines
(click to enlarge)

20 April 2018

Asparagus season

It's asparagus season and asperges seem to be putting in an appearance on every menu.

Mani pedi season

Warm weather in Paris means book early.

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Merci Danielle for the use of your feet

I believe in manicures....
 Audrey Hepburn

19 April 2018

Feast for two

Our small window table loaded down with Sri Lankan cuisine.

Kanna Tanna
(in the heart of the old Sentier garment district)
43 rue des Petits Carreaux 75002

18 April 2018

16 April 2018

Screening: An American In Paris

One night only:

Sensational multi-award winning musical co-production between Broadway and the Théâtre du Châtelet, AN AMERICAN IN PARIS crosses the Atlantic for one unique screening in Paris.

Monday May 28th
8 p.m.
(In English)

Music and songs: George and Ira Gershwin
Tony best choreographer: Christopher Wheeldon

- Find a theater -

15 April 2018

Le Cordon Bleu

Some of France's most noted chefs are guest instructors at Le Cordon Bleu.

Above: fresh potato gnocchi starter; chef and his assistant coordinate on a dish

Program: L'Art de Cuisiner comme un Chef
(The Art of Cooking Like A Chef)

13-15 Quai André Citroën 75015


Asperges vertes "cuisson minute;" gnocchi de pomme de terre, tomates confites, fritto d’olives noires; côtes de veau en cocotte à la verveine fraiche/citron confit, fèvettes; pommes fondantes au fenouil; jus perlé 

14 April 2018

First to arrive

At the Café Marly just before it opens with its exquisite views of the Pyramide du Louvre.

13 April 2018

Espace Dalí

The thermometer of success is merely the jealousy of the malcontents.
Salvador Dalí

Salvador Dalí loved Paris and today, after months of renovation, the museum-gallery Espace Dalí re-opens its doors in Montmartre where few realize the Catalan artist resided, at 7 rue Becquerel.

11 rue Poulbot 75018

Luxurious lunches

Where to enjoy a luxurious lunch in Paris?

- Article: The Good Life France Magazine -

12 April 2018

Chocolate and bunnies

Last vestiges of Easter fill the window of historic pâtissier-traiteur Stohrer on rue Montorgueil.

7 April 2018

All that's jazz

Live jazz has returned to Paris' most notorious literary café, Les Deux Magots.

6 Place Saint-Germain-des-Prés 75006

 Thursdays starting at 7:30 p.m.

5 April 2018

A night to remember

Last week The Honorable Jamie McCourt (below, center), United States Ambassador to the French Republic and Principality of Monaco, hosted the first ever beer and food pairing at her private residence in honor of The Brewers Association.
  - With special thanks -

A Night To Remember:  American craft beers paired with fine French cuisine
  by Barbara Pasquet James

Traditionally, beer in France has been regarded as a refreshing pause, taken on a terrace or standing at a counter. But thanks to a surge in awareness of creative and flavorful American craft beers, all that’s about to change. 

Last week The Honorable Jamie McCourt, United States Ambassador to the French Republic and Principality of Monaco, hosted the first ever beer and food pairing at her private residence in honor of The Brewers Association, the not-for-profit trade body that represents over 4,000 small and independent American craft brewers.
The elegant setting was perfect for a well-thought-out gourmet menu executed with great attention to detail by noted chefs de cuisine Edward Delling-Williams of Paris’ Le Grand Bain and Dave Harrison of Au Passage, while Adam Dulye of the Brewer’s Association contributed his pairing expertise. For the occasion, representatives of several brewing companies came over from the U.S. to demonstrate just how compatible beer can be with food.
On the menu:
Carpaccio de céleri fumé en croute de sel et sa sauce de vinaigre de malt / Carpaccio of smoked salt-baked celeriac. The beer: Seafarer Kolsch - crisp, cheerful, refreshing (Three Weavers Brewing Company Inglewood, California)
Truite fumée à la crème fraiche / Cured trout, raw thick cream, crackers. The beer: Tropical Torpedo - subtle notes of mango, papaya, pineapple (Sierra Nevada Brewing Company Chico, California)
Lapin braisé accompagné de lentilles et ail sauvage /  Braised rabbit, lentils, wild garlic. The beer: Port City Porter - complex malt flavors; hints of dark chocolate, coffee  (Port City Brewing Company Alexandria, Virginia) 
Grande finale: Mousse de chocolat blanc et rhubarbe / White chocolate mousse, rhubarb. The beer: Pineapple Mana Wheat - smooth, full-bodied; think ukuleles (Maui Brewing Company Kihei, Hawaii)

Did it work? Zut alors, mais oui!
Special thanks to the US Ambassador, the Brewers Association and brilliant team of chefs - Adam Dulye, Edward Delling-Williams and Dave Harrison.

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3 April 2018

Crêpes are always a good idea

Buttery crêpes de froment - topped with fresh rhubarb compote, salted butter caramel and house vanilla ice cream and melted dark chocolate - taste better accompanied by crisp apple cider from Brittany.

Breizh Café
1 rue de l'Odéon 75006

2 April 2018

Pop op

A painting by brilliant French artist Patrick Rubinstein: stand in front of Mick Jagger's portrait face on, then move to one side and lo behold it becomes the Mick Jagger's iconic mouth.