28 May 2018

A bouillon in Pigalle

Bouillons were after-market soup kitchens in days of old and this one lives up to the tradition of elegance, simplicity, great prices, great food.

Above: herring w/its potato salad; pot au feu w/spinach walnut side salad
(click to enlarge)

Bouillon Pigalle
22 Boulevard de Clichy 75018

25 May 2018


A magnificent façade on a quai near the tip of Île Saint-Louis.

Reminder: one night only

Don't miss this sensational multi-award winning musical co-production between Broadway and the Théâtre du Châtelet.

An American In Paris

One night only unique screening

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

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

24 May 2018

Champagne on ice

...is very nice.

Above: the barman pours our apéritifs with a hunk of salt-studded Brittany butter keeping company

 Below: just some of the sharing plates that accompanied

[sardines-as-you've-never-tasted; poulet frites w/horseradish cream; planche of thinly-sliced rare roast beef, parmesan, tapenade, capers]

L'Avant Comptoir Marché

Chef: Yves Camdeborde
Champagne: Drappier

22 May 2018


Majestic vista of Place Vendôme's column as seen from the Jardin des Tuileries.

18 May 2018

A taste of Paris

The capital's most must-attend food event of the year ends Sunday May 20, 2018.

Greatest gastronomy festival in the world

Grand Palais 
3 avenue du Général Eisenhower 75008

Above: mega chef de cuisine Thierry Marx at work

Coffee and kilts

Parisian waiters wear kilts and combat boots at a café-bistro off Place de la Concorde.

Le plat du jour: tomates farcies

Ever since my Aunt Maria's baked stuffed tomatoes Roman style we've been on the lookout for the perfect tomates farcies, but have to admit that these came pretty close. - BPJ

17 May 2018

Girl with a burger

From a photo shoot for an ad campaign.


Vietnamese: a break from French fare.

- In upcoming June newsletter -
Vietnam in Paris: where to eat; what to order


16 May 2018

Foot wear

Unusual sport shoes in a shop window in the 11th arrondissement.

15 May 2018

Café en Île

Watching the afternoon drift by on the beautiful Île Saint-Louis.


Great news: once again Danielle's film Mothers And Daughters hit record sales / rentals over Mothers Day Weekend!

- A huge congratulations (again) to all involved, with an extra special thanks to Amy -

14 May 2018

Top floor

From the 7th floor of the Terrass Hotel, Montmartre: one of the best views in Paris.

3 hours (or less) from Paris: Tangiers, Morocco

4-day getaway: Tantalizing Tangiers
(click photos to enlarge)

The Moroccan port city that lured writers Jean Genet and Paul Bowles.

- Newsletter update: more photos + travel tips -


Below: assortment of enticing Moroccan mezze; our table for two

8 May 2018

Nutty breads

Whole grain breads made with walnuts, hazelnuts, pistachios and dried cranberries at a local boulangerie.

Fooding: I'm sometimes invited to review restaurants and this month will see both old and new stars, to be featured in next month's newsletter.

7 May 2018

Artists out

With spring weather finally here the painters of Place du Tertre are back in force.

5 May 2018

A place in the park

A lone chair in the Jardin des Tuileries.

At the foot of the butte

¡Hoy es el día de la paella!

70 rue Duhesme 75018

Reserve your portion: 09 50 18 02 26
- See you there! -


Sister resto in Marais:
102 rue du Temple 75003

4 May 2018

More muguets

Last chance to give a muguet, a tradition that began when King Charles IX of France was presented with a bouquet as a token for luck and prosperity on May 1, 1561.