30 August 2018

Lapin à Gilles

View over the city from the terrace of former Montmartre cabaret the Lapin Agile.

(To Gilles, who lives next door. The cabaret was named for former owner André Gill)

29 August 2018

Sun spots

The late afternoon sun cuts a dappled path through trees in the Palais-Royal gardens.

27 August 2018

Madeleine and tea

No, not Proust's "madeleine moment" but view from an elegant Russian café-pâtisserie-salon-de-thé overlooking the Church of the Madeleine.

Café Pouchkine
16 Place de la Madeleine 75008


25 August 2018

Fashion for all

The French femme is renowned for staying active and chic even with age.


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24 August 2018


Photograph in a métro station of Paris-Plages, the city's annual pseudo riverside beach set up on quais around Île Saint-Louis.

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22 August 2018

Ceviche & pink champagne


My very first address in Paris was on rue de Seine (a 6th-floor walk-up atelier belonging to a French comtesse that did wonders for my backside), a street and neighborhood to where I often return.

Above: celebrating Life with a beautiful friend and equally beautiful daughter -
 3 ceviches (tuna, salmon, cod); breads w/seaweed butter; our icy bottle of Laurent-Perrier Champagne Cuvée Rosé Brut

Huguette, Bistro de la Mer
81 rue de Seine 75006

20 August 2018

18 August 2018

3 hours (or less) from Paris: Tasting Aubrac #5

End of the camino: long slices of home-made berry pie and fragrant coffee made us stop and linger in a small village flanked by fields and, we did not realize, right in the path of pilgrims on their way to Santiago de Compostela in Spain.

Above: tartines of salmon and fresh goat cheese, beef carpaccio and avocado, comte and pickled cabbage, all atop sliced pounti, a savory cake made w/sorrel and prunes; dandelion root and gentiane artisanal ice cream

Below: early breakfast for two on our last morning


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17 August 2018

3 hours (or less) from Paris: Tasting Aubrac #4

Once everyone's plates of aligot were polished off it was time to bring on the meats - and almost everything else, farm style, at the same time: charcuteries, planches (for 6) of fork tender Aubrac beef smothered in shallots, crunchy retortillats - a truffade of fried potatoes, garlic, bacon and cheese, re-fried til crisp - grilled sausages, local cheeses, wine.

Below: an enormous hot apple puff pastry tarte was cut into squares then each portion topped with home-made hazelnut studded caramel ice cream (not shown: espressos all round; local specialty gentiane liqueur digestifs); view from our table

- Tomorrow: pie in your eye -

16 August 2018

3 hours (or less) from Paris: Tasting Aubrac #3

Made with fresh potatoes, butter, garlic, crème fraîche, sea salt, pepper and tons of cheese, aligot, the signature dish of Aubrac, is one of life's not-to-be-missed culinary pleasures.

Above:  piping hot and stringy w/cheese the aligot is finished off at our table from an isolated hilltop stone hut used by shepherds to make cheeses in winter, turned into a casual restaurant in summer

Below: table awaits our group; scenic rolling pastures beyond

- Tomorrow: a carnivore's dilemma -

15 August 2018

3 hours (or less) from Paris: Tasting Aubrac #2

The first thing I do to get a feel for a region's foods (loads of olive and saucisson stalls? Apéritifs are a big part of local lifestyle) is to get up and out early and head to town or village markets.

Note: Some markets are in the evening; others are seasonal

- Tomorrow: aligot, pride of l'Aubrac -

14 August 2018

3 hours (or less) from Paris: Tasting Aubrac #1

July was the perfect time to visit this fairytale region just north of Provence. Few tourists, incredible weather, and easy-to-nab rooms made our stay here perfection and, as every region in France, Aubrac came through with its own signature specialties: aligot, red label boeuf d'Aubrac, Cantal cheeses, punti, farçous, tripous, estofinado and fouace, to name a few.

Above: village of Estaing; driving in the countryside; a walk along the river

Below: breakfast awaits

- Tomorrow: to market to market -

13 August 2018

As summer wanes

It's barely mid August and Paris is slowly returning to its old bustling self.

And while August is when most take their annual vacances, our summer has already seen 3 exquisite trips to 3 exquisite regions in June and July:

1) June, a few days chez friends as guests at their fantastic vacation home south of Brittany right on the beach overlooking Île de Ré with its white villages: there were market visits, terrace bbq's, biking, boating, windsurfing, seaside restaurants, sunset apéritifs - making it difficult to return to Paris

2) Late June, a week in Burgundy, a stunning region we love and where hubby would spend summers at his grandparents' growing up

3) In July, on the heels of France's World Cup win, it was off to meet family in the Aveyron-Aubrac, another region steeped in its own culture, cuisine, and an easy drive into Provence and Spain

And August? For me, the best time to stay and savor Paris.

All this week:
3 hours (or less) from Paris: Tasting Aubrac

11 August 2018

10 August 2018

Eat street

I used to live on narrow rue des Trois Frères on what locals call "the Abbesses side" of the butte, a street reputed for its diverse restaurants such as (recommended):

Le Potager du Père Thierry #16
Le Refuge des Fondus (wine / all drinks served in baby bottles) #17
Le Dan Bau (Vietnamese) #18
Le Jardin d'en Face #29
La Famille #41

9 August 2018

Summer cafés

Less people in Paris means squares can be turned into terraces with tables and chairs.

Below: with room to spread this café takes up an entire square