31 March 2023

Fashion Friday

 Spring fashion collections bursting with color fill Paris windows and stores. 


30 March 2023

A grand cru


In France, wine restaurants and, as a rule, wine bars are the place to head for reliably good food and wine. Quite simply, wine and food go together. Red wines especially are not to be downed without something to eat, even if it's just a few olives, sliced saucisson or peanuts. When visiting someone's home, the guest is not asked, "A glass of red or white?" as in London where a glass is poured as a beverage on its own, but instead a specific selection of "accepted" apéritifs drinks from champagne to fruit juice will be on offer.
Red wines from Burgundy are classified based on their growth, or cru, and each of the many varieties has been legally verified as being from the region. - BPJ 
Above: a simple yet excellent menu du jour at a wine restaurant in the 11th arrondissement 
Aux Bons Crus
54 rue Godefroy Cavaignac 75011

29 March 2023

Wine Wednesday


Wines lined up at a wine restaurant where the food was guaranteed to be worth the detour (to the 11th arrondissement). And it was.

- Tomorrow: a grand cru -


23 March 2023

Biking Paris

 Less cars mean more bikes and bike paths with less pollution and noise.

Above: medieval châtelet looms in the distance


20 March 2023

Mocha Monday

Mid-morning coffee, one of life's greatest small pleasures.


  "The greatest pleasure in life is doing what people say you cannot do." - Walter Bagehot


17 March 2023

Irish twins


A local boulangerie called Les Deux Frères, the two brothers.

Boulangerie Les Deux Frères 

111 rue Caulaincourt 75018


Irish twins: "'Irish twins' are only those siblings born within 12 months (or less) of each other. The phrase originates from the United States and Britain of the 19th century and was a disparaging term used to describe siblings from large, and mostly poor, Irish immigrant families." - IrishCentral.com


Saint Patrick's Day 2023


Deux frères, born eleven months apart, died eleven months apart. 

And hardly anyone noticed.

16 March 2023

What's brewing?

Above: amber; IPA

Below: craft beer lineup; very busy booth (2022)


Once again the Brewers Association, the not-for-profit trade association representing small and independent American craft brewers, will be exhibiting at Planète Bière, Le Centquartre Paris, 19-20 March, with an innovative, creative and diverse range of high-quality American craft beers, many of which are recent award-winners at prestigious international beer competitions.

Representing 14 American craft breweries and pouring approximately 44 different beers, the Brewers Association will be joined by brewery owners/representatives who have travelled to Paris to support their brands and explore the French beer market. Participating American craft breweries and their representatives include:

903 Brewing Co
Athletic Brewing Co
Belching Beaver Brewery
Coronado Brewing Co
Cruz Blanca Brewery
Destihl Brewery
Mill Hill Brewing Co
Fremont Brewing
Heavy Riff Brewing Co +  Mike Zahra, Export Manager
Paradox Brewery
Sierra Nevada Brewing Co + Steve Grossman, brand ambassador
The Virginia Beer Co + Chris Smith & Robby Willey, Co-founders/owners
The Bold Mariner – Kerrie Stacks, Co-owner
Upslope Brewing Co

Beers in can or bottle format will be available for sampling and range from well-made, award-winning classic styles such as American IPA to ground-breaking and highly creative iterations such as a white chocolate raspberry truffle cheesecake Berliner Weisse. Many breweries will be new to the French market, and the Brewers Association booth at Planète Bière will be the only place to sample them in France. All beers will showcase the quality and innovation for which American craft brewers are renowned, a fact that is borne out by the number of top honors they win at prestigious global competitions. In the last three most recent competitions American craft beers won 85 medals between them.

 A cheese and beer pairing (!) stand in conjunction with Parole de Fromagers and a "Meet the Brewers" area will form the highlight of the Brewers Association’s presence at this year's Planète Bière, where festival visitors can interact with the brains behind the breweries while sampling great-tasting beers.

Lotte Peplow, Brewers Association’s American Craft Beer Ambassador for Europe, comments: “Europe is the second biggest export market behind Canada for American craft beer and our presence at Planète Bière is designed to stimulate interest, drive trial and expand international distribution opportunities in France. Our range of cracker-jack American craft beers helps solidify America’s reputation as a global leader in the production of innovative, world-class quality beers, and we look forward to sharing the complexity, creativity and bold flavors of American craft beer with this year’s visitors.”

Ahead of Planète Bière, the Brewers Association will be hosting a Tap Takeover and Meet the Brewer at La Binouze, 72 rue Marguerite de Rochechouart, 75009, Paris on Friday 17 March 2023. A wide selection of quality American craft beers will be available. Free attendance. - BPJ


 Planète Bière, Le Centquartre Paris

March 19 - 20 


Downloadable resources at www.BrewersAssociation.org



14 March 2023

Tasting Tuesday


Fashion Week, kaiseki-ryōri (traditional Japanese multi-course tasting menu), sake house cocktail, Kazuki Watanabe's open kitchen, Michelin chic and best of all, dear friends. 
乾杯 - Kanpai!
Ogata Paris
16 rue Debelleyme 75003



13 March 2023

10 March 2023

1 March 2023

Wine Wednesday

Au comptoir 
Exquisite wines by the glass with French tapas.... 
Who needs more?

Wine bar

 L’Avant Comptoir de la Terre
3 Carrefour de l'Odéon 75006