21 February 2024

Window Wednesday

How much is that eggplant in the window?
 Chez Marianne
2 rue des Hospitalières Saint-Gervais 75004


20 February 2024

Table Tuesday

 A table set for wine, oyster, and seafood sharing in the middle of a market in the 18th arrondissement.


16 February 2024

Fish soup Friday

In France, fish on Fridays is a given on restaurant menus throughout the year, but now that Carême (Lent) has arrived Friday fish consumption in all its forms will shift into high gear until Easter Sunday. Look for this bisque-like soupe de poisson with its traditional accompaniments - baguette croûtons, grated gruyère-like cheese and rouille, a Provençale sauce made by pounding together red chili peppers with a good amount of garlic and other ingredients into a mayo-like texture - a favorite that will be showing up on both menus and dinner tables more than usual. - BPJ

14 February 2024

Window Wednesday


Night view overlooking the square of Place du Tertre in Montmartre, "the most romantic part of Paris."


* Joyeuse Saint-Valentin *


V is for Valentine


Arnaud Larher's scrumptious Valentine's Day chocolate chocolate cake layered with fresh blackberries.

Le Love Supreme


11 February 2024

Sweet Sunday

Whose turn to go out and pick up the breakfast pastries?
Above: fresh and warm from the oven on a drizzly morning

9 February 2024

Flashback Friday

Feuille morte: a favorite photograph
 Paris Photo Week - November 2017


 ...Toi, tu m'aimais et je t'aimais

Et nous vivions tous deux ensemble,

Toi qui m'aimais, moi qui t'aimais

Les feuilles mortes se ramassent à la pelle
Tu vois, je n'ai pas oublié
Les feuilles mortes se ramassent à la pelle
Les souvenirs et les regrets aussi
Et le vent du Nord les emporte
Dans la nuit froide de l'oubli
Tu vois, je n'ai pas oublié
La chanson que tu me chantais
...You, you loved me and I loved you
And we both lived together,
You who loved me, me who loved you
Dead leaves are collected with a shovel
You see, I haven't forgotten
Dead leaves are collected with a shovel
Memories, and regrets too
And the north wind carries them away
In the cold night of oblivion
You see, I haven't forgotten
The song you sang to me
From Les Feuilles Mortes by Jacques Prévert / sung by Yves Montand

8 February 2024

Squaring off



Every year Le Bon Marché Rive Gauche gives carte blanche to a contemporary artist, and this year it's Daniel Buren of the renowned Palais Royal black-and-white-striped columns.

Aux Beaux Carrés: Travaux In Situ
Daniel Buren
Ends February 18, 2024


6 February 2024

5 February 2024

Mollusk Monday

Belon oysters fresh from Brittany to Paris, with love.

Accompagnements: black bread/butter, lemon wedges, mignonette (red-wine vinegar shallots sauce), glass of Pouilly-Fumé

Seafood bar at La Grande Épicerie - Bon Marché Rive Gauche 



Bulot Bulot

 Huîtrerie Regis


 Les Maquereaux


 Brasserie Cézanne

 Huîtres et Saumons

 Istre - NY style oyster bar

 Gaya - Pierre Gagnaire (comptoir)

 Seulement Sea

 Huguette, Bistro de la Mer

 Oyster Club



2 February 2024

Crêpes out


Today France celebrates the day of the crêpe or La Chandeleur, Candlemas in English, an ancient tradition where feasting on crêpes guarantees luck and prosperity.
Happy crêpe-ing - BPJ


Floral Friday

Flowers spill over the awnings of this corner café on the Left Bank.


1 February 2024

Throwback Thursday


Crêches in churches are removed on the last day of January and signal the end of the Christmas holiday season.


31 January 2024

Window Wednesday


No one likes to see a good celebration come to an end, and all over France La Fête des Rois - The Feast of The Three Kings - continues until the last day of January, up until the very last galette.
Above: a window display of freshly baked galettes des rois in a local bakery
Below: don't forget the crown


29 January 2024

25 January 2024

A sharing planche


A generous planche mixte loaded with French charcuteries and cheeses - à partager.


  Most menus in Paris cafés now include an "à partager" (to share) section with a variety of appetizers and planches.


22 January 2024

Museum Monday

Further to yesterday's post -
The Montmartre Museum merits a visit for its location, architecture and Renoir Gardens alone.
Above: restored atelier of Suzanne Valadon, painters' model / artist who lived there with Impressionist André Utter and her son, Maurice Utrillo, starting in 1912, part of the permanent exhibition
 Below: Valadon's studio seen from the Renoir Gardens

12 rue Cortot 75018

Théophile Steinlen (1859 - 1923)
The Centenary Exhibition
Ends February 11, 2024

21 January 2024

Steinlen Sunday


Swiss artist Théophile Steinlen who called several addresses in Montmartre home, is mostly recognized for his ubiquitous poster Le Chat Noir (The Black Cat), the club by the same name, thought to have been the first modern cabaret. But as much as he loved cats and to paint cats, he did more. Much more.

Théophile Steinlen (1859 - 1923)
The Centenary Exhibition
 Renoir Gardens / Café Renoir / Atelier Suzanne Valadon / permanent exhibition 
12 rue Cortot 75018 
Ends February 11, 2024


20 January 2024

Cheese. Please


"You can't make everyone happy. You're not cheese" - Anonymous


Today is National Cheese Lovers' Day all over the cheese-eating world. Though National Cheese Day in France is celebrated on March 27 (with planches and plates of French cheeses and French wines), who wants to wait? - BPJ

13 January 2024

Ceramics Saturday


HEY! Céramique.s
bookstore / coffee shop / museum / gallery 
2 rue Ronsard 75018
Ends August 14, 2024
La Menteuse - The Liar