Friday, March 26, 2010

2010's Best Baguette in Paris goes to . . .

Every year the Mairie de Paris (Paris' Mayor's office), officiates a competition to select that years best baguette in Paris. Over 150 baguettes were tasted by a panel of fellow boulangers (bakers), the press from the world of gastronomic community and 5 Parisians.

The price, a chance to paste on your window the award for the best baguette in Paris and 4000 € (not bad at all). Not to mention the honor of being the sole source of bread at Elysee (luck president).

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Paris Movie Walks

Paris a great city to walk around in. Walk in a straight line and you may find that you have cross 2 or 3 districts before you know it. People are constantly coming up with new tours and new angles for telling you what you are looking out for on your walk.

In sort of a follow-up to my movie set spotting in Montmartre, I wanted to introduce a book to you that may be of interest.

Standing in front of the "Les Deux Moulins" Cafe you may think back to watching the movie Amelie or if you saw "Julie and Julia" and are standing in front of the Boulangerie au "Levain du Marais" at 48 rue Caulaincourt, or standing on the bridge crossing Canal St Martin think back to the old French classic "Hotel du Nord".

I have to admit that is is thrilling to be able to say, "Hey I recognize that place in the movie! I was there! I lived there! I ate there!".

So of course when I read about Paris movie walks I had to share!

Michael Schürmann, a journalist based in Paris since 1993 has written a guide book containing walking tours of the City of Lights: Paris Movie Walks: Ten Guided Tours Through The City of Lights! Camera! Action!

The book includes maps making it easy to follow routes as well as interesting commentary to enrich your appreciation of what you are seeing. So check it out!

Whether you prefer to explore on your own or take a guided tour, you will be sure not to be disappointed so get out of the subway and WALK

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

A small history lesson

When I first moved to Paris, I was looking at a metro map and noticed that there was a stop named “parmentier”. Now, this wouldn’t mean much to most people, but it caught my eye because my great-grandmother’s last name was Parmentier. So, I did a little research to find out who this ancestor of mine was and why they were so important.

What I found out was that Mr. Antoine-Augustin Parmentier (1737 – 1813) is contributed with introducing the potato as “people food” in France. Apparently, it had actually been forbidden to cultivate the potato in France until Parmentier convinced the Paris Faculty of Medicine to declare the potato edible in 1772. But, even after this, people resisted eating them despite growing famine throughout France. So he started pulling some publicity stunts to try to get people to accept the potato. One of the stunts was to post guards outside his garden (pretending that potatoes were very valuable) and then instructing the guards to accept any and all bribes from civilians to let them “steal” some potatoes.

I also found out that he is buried in Pere Lachaise cemetery in Paris. So, the next time my parents came to town we went to pay a visit to view his grave. Once we finally found it (Pere Lachaise is a huge place), we noticed that people had left potatoes on his grave along with little notes thanking him for his contribution. And now, every time my parents are in town, we buy a couple potatoes and head down to Pere Lachaise.

Friday, March 19, 2010

Cheese & Wine with FLHP is back

Feels Like Home in Paris' Cheese & Wine tasting event is back!

Spring is on the way and we have started it off by inviting our guests to join us for a complimentary cheese & wine tasting on Tuesday nights at Cook'n With Class. Enjoy meeting fellow travelers while trying out some excellent cheeses accompanied by wine and champagne.

It's fun and it's cozy!

Thursday, March 11, 2010

New Trend in Parisian Restroom

It's not always easy to find clean public restrooms when you are touring the city of lights. So of course someone who has come up with the best public restroom experience deserves to be talked about. But how much are you willing to pay to use the WC? Visit our fan page on Facebook to read our note on the latest trend in public restrooms in Paris

Monday, March 8, 2010

The Perfect Day part I

A visit to Paris can become more than museums and French food, particularly for those of you who come back time and time again or those of us living here.

Sometimes you want to step out of the ordinary and step into the extraordinary. And that is exactly what I did with my hubby on Valentine's Day past (but believe me you don't need to wait till next Valentine's to treat yourself or that special someone).

Our day started at 11 am with a rendez-vous at Eclipse et Vous (this is a fantastic play on words that means "escape" or getting away from it all more or less).

You arrive and are given a mini questionnaire about where it hurts and what specifically you want worked on, including questions on your fragrance of choice from their selection of essential oils.

We had a Hammam (Sauna in this case)for 30 minutes
and then an hour long massage for two in a relaxing room with double massage tables (oh so cute).

Everything has been thought of in this chic, calm setting from the comfy white robes, flip flops and even asking you your musical preference. My husband selected Pink Floyd (have to say that it was the first time I had Pink Floyd as an option for a massage!).

The massage was thorough and relaxing - it was hard to believe that we were still in Paris.

We were treated at the end of our session to two coupes of Champagne. What a Perfect Day.

They have the possibility of massaging up to 5 or 6 people at once (not in the same room mind you), so if you are thinking of a girl's or guy's weekend away in Paris and want to pamper yourself you CAN. Other offerings include facials and other beauty treatments. Find their details below.

More on the "Perfect Day" Click here Perfect Day part II

Eclipse et Vous
Spa, Beauté, Massages, Hammam
6, rue Pierre Demours
Paris 75017
Metro: Ternes (line 2)

The Perfect Day Part II

The last time I went to the Blue Elephant Thai restaurant with Eric, was not particularly memorable if not for the fact that I absolutely did not enjoy my meal. It was so disappointing after having had such great experiences previously. We later learned that the original chef had moved on and I thought for sure that had to be the reason why. He had headed over to Silk & Spice. So when Eric said, "I made us a reservation at the Blue Elephant for Valentine's Day." I was a bit surprised. "Are you sure?" I asked. "I mean you DO remember that it wasn't very good the last time we went." But Eric was all about second chances so I reluctantly went along.

The decor at Blue Elephant has always felt like taking the 12+ hour flight to Bangkok without the jet-lag. You are transported from the time you walk in the door and are greeted with "Sawadee". They really went all out for Valentine's Day with red ballons everywhere and dim lighting to set the mood.

It was a fixed menu and half the bill had to have been paid at time of reservation. With a little bit of trepidation we started on this culinary journey through Thailand.

The appetizers were amazing! We had a sample of different curries and stir-fry for the main course served with brown rice. A half bottle of champagne was offered to every couple and the service was flawless. Though I was full, I couldn't help but deep my spoon back into the panang curry one last time.

I would say that the only so so part of the meal was the dessert but it was just too cute NOT to eat

Blue Elephant
4345, Rue de la Roquette
75011 Paris, France
01 47 00 42 00
Metro: Breguet-Sabin (line 5) or Bastille (lines 1, 5 & 8)
Prices: €€- €€€
Brunch on Sundays at 39 €/person, for kids 5-12 2€ x years old (interesting concept)
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