Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Arab World Institute: A Great View of Paris

Most visitors to Paris have seen the view from the top of the Eiffel Tower, the Arch de Triumphe and maybe even Notre Dame but there is a fairly unknown location that offers an amazing view of Paris — and it is absolutely free.

The Arab World Institute is one of the most overlooked sightseeing spots in Paris which is great for the people who do know about it because you won't be surrounded by hundreds of other people.

Saturday, October 27, 2012

The Brûleries of Paris – A Dying Breed

Tradition has it that coffee was introduced to Paris when a certain Armenian, Pascal Haroukian, opened a “maison de café” at the Saint-Germain fair in 1672 similar to those he had seen in Constantinople.

Once the beverage became popular, the number of torréfacteurs (coffee roasters) in Paris began to multiply.  Centuries later, the number of artisanal coffee roasters is in decline.

If you are a fan of freshly-roasted coffee beans, you’ll be pleased to know that there are still a handful of establishments in existence where you can purchase blends and single roasts alike.  There are even a few places where you can purchase single-estate coffees – beans from a single plantation.  

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Dining with Pirouette's chef Tomy Gousset

Brace yourselves - often dining in Paris can be a bit of a hit or miss. I imagine it is why so many people rely on reviews but even reviews can do wonders for pumping up a chef's ego but can barely be considered good enough to merit all the chatter. In the capital of gastronomy there is a huge amount of mediocrity but maybe you're thinking you have to spend a lot of money to eat really well, to be satisfied or to feel that you could also be part of the foodie world. Well I'm here to tell you that that's not true.

Mullet a la plancha salsifi et chataigne au jus de viande || Snacked Mullet with Salisfy, chestnuts and  beef stock

Yield: Four 4 people

1 gray black mullet 1kg
400g of salsify
60g of steamed chestnuts
25cl de jus de viande (reduced beef stock)
15g baby sorrel
Balsamic vinegar 
Olive oil

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Take a Digital Break in Paris

It seems these days that it is impossible to live without an internet connection. When doing check-ins I often get asked about buying a smart phone data plans. This is why the city of Paris contacted designer Mathieu Lehanneur to design free wifi stations throughout the city. While there is free wifi in most of the public parks, it doesn't always work and many visitors don't know about this service. 

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Le Speakeasy - Cool live Jazz in the 16th

If you are looking for a chilled out place to enjoy cocktails, wine and live jazz & piano music, then Le Speakeasy is the place for you. With a piano in the middle of the room and and melodies of both the pianist and a jazz singer, you are sure to be entertained and maybe even encouraged to get up and dance.

You can also dine here though I can't personally say I would return for a meal, but I would go back for a drink with a few friends in tow. Worth checking out!

Friday, October 19, 2012

Friday Foto: Lamarck-Caulaincourt

Paris by night! Oh how I love the colors. When even drab becomes fab. I think it is well worth taking a guide or self-guided tour of the city of Light when you come for a visit or even as a local.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

How to Bring Your Dog to Paris

When we moved to Paris over a year ago we not only had to say goodbye to friends and family but we also had to say goodbye to our dog, Henry. Luckily my wife's parents love the little guy and they were more than happy to let him live with them for as long as needed.

But after about a year in Paris my wife really wanted to bring Henry to Paris. I think seeing all the dogs in the city really made her miss him. So we set out to see what it would take to bring him over to live with us. Unsurprisingly, it ended up taking a lot of work and preparation. I thought you all might be interested in hearing about the process we had to go through.

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Cocktails with a French twist: Monin Syrups

I love cocktails. The sour sweet refreshment of my New York days. I have a bartender's license which is collected dust somewhere never used, but I love when friends come over and I mix them up a magic potion.

I recently had friends staying with me who don't really drink alcohol but who still like to participate in a good apéro with something delicious to drink. Yes, yes in the land of wine we still have people craving other liquid libations. So what to do with non-alcohol drinking friends? Sure we could do juice but seems to banal for me. I went off to the grocery store in search of inspiration and in the aisle of juices came upon a syrup brand that I have come to love - Monin.

Thursday, October 11, 2012

Blues Bar-B-Q: Thursday Food for Thought

I was feeling a bit nostalgic for some smoked brisket so we decided to stop try out what is said to be the best BBQ in Paris, Blues Bar-B-Q. Blues has been serving up authentic American barbeque near the Bastille since 2011. The amazing smell of barbeque was present from the other side of the street (which is a good thing). 

The inside of the restaurant looked like a typical American diner. The owner is from Texas so there was a large Texas state flag prominently on display. The large menu in on hanging over the kitchen had all kinds of great looking things on the menu.

Friday, October 5, 2012

François Gérard Georges Nicolas Hollande Desk

The Palais de l'Elysée (official residence of the President of the French Republic) is usually off-limits to the public but it is opened to the public for one weekend of the year. We had to wait about 5 hours to finally get it but I'm glad we waited. It kind of surprised me that the interior decoration looked a lot like Versailles

At the end of the tour we got to see the desk of President Hollande.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Cheap eats at Francis de la Butte

There are not many places in Paris where you can get a lunch menu for under 12 euros let alone one for 9!
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