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An Interview with Kristen Beddard, Author of Bonjour Kale

Chatting with Kristen Beddard, Auther of Bonjour Kale and Founder of The Kale Project

When Kristen Beddard moved to Paris five years ago, it wasn’t to fulfill a childhood dream of living in the French capital, or with the hopes of falling in love in the land of éclairs and socially acceptable daytime drinking. It wasn’t because her career, which was beginning to take off at a New York advertising agency, had brought her there, and it wasn’t because she had decided to explore Europe as some recent college graduates often do. Kristen’s Paris story doesn’t start as intentionally as any of those scenarios; it starts with the somewhat unexpected transfer of her husband to a city she barely knew with a language she didn’t speak.

While Kristen’s story begins with struggles – learning enough French to go grocery shopping, making new friends after leaving perfectly good ones behind, struggling to find a job as a foreigner in a new city – what she did with her time in Paris is truly a story of success. After several frustrating attempts – and failures – to find kale in Paris markets and supermarchés Kristen launched The Kale Project, a blog that documented her endeavors to find kale in her new home, and her subsequent quest to reintroduce the forgotten vegetable to the French. Five years later, The Kale Project has thousands of supporters and has also been featured in The New York Times. But the true testament to Kristen’s hard work is that kale can now commonly be found at markets and health food stores in Paris and the rest of France. Bonjour Kale, Kristen’s memoir of Paris, love, and recipes, tells her story of finding a home in Paris, sharing her love for her favorite leafy green, and all the surprises that the life of an expat brings.

Chatting with Kristen Beddard, Auther of Bonjour Kale and Founder of The Kale Project

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For a gay night out in Paris, try a few of these favorite bars and clubs around the Marais

A Gay Night Out in Paris

From fancy cocktail clubs to cafés, Paris has it all in terms of nightlife. But sometimes you just want to hang out with the guys and stand around with a few pints of Heineken. There are many options to have a gay night out on the town no matter what your interests – as long as having a drink or five is among those interests.

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The Best Paris Podcasts: Eating, Drinking, Music, and More

The Best Paris Podcasts

Sometimes there’s nothing like sweet Parisian whispers in your ear. Which is why I set off to find the best Paris-related podcasts as well as create my own. After combing the options and listening to countless episodes I’ve come up with my list of top three Paris podcast picks. If you love all things France, give these a listen.

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Composting in Paris

Composting in Paris: Part II

Despite the growing number of community composting systems in Paris, many city dwellers find themselves far from an urban garden. Parisian apartments are not known for their extensive floor plans, but where there’s a will there’s a way, and it turns out that city composting is possible even in the tiniest of urban apartments.

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Shopping local designers at the chicest boutiques in Paris' Haut Marais with Kasia Dietz

Local Designers in Paris' Haut Marais

Living as a local designer in the uber-chic North Marais gives me insights into not only the most fashionable cafés in the neighborhood, of which there are many, but also of the most noteworthy boutiques. It’s an area lesser known to tourists, as most frequent the more commercial, albeit charming, cobbled streets of the 4th.

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Fou de Patisserie: Paris' Top Concept Store for Pastries and Sweets

Fou de Pâtisserie

Not long after Muriel Tallandier and Julie Mathieu launched the bi-monthly Fou de Pâtisserie magazine, they dreamed of opening up a concept store. Next time your sugar craving hits, head straight to Fou de Pâtisserie in the center of Paris, where the city’s finest pâtissiers deliver their signature creations fresh daily.

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June Events in Paris

June Events in Paris

Weather Festival, We Love Green, Paris Jazz Festival, Fete de la Musique, Solidays, Plage GlazArt, Piquenique Batignolles, Champs-Élysées Film Festival, Playa del Ourq, Montreuil Banquet with Les Diners Bons.

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Insidr: The New Digital Guide for Travelers in Paris

Insidr Phone Guide to Paris

Brother-and-sister team Benjamin and Nina hit upon the idea of Insidr. It’s a phone, but also more than a phone. Each 4G-equipped Android is loaded with exclusive Insidr content developed for a variety of traveler needs: singles, couples, friends, seniors and families will find recommendations tailored to their travel style.

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Paris Beer Week Grand Finale: New Beer Bars in Paris

Paris Beer Week: New Beer Addresses

While the participants in Paris Beer Week may have a few blacked out memories after the festivities, they’re sure to remember the many new beer addresses that have arrived in the capital. If you weren’t able to make it to Beer Week, but still want to get in on the action, check out these great newcomers to the scene.

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