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Doni Belau’s Picks for Paris’ Three Most Outrageous Cocktails

HiP Paris blog. The 3 most outrageous cocktails in Paris. Careful measuring leads to balanced cocktails at Bespoke. Photo by Jean-Marie Heidinger.
Morning My Love, Bespoke

In a typically French response to the Paris attacks, last week bistrot and bar owners began a rallying cry that ended up as a hashtag, as many things do these days. Simply put, they demanded us to #TousauBistrot! Meaning, get yourself to a bar, bistrot, restaurant, or café ASAP, show that we will continue to live our lives outdoors and in cafés as we’ve always done. The hashtag #JeSuisenTerrasse then followed.

I believe this kind of bravado or courage is what we all need right now. We must continue to travel, book Paris hotel rooms or rent those lovely Paris apartments, and continue to laugh and enjoy our lives. French business owners are telling us that it’s our civic duty as Parisians and Francophiles alike to get out and shop, eat and drink, and practice the French art de vivre, or art of living.

HiP Paris blog. The 3 most outrageous cocktails in Paris. Fig garnishes at Bespoke. Photo by Jean-Marie Heidinger.

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HiP Paris blog. BioCoop 21, Paris' first bag-free organic bulk shop. So many organic, fresh options!

BioCoop 21

BioCoop, a French organic grocery chain, has opened BioCoop21: Paris’ first all bulk, organic pop-up shop with over 250 options to buy 100% en vrac. The aroma of ripe fruit welcomes customers who come to fill up on groceries at this pocket-sized shop in Paris’ 10ème arrondissement.

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Je Suis Paris

Here in Paris the post-tragedy healing process will inevitably be a long one, but in the mere few days since Friday’s brutal attacks, Paris has already shown its great resilience and strength. The following are some images taken over the course of the last few days in Paris.

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Paris after the attacks. Not Afraid. Seine river art and commemoration

November 13, 2015

I found myself uncharacteristically laying low this past Friday evening, having decided to stay in with friends at my flat in Paris’ 10th arrondissement. As I opened my laptop to check a dessert recipe we’d planned to make, I saw an article announcing that there had been a shooting in a restaurant near République.

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HiP Paris Les Pinces lobster spread

Les Pinces

Four French restaurateurs delighted lobster lovers with the opening of Les Pinces in the chic Marais quartier, steering away from the opulence that could be equated with going out for lobster in Paris and taking a cue from the Northeast lobster restaurants they frequented on their travels.

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Where to taste France's best Boeuf Bourguignon, a savory and rich traditional beef stew from Burgundy

The Best Boeuf Bourguignon

Boeuf bourguignon, immortalized by Julia Child, is a classic French dish. “People don’t make it right because it takes too much time” is a phrase I hear often on visits to Burgundy, the birthplace of the beloved French dish. Luckily there are some places that are getting it right.

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November Events Brocante Lab ambiance paysage

November Events in Paris

Á l’Etoile d’Or reopening, Le Fooding 2015 guide release, Salon de la Photo, Premiere Biennale des Photographes du Monde Arabe Contemporain, Paris Photo at the Grand Palais, Gilles Peterson and Talib Kweli performances, Mint Magazine release party, Le Duplex Brocante Lab presentation.

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HiP Paris blog Cafe de la Nouvelle Mairie light and natural materials

Café de la Nouvelle Mairie

Traditional bistrot fare paired with an extensive list of natural wines make the Café de la Nouvelle Mairie a recommended addition to your Paris itinerary any night, but especially for Beaujolais Nouveau, the celebration of the first wine that is bottled from that year’s grape harvest.

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HiP Paris blog Maison de la Chantilly royally pretty interior

Maison de la Chantilly

Previously only available at La Grande Épicerie de Paris, famed crèmerie Maison de la Chantilly opened its first boutique on Rue Cler, dedicated to the art of the French whipped cream. The bright little boutique provides an authentic taste of a specialty first adored by French royalty.

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