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Contemporary Art Week in Paris: A Recap

An alphabet of ParisDonald Urquhart’s An Alphabet of Paris (Arletty to Zizi) — Courtesy of artinfo.com

Last weekend marked the end of one of Paris’ most feverish cultural weeks during which 4 contemporary art fairs competed for the attention of collectors, journalists, galleries and museums who had come from near and far to take the contemporary art world’s pulse.

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“French Cinema Now” film festival in San Francisco Oct 28-Nov 4

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Calling all San Francisco film buffs and francophiles … The San Francisco Film Society’s French Cinema Now—a new seven-day annual festival—is taking place from October 28 – November 4.  Co-hosted by the French-American Cultural Society, French Cinema Now “covers a broad spectrum of subject matter and genres and builds a comprehensive picture of the current moment in French cinema.” Continue Reading »

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Pumpkin Bread Recipe from Marjorie Taylor of The Cook’s Atelier – Perfect for Halloween

With Halloween rapidly approaching, our friend Marjorie Taylor’s recipe for Pumpkin Spice Bread is exactly what we’re craving. Her website, The Cook’s Atelier, is full of great food and cooking ideas…

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by Marjorie Taylor

The last days of summer flew by in a flash for me and it seems that by the time I finally caught my breath, we were already in the beginning of autumn.  The leaves are changing, there is a crispness to the air and you can smell the smoke from the neighbor’s fireplace.  The markets are giving way to the last little bit of summer produce and are beginning to reflect the season with a showing of heirloom apples, sweet pears, Cinderella pumpkins, quince and wild mushrooms. Continue Reading »

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High Culture in Paris This Fall – Classical Music Concerts for All

Vingt Paris’ David Britain fills us in on classical music concerts, ballets, and operas you won’t want to miss in Paris this fall…

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You may know of the hazy jazz dungeons in the 5ème, and scene-y indie rock clubs in the 20ème, but don’t forget about classical music! Below, you’ll find select performances worth getting excited for… Continue Reading »

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Food Writers (David Lebovitz, Dorie Greenspan & Alexander Lobrano) Discuss Dessert Wed Oct 28 – American Library Paris

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If you’re like us, you’ve got a serious sweet tooth. Indulge it this Wednesday, October 28, at 7:30pm by heading to the American Library in Paris to hear acclaimed food writers Dorie Greenspan, David Lebovitz, and Alexander Lobrano discuss their favorite sweet treats and the best places to seek them out in the City of Light. The discussion is part of the Evenings with an Author series, and is free and open to the public. Continue Reading »

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American chef in Burgundy – Marjorie Taylor Visits the Fall Market in Beaune & Bakes Yummy Apple Tart

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Marjorie Taylor is the proprietor and cook  in The Cook’s Atelier, which she started in order to explore French regional culinary traditions and promote local artisans and sustainable farmers.  A long-time member of Chef’s Collaborative and Slow Food, she is inspired by farmers’ markets, small artisan food producers, eating locally and entertaining at home. Marjorie offers English language cooking classes and market tours in her lovely location in Beaune, (Burgundy) France.

She will also organize private classes and tours anywhere in France. Her blog focuses on real food that is fresh, local and sustainable and combines her interest in food, photography, travel and appreciating the little details in life.

Below, she writes about her visit to the Fall market in Beaune, Burgundy and the resulting classic French apple tart recipe she baked.

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Eiffel Tower (120 Years Old) Will Sparkle in the Sky every night for 3 months!

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The Eiffel Tower is one of those icons that still thrills me every time it sneaks into my line of vision. Whether from the rue de Belleville in the 19th, the steps of the Panthéon in the 5th, or the bridges on the western end of the Seine, the tower quietly asserts itself from hundreds of vantage points around the city, reminding us of how Paris’ beauty can sneak up on you at any moment. I would argue that the tower is at its most stunning at night when it is glittering against the blackened sky. Anyone who has ever crossed one of Paris’ bridges to suddenly look up and witness the shimmering lights can attest to the undeniable magic of that moment—however clichéd it might be. Continue Reading »

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Daniel Rose (Spring) Is Back with Table 28

Paris-based freelance food and travel writer Meg Zimbeck (who contributes to the wonderful new Blog  Girls Guide to Paris) highlights Daniel Rose’s much buzzed-about new Paris restaurant Table 28. We are beyond jealous of those who have already had a chance to give it a try…

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by Meg Zimbeck

Until recently, one of the most delightful (and difficult to reserve) tables in Paris had been Spring restaurant. Tucked away on a side street in the 9th arrondissement, this shoebox-sized resto (French slang for restaurant) was adored by everyone from French critics to visiting foodies. It was hard to find fault with Daniel Rose’s four-course market menu for under 40 euros, and it was difficult to dislike the young American, who pitched in to serve plates and ask each table if everything was delicious. Spring closed its original doors in August and plans to reopen next March around the corner from the Louvre. The new digs will include a vaulted cave (wine cellar) with a walk-in wine bar and highbrow snacks to soak up the Champagne. It will also be around the corner from Spring Boutique, set to open in November, with an array of hand-selected products such as wine, charcuterie, honey and maybe even hot dogs. Continue Reading »

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Bottoms Up: The Search for Paris’ Best Cocktails

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Despite what Ernest Hemingway and F. Scott Fitzgerald might have you believe, Paris has not historically been a cocktail-drinking town. Even today, the traditional pre-dinner drink—the apéritif or more familiar “apéro”—usually takes the form of a glass of champagne, a kir (white wine with a splash of cassis), or a pastis (an anise-flavored liqueur favored by pétanque-playing French gentlemen of a certain age). Continue Reading »

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Marché des Gastronomes – New, Hip & Happening at Pigalle

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Uninspired by the usual Monoprix, Franprix, ED, and Carrefour supermarkets in Montmartre, none of which thrill me or encourage me to buy much of anything (I prefer the small market shops on rue des Abbesses and Lepic), I was intrigued to see a new supermarket, Le Marché des Gastronomes, open its doors right across from my very own metro, Pigalle.

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