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December 6: Book Signing and Wine Tasting with David Lebovitz, Heather Stimmler-Hall, Keith Spicer


If you happen to be wandering by the Louvre on December 6th and find yourself wishing you had your Parisian second cousin on hand to point you in the direction of a meal that’ll really blow you away, or maybe a little advice on where to take a newfound Parisian flame, you might consider stopping by the ‘Caves du Paradis’ for some wine, a chat and a little required reading.

On December 6th, O Chateau and Context Tours are teaming up to present a wine tasting–book signing event with famed expats David Lebovitz, Heather Stimmler-Hall, and Keith Spicer in the Caves du Paradis. The setting itself is worth a detour; the historical cellars that constitute O Chateau’s headquarters are over 300 years old and used to house the royal sommelier’s stash. The guests of honor aren’t too shabby either: David Lebovitz, author of The Sweet Life in Paris, is one of France’s most pre-eminent Anglophone food critics and has a blog loved by professionals and amateurs alike. Heather Stimmler-Hall, an expert on Paris’ hidden gems, will be signing her alternative city guide The Naughty Paris Guide; and Keith Spicer, a Canadian journalist, will be presenting Paris Passions, his witty collection of short stories about – what else? – the French. Continue Reading »

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Tips on Finding a Vacation Rental (in Paris or Elsewhere)

Picture 3The living room of the Penthievre apartment

With hotel rates on the rise, more and more travelers are learning that short-term apartment rentals are an ideal way to enjoy a foreign location. For those who seek the true insider travel experience, there is no better way to feel like a local than to rent an apartment where you can cook, entertain, and truly settle into the neighborhood. The benefits of renting an apartment are many, but for those who are not used to vacationing this way, the decision to rent an apartment can be daunting. It doesn’t have to be if you keep a few simple rules in mind. Continue Reading »

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In Celebration of Pants: Wily Parisiennes Fight Law with Style

first imageRebellious in pants. Courtesy of

Last week’s headline in The Telegraph read: “A decree banning women from wearing trousers in Paris is still technically in force, it emerged on Monday, making the laissez-faire French capital theoretically stricter than hardline Sudan in the fashion stakes.”

The article went on to describe the origin of this law and its evolution over time.

  • 1800: Law stipulates that “any Parisienne wishing to dress like a man ‘must present herself to Paris’ main police station to obtain authorization’”
  • 1892: Amendment to the law states that trousers are permitted “as long as the woman is holding the reins of a horse”
  • 1909: An extra clause is added to allow women to wear trousers when “on a bicycle or holding it by the handlebars”

Despite the fact that this law is still in place, it’s safe to say that pants (and the women who love them) are alive and well in Paris.

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French Cuisine in New York: Cooking Workshops with Rosa Jackson & Paule Caillat, December 13 & 14

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As the holidays approach, why not brush up on some new cooking techniques that will wow your guests and provide a little variety to your holiday menus. If you can make it to New York City on December 13 or 14, we have two French-inspired cooking workshops you won’t want to miss.

Our Provence-based friend Rosa Jackson (of Edible Adventures) will be teaming up with popular French chef Paule Caillat (owner of the Promenades Gourmandes cooking school in Paris), to share their regional cuisines with home cooks on this side of the Atlantic. Friends and collaborators, the two will teach participants a variety of recipes from their “home” towns (Nice and Paris) and will feature a powerful trifecta of ingredients: olive oils, truffles and sea salt. The women will infuse traditional recipes with modern flair—truffles will make their way into savory madeleines, olive oil will enrich desserts, and sea salt will add Mediterranean flavor to colorful vegetable dishes. Continue Reading »

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Paris Independent Wine Growers’ Salon Nov 26-30

Michel Tolmer 1Illustrations Michel Tolmer

Paris is not only a great place to drink wine, it’s also a great place to buy—especially this week. From November 26-30, 2009, the annual Independent Wine Growers’ Salon (Salons des Vins des Vignerons Indépendents) will take place at Paris’ Porte de Versailles. This event is the perfect occasion to taste and discover lesser known wines from small producers, and to stock up on great finds for the holiday season. Continue Reading »

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From Brooklyn to Paris: An Interview with Zeva Bellel of “Paris By Appointment Only”

Zeva-portraitZeva. All photos courtesy of Zeva Bellel

Text by Tory Hoen, Interview by Erica Berman

Like so many Americans in this city, Zeva Bellel came to Paris by way of a dream—and an impractical one, at that. Raised in Brooklyn, New York, she spent her youth indulging her Francophile fantasies, devouring French new wave films, and scheming about ways to one day live in Paris. Met with much skepticism from her family and friends (her grandfather demanded, “When are you ever going to speak French, you live in Brooklyn for chrissakes?”), Zeva had to fight to make her dream a reality.

Now, after 10 years and lots of  amazing experience in Paris, Zeva has recently launched Paris by Appointment Only (Paris BAO), where she seeks to connect Paris’ “hidden network” of artisans (ceramicists, artists, clothing designers, etc.) with curious consumers in seek of unique services and products.

From her roots across the Atlantic to her current lifestyle in Paris’ trendy 10th arrondissement, Zeva is living the life she had always imagined. In retrospect, it may have begun as an irrational dream—but isn’t that the best kind?

We recently sat down with Zeva to learn more about Paris BAO, and what it is that she loves most about life in Paris. Continue Reading »

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Wendy Lyn Visits the New Spring Boutique from Daniel Rose

It seems that Daniel Rose (owner and chef of Spring and Table 28) can do no wrong. Guest blogger Wendy Lyn of The Paris Kitchen stopped by for a tour of his just-opened Spring boutique… here’s a sneak peak!


by Wendy Lyn, The Paris Kitchen

American chef, restaurateur and entrepreneur Daniel Rose sent out a massive SMS invitation to lucky in-the-know guests to come to the new Spring Boutique opening last night. (If you haven’t heard of Daniel Rose or his Spring restaurant, just do a basic Google search and put on your seatbelt.)

His timing was perfect as it coincided with the much-celebrated arrival of this year’s Beaujolais Nouveau. To say that it was crowded is an understatement – the tiny space was packed and spilling out into the streets. Continue Reading »

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Thanksgiving Dinner in Paris

Thanksgiving is almost upon us – and Americans in Paris may be wondering what exactly the big day has in store. With the holiday coming up in just a few days, we wanted to share a piece by the folks over at For those of you curious about what the most traditional Thanksgiving options in Paris are, it’s definitely worth a read. And if you are still looking for Thanksgiving dinner plans in the City of Light, any of the places below are worth a call; you never know who might have last-minute availability.

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Text by Barbara Diggs of
Edited by Sarah Raymond

If you’re an American who just happens to be in Paris on Thanksgiving Day, you may feel deeply thankful for the opportunity to spend time in such a wonderful city. But when dinnertime rolls around, even the charms of Paris may not stop you from longing for turkey, mashed potatoes, and pumpkin pie. Luckily, the high number of American expatriates in Paris means that the city is used to accommodating hungry Americans on this special holiday: there are quite a few places that can fully satisfy your cravings for food from home.

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Paris With a View: Erica Berman Featured on “Paris By Appointment Only”

Our friend Zeva Bellel over at Paris by Appointment Only has published a piece by HiP’s own Erica Berman about Parisian apartments and the importance of light, outdoor space, and views.


Article by Zeva Bellel, Paris by Appointment Only

The most in-demand Parisian properties are the ones with amazing views. It’s no surprise, really: Who wouldn’t want this cityscape as a live-in tableau? Luckily, there are some incredible furnished flats with views available for short-term rent. So on your next swing through the city, skip the claustrophobic hotel and rent a light-filled apartment instead. You’ll not only be able to throw impromptu soirées, cook up market finds in your own kitchen, gain space and save precious cash, you’ll have a frame on the city that most Parisians dream of.

For the inside scoop on the most picturesque Parisian pads on the market, please welcome guest blogger Erica Berman, owner of the divine apartment rental agency, Haven in Paris and the HiP Paris Blog.

To read the full article, head to Paris by Appointment Only.

Looking for a fabulous vacation rental in Paris, Provence, or Tuscany? Check out Haven in Paris.

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Slow Food – Euro Gusto 09 in the Loire Valley, Nov 27-30


Despite its name, the Slow Food movement is gaining momentum, and the new Euro Gusto event is proof that the Slow philosophy—“good, clean and fair”—is here to stay. Euro Gusto, which will take place from November 27-30 in the Loire Valley in the city of Tours, France, will bring together hundreds of artisanal food producers, chefs, students, journalists, families and foodies from all over Europe to celebrate the continent’s culinary traditions and contemporary flavors. If all goes well, Euro Gusto will be repeated every two years to bring the community together, to explore traditions and trends in food, and to feed the Slow Food movement.

old guysOld school French guys. Photo: Getty Images

The event will include:

  • French and European food markets featuring artisanal products from hundreds of producers who abide by the basic Slow Food principles
  • The Slow Food Sentinels Market that features rare food products that are currently threatened by extinction (although not if the Slow Food community has anything to say about it)
  • Taste Education Workshops where visitors can sample products and learn about production methods
  • Oenothèque Wine Bar where visitors can taste hundreds of different European wines by the glass
  • Children’s Discovery Area that will host events for children to explore the fun of food and learn about the tenets of Slow Food

The event will take place in Tours’ Exposition Park from November 27-30, from 10am-10pm everyday (except November 30, when the event closes at 6pm). Entry into the event is 5€ (but free for those under 16, students, and members of Slow Food).

For more information or for details about attending the event, click here.

Tours is just a short day or weekend trip from Paris! For information on how to get there, click here.

Euro Gusto 2009. 153 avenue de Grammont, 37000, Tours, France. Tel. +33 (0)2 47 64 24 38. Contact: [email protected]

Slow Food Movement

slow food logoAll Photos courtesy of Slow Food

Written by Tory Hoen for the HiP Paris Blog. Looking for a fabulous vacation rental in Paris, Provence, or Tuscany? Check out Haven in Paris.

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