March 4, 2014
Blue Valentine is the newest cozy address in the 11th, a neighborhood that plays host to favorites like Le Chateaubriand, Bones, Septime, Clamato… The list goes on. The restaurant focuses on carefully crafted cocktails and fresh, beautifully designed dishes. Chef Saïto Terumitsu (formerly of the Mandarin Oriental) seems to have found his place in this foodie quartier. And it’s worth mentioning that the ingredients are sourced from some of the top producers in the city, with from veggies coming from Terroirs d’Avenir and coffee from Brûlerie de Belleville.
One of our favorite foodie fest organizers is back for their 9th edition; yes, the Omnivore World Tour hits Paris from March 16 – 18 for three days of superior food from standout new chefs from around the world. Not-to-miss events? The Pop up Dinners, the Fucking Dinners, and, of course, the party at Le Perchoir.
From March 27 – 30, Art Paris Art Fair will bring 140 galleries from 20 countries into the famed Grand Palais for a great display of modern and contemporary art. This year’s exhibition focuses mostly on pieces coming from the East, with China as the guest of honor. Last year’s exhibition drew more than 50,000 visitors, and I imagine this year’s will bring even more.
A new dessert-centric restaurant has opened on rue des Archives in the Marais and is heaven for anyone who often thinks, “I’d rather skip right to dessert.” Dessance, Paris’s first dessert-only resto, is being headed by pastry chef Christophe Boucher, formerly of the Grand Vefour and Ledoyen, who has challenged the idea of what a meal should be. We’re intrigued, to say the least.
An adorable café and brunch spot has opened on rue des Martyrs and we cannot wait to try it out. Marlette, which has been selling organic cake and bread mixes for several years, recently opened a brick-and-mortar café and their brunch has got us salivating. You can still purchase their mixes to re-create the brunch chez vous and impress your friends.
The French and the Japanese have always seemed to have a complementary relationship when it comes to manners of taste – style, music, cuisine – but this time we’re focusing on the food. Japan Eat Good festival is on through March and seeks to promote the Japanese cuisine that goes beyond sushi and sashimi. The series of events kicked off last month, but continues until March 22nd. Their website even highlights where you can purchase the best Japanese food products around Paris, to continue your Japanese culinary adventures past the 22nd.
From March through May, talent in the fields of music, dance, theater and performance art from around the globe will gather in Paris for the Festival de l’Imaginaire, a celebration of the variety of forms of expression that exist around the globe today. The events themselves are set to happen around the city, from the Musee du Quai Branly to the Bastille Opera house. Find the full schedule and details on the performers here.
March 11 – August 24: Often exhibitions that feature the music of a people focus on a specific locale, but not Great Black Music. This five-month exhibition honors the history of genres ranging from Mississippi blues to Kingston Ska, from reggae to Bronx hip-hop. The events will be interactive, featuring audiovisual content, a rare instrument collection, and dance classes, to name just a few highlights.
Written by Erin Dahl
Erin has had a whimsical affair with Paris since her first trip as a wide-eyed teenager. Though she currently lives in Brooklyn, Erin returns to Paris as often as possible, constantly seeking out her new favorite address or event.
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