December 10, 2009
Looking to “green” your holiday shopping list? Guest blogger Emma Haberman shares some insight about this weekend’s “Noel en Bio” holiday fair, December 11-13 in the Marais.
Text by Emma Haberman
Once upon a time, recycling presents meant re-gifting those unwanted tube socks that weren’t on your wish list. No longer! This year in Paris, Christmas will be greener than ever, thanks to the Noël en Bio holiday fair. The highly anticipated exposition will take place in the Marais this weekend, just in time for holiday shopping (and coinciding with the much-discussed Copenhagen Climate Conference).
December 9, 2009
David Lebovitz, one of our favorite food bloggers, has written a great account of the “Community Supported Agriculture” (CSA) scene in Paris…
Photo: David Lebovitz
Text by David Lebovitz
About a year ago, I was having supper in a friend’s apartment and everything we ate was simple, and tasted really good. He’d lived on a farm near Toulouse for many years, where he worked for one of France’s agricultural organizations. Now he lives in Paris and I was surprised when he told me that the onions we were eating on the tart he’d made were from a panier, or a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) box.
November 19, 2009
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 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.
November 18, 2009
The 27th International Festival for Environmental Film runs from November 18 – 24 at La Pagode, the left bank’s famed artsy cinema house. Thirty-six countries are represented with 104 films, so there should be something to suit every eco-leaning movie lover’s taste. The HiP Paris crew has selected a few highlights that will be screened in English.
October 16, 2009
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.
October 5, 2009
Fall is here, and with that the harvest. There is no good reason that Paris dwellers need forego the delights of eating the bountiful produce found within easy reach of the city of lights. Wanting to remain local and support the neighboring economy and help reduce the negative impact on our planet of carting in food from faraway lands, I set off to find fresh produce locally grown and home delivered. A friend of mine introduced me to Le Haut du Panier and I decided to find out what it was all about.
September 16, 2009
Super Nature’s cheeseburger.
Just as the weather varies by season in Paris, so do our appetites. In spring when the city starts to heat up, we forgo bottles of deep red Cahors for glasses of rosé, we swap gateau au chocolat for seasonal fruit tarts and refreshing sorbet, and we scour local markets for the fresh fruits and vegetables that we’ve been dreaming of all winter. The city’s best restaurants shift with us, adjusting their menus seasonally (if not daily). Super Nature, one of Paris’ hottest new organic restaurants, is among those that abide by a “what’s fresh is best” policy.
August 31, 2009
By Rebecca Leffler, La Fleur de Paris
As Edith Piaf once said, “Je vois la vie en Rose.” I certainly see la vie en … Rose Bakery. The bakery / eatery, co-owned by a British woman (Rose) and her husband, is a Franco-Anglo-Saxon twist on all things breakfast, lunch and brunch.
August 30, 2009
Today, the last Sunday in August, people all over France will pack their bags, shutter their vacation homes, and make the voyage back home – many to Paris. In the U.S., you might picture cars stuffed to the gills with bags and family members, hours spent stuck in long traffic jams. And it’s true that there will be some of this. However, in places like Aix-en-Provence, Marseille, Montpellier, Rennes, and many other cities large and small, there will also be crowded train platforms full of people waiting to board their TGV home.
The TGV, which stands for train à grande vitesse (high speed train), is hands down the best way to travel through France. People visiting from other countries with less-developed rail networks may not even think of traveling by train, but the TGV is fast, easy, comfortable, and above all, reliable. In addition, there are often discounts provided for people under the age of 26 and over the age of 60 (or for those who plan far in advance) – and it is already quite affordable to begin with.
August 28, 2009
Although Paris isn’t quite as bike-centric as Amsterdam just yet, bicycles have definitely become the hip and green way to get around. As Sarah pointed out earlier, the now-ubiquitous Vélibs’ have converted Parisians over to the scenic joys of gliding along tree-lined boulevards as an alternative to the soul-crushing rush hour metro.
But this picturesque approach to Paris isn’t just reserved for natives and those who are able to get their foreign cards to work in the Vélib’ machines. Fat Tire Tours, a bike-and-segway specific tour company, was among the first Paris-based tour groups to offer bicycle tours of the city. They are a friendly and entertaining way to see the city.