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Top 5: Our Favorite Parisian Cafés

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Returning home from a week in Brooklyn, where serving “perfectly” brewed beans has almost been legislated into city bylaws, I’m always startled to see Parisians rush to their favorite zinc, savoring their industrially roasted, under-frothed café crème for a reassuring taste of home.

Top Five Cafes in Paris, HiP Paris Blog, Le Select, by Carin Olsson

Le Select

Everyone has their favorite café. It’s usually the one closest to home or the office, because it’s not actually about the coffee, it’s about the crowd of familiar faces and friendly gossip.

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There are a few mythic addresses, though, for which even locals will cross town to savor a sun-soaked terrace, a colorful scene or prime people watching.

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Women In Food & Wine: Ladies Of the Paris Dining Scene, Part II

Cafe Lomi

Cafe Lomi

Fresh roasted coffee, craft beer, and international wines are increasingly popular among Parisians, with specialty stores, bars, and coffee shops popping up in their honor all around town. A few weeks ago, we (re)introduced you to Alannah McPerson Tavallai of Emperor Norton, Sarah Mouchot and Lise Kvan of Holybely, among others. In part two of the Ladies of the Paris Dining Scene series we concentrate on some of the women behind the best-loved beverages in the French capital.

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Cafe Lomi; Caves Augé

These three ladies have their finger on the pulse of each growing movement and were kind enough to take some time and share their insights with us.

People's Drugstore

People’s Drugstore, Didier Gauducheau

 

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Shopping Break: Our Favorite Paris Lunch Spots Near Le Bon Marché

Restaurants near Le Bon Marche, Mamie Gâteaux, HiP Paris Blog, Photo by Carin Olsson 2

Mamie Gâteaux

Aristide Boucicaut opened the world’s first department store in the 1850′s. Le Bon Marché was an instant and enduring success, changing shopping habits (and the neighborhood) forever.

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The magnificent Hôtel Lutetia was built across the street to host out of town shoppers, and restaurants opened to feed them. Little has changed in the last 150 years and there are still a lot of great lunch options in the area, making it hard to choose just one!

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Café Varenne -  Although they all have similar menus, not all cafés are created equal and Café Varenne is a cut above the rest, using fresh, quality ingredients for simple, seasonal meals. Continue Reading »

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The Organic Revolution in Paris: The Best Bio Shops In the City of Light

Bio Shops in Paris, HiP Paris Blog, Emily Poulain

L’épicerie du Verre Volé

With more and more people in Paris paying attention to the quality and origin of their food, it’s no surprise that independent, organic stores are increasingly popular. A focus on ingredient-based cooking in restaurants has inspired a focus on ingredients in the home and specialty food shops like Terroirs d’Avenir and L’épicerie du Verre Volé provide the everyday consumer with options for locally sourced and artisanal ingredients.

Bio Shops in Paris, HiP Paris Blog, Emily Poulain

If you’re looking to go “bio”, or organic, in Paris, there are several options for certified organic shopping. Three open-air markets, Marché Batignolles, Marché Raspail, and Marché Brancusi, are exclusively organic- with everything from fruits and vegetables to meats and cheeses all cultivated respecting traditional and natural methods. If you can’t make it to the market, there are quite a few options for organic shopping in Paris. Chain stores such as the Monoprix group owned Naturalia and the swiftly expanding Bio C’ Bon abound and are easily found in most neighborhoods, but if you’re looking for something with more of a family-owned feel here are a few independent and ethically engaged organic shops that you shouldn’t miss:

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Interview and Giveaway: My Paris Kitchen by David Lebovitz

Emily Dilling and Erica Berman sat down with famed chef David Lebovitz inside his (actual) Paris kitchen to get some insider details on the inspirations for his latest cookbook, My Paris Kitchen.We’re also giving away a copy of the book to one lucky reader! For your chance to win, see instructions at the bottom of this post. Happy cooking! -Geneviève
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Erica Berman

In French the word cuisine has a double meaning- referring both to the room in your house where food is prepared and the type of cooking that you do there.

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Salted Butter caramel Chocolate Mousse/ David Lebovitz (Ed Anderson)

David Lebovitz’s new book My Paris Kitchen, is all about his cuisine, in both French senses of the term. David’s stories of equipping his Paris kitchen, from the double basin sink he drove all the way to Lille to retrieve to the industrial lighting fixtures that were procured after hours of wily web searching, set the scene for the 100 recipes to come.

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Kitchen Utensils & Chocolate Cake with Dulce de Leche filling (Erica Berman)

Much like the recipes in My Paris Kitchen, the accessories and ingredients in David’s kitchen all have a story; the sole salad tong still looking for its mate, the spices shared from friends abroad, the olive oil from an organic producer in Sicily, the vintage cutlery and glass garlic holder, all props in the story of David’s life in Paris. Continue Reading »

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The Sweet Life: Japanese Pastry Chefs Are Making Waves in Paris

Japanese Pastries, MORI YOSHIDA, HiP Paris Blog, Photo by Sivan Askayo

Mori Yoshida

Walking through the streets of Paris, past famous monuments and cult patisserie shops, it’s hard not to notice the lines filling up with tourists. The Japanese, in particular, have become huge fans of French sweets in recent years, thanks in part to the now-global reach of brands like Ladurée.

Japanese Pastries, MORI YOSHIDA, HiP Paris Blog, Photo by Sivan Askayo

Mori Yoshida

The influence between the two cultures is far from one-sided, however. Asian ingredients and flavors are no longer rare on French menus, as French chefs and patissiers are won over by the restraint and precision that dominate Japanese cuisine – a refreshing alternative to over-the-top traditional fare.

Japanese Pastries, Ciel, HiP Paris Blog, Photo by Sivan Askayo

Ciel

This symbiotic relationship has not escaped the pastry arena in Paris. Among the most popular pastry shops in Paris today, you’ll find more than one Japanese star leaving its mark on French and international palates. Continue Reading »

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Women In Food & Wine: Ladies Of the Paris Dining Scene, Part I

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Lise Kvan and Sarah Mouchot at Holybelly (Holybelly & Kim Laidlaw)

As we know well, the promise of gastronomic delights is enough to inspire travelers to explore the world, seeking out hard-fought reservations and off-the-beaten-path restaurants in the name of really good food.

Ladies in Food, Yamtcha, HiP Paris Blog, Photo by Didier Gauducheau

Adeline Grattard of Yam’tcha (Didier Gauducheau)

It’s easy to forget that behind these curated culinary experiences there is a team of dedicated professionals committed to using their talents and passions to improve and diversify the general landscape of food and dining. Certain events, TV shows, publications, and guidebooks spotlight some of these talented and resolute food professionals.

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La Buvette

While these “foodie guides” are becoming more and more ubiquitous, they are unfortunately not always comprehensive as they far too often exclude women from their lineup. Continue Reading »

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Mil Amores Tortilleria: Authentic Tortillas in Paris — Finally!

Tortilleria in Paris, HiP Paris Blog, Photo by Mil Amores Tortilleria

Behind a heavy wooden door and down a long corridor in Paris’ 11th arrondissement, Parisians and expats gather like addicts in need of a fix. They hand over money through a doorway in exchange for a much coveted product

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they can’t find anywhere else in Paris– fresh corn tortillas.

Tortilleria in Paris, HiP Paris Blog, Photo by Mil Amores Tortilleria

Erika Ungur, who is originally from Cancun, opened Mil Amores Tortilleria with two partners last year. She spends 8 hours a day making tortillas using a custom made tortilladora from Mexico and a simple mix of imported white masa and water.

Tortilleria in Paris, HiP Paris Blog, Photo by Mil Amores Tortilleria

She supplies some of the best Mexican restaurants in Paris (Candelaria and La Mezcaleria are fans,) and tortillas are always made and sold the same day to ensure freshness. Continue Reading »

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The Life Of a Pastry Chef: My Internship At Un Dimanche A Paris

Un Dimanche à Paris Internship, HiP Paris Blog, Photo by Cindy Wang

When I quit my corporate job and moved to Paris to pursue my dream of becoming a pastry chef, I wasn’t sure how far down this path I could manage.

Un Dimanche à Paris Internship, HiP Paris Blog, Photo by Cindy Wang

Sure, I loved eating pastries and I loved the idea of making them, but I had also heard enough Hell’s Kitchen stories that had kept me worried.

Un Dimanche à Paris Internship, HiP Paris Blog, Photo by Cindy Wang

So what is it really like to work in a pastry kitchen in Paris? As a part of my professional pastry program at école Ferrandi, I completed a 5-month internship at Un Dimanche à Paris, a chic boutique known for its beautiful exhibition kitchen and delicious pastries. Here are some behind-the-scene snapshots to give you an idea of what the life of a French patissier is like. Continue Reading »

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Off The Radar: Eating, Drinking and Shopping in Paris’ Batignolles Neighborhood

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Acide Café & Blou

Montmartre, the Marais, Canal Saint-Martin; these are all well-known Parisian neighborhoods, their names immediately recognizable to any visitor. But Batignolles? That’s a local, well-kept secret.

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Mary

This mostly-residential neighborhood on the outskirts of the 17th arrondissement is off of the standard beaten tourist track. There are no large monuments on visitor to-do lists, and beyond Place de Clichy, there are few names that the outsider will recognize. But that keeps it an out of the way gem, a place to explore when you’re craving a local dose of Paris.

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Marché Biologique Batignolles & Parc Martin Luther King

The hub of Batignolles is Square des Batignolles, a quaint and well-maintained park that lies behind the church, Sainte-Marie des Batignolles. From here you can explore rue des Batignolles, full of a variety of small and independently owned stores. For the food lover there’s the epicerie Mary, which houses specialties from Corsica, including wines, honey, cheese, charcuterie and more.

Mary, 52 rue des Batignolles. Continue Reading »

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