October 25, 2016
My favorite dining companion never fails to strike up a conversation when we’re in a restaurant- sometimes with a neighboring table, often with the server or sommelier. So it was no surprise that he immediately hit it off with the owner of Le Tout Monde when we enjoyed an apéro and entrées there on a rainy evening. The conversation quickly turned to vin nature – a shared passion, it turns out – and mutual acquaintances in the small community of French natural winemakers.
The cozy bistrot in the Goutte d’Or neighborhood of the 18th arrondissement had recently hosted a few friends for an event. “I’m not trying to hold big tastings here or anything,” the friendly patron humbly explained, “I’m just happy to host friends.” Being a good host is clearly a priority in this charming wine bar and restaurant, where everyone feels like a friend.
October 21, 2016
At PDD2 what you see is not what you get. The offshoot of Privé de Dessert, the quirky SoPi restaurant where entrées and main dishes look like classic French pastries, has brought the same fun approach to the Opéra neighborhood in the guise of a take-away “pâtisserie” with a twist.
Every delicacy in this bright 2nd arrondissement café looks like a pastry, yet they’re anything but dessert: a réligieuse with avocado cream and salmon rillettes, a delicate éclair that refashions the traditional ham-and-butter lunchtime sandwich, or a savory cupcake that hides a surprise tartiflette filling.
October 19, 2016
The craft beer boom in Paris has grown at such an astonishing rate that the market has essentially become saturated in a matter of years. These days, if you want to open up a beer bar, restaurant, or bottle shop, it’s in your best interest to find a niche or specialty that makes you stand out from the rest. The team behind Le Triangle had no problem making a space for themselves in Paris’ craft beer scene, as they simple pulled from their own particular passions – cooking, micro-brewing, and hospitality – to create one of the city’s few craft beer tap-houses.
October 11, 2016
Far from the bustle of central Paris’ boulevards and train stations, Uptown hides in the Northern part of the 18ème, one of a few areas in the city to retain a quiet, village-like ambiance over the decades.
The food, however, is anything but provincial. As with the best of contemporary Parisian bistrots, head chef Fabrizio Guérrini (formerly of Michelin-starred Agapé) spotlights seasonal ingredients on a menu of small sharing plates, which change monthly.
October 6, 2016
When the Australian café-inspired restaurant Holybelly opened in the 10th arrondissement, it revolutionized morning meals in Paris. The all-day breakfast menu, which combined classic eggs and sides with more refined seasonal mains, was the first of its kind in a city where breakfasts are continental and Anglo-inspired dining often fail to inspire.
Three years later and people still line up at Holybelly’s doors before opening, waiting to taste the new monthly menu, come back for their favorite permanent menu classics, or enjoy the special weekend menu. Despite the restaurant’s rampant success and the undeniable demand for the a solid breakfast joint in Paris, Holybelly remains an anomaly in the bacon-and-eggs breakfast scene. At least, until recently.
September 27, 2016
Literature buffs with a sweet tooth should head to South Pigalle and drop by Mesdemoiselles Madeleines, a tiny boutique on rue des Martyrs that only sells gourmet madeleines declined in an international rainbow of flavors like Tahitian vanilla, Moroccan rose, Sicilian pistachio, and Ethiopian coffee.
Realizing that Marcel Proust’s tea-time treat had become a shrink-wrapped, artificially-flavored mass-produced cake in modern-day France, Steve Seremes, a former financial consultant with a penchant for fine food, has set out to make Parisians rediscover this classic indulgence.
July 29, 2016
Food activists celebrated a victory on July 5th, when 4 Saisons Solidaires, a proposition introduced by the Communist Party, was passed by the Paris Council. The initiative is set to facilitate the opening of new food markets around the city, this time the focusing on providing sustainable, seasonal, and local produce to low-income communities. By offering lower rents and financial aid to vendors and opening markets in neighborhoods that have little access to quality food, the city hopes to encourage residents to improve their dietary habits while supporting local agriculture.
July 19, 2016
Among all of the trendy coffee shops and boutiques along the Canal Saint Martin, one new address is standing out from the rest. Forget croissants and café crèmes for a moment and immerse yourself in the pasteis de nata and galão at DonAntónia, a part eatery, part grocery store that is dedicated to the tastes of Portugal.
The idea is simple: everything – down to the milk in the coffee – comes from Portugal. A team at Canelas bakery in Pierrefitte, just north of Paris, creates the pastries each day. In fact, they’ve been catering Portuguese cuisine for 35 years, but DonAntónia is the first storefront for the products in Paris.
July 14, 2016
The Beans on Fire
Comptoir Gana, The Beans on Fire
In March, Le Food Trip start-up launched a concept totally new to Paris: The Tasting Passport. The booklet contains 12 coupons redeemable for tastings at épiceries, cafés, and bakeries around the city. So for 34 euros, you can taste a range of authentic goods at your own pace (the passport is valid for one year after purchase), in whatever order you choose, all while taking in the ambiance of a neighborhood and interacting with local business owners, one on one.
July 12, 2016
Everything about Fraîche is in keeping with its name: light and refined dishes made with market-fresh ingredients, surprising flavor combinations, and a sunny yet airy space that puts you immediately at ease. Whether for a weekday lunch with colleagues or an intimate dinner date, you’ll walk away from a meal at this unpretentious Canal St-Martin bistrot full and restored.