June 24, 2016
When Kristen Beddard moved to Paris five years ago, it wasn’t to fulfill a childhood dream of living in the French capital, or with the hopes of falling in love in the land of éclairs and socially acceptable daytime drinking. It wasn’t because her career, which was beginning to take off at a New York advertising agency, had brought her there, and it wasn’t because she had decided to explore Europe as some recent college graduates often do. Kristen’s Paris story doesn’t start as intentionally as any of those scenarios; it starts with the somewhat unexpected transfer of her husband to a city she barely knew with a language she didn’t speak.
While Kristen’s story begins with struggles – learning enough French to go grocery shopping, making new friends after leaving perfectly good ones behind, struggling to find a job as a foreigner in a new city – what she did with her time in Paris is truly a story of success. After several frustrating attempts – and failures – to find kale in Paris markets and supermarchés Kristen launched The Kale Project, a blog that documented her endeavors to find kale in her new home, and her subsequent quest to reintroduce the forgotten vegetable to the French. Five years later, The Kale Project has thousands of supporters and has also been featured in The New York Times. But the true testament to Kristen’s hard work is that kale can now commonly be found at markets and health food stores in Paris and the rest of France. Bonjour Kale, Kristen’s memoir of Paris, love, and recipes, tells her story of finding a home in Paris, sharing her love for her favorite leafy green, and all the surprises that the life of an expat brings.
June 22, 2016
Le Feeling Bar, ce matin, un lapin
From fancy cocktail clubs to pristine cafés, Paris has it all in terms of nightlife. Sometimes, however, you just want to hang out with the guys and stand around with a few pints of Heineken. At least that’s how it goes in Parisian gay bars.
Gay nightlife in Paris isn’t necessarily the most talked about option in the media. Maybe it’s because women are often shunned from some of its venues. Maybe it’s because the days of Le Queen on the Champs-Élysées are over. Still, there are more than enough options to have a gay old night on the town, no matter what your interests.
Café Cox, Sergio Calleja
June 17, 2016
Between books and blogs and articles and films, Francophiles have no shortage of ways to get their Frenchie fixes. But, sometimes there’s nothing like sweet Parisian whispers in your ear, which set us off on a project to both find the best Paris-related podcasts.
After combing the options and listening to countless episodes, we’ve come up with a list of top picks. So if you love all things France, give these a listen:
June 14, 2016
Despite the growing number of community composting systems in Paris, many city dwellers find themselves far from an urban garden or apartment courtyard equipped with composting facilities to welcome their green waste. In response to an absence of composting options, industrious and eco-minded Parisians have taken it upon themselves to find ways to compost at home.
Parisian apartments are not known for their extensive floor plans or outdoor spaces – I’ve never had a kitchen that I couldn’t cross in two long strides and was lucky enough to have a balcony in two out of my seven apartments in the city – but where there’s a will there’s a way, and it turns out that city composting is possible even in the smallest of urban apartments.
June 7, 2016
Next time your afternoon sugar craving hits, head straight to Fou de Pâtisserie in the center of Paris, where the city’s finest pâtissiers deliver their signature creations fresh daily.
June 1, 2016
Paris is the third most visited city in the world, but it’s also one of the hardest to figure out. “The hype [about Paris] is so big, but when you get here and are confronted with the complexity of everything, it can be difficult,” says Benjamin Forlani, co-founder of Insidr, a new service for travelers to Paris.
Sixth-generation Parisians, Benjamin and his sister Nina love this city, but after years spent living and working in over ten countries, both realized that there is room for improvement. “We are deeply in love with our home city, but at the same time we look at it from an outsider’s perspective and it’s not the best city to travel to,” says Benjamin.
May 31, 2016
While the over 1,200 participants in the Paris Beer Week Grand Final – and the various events that filled the week leading up to it – may have a few blacked out memories after the festivities, they’re sure to remember the many new craft beer addresses that have arrived in the capital. Paris Beer Week brings together brewers, bars, restaurants, and bottle shops, assembling the craft beer community and creating venues for sharing artisanal beers made in microbreweries. If you weren’t able to make it to the third edition of Paris Beer Week, but still want to get in on the action, check out some of these great newcomers to the scene.
Superbières, Paris Beer Week
April 19, 2016
At L’Épicerie des Environs, you’ll find a local – or nearly local – version of just about everything you need to make a delicious dinner (and even clean up after): fruit and vegetables, rice from Camargue, pickles from Burgundy, fruity sorbet from Essonne, and even dish soap made in neighboring Vallée de Chevreuse.
The épicerie, or general store, opened four months ago. It’s quite at home in this corner of the 18th arrondissement, where a handful of other independent food stores and neighborhood restaurants are livening a neighborhood that had lost its flair. While corner shops still exist in every arrondissement, today most of them resemble late-night superettes. Owner Sandrine Cheikh’s idea was to create the kind of épicerie that used to exist in Paris, a place to stock up on all the basics. “I didn’t want to limit it to an épicerie fine, either,” she explains. “That’s why there’s a corner, for example, for beauty products and cleaning supplies.”
April 11, 2016
Le Square du Vert-Galant
What’s more Parisian than spreading out a blanket on the Champ de Mars or along the Seine and sharing a leisurely meal of fresh baguette, cheese, charcuterie, wine, and maracons? Paris Picnic, the first service picnic delivery service of its kind, will bring an artisanal picnic – complete with locally sourced goods, wine, cups, cutlery, and a cotton blanket – to the location of your choice. Simply select and customize your picnic online, request a delivery location and time, and voila: a picture-perfect picnic experience made easy.
Since its founding in 2013, Paris Picnic has become the 3rd highest rated restaurant on Paris’ TripAdvisor. The team serves up to 40 clients on a given day, from honeymooners, to families, to bachelorette parties, to corporate events. We sat down with the folks behind Paris Picnic to find out more.
Sandwiches from Paris Picnic
March 29, 2016
Once you start composting, you can’t go back. Maybe it’s the immediate difference you see in the amount of waste you throw away each day, or the excitement of seeing food turn into rich and healthy soil, or the fact that composting is a simple way we can nourish the earth that nourishes us.
I live in the countryside now, and when I adopted a brood of chickens from a friend who was moving into an apartment, the only caveat was that she be able to stop by whenever she wanted to visit the chickens and feed them her food scraps. “I just can’t throw food away,” she explained, and I completely understand. Before I moved to the Loire Valley, I had already become a composting convert.