March 28, 2014
When it comes to what to drink in Paris, there will always be French wine. In the last few years, though, a few more exciting options have appeared. There are the specialty cocktail bars, offering a new twist on the classics; hot spots like Frenchie-to-Go, Glass and Dirty Dick now offer artisan beers, some of which are even brewed in Paris; and it seems there is a new coffee shop, with locally roasted beans, opening every week. Now there is also a healthy option to add to your drinking plans: cold-pressed juices.
What has become one of the top trends in New York City and Los Angeles has finally arrived in the City of Lights. Cold-press juicing differs from the average, fresh-pressed juice because an advanced press is used to extract the juice at a low temperature, therefore preserving all the vitamins, minerals and natural enzymes. If you’re going to drink your vegetables, cold-press is the purest way to do it.
While people come to Paris to break out of their health regimes and splurge on steak frites, stinky cheese, and pastries, there comes that moment when you just might need something light and fresh that’ll have a little less effect on your waistline. Luckily, there is now more than one place in Paris to partake in a mini-detox, and it’s also a great way to enjoy the organic, locally grown produce that France has to offer.
Here are a few spots where you can get a cold-pressed juice in Paris. All are 100% organic and 100% made in Paris by locals. Continue Reading »
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When my little sister lived in Paris in 2010, I remember her telling me running was not a popular pastime. An avid runner, when I moved to Paris in January, I came fully expecting to be given disapproving glances when I ran through the city in my Lululemon running tights and Nikes. My, how things have changed.
Who says Paris is just for lovers? With world-class museums, jaw-dropping architecture and monuments galore, exploring the City of Light alone can be fun, freeing and fulfilling. But the one thing that can still strike fear into the solo traveler heart is the phrase: “table for one.” The easiest way around this dilemma is to skip the table all together and head straight for the counter seating at one of these hotspots.
The glass pyramids of the Louvre, the manicured grounds of the Tuileries Garden, and of course, the remarkable iron puzzle that is the Eiffel Tower. When planning a trip to Paris, worldly known sights like these intoxicate you with euphoric expectations. But when you step off the plane, you find that they are simply window dressings framing an elaborate web of breathtaking details.
Tweed turned up at Paris Fashion Week’s most talked about show, Chanel – a full-scale supermarket set up in the Grand Palais that made shopping for groceries look incredibly glamorous. Colorful candied shades of tweed swept down Karl Lagerfeld’s chic supermarket aisles in the shape of overcoats, cropped jackets, trouser and skirt-suit combos and even spilled onto trainers.
You can call it tapas, mezze, hors d’ouvres… But, whatever you call it, small plate dining has been big news in Paris for the past few years. With so many spots, it’s hard to choose. So, if you’re interested in partaking in this particular fad, here’s a hat trick of SoPi hotspots for an all night tapas tour.
Paris is having its own love affair with the Nordic countries, and if you want a mini-escape to the cultures of a colder climate, you don’t even have to leave the French capital. From food to fashion, there’s plenty of Scandinavia to be had on the streets of Paris.
Blue Valentine is the newest cozy address in the 11th, a neighborhood that plays host to favorites like Le Chateaubriand, Bones, Septime, Buvette… 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.
As a single Mom of two teens, this is not the first time I’ve lived with a man. With almost half a century of life and decades of dish with girlfriends on both sides of the Atlantic behind me,I have identified some undeniable signs that there is a Frenchman in my house. He is not classically good looking, my Frenchman, but he has a magnetic attraction that pulls me in.