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A Day in Champagne with Tasty Side to Life Tours

Champagne, Tasty Side to Life ToursSince becoming à la mode among French and English nobility in the 18th century, Champagne has symbolized royalty, celebration, and the elite. However, few are familiar with the other side to the unique, bubbly beverage; one that’s close to the earth, rooted in the terroir, and reliant on the men and women who spend their lives in the vines, artfully and painstakingly toiling, experimenting, and taking risks to produce a blend that honors and embodies the complexity of the land. Champagne was born of an accident and a regional envy of Burgundy’s acclaimed reds. And today, tourists still prefer the Loire and sunnier Provence to Champagne, the country’s second least visited region. But a new generation of passionate organic and biodynamic growers is changing that.

Champagne, Tasty Side to Life Tours

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November 2016 Events, Lola Marsh

November Events

Icons of Modern Art at Fondation Louis Vuitton, La Nuit Américaine, Le Mois Particulier, Fotofever, Lola March at Point Éphémère, Portes Ouvertes d’Anvers Aux Abbesses, Lauren Collins on When in French at Shakespeare & Company, Paris Cocktail Festival.

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Le Tout Monde Restaurant, Paris

Le Tout Monde

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.

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Privé de Dessert, a unique culinary concept in Paris

Privé de Dessert 2

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 it’s anything but dessert.

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Le Triangle: Craft Beer in Paris

Le Triangle

The craft beer boom in Paris grown at such an astonishing rate that the market has essentially become saturated in a matter of years. 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.

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Paris Barbershops, Alain Maitre Barbier Coiffeur

Barbershops

Like many cities around the world, Paris has experienced a revival of traditional barbering methods in recent years. Whether you are a traditional gentleman sporting a slicked back style, a modern man with a classic fade, a proud bearer of a full beard, or a younger dude pulling off something a little bolder, Paris has a great selection of barbershops to suit your style.

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Uptown Restaurant, Montmartre, Paris

Uptown Restaurant

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. As with the best of contemporary Parisian bistrots, head chef Fabrizio Guérrini spotlights seasonal ingredients on a menu of small, sharing plates, that changes monthly.

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Hardware Societe, Australian Breakfast arrives in Montmartre

Hardware Société

Hardware Société, a Parisian outpost of its Franco-Australian founders original Melbourne location, is the most exciting thing to happen to Parisian breakfast since Holybelly and Eggs Benedict. Located on one of the most hidden-in-plain-view streets in Paris, rue Lamarck just east of the Sacré Coeur, Hardware Société remains a hidden gem.

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Oscar Wilde L'impertinant absolu at Petit Palais & Maxence Cyrin

October Events in Paris

Oscar Wilde, L’impertinant absolu at Petit Palais, MMM Matthieu Chedid Rencontre Martin Parr at the Philharmonie de Paris, PARISARTISTES#, MAMA Festival, Brocante Design d’Achille, Fiesta Dia de Los Muertos at L’Alimentation Generale, FIAC, Salon du Chocolat.

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