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Dining out in Paris with Kids: One Ex-Pat Mom’s Experience

Lisa Czarina Michaud
 

I wish there was the perfect how-to guide to dining out with kids. Well, other than “Don’t do it. Stay home and cook.” As any parent will tell you, each time is different. Whether you are in Paris, New York, your local dive or a fine dining establishment you couldn’t get a babysitter for, the experience can range anywhere from relief to regret, but rarely ever results in a fully enjoyable meal. What no one tells you is that it doesn’t always start out like this. The cruel joke the universe plays on new parents is convincing us that babies like going out to eat. It is not until you experience that game-changing dinner when you realize going out to eat will never be the same…well, at least for the next ten years or so.

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Living, Loving, Learning: An American Photographer on Starting a New Life in Paris

HiP Paris blog. Living, Learning, Loving. A bride viewed from the top of a Parisian spiral staircase. Photo by Marjorie Preval.

I don’t come from a family of explorers, travelers, or adventurers. My wanderlust has definitely been a learned trait, something that I’ve discovered after spending countless hours Google searching destinations I wished to visit. Needless to say, my parents were a bit shocked when I told them that I had bought tickets for my daughter Kailin and me to move to Paris the winter of 2011. My mother’s concern was that I “didn’t know a soul in all of France,” my dad’s was that I wouldn’t survive without knowing the language.

Armed with their endless words of advice and a handful of helpful phrases, such as “s’il vous plait, aidez-moi trouver les toilettes”(thanks dad !), my then four year-old and I boarded our very first trans-Atlantic flight to the City of Light. I wasn’t prepared for the anxiety attack I would have midway through our redeye, or how much I would fall head over heels once I’d arrived. In a penthouse apartment situated right across from Sacré-Cœur, how could I not fall in love with all that Paris had to offer me?

HiP Paris blog. Living, loving, learning in Paris. One of Paris' most distinctive features: its rooftops. Photo by Marjorie Preval.

HiP Paris blog. Living, loving, learning in Paris. Take a seat and have a moment with Lady Eiffel. Photos by Marjorie Preval.

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Expat Special: What To Do With One Month in Paris

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You’re about to realize your dream: living in Paris for a month. You found an apartment, booked your flight, and learned how to ask for les toilettes.

You imagine strolling through the city, taking in the sights, hanging out at cafés, and being…Parisian.  Of course, part of the fun of travel is making new friends. As much as we love French hospitality, local Parisians and expats aren’t always hanging out in cafés looking for tourists to befriend. If your plan was to strike up conversation with the local artists over espresso at your neighborhood bistrot, you might want to think up a slightly more elaborate back-up plan. Just in case.

Michel NGUYEN; Yuwen Teo

Plus, maybe your idea of Paris includes escaping the tourist traps and discovering truly local haunts – great live music at an otherwise unassuming dive bar, or a fantastic meal at your neighborhood restaurant. With a dash of creativity, there are plenty of original ways to meet people and experience a little of the true Paris. Here are a few ideas: Continue Reading »

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December 6: Book Signing and Wine Tasting with David Lebovitz, Heather Stimmler-Hall, Keith Spicer

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If you happen to be wandering by the Louvre on December 6th and find yourself wishing you had your Parisian second cousin on hand to point you in the direction of a meal that’ll really blow you away, or maybe a little advice on where to take a newfound Parisian flame, you might consider stopping by the ‘Caves du Paradis’ for some wine, a chat and a little required reading.

On December 6th, O Chateau and Context Tours are teaming up to present a wine tasting–book signing event with famed expats David Lebovitz, Heather Stimmler-Hall, and Keith Spicer in the Caves du Paradis. The setting itself is worth a detour; the historical cellars that constitute O Chateau’s headquarters are over 300 years old and used to house the royal sommelier’s stash. The guests of honor aren’t too shabby either: David Lebovitz, author of The Sweet Life in Paris, is one of France’s most pre-eminent Anglophone food critics and has a blog loved by professionals and amateurs alike. Heather Stimmler-Hall, an expert on Paris’ hidden gems, will be signing her alternative city guide The Naughty Paris Guide; and Keith Spicer, a Canadian journalist, will be presenting Paris Passions, his witty collection of short stories about – what else? – the French. Continue Reading »

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