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March Events in Paris: Blue Valentine, Dessance, Marlette and More

HiP-Paris-March-Events-Erin-Dahl-Art-Fair-Paris,-Piero-Pizzi-CannellaPiero Pizzi Cannella – Art Fair Paris

Blue Valentine is the newest cozy address in the 11th, a neighborhood that plays host to favorites like Le Chateaubriand, Bones, Septime, Clamato… 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. And it’s worth mentioning that the ingredients are sourced from some of the top producers in the city, with from veggies coming from Terroirs d’Avenir and coffee from Brûlerie de Belleville.

HiP-Paris-March-Events-Erin-Dahl-OmnivoreOmnivore World Tour, Paris March 16-18 2014

One of our favorite foodie fest organizers is back for their 9th edition; yes, the Omnivore World Tour hits Paris from March 16 – 18 for three days of superior food from standout new chefs from around the world. Not-to-miss events? The Pop up Dinners, the Fucking Dinners, and, of course, the party at Le Perchoir.

From March 27 – 30, Art Paris Art Fair will bring 140 galleries from 20 countries into the famed Grand Palais for a great display of modern and contemporary art. This year’s exhibition focuses mostly on pieces coming from the East, with China as the guest of honor. Last year’s exhibition drew more than 50,000 visitors, and I imagine this year’s will bring even more.

Facebook Dessance 4 copyDessance (Francoise Dorelli)

A new dessert-centric restaurant has opened on rue des Archives in the Marais and is heaven for anyone who often thinks, “I’d rather skip right to dessert.” Dessance, Paris’s first dessert-only resto, is being headed by pastry chef Christophe Boucher, formerly of the Grand Vefour and Ledoyen, who has challenged the idea of what a meal should be. We’re intrigued, to say the least.

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An adorable café and brunch spot has opened on rue des Martyrs and we cannot wait to try it out. Marlette, which has been selling organic cake and bread mixes for several years, recently opened a brick-and-mortar café and their brunch has got us salivating. You can still purchase their mixes to re-create the brunch chez vous and impress your friends. Continue Reading »

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A Day in SOPI: Eating, Drinking & Shopping in Paris’ HiP South-of-Pigalle Area

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For decades, Pigalle was known mainly for its sex shops, seedy shows and working girls. During WWII, this sketchy section of Paris earned the nickname “Pig Alley” thanks to its bawdy rep. But these days, Pigalle has earned a few new monikers as well as a cleaner reputation. Now, in NYC fashion, trendy locals refer to it as either NoPi (North of Pigalle) or SoPi (South of Pigalle).

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While both North and South have plenty to offer, it’s SoPi that’s become the latest neighborhood to watch.  Moving beyond nighttime entertainment, SoPi is packed with plenty of destination restaurants, food shops, cafes and enough to make an itinerary that runs from morning until nighttime.

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To get a day’s worth of enjoyment out of one the city’s hippest ‘hood, kick start things with some caffeine at Rocketship. Like many places in Paris, they don’t open until later in the morning, so make your way there leisurely. In keeping with the neighborhood’s NY-inspired nickname, this concept coffeeshop works a Brooklyn vibe and offers chai lattes alongside coffee from Coutume.

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After coffee, take time to browse the boutique. Benoit, the owner, prides himself on finding unique treasures and includes a good number of pieces from SoPi-based artisans.

Le Rocketship, 13 bis rue Henri Monnier, Paris, 75009, +33 1 48 78 23 66

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Premiere Pression Provence: The New Parisian Mecca For Fine Olive Oil

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Premiere Pression Provence, the go-to new Parisian source for the finest quality Provençal olive oils, is the latest creative enterprise of Olivier Baussan, founder of O & Co and the now ubiquitous chain L’Occitane. This new mini-chain of inviting shops is Baussan’s homage to a region he loves, with the goal of supporting and encouraging native craftsmen and their small-scale, high-quality production.

Premiere PressionPremière Pression Boutique – Rue des Martyrs

I was fortunate enough to discover the shop in the 11th while heading to the Place d’Aligre market via Blé Sucré, one of my favorite little patisseries anywhere in Paris, on the rue Antoine Vollon. Up until that morning it had remained my favorite foodie spot on the street. Now, a lovely, light, wood-paneled shop selling fabulous olive oils has joined the mix.
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Rose Bakery – Lunch in the Marais

rose_carrot_cake1Carrot Cake at Rose Bakery: rachelwoodmassey.files.wordpress.com

After all the great things I have heard about Rose Bakery on rue des Martyrs, and the number of times I have tried to go there but never made it for some reason or another, I finally made it for lunch yesterday at their new (well not so new anymore) location on rue Debelleyme in the Marais. I was fairly certain, being somewhat of a pessimist at times, that after all the fab reviews I had heard, I might be disappointed. Wrong. Rose Bakery was all it’s touted to be, and more. Continue Reading »

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La Vie en Rose (Bakery)

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By Rebecca Leffler, La Fleur de Paris

As Edith Piaf once said, “Je vois la vie en Rose.” I certainly see la vie en … Rose Bakery. The bakery / eatery, co-owned by a British woman (Rose) and her husband, is a Franco-Anglo-Saxon twist on all things breakfast, lunch and brunch. Continue Reading »

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Cul de Poule – Chicken’s arse or mixing bowl, in any case interesting dining!

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After reading David Lebovitz’s super upbeat post and Geneviève’s gently scathing article about the Cul de Poule restaurant, I was unsure whether I would find a trendy hipster resto with snooty servers and less than average food, or a stylish bistro for those in the know. When my friend, food critic and chef Rosa Jackson invited me to join her to test it out for the Time Out restaurant guide, I was pleased to accept and eager to find out what it was all about.

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