American in Paris Reading List Vol. 2: Hemingway’s “A Moveable Feast”

Hemingway’s posthumous publication chronicles his life as a struggling young writer in 1920s Paris, a time when the intellectual American expat community was most prolific. His circle included such notable figures as F. Scott Fitzgerald, Ezra Pound, and James Joyce. Today Hemingway’s legacy leaves no trace of his former starving artist self. Take his eponymous … Continue reading

Bag love: Cabas Ka

Here’s one thing you should know about me: I looove handbags. Contrary to many women, I love them more than shoes. Don’t get me wrong – I looove shoes, too. But I just find handbags irresistible. For any city girl, they’re like a home away from home. A good handbag should be an enabler, a … Continue reading

L’Avant-Comptoir: they’re not tapas, they’re little bites of French love

Credit: Alexander Lobrano It went like this: my friends were running late, and I had a half-hour to kill before dinner in the Odeon neighborhood. So here I was, Les Editeurs right in front of me – a tried and tested cafe where I could order a Perrier while I waited. And right across the … Continue reading

Update: French Open

The last french hopeful, number 8 ranked Jo-Wilfried Tsonga, retired yesterday in his match against the Russian Mikhail Youzhny due to a leg injury. Tsonga is such a strong player when he is fully healthy and recovered, but chronic injuries have plagued his game the last two years. Federer has advanced effortlessly to the quarterfinals. … Continue reading

La Patisserie des Reves: the stuff dreams are made on

My advice here is real simple, so let’s get it out of the way straight off: do not mind the glass jars. I say that as a dessert-lover and consummate sweet tooth. I can easily imagine how cakes under glass domes might come off: cold, disincarnate, pretentious, French (not in a good way). Ever so … Continue reading

American in Paris Reading List Vol. 1: Henry Miller’s Tropic of Cancer

“I have no money, no resources, no hopes. I am the happiest man alive” This bawdy autobiography details Henry’s life as a starving writer in 1930s Paris. Banned as obscene for nearly thirty years in the U.S., Tropic of Cancer has garnered for itself a reputation for being pornographic literature. But Miller’s sense of freedom and … Continue reading

Carette: coffee, macaroons, Americans and old ladies

It’s a standard of the Trocadero area, an old-world tearoom with a reputation for pastries and macaroons. I remember an aunt taking me there for breakfast – toast for her, almond croissant for me – when I was a child. Carette has been there since the 1920s (um, not that I was a child back … Continue reading

Chateaubriand: Affordable Haute Cuisine

When Chateaubriand was nominated the number 11 restaurant in the world by the World’s Best Restaurant Awards 2010, sponsored by San Pellegrino, I was shocked. It was the first restaurant on the list for all of France, let alone Paris. Not even any of Alain Ducasse’s brainchildren could top this small restaurant in the 11th. … Continue reading

Late Night Steak Tartare

If you find yourself famished in the wee hours of the morning after a night out clubbing on the Champs-Elysées, head over to the Maison de l’Aubrac for some French comfort food in the form of steak and frites. The restaurant prides itself on beef in all its glorious forms, but the real showstopper is … Continue reading