Festival Tropical

It seems like nearly every weekend there is some marvelous parade floating through Paris. This past weekend was the Carnaval Tropical, a mini version of the Carnivals of Rio, Venice, and New Orleans. Loud colorful dancers from exotic corners of the world descended upon Paris to paint the town tropical.

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

Fête de la Musique: Something for Everyone.

When I woke up on Monday I had no idea what was lay in store for me. That that night Paris would turn into one huge pulsing street party I was blissfully unaware. I did however plan on attending the Midsummer soirée at the Swedish Institute in the Marais. Midsummer is a huge celebration across … Continue reading

World Music Day – Fête de la Musique

Today’s selection for the World Music Day: the 21st century pop of Animal Collective, the shoegaze of Wild Nothing, the hip tribal beats of Yeasayer. Each celebrates summer and the “Fête de la Musique“ Yeasayer – Wait for the Summer Islands – Jogging Gorgeous Summer Animal Collective – Summertime Clothes Wild Nothing – Summer Holiday … Continue reading

Air France vs. Delta: A Miles Showdown

Over the past few years I have traveled a fair amount on Air France and its partner Delta back and forth from Paris to various cities on the East Coast (ATL, IAD, JFK, PHL, BOS, MIA). As a result I have racked up a few miles, especially on my Delta account which has been boosted … Continue reading

Designer’s Days Paris – 62 Hot-Spots – 5 Days of Delightful Design

Like a hot air balloon, like a mindless cloud, like a chef’s tuque, the “Vapeur” lamp from Inga Sempe is  but one of the surprising objects that have blossomed around Paris these last couple of days. But of Course, it’s because it’s the Designer’s Days! From June 9th to 14th, more than 60 design stores … Continue reading

Embryolisse: French Miracle Cream

Absolutely inexcusable. Downright unjustifiable. My friends, there was an omission in my little pharmacy checklist of the other day. And a major one at that. And so here I am, ready to make things right again with a front-page correction. It’s not just out of some sort of puritanical journalistic reflex; it’s also just cause … Continue reading

Margaritas at Anahuacalli

It was the idea of an American friend living in Paris: he wanted some Mexican food, and it was quite a challenge. By and large, Paris is just not great at Mexican cuisine. Few restaurants offer it, and the Tex-Mex addresses that flourished in the 90s are all long gone. But I’m a good friend, … 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

Nuit du Gateau: first-ever Cake Night in Paris

Leave it to the French to come up with something as exquisite, as beautifully indulgent as “Cake Night”. Think about it. Nuit du Gateau. It’s rich and kooky all at once. It holds all kinds of funny promises. And it gets even better. Because it’s not just random, regular, boring ol’ cake night (whatever that … Continue reading