Monthly Archives: May 2012


There is no joy like the love of a pet. If you are thinking of moving Fluffy and Filo with you to Paris, here are our pointers about pets in France to make the transition easier. Generally, dogs are welcomed and loved throughout France. Don’t be surprised if you sit down at a café and find a little fluff ball on the chair next to you, awaiting their café crème. While I exaggerate only slightly, you will find that French dog owners often assume that their incredibly well behaved dogs can go......

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As the weather warms, Parisians spill out onto the quays and into the parks for leisurely weekend and weeknight picnics. As avid picnickers, we at SFP have compiled a few picnicking tips to help you bring in the sunshine: 1.    Location, Location, Location! Buttes Chaumont, 19eme |  Large park with rolling hills, tons of open grass and trees, waterfalls and a lake. Canal St. Martin, 10eme  |  While there is little greenery and the small stretch along the water can get quite crowded on Saturday afternoons, this is a trendy picnic spot......

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A very good friend did something wonderful and thoughtful for me, and to thank her, I wanted to take her somewhere special. Agapé Substance was definitely the place. The restaurant had been on my radar for a while but given the price range, it was out of my “average night out” budget. As this was a special occasion, I reserved our lunch table a little over a week in advance, for a meal that would tantalize our taste buds for weeks to come. Practically walking right past the well-disguised exterior (that looks......

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There is no question that we would all love to live the dream life of a Parisian, stopping off daily at the butcher, the cheese shop, the produce store, outdoor markets etc., smiles on our faces, picking up our supplies for dinner or a Sunday lunch, however, the reality of food shopping in Paris can take some time to get used to. That is why we are pleased to announce the first installation to our Paris Food Shopping Guides. With these guides we will take a focus on specific products, stores, markets,......

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It is no secret that we at SFP are huge coffee fans, however, it has been quite an experience finding a good cup of coffee in Paris! In a country where coffee drinking is such a part of the culture, this may be hard to believe. My years of frustration with my daily café were frequently met with reactions of shock from visitors and friends abroad: Are you seriously telling me that there is no good coffee in Paris? Paris!? Unfortunately, yes. The average coffee in Paris has a wide range of......

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Having heard just small tidbits about this newly opened venture by the American-New Zealand duo behind the wine shop, La Dernier Goutte, sandwich shop, Cosi, and the ever-popular expat hangout, Fish la Boissonnerie, I was eager to try it out to see how it stacked up. I made a reservation (rather easily, I might add) this past weekend with my friend Lindsey of LostInCheeseland and Lola’s Cookies.  At first glance, we loved the beautiful open kitchen and the comfortable airy and rustic atmosphere with stone-walls and exposed heating ducts. Lindsey, who had......

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