Monthly Archives: September 2012


While strolling down rue du Cherche Midi a few weeks ago, I stumbled upon a magical wonderland of children’s home furnishings, accessories, toys and more. Serendipity is defined as “the gift for stumbling upon happy coincidences” and that is exactly what occurred on that late summer day as I explored this boutique of children’s wonders. The shop name is derived from a Persian fairy tale ‘The Three Princes of Serendip’ whose heroes were endowed with the gift to bring about these happy coincidences....

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As the days start to get shorter and cooler, everyone in Paris is looking for ways to keep the chill away this fall. One of our favorite ways to stay warm is by baking (and eating) yummy desserts. This time of year, the markets are full of delicious produce that is great for making the perfect autumnal desserts. We asked our friend Alisa Morov of  Sweet Pea Baking and Catering to share one of her favorite fall recipes. Alisa has moved from Los Angeles to Paris in 2002 and has since been baking......

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For the second edition of our Neighborhood Guide series we move from the 9th arrondissement further south to a pedestrian-dominated, uber-trendy quartier of shopping and lunching known as Montorgueil. Montorgueil is located in the 2nd arrondissement loosely between the metros Sentier and Etienne Marcel. Rue Montorgueil is one of Paris’ classic market streets and is always filled with daily shoppers picking up their fish, meats and vegetables. The small street (only about 5 blocks long) also has a great number of dining and drinking spots. The real gems in this area, however,......

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For most people, living in France does not just mean eating croissants and drinking good wine every day. This blog post is a part of our new series, An Expat Life, exploring what it is like for an expat to live and work in Paris. Through these profiles of expats who have made their lives here, we will show you the different opportunities that exist in France and the (many) struggles that go along with them. A few weeks ago, we stopped by the recently opened Sugar Daze bakeshop to talk with......

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Whether you have been invited into someones home for a dinner or are just in Paris for a few days visiting as a tourist, there are a few rules that you should abide by as you enjoy the many culinary treasures France has to offer. After over a decade of faux-pas at dinner parties and out at restaurants, we have come up with the ultimate tips for dining French-style to help you out!  Time Your Meal Right Try to time your meals with the locals. Lunch is usually between 12:30-1:30pm and dinner......

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One night last week, we ventured halfway across Paris to experience the new culinary sensation that is Roseval. Located in the bustling quarter of Ménilmontant, this bistro seems a bit out of place amongst the kabob shops and couscous houses that are its neighbors. At the same time, it fits right in with the works of the major street artists that have decorated this quarter. The restaurant is located next to a huge mural done by the street artist Zoo Project, in a quiet plaza, removed from the noisy boulevard de Ménilmontant. The exterior......

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There is a certain energy that has reappeared in the streets of Paris this past week. La Rentrée is upon us, that time when the kids go back to school and adults head back to work after long summer days in the sun. Suddenly, Paris has transformed from the sleepy town it was for all of August to a buzzing hive of activity. The tourists who descended upon Paris in droves while the summer was in full swing have begun to disappear (though of course never completely) and they have been replaced......

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Yes, ladies and gentlemen, a new coffee shop has hit the Paris coffee scene. This calm and cozy spot has only been open a few weeks and was just christened with the name Black Market Coffee about a week ago. I had heard some buzz about a newly opened coffee hotspot in Montmartre and decided to meet my friend Haleigh of Making Magique there to try it out. After seeing some sneak preview pictures online, I had high hopes for this newcomer, but getting out of the metro at Chateau Rouge is......

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