Monthly Archives: November 2012


As the weather cools down and the holidays get closer, I always look for recipes to make that will keep me warm and that are also festive. Two of my favorite things to make this time of year are vin chaud (hot or mulled wine) and bonhommes de pain d’épices (gingerbread). When I think of either of these, I immediately think of my boyfriend’s family who comes from the Alsace-Lorraine region of France. Both of these treats are traditionally served in this area around the holidays. Go to the Christmas markets in Strasbourg,......

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In search of a romantic night out, we popped into the relatively recently opened Sherry Butt in the early hours of the evening for a nice cocktail and some munchies. It looks like a spot straight out of Brooklyn. The atmosphere is a perfect marriage between the uber-crowded and fashionable cocktail bars of Saint-Germain and the underground hipster hangouts of the Bastille. The industrial feel of the bar stools and cinderblock walls is juxtaposed with comfortable velvet couches and lounge chairs and low mood lighting. Hip but not so hip that it......

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If you are looking for that perfect, unique piece of clothing to add to your wardrobe,  vintage shopping is always the way to go. I really enjoy searching through the racks of clothes for the one vintage dress or shirt that fits perfectly and is exactly my style. Paris is chock full of vintage shops and as a city known for its fashion sense, you can be sure to find stylish pieces that fit any budget. Here are a few of our favorite vintage places across the city. Free”P”Star 8 rue Sainte-Croix......

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Paris is getting colder and the temperatures will only drop in the next few weeks. We all know that no one moves to Paris for the weather, so here are some of our favorite warm and cosy tea, coffee and goodie spots to keep your spirits high, and your fingers warm.     La Loire dans la Theiere 3 Rue des Rosiers, 75004  Open Monday – Friday from 10am – 7:30pm; Saturday & Sunday from 9:30am – 7:30pm 01 42 72 90 61 Named after the dormouse who gets dunked in the......

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One of my favorite things to do in Paris on the weekends is to pick a neighborhood and go on a long walk. Even if it is a neighborhood that I have spent a lot of time in, I always end up noticing things that I never have before, such as cute little shops and restaurants that are tucked away from the busy thoroughfares. A couple of weekends ago I was taking this kind of walk through the Marais and happened upon an adorable cantine, Plan B. Plan B is a cozy little neighborhood......

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One of the best things about living in Paris is taking vacation like a true Parisian. This past Toussaint, the Savoir Faire Paris team took our Frenchmen and the puppy, piled into the car and headed southwest to the Vallée de la Loire for a week of countryside exploring. Located only three hours from Paris, the Loire Valley, as it is called in English, is comprised of about 800 kilometers of historic towns, vineyards, and over 300 châteaux, all spanning along the middle stretch of the Loire River. Its rolling green hills,......

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From the fresh pastries at the bouglangerie to a nice warm meal at a trendy bistro, Paris is not lacking in good food. In fact, French cuisine is so important that it is protected by UNESCO. But sometimes expats, and even some French, get tired of French food and start craving things from other countries. My friends and I stock up on our favorite American treats every time we go back to the States; for me it is peanut butter and oatmeal. But as more and more anglophones come to Paris, speciality anglo......

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Le Marais is one of those areas in Paris that you will just never be able to get enough of. I love it because of its complicated and juxtaposing history where it started out as a marshland that was then built up to house the aristocracy around Place des Vosges and then it morphed into the Jewish neighborhood in Paris and then, all of a sudden in the 1970s it was the center of homosexuality. Today, as I walk down the old cobblestone streets, all of these contrasting histories pop out at......

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