Monthly Archives: January 2014


This past Wednesday, we left the office early and headed to an apartment in the 8th arrondissement to check out a new popup cocktail club called The Chamber brought to you by our friend, Forest, from 52 Martinis. The concept is a membership where when you sign up you get invited to unique and interesting cocktail-based events created exclusively for members of The Chamber. In addition to exclusive...

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This week I decided to check out a quartier that is tres close to me: Les Batignolles.  This little neighborhood is squeezed between the bustling Place de Clichy (south), the door of St. Ouen (north), and the chic 17th Wagram and Malesherbes (to the west).   Les Batignolles have a calm and charming feel, though at first glance the place seems like the mecca of MacLaren strollers, perfect families, and bountiful organic markets.  But first impressions are meant to be broken.  This neighborhood may not have the hype that the Marais, Canal St.......

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Normandy farm boy, David Toutain crashed into the Parisian culinary scene with the creative and taste bud-tingling Agapé Substance a few years ago. When he left, he took his entire culinary team with him and all of Paris has been awaiting his next move since. Just before Christmas of last year, he reappeared with a fresh new restaurant, Restaurant David Toutain....

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Sure, everyone knows what the Eiffel Tower is and where it is located.  It has been said that it is the most visited monument in the world, with some 7 plus million visitors a year.  And while this landmark may be the most emblematic image of Paris and France, there are tons of hidden gems about it’s history that are less common knowledge.  Because I’m lucky enough to see this architectural feat from my window, I thought I’d look into the historic depth that doesn’t immediately meet the eye.  Here’s the list......

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After the heavy eating and high amounts of sugar over the holiday season followed by a 2-week vacation in the US, I was in need of a healthy jump-start into 2014. Being a huge fan of Marc and Amaury from Bob’s Juice Bar and Bob’s Kitchen I jumped on the opportunity to try their Bob’s Cold Press Juice Cleanse. I filled out their order form and immediately got a response for a PayPal transfer and was on my way to a healthier new year! Bob’s Cold Press (BCP) uses 100% organic produce to make their......

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It is a typically French tradition to celebrate l’Epiphanie: this holiday celebrates the day on which the three kings Gaspard, Balthazar and Melchior came to pay their tribute to the world-famous baby born just a couple of weeks before. In French those wise men go by the cool name of Les Rois Mages (the Magi). Though this holiday has lost much of its religious significance in most French families, it has gained a sweeter, much more buttery one in the bargain: on the day of the Epiphany, families share a Galette des......

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In search of a weekday after work apéro on a cold December day, two friends and I decided to test out the newly opened Treize…A Baker’s Dozen. Located in the back of a charming 6th arrondissement courtyard, Treize is not easy to find unless you know what to look for. But then again, that is part of its charm. We walked into this tranquil and cozy eatery just at closing time but the lovely owner, Laurel, and her sister generously welcomed us in for a glass of wine while they closed up.......

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Tomorrow morning, France will kick off it’s new year by ushering in the soldes. As you may know, les Soldes in France are a pretty big deal. In short, they are countrywide, biannual sales on all unsold seasonal merchandise. The word soldes in French technically means ‘balances’ (as in a check balance or budget balance) but is used as les soldes (always with the les) to mean ‘sales’ in a shopping context. What’s quite exceptional about these French sales is that they are countrywide. France goes on sale. They are a national sport. French women organize their vacation......

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  It is well known that the SFP Team love their coffee and their cocktails so you can only imagine the excitement when we heard buzz of a new place that combined both under one roof! The eagerly anticipated Lockwood opened its doors just before the holiday season and we popped in for a coffee and a cocktail with our friend Meg of De Quelle Planète Es-Tu? Lockwood is a coffee shop by day, cocktail bar by night hybrid opened by the three Lehoux brothers who have earned some serious street cred......

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