Monthly Archives: February 2014


In searching for a spot for a ladies lunch a few weeks ago, Gail of Perfectly Paris, Paula of Frenchy Rentals and Forest of 52 Martinis and The Chamber decided to trek to the depths of the 17th arrondissement to try Roca. Roca is a new néo-bistro with talent coming from the kitchens of Le Richer and L’Office. We made our lunch reservation two days before and even added a 5th person into the mix and every time I called...

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Coco Chanel may have invented chic but contemporary French designers are to thank for keeping the flame of French fashion burning bright. You may already be familiar with major star labels like A.P.C., Isabel Marant, or the Maje and Sandro boutiques which have recently expanded into the USA and internationally. Despite the ever increasing homogeneity of the modern world there are still a few French clothing brands that you won’t easily find outside of the country. We compiled a short list of the best local joints to get your chic on, enjoy! Many......

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As your resident carboholic, I decided it would be my mission to look more closely into world of bread making and baguette buying.  No two loaves are the same and this guide will be of use to anyone who has been overwhelmed when they walk into the boulangeries.  Style and shape be damned, the pain de Paris is about about the flaky crusts and gooey interiors.  Here’s a list of the types of bread and their characteristics: Baguette is the most basic bread in France. It must weigh 320 grams real and......

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Way back in the year 360 CE the town of Lutetia, nestled along the Seine, was given a new name, Paris, in nod to the Parisii tribe who were early the Pre-Roman Gaulish settlers of the area. The city we know and love today has grown out and beyond its Gallo-Roman heritage but if you look closely modern Paris still bears traces of its ancient roots. For those with a penchant for the archeological we have chosen three hidden spots in the 4th and 5th arrondissements of Paris that will surely inspire you......

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Next to ordering coffee, buying meat seems to be one of most difficult things for recent arrivals to get used to and comfortable with. The simple reason for this is that French cuts of meat are different from British or American cuts. There are many more of them and they tend to not totally correspond to a lot of what we Anglos are used to. Below are two diagrams of how Americans and British cut their meat and following that is the French cuts for you to compare. British Beef Cuts –......

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It’s common knowledge that people don’t move to Paris for the weather.  I’m from the Midwest, so I am no stranger to snowpocalypses, black ice, and torrential hail.  But in Paris, the nature of the beast is different.  Much of the year is cold, wet, and grey.  In the words of the Asteroids Galaxy Tour, “the sun ain’t shining no more.” Fear not though, here at Savoir Faire we’ve compiled a list to help you beat the winter blues. After you’ve run out and bought some vitamin D and a sun lamp,......

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Having snagged tastes of the Paris-based brewery in bars across the city, a few beer-loving friends and I decided to check out the Bar Demory Paris that opened on a quiet street just off the bustling rue Rambuteau in the 4th arrondissement. The space is over 200m2 and after distributing their beers throughout Paris, opening two pop-up bars, and creating lots of buzz around their brand, their final location is definitely worth the trip. The Parisian brewery Demory Paris is not actually as new as you might thing. The brewery has recently......

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February is the month of the great thaw: hopefully just in the weather and not in your love live! Wondering how to spice up Valentine’s this year in Paris? We’ve got your go to list so that you aren’t scrambling to buy your honey wine or chocolates at the last minute! Why not set up a romantic dinner and photo session to capture the your Valentine’s Day? In the afternoon, meet up with photographer Lindsey Kent at the Louvre Museum, where she’ll then take you around the city for a two-hour romantic......

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