Monthly Archives: June 2014

Summertime Cocktails for a Parisian Party


With the fabulous weather rolling in for the summer months, you’ll want to be outside picnicking or on terraces as often as possible.  And what goes better with a picnic or summer terrace than a nice refreshing cocktail? Here at Savoir Faire, we’ve compiled summer cocktail recipes that are cool, refreshing, and are sure to brighten your summer.  Bring some along to your World Cup or Wimbledon viewing parties, your weekend at the countryside, or your Bastille Day festivities, and you’ll win some major brownie points with friends and family.  Don’t forget to include some classic French liquors, such as champagne, lillet, and pastis in those drinks of yours!

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Lillet Rouge and Cherry Cocktail
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Neighborhood Guide | La Goutte d’Or


La Goutte d’Or is what you would call an “up and coming” neighbourhood of Paris that is less-frequented by tourists. We have heard a lot of buzz about some great places opening in the area and we decided to share some of our insider secrets to you loyal readers!

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La Goutte d’Or is located in the 18th arrondissement just east of Montmartre. It is roughly the section in between Rue Ordiner to the north and Boulevard de la Chapelle to the south with Boulevard Barbes Continue reading

Small Jewelry Boutiques in Paris


Sure we’ve all dreamed of getting a Cartier diamond or a Boucheron bracelet.   These are two famous French jewelry designers that everyone has heard of.  But for those of us that don’t quite have that sort of a budget, there are plenty of other cool jewelry shops in Paris that won’t break the bank.  Here are a few of our favorite places that offer original pieces and affordable prices without compromising style:

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Matières à réflexion:

This boutique is awesome because they offer gorgeous rusted-out necklaces for layering, pendants and chains, all made by local designers.  Everything piece is beautiful Continue reading

Paris Specialty Shops


The gods of gastronomy have blessed Paris with a plethora of pleasures to stimulate the palate. The home chef in search of fantastic ingredients hasn’t got far to go in search of the perfect flavors to season their feast. Paris’ many specialty shops help to point foodies in the right direction, offering a great selection of the highest quality products found in France and the world over. Here’s our list of some of the best.

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La Maison de la Truffe

The notoriously beautiful, delicious, and expensive ingredient, the truffle, is the star of this specialty shop, restaurant and café. Stop in for lunch and leave with truffles galore in the form of sauces, oils or even cheese.

Hours: 
Monday through Saturday, 10 AM to 10 PM
19 Place de la Madeleine, 8th arrondissement
Métro: Madeleine (lines 8, 12, 14)

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La Maison de l’escargot

The “House of the Snail” has a century-long reputation as the go-to for one of France’s most favorite and infamous delicacy. If you’ve never tried snail and want your first encounter to be a pleasure, la Maison de l’escargot has got you covered. You’ll be surprised at how tender and flavorful these little guys are when lovingly prepared.

Hours:
Tuesday through Saturday 9:30 AM to 7:00 PM
79 rue Fondary, 15th arrondissment
Métro: Emile Zola (line 10)
 

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La Chambre aux Confitures

This specialty jam seller is a celebration of sweet, seasonal flavors. They really have everything – from clementine to green tomato. The colorful shop itself is a pleasure for the senses.

Hours:
Monday through Friday, 11 AM to 7:30 PM
Saturday and Sunday 10AM to 7:30 PM
60 rue Vieille du Temple, 4th arrondissement
Métro: Saint Paul (line 1)

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La Maison du Miel

Wow, does this shop smell good. They have any type of honey product you could ever imagine form soap to candles to honey wine. You can also buy honey on the comb which is a very special treat.

Hours:
Monday to Saturday, 9:30 AM to 7 PM
24 rue Vignon, 9th arrondissement
Métro: Madeleine (lines 8, 12, 14)

Weekend in Champagne


Everyone loves a good glass of bubbly and no bubbly can be called Champagne unless it comes from the Champagne region of France. Located just a few hours outside of Paris, Champagne makes for an excellent (and delicious!) weekend trip from the city. Not only can you visit the beautiful city of Reims but you can visit Champagne caves all day and learn how the experts have perfected this queen of beverages.

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Since there are so many options of champagne houses to visit, we thought we would share some of our favorite spots in the region that give the best tours and bang for your buck!

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