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In celebration of Friday and to make up for the rainy weather, the SFP office went to Nanashi for lunch today. We had heard delicious things about this japanese-style dining spot and wanted to taste it for ourselves. We hopped off at metro Poissionniere on line 7, an area that is super hot for dining at the moment, to check out Nanashi’s flagship location. Chef Kaori Endo, formerly of Rose Bakery, serves up his specialty, the bento box, in a meat, fish or vegetarian option on a bed of wild rice and......

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Wanderlust is a new creative space that just opened on the banks of the Seine, at the Cité de la Mode et du Design in the 13th arrondissement. Run by the same group that owns the hip Parisian nightclubs Social Club and Silencio, Wanderlust promises to be a unique mix of music, fashion, art, cuisine and film. The location features a 1600 square meters terrace (the largest in Paris), an 80 seat open-air cinema, a club, a bar and a restaurant. Open from Wednesday to Sunday, each day has a loose theme.......

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To kick off our series of neighborhood guides where we plan on sharing our top neighborhood picks for shopping, eating and strolling, I thought that I would start with a quartier that has recently captured my heart with its boutiques, charm, centralized location, delicious goodies and cozy feel. The 9th arrondissement is centrally located just north of the 1st and south of the 18th arrondissements. While it’s borders technically range from Rue Amsterdam to Rue Faubourg Poissoniere and from Boulevards des Italiens up to Boulevard de Rochechouart, when I refer to “the......

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Summer is here and the sales are near and if you are planning a trip to the City of Lights, you want to make sure that you pack to fit in with Paris styles. Here are some current fashion trends we have picked up to help you feel like a Parisian this summer. Jumpsuits & Maxi Dresses Jumpsuits are perfect for Paris picnicking in the sun as you don’t have to worry about accidentally showing too much when you stand up, or sitting in uncomfortable awkward positions. Both jumpsuits and maxi dresses......

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We tried this tiny 16 seat restaurant last week for a nice weeknight out. Chef Akihiro Horikoshi, who has spent the last two decades at L’Ambroisie before opening his own place, met us at the door with all smiles and showed us to our table. The minimalist, crisp and clean interior with white walls, counters and floors is brought to life with the red accents of the low-hanging lights that put a shining spotlight on the delicious dishes Horikoshi whips up in the tiny open kitchen. At night, the menu is a......

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There is no joy like the love of a pet. If you are thinking of moving Fluffy and Filo with you to Paris, here are our pointers about pets in France to make the transition easier. Generally, dogs are welcomed and loved throughout France. Don’t be surprised if you sit down at a café and find a little fluff ball on the chair next to you, awaiting their café crème. While I exaggerate only slightly, you will find that French dog owners often assume that their incredibly well behaved dogs can go......

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As the weather warms, Parisians spill out onto the quays and into the parks for leisurely weekend and weeknight picnics. As avid picnickers, we at SFP have compiled a few picnicking tips to help you bring in the sunshine: 1.    Location, Location, Location! Buttes Chaumont, 19eme |  Large park with rolling hills, tons of open grass and trees, waterfalls and a lake. Canal St. Martin, 10eme  |  While there is little greenery and the small stretch along the water can get quite crowded on Saturday afternoons, this is a trendy picnic spot......

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A very good friend did something wonderful and thoughtful for me, and to thank her, I wanted to take her somewhere special. Agapé Substance was definitely the place. The restaurant had been on my radar for a while but given the price range, it was out of my “average night out” budget. As this was a special occasion, I reserved our lunch table a little over a week in advance, for a meal that would tantalize our taste buds for weeks to come. Practically walking right past the well-disguised exterior (that looks......

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There is no question that we would all love to live the dream life of a Parisian, stopping off daily at the butcher, the cheese shop, the produce store, outdoor markets etc., smiles on our faces, picking up our supplies for dinner or a Sunday lunch, however, the reality of food shopping in Paris can take some time to get used to. That is why we are pleased to announce the first installation to our Paris Food Shopping Guides. With these guides we will take a focus on specific products, stores, markets,......

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It is no secret that we at SFP are huge coffee fans, however, it has been quite an experience finding a good cup of coffee in Paris! In a country where coffee drinking is such a part of the culture, this may be hard to believe. My years of frustration with my daily café were frequently met with reactions of shock from visitors and friends abroad: Are you seriously telling me that there is no good coffee in Paris? Paris!? Unfortunately, yes. The average coffee in Paris has a wide range of......

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