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Peonies, Flower Shopping, and Healthy Eating


Allow us to introduce you to Lucia Chauvet, a Parisian born, multilingual foodie, photographer, and adventure-lover. Lucia started her blog, Lucia Talks Pictures, in 2016 with the idea to share her knowledge of food and photography in Paris, from the perspective of a multicultural life. If we could all share one common interest, food is probably the first thing that springs to mind! We are very excited to feature Lucia this week as a guest post on SFP, to have an insight into a couple of her MANY food experiences in Paris.

 

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SFP Favourites | Romantic & Intimate Restaurants in Paris


With Valentine’s Day just around the corner, we thought we’d take the opportunity to share with you some of our favourite intimate and romantic restaurants in Paris. Whether you’re a fan of Valentine’s Day or not, and we have to admit we aren’t really ourselves, anything that gives us the excuse to eat well, try out a new restaurant, or enjoy an intimate dinner with friends and loved ones, is never a bad thing!

Check out the following list of some of our favourite restaurants to spend Valentine’s Day in Paris in 2017…

 

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Hanukkah in Paris


Even though France is now a secular country and prides itself on laïcité (“freedom of conscience”), it has a long history of Roman Catholicism before the French Revolution got rid of a national religion. This means that while there is no official state religion, the majority of its citizens are Catholic, and thus holidays such as Christmas and Easter are celebrated very publicly, with special lights, giant Christmas trees (sapin in French), and Christmas-themed window and building dressings. What you may not know, though, is that France has the third largest Jewish population in the world (after Israel and the US), approximately 600,000 people, half of which are living in Paris. Since our CEO is Jewish and we’re certain to have Jewish followers, in the spirit of inclusion, here is a guide on Hanukkah in Paris.

 

Photo by Marine

Photo by Marine

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10 Struggles of Living in Paris and How To Solve Them


Having the opportunity to live in Paris is one that we will continue to be appreciative of. It’s not often that you can step out of your front door to the smell of freshly baked goods, the beauty of your usual apartment block and the chicness of the Parisians. These are all things we are very much grateful for and of course help us to fall in love with the city of Paris so easily.

However, like anywhere in the world, Paris has it’s ups and its downs. Although the lists of positives could go on forever we thought it would be useful, and at times funny, to share with you some of the biggest struggles of living in the city of lights and how to solve them.

 

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Creative Mind Tinz – Place des Vosges

 

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Neighborhood Guide- Belleville


Welcome to Belleville, one of the most culturally rich neighborhoods in Paris! This neighborhood, situated in 20th arrondissement along the border of the 19th, started as an independent wine-making village before being occupied by Paris’ many different cultures. First the Armenians, Greeks, and Jews, and later the North Africans, Sub-Saharan Africans, and Chinese, making for quite a melting pot! Here is our neighborhood guide to Belleville:

Photo by Philip Menke http://tinyurl.com/ptqdybw

Photo by Philip Menke

The easiest way to get to this neighborhood is on the Metro line 11 to the Belleville stop, landing you in the middle of Chinatown, steps from the three dim sum giants: Le Président (120 rue du Faubourg du Temple), Le Pacifique (39 rue de Belleville), and Wezhou (24 rue de Belleville). Continue reading

An Expat Life | Stefanie Talley


Stefanie is one of those people we love to follow and find out what the latest trends and activities are in the City! Originally from Oklahoma City and currently living in Paris, Stefanie has opened our eyes to the fun and inexpensive things to do in the city through her blog – Free in Paris. Thanks to a giveaway on her Free in Paris blog, we were able to meet the lovely lady herself and decided follow on with an expat series on the life of Stefanie Talley.

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The Booming Coffee Culture in Paris Continues


 

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At Savoir Faire Paris we love our daily coffee’s to get us through the weeks, as the hashtag goes #ButFirstCoffee – a moto that we live by daily! Fortunately for us, the future of coffee in Paris has been rapidly changing, meaning that finding your nearest cup of quality coffee is never too far away. The 1€ espressos from over roasted coffee beans at the bar of your typical brasserie are loosing out to those carefully crafted coffees by experienced baristas opening up “specialty” coffee shops all around Paris.

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The Little Quirks of French Living


 

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There is no denying that living abroad, wherever it may be, means experiencing a different culture, a different way of life and most importantly different social customs. After living in Paris for the last 2.5 years I have been able to accept the peculiar French habits, which seemed so foreign to me when I first arrived. Admittedly there are a lot of clichés that the French have had to endure which aren’t all necessarily true. But hey, we’re all given reputations, and lets face it, they don’t always come from nowhere!

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The Cheese Plate


“Un repas sans fromage est une belle à qui manqué un œil.”
“(a meal without cheese is a beautiful woman with one eye missing)”

– Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin

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If you’re a lover of cheese like we are, there’s really no denying that the cheese course of a menu is by far the best part, especially in France where they have almost 400 different types of cheese to indulge in! If you’re planning to visit France in the near future, or you’re planning to host a dinner party with cheese on the menu, I encourage you to read ahead. It turns out there is a certain cheese etiquette that MUST be followed, so we had better get it right!

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