Asian flavors have made their way into some of Paris’ top tables over the past few years with places like La Table d’Aki and Abri, to name a few, but it has always been putting Asian flavors into French cuisine, until Blueberry.
Since their opening in April 2013, Blueberry has been making maki roll after maki roll and pairing them with some serious cocktails. Blueberry is not your average sushi joint, however. Continue reading
Ever wondered where the beer gems of Paris were to be found? Fear not, we’ve compiled our list of eclectic and varied bars that offer pub-like ambiances or upscale mixology backdrops. Whether you’re looking for what’s on tap, or who has cool bottled beer we’ve got them here:
The Bottle Shop:
This cool Anglo- Saxon hangout is just a stone’s throw away from Bastille and carries five beers on tap and a dozen handpicked bottled beers. In this small, intimate bar you’ll have your choice of Edelweiss, Kilkenny or between a bottle Continue reading
On the heels of a recent visit to the Miss Dior expo at the Grand Palais, I decided to investigate the world of perfume making in France. It’s hard not to think of France when one considers some of the most famous perfumes: Chanel, Dior, Estée Lauder, Givenchy, and Yves Saint Laurent to name a few. France isn’t the only country renowned for its perfume; however, it leads the market of international perfume sales at 30% of the world market. Additionally, France possesses LVMH, one of the largest luxury-goods companies in the world, which relies heavily upon perfume sales for business.
What surprised me the most about perfume manufacturing in France though is where it is produced. If I had to take a guess, I would have thought many perfumes were manufactured in Provence (I wasn’t too far off). It turns out that the international perfume capital lies in Grasse, France which Continue reading
For most people, living in France does not just mean eating croissants and drinking good wine every day. This blog post is a part of our series, An Expat Life, exploring what it is like for an expat to live and work in Paris. Through these profiles of expats who have made their lives here, we will show you the different opportunities that exist in France and the (many) struggles that go along with them.
When deciding who to interview this month for our expat life series, I instantly thought of a couple with a very interesting story. Lindsey Kent, a photographer and owner of Pictours Paris, and her husband Justin Kent, a chef, are two Americans who made the move from Denver to Paris in September 2011. While the move was initially temporary (1 year), the couple has found a great deal of enjoyment (and dare I say, success) while building their respective businesses in the City of Light. Both Lindsey and Justin are charming, thoughtful, hardworking, and cholk full of ideas. Here’s what these two are up to in Paris:
What’s your personal story Lindsey? What made you decide to take the big leap and leave home to come to Paris?
Well, Justin’s mother is French and his two older siblings were born in Paris. Just before my husband was born, the family moved to Texas Continue reading
It is no secret how much we love coffee over at the SFP offices. Since our round up of some of Paris’ first coffee spots, we have welcomed newcomers like The Broken Arm, Loustic, and most recently, Holybelly that just opened earlier this fall. As the weather cools, and we head into winter, we thought we would share what we view as Paris’ Second-Generation coffee spots.
This small and cosy space is the brainchild of Australian Chris Nielsen who has created a friendly and welcoming new addition to the coffee scene in Paris. The interior is sleek and modern with a concrete Continue reading
I had recently been on the phone with my mom and we were discussing her upcoming trip from Indianapolis to Paris. We were planning our days and the friends we would visit while she was here. “And then, before dinner, we can grab an apéro at my place before popping over to Kate’s for dinner…” I said. “What is an apéro?” Asked my mom, a bit perplexed. It hadn’t occurred to me that she wouldn’t know what this was. So there I sat, stumped at how exactly to explain this tradition that had become so normal to me while living in Paris. “Well, it’s sort of like happy hour….” I began, realizing that the two weren’t entirely the same. And thus began my mini quest to understand the origins and implications of this French staple.
An apéritif is served before a meal to stimulate the appetite. The word is French and is derived from the Latin verb aperire, which means ‘to open’ or ‘opening.’ Many places in Europe have their own version of an apéritif. The Italians have aperitivo Continue reading
In search of a lunch spot last week, two friends and I made a last minute reservation at Beaucoup, a new-ish addition to the northern Marais dining scene. Our first impression was that this place was taken straight out of NYC with its high ceiling, huge dining room (by Parisian standards) and very friendly, smiling service. They even asked us to wait at the bar while they prepared our table!
Unfortunately we were not seated at the fabulous blue sofa tables but the standard chairs were fabulously comfortable as we settled in to check out the menu. The 16euro 2-course Continue reading
Montmartre is perhaps one of the most historic and famous neighborhoods in Paris. Aside from it’s Moulin Rouge fame, Picasso museum, and Sacre Coeur iconography, the Montmartre area is the premiere home to Parisian artists. Let us not forget that Piaf, Dalida, Apollinaire, Cocteau, and Van Gogh once lived in this artistic paradise. It’s easy to see why this neighborhood boasts many of the world’s most famous geniuses: the timeless cafés, the beautifully (albeit steep) intricate staircases and the windmills make for an endless trove of inspiration. The Abbesses and Lamarck area within Montmartre were on our list of places to check out, so here’s our run-down:
First things first: where to get coffee in Montmartre. If you want to see where all the famous painters used to fine tune their craft, you’re going to want to make a stop at the Place du Tertre. This square can be found tucked behind and Continue reading