La Cevicheria

11046180_885085121547504_1639320979827019605_nLiving in a city like Paris, it is difficult to find a happening new resto before some newspaper destroys it with a rave review. With La Cevicheria, I feel as though I got the scoop!

I went for the first time on a Friday night, with a table of ten – which for the size of their location took quite some convincing – believe me! They have since moved the restaurant to a larger space, and I am sure now that party size will present less of an issue. We were not able to sit until after 10PM, but found this spot to be well worth the wait. The atmosphere there immediately pulls you in, and the staff seems genuinely happy to have you there. Read More »

Easter In Paris

Pâques (Easter and Passover) in Paris is all about chocolate, easter eggs, and fun activities for children.  Windows of chocolate shops are lined with ornate chocolate eggs, some the size of American footballs, for sale (and eating) during the holiday.  Themes for this year are traditional, with ornate chocolates made in the shapes of hens, rabbits and birds nests.  Top chocolate shops, including Maison du Chocolate, Lenôtre , Pierre Herme, A La Mere de Famille, Jean Paul Hevin, Hediard, ServantDebauve & Gallais, all have different creations, with ornate eggs, chocolate bears, chocolate chickens and other hand-crafted chocolate pieces that are available only during Easter. Read More »

Lingerie Boutiques In Paris — Popular As The Baguette

There are a few things you will quickly notice about Paris:  a boulangerie on just about every block, a pharmacy on every other block, and upscale lingerie boutiques displaying their seductive wares as commonly as a baguette.  Unlike Victoria’s Secret, which appeals as strongly to men clientele as women, the lingerie boutiques are decidedly for women.  Indeed, men rarely step into these boutiques, and are usually shoved out the door given they simply have no clue what to buy.  And while Valentine’s Day may create some churn in business, let’s face it — these shops are busy all year round.  Now with the release of Fifty Shades of Grey, visiting Paris and these boutiques you will also see where the book and film got their inspiration. Read More »

Valentine’s Day in Paris

IMGP0527.JPGParis will always be a city synonymous with love, for most of us it’s the first place we come to when thinking of the perfect destination for a romantic break. This does mean however that many other couples will have the same idea of visiting The City of Light over the 14th February, so it’s important to plan ahead. If you are flying into Paris, certain airlines, like Air France may offer special deals on airfares over the Valentine’s weekend to encourage visitors, but do make sure you shop around for the best deal.

Once there an abundance of romantic things to do lie at your fingertips, here are some of the best to help you plan that perfect Valentine’s Day in Paris. Read More »

Rue des Rosiers — Je Suis Charlie — Je Suis Juif

WP_20150125_008 Rue des Rosiers, the heart of Le Marais, the old Jewish ghetto of Paris, is as busy as ever.  The wait for lunch on a Sunday at L’As du Falafel, the venerable kosher restaurant that Israelis fly into from Tel Aviv to eat its falafel sandwiches, was more than 30 minutes.  The chic designer shops were equally busy, in part because this is the only place in Paris open on a Sunday, because it still is the “soldes” bi-annual sale and, most importantly, because the French and the free world are making a statement:  Je Suis Charlie, and Je Suis Juif.  Read More »

Black Truffle Season In Paris

WP_20150123_019Winter season may be viewed as a lowlight for fresh harvests from the earth, but the most prized and expensive bounty is cultivated from December through early February — the black truffle.  More expensive than caviar, black truffles sell for over 1,000 Euros a kilo, fine restaurants share, for a short period of time this special treat — but expect to pay high prices for enjoying black truffles on the menu.  Black truffles are especially popular with foie gras, risotto and simply with eggs (in an omlette).  Just about any restaurant worth its salt has a special black truffle dish on the menu.

Some of our favorite places to find black truffles in Paris are:

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