Strasbourg for Christmas

Strausbourg 017-1.jpgThe French seem to radiate holiday warmth as the temperatures drop and Noël draws nearer. Believe it or not, this country of wine, cheese and on average, rather little snow may contain Santa’s Workshop itself. Strasbourg, the self-proclaimed “Capital of Christmas,” certainly convinced me that Christmas magic is from here, amongst its incredible Gothic cathedral and superb Alsatian eateries. Read More »

Christmas Markets in Paris

Nothing exudes the spirit and festiveness of Christmas more than the traditional Christmas markets in Paris. Sip hot spiced wine while shopping for artisan cheeses, giant-sized ginger bread cookies, sausages, wines and other winter season specialties.  Each market has its own character, but it very much feels like being in Strasbourg, or the really charming towns of Colmar and Kayserberg, with their ginger-bread style Alsace homes. Read More »

Thanksgiving in Paris

IMGP3222.JPGThanksgiving in Paris is like Bastille Day in the United States:  an ordinary weekday that tradition has turned into a day to celebrate with family, friends, great food and great wine.  If you are lucky enough to be in Paris during this holiday, preparation is key, as you need to plan ahead and order your turkey from the butcher a few days in advance. Read More »

Beaujolais Festival In Paris

IMGP2287.jpgNext week, on November 17, Parisians and the world celebrate the arrival of 2016′s Beaujolais by uncorking the season’s fresh and juicy crop. Restaurants, cafes, bars and brasseries all share in the celebration.  All the more reason to pop some fruity wine, given the recent horrible events — it is, in essence, an act of la resistance and a reaffirmation of France’s DNA — to celebrate life, enjoy good food and spirits of cheerful wine.

Some of our favorite places to join in the celebration include Willie’s Wine Bar, Gallopin, Le Select, Au Pied de Cochon and La Chaumette. Read More »

Wild Mushrooms In Paris

IMGP1835.JPGThis is the time of year for fresh wild mushrooms in Paris.  The  marchés have mounds of fresh mushrooms for sale.  The best ones are girolles (what Americans call chantrelles) and cepes — big, meaty mushrooms the size of baseballs.  As Paris gets back to its rhythm, going to the marches may itself be an act of defiance but moreover, a necessary way to enjoy life as the French do so well — and buy a half kilo of cepes. Read More »

Salon du Chocolate — Paris

logo_sdcFrom October 28 to November  1, this premier chocolate festival at Port de Versailles should not be missed by anyone who loves chocolate.   Celebrating its 21st year, all of the prestigious chocolatiers will be at this event, and a kids workshop and exhibition is held everyday from 11 am-7 pm. Special events include from the finest chocolatiers in Paris and the world.  Activities include a chocolate bookshop, workshops for children (for ages 3-12),  free pasty workshops, and a health show from some of the world’s best chocolatiers. More information can be found here.     Read More »