Chez Georges — A Timeless Classic

chez georgesYou never know who you might sit next to or see at Chez Georges, but one thing is always certain:  the fashionable elite and button-down set will bring life and love to this timeless classic.  So it was no surprise that when dining here recently during Paris Couture Fashion Week, Anna Wintour of Vogue found a quiet table for two, along with a host of other fashion mag royalty.  They come here because while fashion changes like the wind, Chez Georges remains a reliable friend offering the same classics, year in year out:  salad frisee, escargots, pave de beouf, golden frites, bernaise, tarte tartin, millefeuile and other timeless dishes. Read More »

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Galette des Rois (King’s Cake)

Galette des Roi.JPGJust when you think New Year festivities are at an end, La Fête des Rois starts on the Epiphany holiday, which falls on the first Sunday in January.  This is a great holiday, where bakeries in France and throughout Paris make a round almond pastry cake that families buy to share, and celebrate a holiday where anyone can be king or queen for a day.  A ’fève’ (originally a bean but now tends to be a plastic or enamel trinket) is baked inside the cake and the cake is shared around the table. Whoever bites into the almond crusty cake and finds the fève (just be careful not to break your tooth!) is crowned king or queen for the day.   Read More »

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Angelina’s — Best Place for Hot Chocolate and Tea in Paris

dscf7337 (angelina)Angelina’s is one of my absolute favourite places in Paris. I can’t remember how many times I have been, but every time I go, I feel completely at home. For me, Angelina’s is the essence of vieux Paris. The Belle Epoque décor, the ambience, the waiters and waitresses in their traditional dress, the mirrored walls, the consistent background chatter, and, of course, the trays of cakes that are whisked precariously over heads to reach that stunning display cabinet in their shop. They describe it as being “L’art de vivre à la française”, and I cannot disagree. Read More »

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Paris Winter Sale (Soldes)

IMGP2007.JPGParis only has two sanctioned sales during the year — in January just after the Christmas break and in July just before the August holiday.  This year’s shopping sale season begins on Janaury 8, and ends on February 11.  Unlike sales in the U.S., stores are open mostly during normal hours, except have extended days open on a few Sundays.  While it seems impossible, French law only allows sales during this time period, otherwise stores must get permission from the police to hold discounted sales outside this time period.  The theory behind this is that this protects the small mom and pop shops from heavy discounting by the major giants, like Galeries Lafayette and Printemps, but, in reality, this is a way to preserve price protection and state sanctioned price parity among retailers. Read More »

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New Year’s In Paris

IMGP0555.JPGIf you are lucky enough to be in Paris for New Year’s, the difficulty is not finding out what to do but narrowing your choice of where to go. Notably, the metro is free until New Year’s early morning.   There is just too much to choose from, as the city stays up all night to welcome the New Year.  Places to go on New Year’s include: Read More »

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Christmas In Paris

The City of Lights literally sparkles at night during the festive winter season, as the Eiffel Tower, the Champs-Elysees and narrow streets of Paris glow with twinkling lights, Christmas ornaments and decorations through the New Year.  Read More »

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