Why Visit Paris in December

Post by Jenny Bailey

Wet postcard from Paris

winter postcard via flickr by giulia van pelt

From the glistening of Christmas lights to the city’s silver white winters, there’s no denying that December is one of the best times of year to visit Paris.
So whether you’re keen to step out into the crisp wintry air, or you’d rather stay snug indoors, here’s what’s going on in and around the capital to help you make the most of your voyage en ville.

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Marché des Batignolles

Piles of Pommes One of our favorite places to grocery shop is the covered market, Marché des Batignolles. Ithas got to be one  of the friendliest neighborhood hubs in the 17th; it feels like you have been transported to a small provincial town what with the way people slow their pace and chat with each other, and me. The vendors share recipes and gush over good-tasting products. A trip here is inspiritaion to eat well, and cook often. Even Chéri is inspired (he goes there more often than I do!). Ever since we moved to this part of town he has suddenly become master chef chez nous. I am NOT objecting! Continue reading

Bagelstein in the chic quartier!

image It’s Like New York has landed in Paris all of a sudden! (But suffice it to say that Paris is sweetly infiltrating New York as well). There are eateries and bistro joints popping up all over that have an authentic NYC/Brooklyn style to their charm. And frankly, I am not opposed since these two cities seem to have a little love affair with each other. Bagelstein is a lovely little franchise and can be found in several cities in Paris, and in several neighborhoods in Paris. It has arrived finally close to my work, which means I can indulge occasionally at lunch. Continue reading

Why Visit Paris in November

Post by Jenny Baily

Paris 7ème, Pont Alexandre III

Paris 7ème, Pont Alexandre III by Medelie Vendetta on Flickr

What do you call a person who jumps off the Pont Alexandre III in November? In Seine.

With the blague du jour out of the way, here are some other amusing activities going on in the capital this month.

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Why Visit Paris in October

Post by Jenny Bailey

Jenny Bailey

Why Visit Paris in October?

Well, I’ll tell ya!

Autumn in Paris

Autumn in Paris de cani&porci on flickr

In October, Paris is packed with personality.

From art to fashion (et vin, bien sûr) here are some suggestions of autumn activities and affairs to try in the capital if you’re in town this month. Continue reading

A Detox Guide to Paris Markets

Post by Emily of Paris Paysanne

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Whether you’re looking to compensate for overindulgences during your vacation or just get yourself in fine form for la rentrée, the end of summer is a great time to treat yourself to a detox. The open-air markets of Paris are a perfect spot to pick up fresh and flavorful ingredients for cleansing juices, soups, and salads. Emily Dilling Poulain who writes for Paris Paysanne, has been exploring many of the city’s markets in search of fresh and locally grown produce. Here are some of her favorite spots to stock up on healthy whole foods for a detoxifying diet:

Photo courtesy of Paris Paysanne

Photo courtesy of Paris Paysanne

Marché Bio des Batignolles– this market is full of certified organic fruits and vegetables. Eating organic whole foods is key to making sure your detox is extra toxin-free- no use making a detoxifying smoothie with pesticide soaked produce, right? Start your day at the market with a shot of freshly pressed wheatgrass juice from Hermione Boehrer‘s market stand. This will give you the energy to fill your market basket with luscious seasonal produce. In late summer months, stop to see the blueberry man who sells crates of antioxidant packed farm fresh blueberries.

Photo courtesy of Paris Paysanne

Photo courtesy of Paris Paysanne

Marché Couvert Batignolles- not far from the organic market, you’ll find the Batignolles covered market. While not much to look at from the outside, this marché is home to a diamond in the rough- vegan restaurant and smoothie purveyor My Kitch’n. Here you will find an entire menu full of delicious meal options, all aimed at detoxifying and creating balance within the body. Founder Jennifer Eric knows her stuff and is happy to advise on how to create a daily diet that will leave you feeling healthy and toxin free!

Photo courtesy of Paris Paysanne

Photo courtesy of Paris Paysanne

Marché Président Wilson- Beets are a detox staple due to their benefits in cleansing the blood and purifying the body and nobody knows root vegetables better than Joël Thiébault. A master of hard-to-find and forgotten vegetable varieties, Joël’s selection of different beet varieties ensures that you won’t suffer from beet burn as you binge on this inexpensive super food. Also check out his selection of liver-cleansing black radish as well as carrots, spinach, and celery just begging to be made into juice.

Photo Courtesy of Paris Paysanne

Photo Courtesy of Paris Paysanne

Marché Belleville & Marché Barbes- Herbs and Spices are also essential to a detox diet. Peppermint functions as a natural diet suppressor and parsley is packed full of iron that is crucial to a plant-based diet. Spices such as cayenne and turmeric also help in the elimination of toxins. My go to addresses when it comes to herbs and spices are Paris more diverse markets, such as Marché Belleville and Marché Barbès. At these markets you can find bursting bouquets of mint, parsley, coriander, and basil for as little as 40 centimes per bunch. Pyramids of spices are also on offer, to be bought bulk and used to spice up your detox day!

Marché Raspail -A detox day usually starts with a glass of warm lemon water. It is important to use organic lemons to avoid ingesting the pesticides that otherwise soak into the citrus skin. Marché Raspail is another one of Paris’ organic markets where you’ll find only natural ingredients. Pick up a few lemons while there and don’t forget to visit Eric and Martial Refour’s stand- where you will find over a dozen varieties of apples that rotate given the season, these friendly vendors can help you find the perfect variety to make into a fresh pressed juice.

Photo courtesy of Paris Payanne

Photo courtesy of Paris Paysanne

To get you started, Jennifer from My Kitch’n was kind enough to share a recipe for a simple detox breakfast smoothie:

My Kitch’n Breakfast Smoothie

Handful baby spinach or kale

Handful arugula

1-2 stems of celery

1 apple or 1/2 cup watermelon (which ever is in season)

1 – 2 teaspoons of spirulina

1 – 2 dates to soften the veggie flavor if you are not used to the taste of green smoothies (your tastebuds will adjust in a few days).

This is enough but you can also add a piece of fresh ginger and a lemon, for added detox and flavor, but the above is enough.

Blend together and you’re ready to go!

Wishing you all a happy rentrée and a healthy and non-toxic year- see you at the marché!

If you’re interested in learning more about Paris markets visit Paris Paysanne’s facebook page or follow her on twitter !

A Parisian Portrait : Alain, the bouquinist

P1190210I was secretly thrilled with myself for having resolved to lug my camera around with me all day, the day I met Alain. I was wandering along the Seine, happily snapping shots of everything that pleased me, not a care in the world could bother me that day. I had free time, I live in Paris, and Spring was peeking its head around the corner. Trees started sprouting vibrant green tufts of leaves and plush pale flower buds. The rain came and went as I happily popped my red umbrella out only to tuck back in my bag a few minutes later. The sky was a manic mess of gray clouds and blue patches. It was wonderful. I felt similar to myself a decade ago when I had a student’s luxurious schedule and could wander from café to book shop on a whim.

I was wandering past the famous bouquinist boxes along the river when I spied him, this wrinkled and weathered little Frenchman, pulling books out of the path of another impending rain shower. He did so methodically, without rush, handling each of the volumes with a delicate gesture that attested to his love for books, words and literature. A little rain did not scare him. I wondered how many years of stress and worry taught him how to react with such serenity. Or maybe he was born with serenity. I am sure in his style of life, stress is not a helpful factor. Continue reading

Croque Monsieur in NYC

Article by Frank Cierpial

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La Maison du Croque Monsieur. Finding Authentic French food in New York proves to be a challenge. Finding French food in New York that college students like myself can afford proves to be even harder. This daunting task is almost impossible in most cases, but not in this one. What if I told you that you can find Authentic French food in the West Village that is more than affordable. No, I am not kidding. Such a place does exist. The place is called “La Maison de Croque Monsieur”. Continue reading

DIY : fun & frilly greeting card

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I have a friend that I had meant to write to for quite some time…and the days turned into weeks and the weeks into a couple months! And before I knew I had become gravely late on my correspondance!

So to make up for it, I thought it would be the perfect touch to make it into a fun, DIY frilly card.

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Celebrate Halloween in the City of Lights

Post by Jenny Baily

 How To Celebrate Halloween in Paris

Ghost Tower

Photo : Leucippus (on Flickr) or here

Although not a typically French occasion, Halloween is a wicked excuse to coddle your creative side, and slip into something scary. If you’re keen to dress up and celebrate, there are still plenty of places to go to show off your costume. From ghost walks in the city’s old town to a spooky day out at Disneyland Paris, we’ve rounded up a list of the top Halloween hotspots to celebrate the late-October occasion. Continue reading