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
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
Halloween is here, and although I didn’t find the inspiration to write a post concerning this fun holiday, I DID however find plenty of inspiration through my lens at a lovely little chocolate shop near my neighborhood. Formerly known as Charpentier, my in-laws often go there to get chocolates because they have known the owners for years and because they are super accommodating about my dairy intolerance. Whenever they want a special dairy-free chocolate treat for me, they request a made-to-order creation, pour moi! Pretty nice in-laws huh!?! Continue reading
Post by Frank Cierpial
In 2009 when I came to study abroad in Paris for the first time, I was ecstatic to see what treasures this city would hold for me to discover. On a show that I used to watch called “Bump” on LOGO (The LGBT channel in the United States), I discovered two things. I discovered “Legay Choc” and my love for Charlie David who is one of the hosts. Continue reading
Post by Emily of Paris Paysanne
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:
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.
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!
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.
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.
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
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!
Many of you who know me, know that I eat dairy free and that Chéri eats gluten free. We therefore find refuge and delight in Asian food.
When I lived in a little studio in the Belleville neighborhood we had a regular place where we would go and get our authentic fix. But since leaving that neighborhood it is less and less frequent that we make the treck over there for their amazing nems.
One of the places Chéri and I have discovered in our new neighborhood is this fabulous little Turkish restaurant in the heart of one of Paris predominantly Jewish quarters. And as I have heard, the story goes a little like this : Several kosher restaurant prospectors had tried to convince the owners of Seç to sell them the business, with plans to open a kosher cuisine joint there. But the owners stood their ground and now those prospectors are loyal and happy patrons of the place. It’s just that delicious! And popular. Continue reading
Post by Jenny Bailey
With the weather cooling down and schools back in session, it’s fair to say that come September, Paris is in its prime. From some great gigs to go to, to a number of festivals to attend, here’s our round up of late-summer and early-Autumn events around the capital that are well worth stopping by if you’re in town.
Le Petit Duc has a two word philosophy : Pationelle & Tradisserie
Which are actually two words mixed and matched together : Patisserie and Traditionelle. They have taken the two concepts and sliced them together to create their own definition, one that treats tradition with passion and a lot more. Continue reading
Post by Frank Cierpial
There exists a condition that I have read a lot of articles on, it is not a fatal condition, but it is fatal to one’s idealistic and unrealistic views about Paris. Most people, who come here, come here with a lot of preconceived notions about what they will find once they get to The City of Lights. As they walk through the cobblestone streets and glance at the beautiful roman architecture, they stumble upon a Starbucks with a line out the door. They don’t really think much about it and they move on, then they stumble upon the infamous McDonalds that sits in the Louvre that I have yet to see, and they start to feel the first impact of their crushed dreams. Then, they stumble upon American Restaurants with American people working there and that is it, Paris has gone from being the most beautiful city in the world to being the city lacking authentic charm.