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  • Passover in Provence

    By Patricia Fieldsteel

    Passover seder plate "photo courtesy of Gwen from Flickr Creative Commons"Passover arrived in my small corner of Provence this week. Hardly a big holiday here. The French refer to Passover as Pâques Juive, Jewish Easter. OY! My friend Michael e-mailed from New York, What’s a French seder like? Jewish, but with better wine.

    Last Updated ( Sunday, 13 April 2014 )
  • Eating Local in Paris- from the Marché to Café

    By Dillinger5

    Almost as iconic as the Eiffel Tower, the open-air markets of Paris are a part of daily life for Paris locals and visitors alike. Paris Paysanne helps you find the best local farmers at the markets as well discover restaurants and cafés inspired by the bounty of local, seasonal produce.

    Last Updated ( Thursday, 17 April 2014 )
  • BUZZ: Penati Al Baretto: Pudlowski’s Paris 2014: L’Initial Restaurant, Da Rosa at Le Sofitel & Pierre Herme Limited Edition Easter Egg

    By Margaret Kemp

    Just off the Champs Elysées, on rue Balzac, chef Alberico Penati from Bergamo, Italy is showing extraordinary flair and talent in the newly created Penati al Baretto. Le Point journalist Gilles Pudlowski’s Le Paris Guide 2014 just hit the bookstands, 2,400 addresses, 1,700 restaurants. At Sofitel Arc-de-Triomphe, L’Initial Restaurant & Da Rosa Bar are hip and happening, reserve well ahead. And, hurry to Pierre Hermé to snag his limited edition Easter Egg.

    Last Updated ( Sunday, 13 April 2014 )
  • Photo of the Week - April 11, 2014

    By Rachael Woodson

    Lavender season in Provence is getting closer, and peak season is from June to August. This photograph was taken outside the Abbaye Notre-Dame de Sénanque, near the village of Gordes in the Vaucluse department. The Cistercian abbey was founded in 1148 and the monks who live there grow lavender and keep honey bees in the surrounding fields. It's a major destination for visitors looking to experience the sight and smell of the purple fields of the region.

    Last Updated ( Friday, 11 April 2014 )
  • An Interview with Kristin Espinasse, Creator of “French Word a Day”

    By Janet Hulstrand

    Kristin Espinasse grew up in the U.S., met and fell in love with her French husband in Aix-en-Provence, and since 1992 has made her life as a wife, mother, and writer in the South of France. She is the author of three books: the most recently published is First French Essais: Venturing into Writing, Marriage & France. In 2002 she created French Word a Day, a blog that celebrates French life and the French language, and that now has more than 40,000 subscribers, mostly in the U.S. and Canada but also in France, the U.K., Australia and beyond. She recently took the time to answer questions posed by BP writer Janet Hulstrand.

    Last Updated ( Wednesday, 09 April 2014 )
  • The American Library: Your Friend in Paris

    By Loui Franke

    Whether you are just visiting or a long term resident, you have a friend in Paris. It is the the American Library in Paris nestled on a small side street in the seventh arrondissement.

    Last Updated ( Tuesday, 08 April 2014 )
  • BUZZ: Vins des Pyrenees: Dessance: Alain Ducasse Left Bank Chocolate News: Bernard Loiseau Gourmandises

    By Margaret Kemp

    Between St. Paul in the Marais and Bastille, is the building where Jim Morrison died. Located at 17 rue Beautreillis, the Haussmann-style façade stands out from the buildings on this charming little side street. Morrison shared the third floor apartment with his girlfriend Pamela Courson:  the police report of that evening had them at the movies and returning home.

    Last Updated ( Monday, 07 April 2014 )
  • Light French Recipes: The French Diet Cookbook

    By Jane del Monte

    Snowdrifts give way to crocuses, and songbirds perched in budding cherry trees announce that spring is here, with swimsuit season hot on its heels. It’s that time of year when we confront the pounds packed on over a dismal winter, when nothing felt as good as cocooning. The incentive is there. Now, what about the method?

    Last Updated ( Friday, 04 April 2014 )
  • Photo of the Week - April 4, 2014

    By Rachael Woodson

    « Regardons l'horizon ensemble. Qu'y voit-on ? Qu'en Avril les amours s'en donnent à foison. »

    "Let's look at the horizon together. What do we see? That in April love is abundant."


    Last Updated ( Thursday, 03 April 2014 )
  • Olivier Lapidus and Hotel Felicien Paris

    By Paige Donner

    I recently got to sit down with the eponymous Olivier Lapidus, in the lobby of his newly-designed Parisian hotel, the 4* Hotel Félicien.

    Just behind me, hanging in the windows,  were the curtains made from his illuminated textiles, a design that originated with this man, born with the famous name. The textiles are woven optical fibers and continually migrate through a million colors, propelled by LED battery tubes, the first ones of their kind in the world.

    Last Updated ( Wednesday, 02 April 2014 )
  • Les Garçons et Guillaume à Table! - La Cage Aux Folles Meets the Comédie Française

    By Dimitri Keramitas

    Les Garçons et Guillaume à Table (literally The Boys and Guillaume, At the Table) did very healthy box office in France and won the César for Best Picture (over stiff competition like La Vie d’Adèle and Jimmie P.)  But despite starring the talented Guillaume Gallienne (“of the Comédie Française”), who also wrote and directed, dealing with the current go-to subject of sexual orientation, and having many funny moments, it’s unlikely to transcend the local market as The Artist did a couple years ago.

    Last Updated ( Monday, 31 March 2014 )
  • BUZZ: Fouquet's Big Brunch : Yoni Saada's Miniatures & Jean-François Piége's Pop-up Chez Mercedes Benz

    By Margaret Kemp

    The chefs at Hôtel Fouquet’s Barriere, Jean-Yves Leuranguer, Christophe Schmit and chef-pâtissier Claude Ducrouzet have put their toques together and created a chic bucolic Sunday brunch. Yoni Saada didn’t win Top Chef 2013 but his Miniatures restaurant is playing to packed houses. And, Jean-François-Piége is in the driving seat at the Mercedes Pop-Up eatery on Avenue George V.

    Last Updated ( Sunday, 30 March 2014 )
  • Person of the Moment: David Blanc

    By Paige Donner

    David Blanc has been a Special-Ed teacher in the French school system and a radio enthusiast for 15 years. He set up several radio stations wherever his main job took him. Now based in Paris, he has set up a not-for-profit radio station, World Radio Paris, serving the English-speaking community which began airing in September 2013 and is poised to begin terrestrial transmissions on the Paris airwaves in the summer of 2014.

    Last Updated ( Friday, 28 March 2014 )
  • Photo of the Week - March 28, 2014

    By Rachael Woodson

    One evening last week I noticed a strange bluish light at my window that very suddenly took over the rainy sky. It seemed almost unreal. Intrigued, I went upstairs into le grenier (the attic) and opened the door onto the terrace...


    Last Updated ( Saturday, 29 March 2014 )
  • The Gardener of Versailles: My Life in the World’s Grandest Garden (A Book by Alain Baraton)

    By Jane del Monte

    On December 26, 1999, a storm tore violently across France. Fifteen years later, le Tempête is still spoken of in hushed tones and nearly audible capitals. In the gardens of Versailles alone, 18,000 trees were lost, felled by the storm or so damaged they had to be cut down. So opens Alain Baraton’s book, The Gardener of Versailles: My Life in the World’s Grandest Garden, to a scene he describes as “a cross between a logging camp and an elephant graveyard.”

    Last Updated ( Thursday, 27 March 2014 )

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