Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Christmas in Paris!

Santa Found me in Paris!!! Such a nice surprise to have Christmas delivered to my Paris doorstep, complete with a tiny tree, angel card and little gifts.

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Fondue on the Rue Mouffetard in Paris!!

Delicious tiny Fondue restaurant on the charming Rue Mouffard in Paris! You will feel like you are transported to Switzerland, cuckoo clocks, cow bells and all. The adorable old couple who run this place are so hospitable and lovely.

Order the cheese fondue with cured meats on the side, and a bottle of the white wine.  For dessert, it is a real treat to get the flaming apple pie "Tarte Tatin en Flambe". After the meal, you are presented with a small glass of Armagnac, with a prune in the bottom, which has been soaked 20 hours in the alcohol.

La Grange traditional Fondue restaurant on the rue Mouufetard in Paris France.
La Grange Fondue restaurant in Paris
La Grange traditional Fondue restaurant on the rue Mouufetard in Paris France.
Traditional Cheese Fondue with Meat Plate

La Grange
72 Rue Mouffetard
75005 Paris, FRANCE

Thursday, December 22, 2011

How About a French Rose Champagne!

Champagne Henriot makes a perfect rose! Not sweet, and not too dry - just perfect, with a beautiful pink color. Pair with mini blinis or baguette rounds topped with creme fraiche and smoked salmon. Mmmm!!!

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Beautiful Roses in Paris!

These are the most beautiful roses I have ever seen! I was walking near the Madeleine church in Paris on a rainy winter day, on the Rue Saint-Honore heading towards Hermes, and I was struck by the beauty inside of this tiny shop.

Working in Paris Cafes

It is so great to sit in a Paris Cafe and do whatever work you need to do! Writing, Drawing, MBA class papers, etc.! If you go in the morning, order a Cafe Creme (coffee with frothy milk) with a Croissant, or for something more exciting, a Tartine (baguette bread with butter and jelly). Read a French newspaper or magazine to get into the vibe, or work on your creative projects. Great fun watching the street life and relaxing!

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Sunday Outdoor Food Markets in Paris

Sundays are wonderful in Paris - all the stores are closed, and the streets are so quiet and peaceful to walk through. It is great for discovering your own thoughts, reflecting on the past week, and thinking about the upcoming week.

Monday, October 31, 2011

Japanese Noodles in Paris

Higuma is a tiny Japanese noodle shop in Paris, in the 1st district. It is fantastic for lunch! Don't mind the wait outside - it goes by quickly. Choose one of the menus, with a soup and the 5 gyzo dumplings that come along with it.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Visit the Louis Vuitton House in Paris!!

The old Louis Vuitton family home, or what is now the Louis Vuitton Special Orders Atelier, is so beautiful, and if you are in Paris, you can go to visit it! Anyone can sign up for the "Journees Particuliers", for a special tour through the house and workshops, or I have heard that you can try calling to get a tour at another time of the year if you are with an educational group.

We had a wonderful time with the director of the house, sipping champagne and having a private tour of the property! We visited the workshops, where artisans trained in traditional methods create all the custom orders for the Louis Vuitton brand.  

The interior of the home is so beautiful - colorful, and magnificent in perfectly restored Art Nouveau style. There is a beautiful rose garden outside on the grounds - perfect for relaxing and admiring the beauty of the day! 
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Ateliers Louis Vuitton
17 Rue Comete
92600 Asnieres-sur-Seine / FRANCE
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Les Journees Particulieres

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Become a Krugiste!!!

Krug Champange is the most delightful! We were lucky enough to spend an evening with Krug CEO Margareth Henriquez, who is so gracious and lovely, and has accomplished a lot of amazing things in the world of Wines & Spirits throughout her career.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Eco-Cafe in Le Marais - Paris

This is a great restaurant in the famous Le Marais area of Paris. Les Philosophes - "Eco-Responsables", with a great menu of house-made decliciousities like the Onion Soup, Rillettes (porc pate), Boeuf Bourguinon, and great salads, like the Salad Philosophes

Friday, April 29, 2011

The Pretty Coaster

Collect pretty small dishes - tiny plates or tea cup saucers (sans cup!) and scatter them about your abode as coasters! (No need to match! Pick any cute designs that go with your chosen color scheme!)

Welcome to the new coaster for your apartment or home!You can find super cute designs at your local thrift stores! They are inexpensive, lend charm to your place, and won't stick to glasses wet with condensation!

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Baguette with Prosciutto & Avocado

Yum! A tasty Portuguese rendition!

-French baguette
-fresh mozzarella, in thin slices
-avocado, in thin slices
-prosciutto, sliced thinly
-handful arugula
-garlic - several large cloves sliced in half
-good flavorful olive oil
-Fleur de sel, pepper

Slice baguette into rounds, place on a large serving dish. Rub the top of each baguette slice with the cut side of the garlic.

Layer with mozzarella, avocado, a couple leaves of arugula and the prosciutto on top. Sprinkle with salt & pepper, and drizzle with olive oil.

Easy Chicken Soup

This is so good if you are not feeling well!

-1 large container chicken broth
-1 chicken breast, or 2 boneless chicken thighs
-1/2 onion, chopped
-2 carrots, chopped
-2 celery ribs, chopped
-2 potatoes, in chunks
-salt, pepper
-egg noodles

Heat chicken broth in pot. Add all ingredients except noodles. Cook on medium heat for half an hour, until vegetables are soft. Cut chicken into chunks and return to pot. Add some noodles and cook another 5-7 minutes until noodles are soft.