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Rodin’s garden

Thursday, May 3rd, 2012

Last week an afternoon stroll brought me to the Musée Rodin where, for the price of one Euro, I entered to flâner in the garden. For a little while, I enjoyed the sunshine, statues, and peonies. And then… I cowered under the awning of the café for at least twenty minutes, watching the rain and hail […]

Le Select (Paris)

Tuesday, April 10th, 2012

Once upon a time, before a deadline reared its head, I used to go out during the day for hours at a time. The past few weeks? Not so much. Here then, are some photos from a month or so ago, from lunch at Café Select. I first read about Le Select in The Dud […]

Carte postale: Un petit café

Tuesday, April 3rd, 2012

Sipped on the beautiful terrasse of the Café Select. P.S. Posts have recently been light because I am working frantically on finishing my new book, which is due in less than two weeks (insert quiet freak out). I’ll be back soon. P.P.S. I’m very excited that said book will be a hot title at the London […]

Watch cats

Tuesday, February 28th, 2012

They’re not easy to spot — shy and a little stealthy — but there they sit, behind glass storefronts: Watch Cats. It has taken me months to collect these photos of Paris kitties in shop windows. They’re a secret French feline force keeping the mice at bay. I’ve never eaten at the restaurant Lard d’Enfance in […]

Marché aux puces

Friday, February 3rd, 2012

As a child, I remember spending hours and hours waiting while my parents shopped for antique furniture. They used to bribe me with Famous Five novels, but those books had no chance of lasting long enough for my speedy eyes and their lengthy negotiations. As I sat in dark corners illicitly popping bubble wrap, I […]

Les Buttes-Chaumont

Monday, October 31st, 2011

Ever since I moved to Paris, I’ve wanted to flâner in the Parc des Buttes-Chaumont, a leafy aerie in Paris’s northeast corner. Well, after three years here, I finally made it last weekend. En route, I stopped for a big plate of Chinese potstickers at Croque Camille’s beloved Restaurant Raviolis, and a coffee at Le Mistral, and then it […]

Culinary quartier: Maubert-Mutualité (Paris)

Thursday, September 22nd, 2011

Maybe I’m just lazy, but I like one-stop shopping: a single trip on the métro, rewarded by a multitude of destinations. Especially when all the destinations are related to food. Today, I’m excited to share some of my favorite shops in the neighborhood at métro Maubert-Mutualité. There is the excellent fromagerie, Laurent Dubois, a meilleur ouvrier […]

Unleashed

Thursday, June 2nd, 2011

Paris gets a bad rap for dog mess, and it’s true that some streets are worse than others. In my neighborhood, I’ve learned to watch my feet on rue Dupin and rue Coëtlogon, which, after several unfortunate incidents, we now call rue de la Merde. I thought I was the only one who noticed the […]

Cold combinations

Tuesday, May 10th, 2011

It’s ice cream season again in Paris and, if the long lines are any attestation, this stuff is to Parisians as those hideous boot-sandals are to teenage girls. There are so many wonderful ice cream shops in Paris that I’ll leave the deliberation over who’s the best to the experts. (Though I’ve listed my favorites below.) […]

May flowers

Tuesday, May 3rd, 2011

  As a bookish — let’s admit it, nerdy — child, I was a fan of Louisa May Alcott’s books. Not just Little Women, but her entire oeuvre, including a book called Jack and Jill, a rather preachy tale about two kids who are injured in a sledding accident and their subsequent convalescence. One of the scenes […]

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