Culture, Food, Museums and Monuments, Restaurants, Shopping, Travel, Travel with Kids, Where to stay

Even those who are on a budget, Paris is an unexpected pleasure

Of course, as I read this article in NY Times , I was reminded once again, the democratic pleasures of Paris... that the Proustian aspects of Paris need not be costly.... taste360.jpg IF YOU GO HOW TO GET AROUND The Vélib’ bicycle-rental system has become exceedingly popular. ... Le Bar à Soupes, 33, rue de Charonne; (33-1) 4357-5379;, offers an excellent lunch deal: a fresh market soup, two types of cheese, bread and a glass of wine for 9.90 euros.

Apartment neighborhood, Food, In the News, Restaurants, Un peu différent

A new place to try out – Itinéraires Bistro in Paris

My husband and I always talk about being a month ahead of NY Times on finding and discovering new places in the neighborhood. ... A tiny, successful restaurant from the 11th Arr. decides to open Itinéraires, twice as large, in the Latin Quarter. ... What intrigued me was the blackboard menu: Jerusalem artichoke soup comes garnished with a granita of foie gras; roast cod is topped with layers of tempura vegetables; and pheasant breast is accompanied by dates, pistachios, fruit compote and the odd nugget of buckshot.

Apartment neighborhood, Food

Food Lover’s Odyssey: Journey Through the Pastries of Paris — Part 2

It's not been six months since we were last in Paris and I start to get really really hungry looking at pictures like those in this excellent roundup of Paris pastries and patisseries.   Patisserie Sadaharu Aoki is literally three doors away from our apartment, so my wife goes there quite often. I find it a tad over-priced and as the article says, a little too "untraditional" for my tastes. ... All of the patisseries listed in this article are a hop, skip, or a big jump from 39 Vaugirard.

Apartment neighborhood, Food

Pierre Hermé: Paris’ divine pastries

Adding to the list of wonderful things a hop, skip, and jump from our apartment is the second Pierrew Hermé, located at 185 rue de Vaugirard. ... The front of his pastry shop on rue Bonaparte looks like a jewelry store, the inside like a casket of very precious highly talked about edible jewels.

... While I'm sure Suzy Orman would never "waste" the extra centimes to upgrade to the level of these chocolate specialties, serious chocolate lovers and patisserie dévotés will want to make the trip.

Apartment - 39 rue de Vaugirard - short term rental, Apartment neighborhood, Food, Markets, Restaurants, Travel with Kids

Paris is a Feast for Families

Paris is lovely for children.... We had three families (twelve people) at Sunday brunch at Le Pain Quotidien where we sat at a grand communal table and enjoyed the all natural menu in a lovely, even joyful ambiance, if you can believe it. It's decorated like a grand épicerie à l'ancienne with an incredibly organic menu. It's the place to…read more
Apartment - 39 rue de Vaugirard - short term rental, Apartment neighborhood, Food, Restaurants, Travel with Kids

A deux pas du Bon Marché dans le sixiéme arr, le restaurant L´Épi Dupin vous accueille

L'Épi Dupin is my idea of a great restaurant, and a neighborhood restaurant to boot. It has wonderful food, incredibly welcoming and gracious staff. At our dinner, the maître d' was patient making menu recommendation for our children, as well as speaking fluent Japanese to the mother/daughter sitting in the booth and articulate English to the elderly American woman adjacent…read more
Crepes, Food, Restaurants, Travel with Kids

Rue de Montparnasse for crepes!

If you like crepes and the Breton specialty, buckwheat galettes, there is a street right off the Boulevard Montparnasse with at least ten restaurats, kind of like a mini Brittany-town. The crepes and galettes here are authentic, with some original variations. Don't forget to order a "bolee" (bowl) of cider and a dessert crepe with chocolate and whipped more

French Toast: A Salute to Our Favorite Parisian Things for Bastille Day – a blog posting from

This short article in is a mixture of the definitions of five pastries (good for anyone afraid to point at what they are slobbering over) and then a mixture of five other things to love: Markets, Bakeries, La Duree, and something called "Bagels and Brownies." ... The posting is worth it to just get a quick reminder of beautiful and tasty pastries on every street corner, just a few thousand miles away. ... An iconic-looking pastry, the Religieuse is apparently named for its resemblance to a nun's habit, although we're not sure if there is any further religious association with its invention.