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September 2011

Lost in Cheeseland + Paris’ 1st Foodspotting Event!

14 September 2011

{If reading from email, click over to the blog to see the video in this post}  There are bloggers who are constantly invited out to restaurants and bars and showered with free goods while others are invited to gallery openings or sent books to review – both are perks of the hobby. I always pay for my meals and don’t make any promises when I receive books to review but I enjoy the opportunities that blogging have presented to me. It isn’t everyday that I am given anything for free (and in truth, what is even truly free anymore?) but I am forever grateful for people I’ve met and activites I’ve been able to do as a result of this little site. Friday night, however, was another sort of opportunity. After months of using the social food guide Foodspotting on my iphone, I began communicating with the company’s head of community, Amy Cao, on twitter. The network of engaged foodies she succeeded in evolving was astounding and of course it helps that she has maintained her own successful and very public blog/video series about food, Amy Blogs Chow and Stupidly Simple Snacks, both of which demonstrate her mastery of the […]…

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Franco File Friday: author Jill Colonna {+ a giveaway!}

9 September 2011

The trouble with French pastries is they quickly burn a hole in our wallets. Even those that are small in stature (but big on taste) can set us back at least 3€ a piece and frankly, I’d rather spend that on a few loaves of fresh, multi-grain bread from the bakery. Immaculate, refined and delicious though they may be, French patisseries remain a luxury for me – a splurge for a surprise, a birthday or to brighten a bad day. Macarons are undeniably the ultimate guilty pleasure of late, particularly for new expats who discover the plethora of flavors and specialists available in Paris. Associating “cute” with a dessert shifts thus from cupcakes to macarons – miniature and colorful, is there really a better word for them? But again, expensive. And especially expensive when you consider how quickly they’re consumed. So why not make our own? Jill Colonna, a macaron fan, sought to do just that. Motivated by expense and a solid challenge, Jill began baking macarons. Then photographing them. And then writing about them. Her days in Marketing for the OECD were far behind her – Jill had two kids to raise and impress with her treats! After 18 […]…

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La rentrée, end of summer in Paris

6 September 2011

That’s it. Summer’s over. The scarves have been pulled from hibernation to combat September’s first gusts of autumn wind, backpacks are packed full of notebooks, pencils and other accessories for proper trouble-making, the rhythmic clickety-clack of women’s high heels has returned to the streets, and questionable body odors have seeped back into packed metro cars for enjoyable morning commutes. Despite sporadic heat waves that have let the taste of summer linger, Fall air in Paris was palpable the minute we entered September. As much as I have fond memories of autumn in the States, even with back-to-school nerves, it depresses me a bit here. The city foliage lacks the vibrant display of reds, oranges and yellows I loved so much on the East Coast – highly anticipated seasonal beacons. Here, I count the days until my heavy jacket makes its unwanted but necessary return and the semi-sunny skies are replaced by a 6-month haze. There’s no good way to prepare for this inevitability other than by taking advantage of every sun-soaked second with friends and family in champagne-imbued festivity. I rounded off the summer by celebrating my father-in-law’s 70th birthday. My niece was revved for la rentrée (back to school/back to work/back to […]…

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Franco File Friday: Aimee from L’OisiveThé

2 September 2011

I don’t know if it is a trend or merely coincidence but most of the foreign entrepreneurs I have met in Paris previously held senior-level positions in either marketing or advertising firms. The fast-paced corporate workplace grew tiresome and ultimately led them to apply their expertise toward their own projects. It so happens that many of these projects involve food! Aimee Gille has lived in Paris for eight years and always knew she would open her own café. Happenstance brought her in front of L’Oisivthé on a neighborhood stroll of the 13th in the beginning of 2008 and within four months she had transformed the space into much more than a charming salon de thé. Aimee serves light fare and American desserts and imports hand-painted yarns from the U.S. and Canada, all the while providing a relaxing space for avid knitters. TricoThé is a weekly knitting/crocheting group that has garnered this American expat quite the loyal following. A bit about her relationship to France… Describe what you love about France in three words. Complex. Romantic. Home. How did becoming a business owner altered your vision of the French and France as a whole? Becoming a business owner hasn’t changed my […]…

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