The New Paris Dispatch #3

12 November 2017
La Grande Epicerie Paris Rive Droite

Welcome to a new series bringing you quick news updates from Paris in everything from food and shopping to culture and urban development.

LA GRANDE EPICERIE OPENS RIVE DROITE
Well, don’t get excited, it’s not in the section of the right bank with the most to do and eat. The new outpost of Le Bon Marché’s beloved food hall is deep in the 16th arrondissement on the shopping street rue de Passy. It has the same vast selection of international goods, fresh pastries, local brands and culinary events. If you want to go but aren’t sure what else to do/see/eat in the 16th, might I recommend:

Palais de Tokyo contemporary museum followed by drinks or lunch/dinner at Les Grands Verres

-Drinks, lunch, dinner at La Rotonde de la Muette, a recently-renovated brasserie institution with all-day service and a cozy atmosphere for lingering after a day of shopping or museum-hopping.

-Spa treatment, swim, or drinks at Hotel Molitor

La Grande Epicerie Rive Droite
16 rue de Passy, 75016
Métro: Line 9, station La Muette

AMERICAN STAND-UP COMICS PERFORM AT LE THEATRE DE L’OEUVRE
Paris has no shortage of theaters, concert venues and comedy clubs but you’d be hard pressed to find traditional stand-up comedy at any of them. Sensing the growing openness to English language, well, everything, the Theatre de L’Oeuvre has launched a new series called One Night Stand, featuring three different American comedians. In October, I saw Jordan Rock, Chris Rock’s youngest brother, perform and his act will be followed on Nov 27 with Brody Stevens (ex Comedy Central) and on Dec 18th with Josh Johnson (former writer/performer on the Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon).

For more information on the series or to book your tickets in advance, click HERE.

Théâtre de L’Oeuvre 
55 rue de Clichy, 75009
Métro: Line 13, Station: Liège

Epicery Thanksgiving Turkey

EPICERY: MY FAVORITE NEW DELIVERY SERVICE
I’m thrilled that Paris has gotten its act together with food delivery (all by bike!), not because I’m a sloth who can’t go to the pizza shop down the road but because sometimes, you’ve got nothing in the fridge, it’s late, you’re starving, and most of your favorite restaurants have stopped serving food. Deliveroo has been a regular part of our lives for the last few years but most of the vendors offer comfort food (read: burgers, pizzas, burritos galore). For the last several months, however, I’ve been using Epicery, a delivery app that puts all of my favorite green grocers, cheesemongers, butchers, and specialty food shops together in one place (much healthier). On a particularly busy week, I ordered a produce basket, a selection of cheeses, dips, and teas from La Maison Plisson and fresh pasta, sauce, and Grana Padano from Pastificio Passerini (my favorite Italian chef’s fresh pasta deli), right from the app. Delivery isn’t extortionate and the goods generally arrive within the hour (unless otherwise specified).

For Thanksgiving, they’ve wisely partnered with a rotisserie to put turkey front and center for American expats’ holiday feasts. I contacted them to see if they’d offer my readers, many of whom are in Paris, a discount for their Thanksgiving shopping and they gladly obliged! Get setup with Epicery (on mobile or desktop), order your turkey from Rotisserie Dufrénoy, insert the code THANKSGIVING to the “mes crédits” page, and get 10€ off.

FRENCH THEATER PRODUCTIONS AND FILMS WITH ENGLISH SUBTITLES 
One of the services I discovered when I was reporting this story for The New York Times last year was Theatre in Paris, a company that works with a handful of historic theaters in Paris to offer subtitles in English for their performances. With all the tourists coming through Paris, it’s a shame how little of the artistic and theatrical offerings they can take advantage of due to the language barrier. The subtitles appear on LED screens situated on both sides of the stage, convenient for those who need it and discreet enough for those who don’t. Similarly, French films can be viewed across the city in a host of cinemas with English subtitles via Lost in Frenchlation. Off to the theater!

CHAMPS-ELYSEES CHRISTMAS MARKET CANCELLED FOR 2017 
Don’t fret, it’s for a good reason. More on that on The Local. 


This series is inspired by my book, “The New Paris”…Pick up a copy!
 

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by Lindsey Tramuta

The city long-adored for its medieval beauty, old-timey brasseries and corner cafes has even more to offer today. In the last few years, a flood of new ideas and creative locals has infused this traditional city with a new open-minded sensibility and energy. Journalist Lindsey Tramuta offers (...)

by Lindsey Tramuta

The city long-adored for its medieval beauty, old-timey brasseries and corner cafes has even more to offer today. In the last few years, a flood of new ideas and creative locals has infused this traditional city with a new open-minded sensibility and energy. Journalist Lindsey Tramuta offers (...)