Sunday in Paris

5 April 2012

Thursday, 4pm: a metro car packed full of zombied urbanites yawning in unison. Menacing clouds hang heavily above ground, weighing not only on my mood, it would seem, but on everyone else’s around me. One more work day before families gather for a three day weekend for Pâques. Judging by our faces, it’s clear we all need this Easter break. When I think of Easter, I imagine lush suburban yards accentuated with spring’s vibrant blooms and nattily dressed children running about blithely trawling for painted eggs and chocolate bunnies. Doesn’t the holiday evoke such a Hallmark scene for all Jews? Maybe just me. Unfortunately for all, there will be no such blooms or children frolicking in spring attire this holiday weekend because true Parisian weather has returned, gray and grim. Predicting this was to come, we took advantage of the week’s last bit of blue skies and spent the day neighborhood-hopping before parking ourselves under the sun in Luxembourg Gardens. After a blissful twenty minutes of lounging with our heads back and eyes closed, we were roused by the sound of incessant giggling from the group of Japanese students seated next to us. Just as we turned our heads, we see […]…

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Brunching, Birthdays and Twinkies

4 April 2010

There’s nothing better than knowing that Sunday isn’t the end of the weekend. I love what I do for work, but sometimes it’s nice to have a 3 day weekend to decompress and come back fresh and recharged, or at least that’s what is supposed to happen. This weekend was not unlike many weekends, complete with brunches, overeating and friends. Saturday may have been gray and rainy, but the day was filled with good eats and good people. I met a friend for brunch at Twinkie which is like a bohemian hybrid of British, American and French breakfast/brunches spots. Breakfast fare of bagels, muffins, fresh fruit juices, eggs, club sandwiches, savory tarts, cheesecake, scones, sausage and beans and a gluten & lactose-free menu, is served all day from 10am-6pm. The decor was minimalist yet inviting and somewhat resembled what I would imagine a Scandinavian canteen would look like. The service was efficient and pleasant and they were even accommodating, allowing me to substitute matzah for the bread basket that came with my menu. Luckily there was nutella and jam to make up for the cardboard-like consistency of the matzah. And while there were boxes of twinkies on the shelves decorating […]…

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