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Bringing Home a Piece of Paris

24 October 2012

I’m off to Madrid this week for work (manchego!) so I’ve asked a few other bloggers to hold down the fort during my absence. Mina, the co-author of the travelogue “Sending Postcards”, shares some of her favorite keepsakes to prolong the Paris experience long after she’s returned home.  Admittedly, my time in Paris has been limited – a couple of weeks for a friend’s wedding and a two day layover. While I’m certainly not an authority on the subject of what to do in Paris, there are a couple of things that you can buy in the city that make me pretty happy and, if we’re into the same things, might make you happy too. I’m generally not much of a shopper but I brought a few things home to extend my Parisian experience. I thought I’d share them:  01 // Maille Mustard //  You can find Maille in most grocery stores around the world these days, but not the special flavoured kind. If you love moutarde, you can’t miss the Maille Store which is filled with dozens of variations of the common condiment. I wholeheartedly recommend the Figue et Coriandre.  02 // Macarons // It’s a cliché, I know, […]…

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Pizza Chic

21 March 2011

“What’s in a name? That which we call a rose By any other name would smell as sweet.” Romeo and Juliet (II, ii, 1-2) Well, not always. You can probably bet that the quality of the food at a place called “Cheaper Food”, and “Very Nice Pizza” (they really exist) are about as good as their names suggest. We learn not to judge books by their covers but do so anyway. In fact, we judge books, people, movies, cities, and even restaurants by their names and sometimes, our pre-conceived notions are upheld. But in this case, I was proven wrong. I had read multiple, glowing reviews about Pizza Chic, the New-York style pizzeria in 6th, prior to trying it out with Ann Mah for the first time a few weeks ago. I couldn’t help but be circumspect of a place that had the audacity to call themselves chic and wondered how good the pizza really could be. Surely not better than Caldo Freddo, my longstanding favorite. By the end of the night I came to see, however, that the name, although staggeringly trite, was a suitable label. Owned by Julien Cohen, son of Marie-France Cohen, founder of upscale shops Bonpoint, […]…

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