Sunday, December 03, 2023

Chocolate Letter Research continued

 I have been ‘down for the count’ this week with a hacking cough, sniffles & classic cold symptoms. No Covid fortunately 🙏

I forgot to eat my daily full-proof winter elixir - pomegranate seeds. 

Thursday, November 30, 2023

Chocolate Letter Reseach


Doing chocolate research 🔬 is one of the easiest things you can do in Paris, especially for the November Paris Letter.

Still I could not discover from Google how many chocolate shops are in Paris! Many ‘10 Bests’ list - oui. How many shops ? - non

Friday, November 24, 2023

Put a bow on it, Mouna Ayoub Chanel Auction, Black Friday Sale

 I hope you all had a jolly Thanksgiving  yesterday, if you’re in the US. Ours is on Saturday. 

On Monday, late in the afternoon in the rain, I viewed 252 pieces from the Chanel auction of Mouna Ayoub,the world’s biggest couture buyer.

Wednesday, November 22, 2023

Wednesday, November 15, 2023

Île-de-France : la meilleure tarte aux pommes 2023


The announcement of LE MEILLEURE TARTE AUX POMME 2023 gets me running out the door 🚪 yesterday & down the rabbit 🐇 hole again. 

The WINNER IS: CHEZ MEUNIER 🏆 They happen to conveniently have a big branch inside Galeries Lafayette le Gourmet, including a cafe at 35, Bd Haussmann.

Thursday, November 09, 2023

Sunday, October 29, 2023

Salon du Chocolat, Oct 28 - Nov 1, 2023


At Friday night’s opening of the 2023 Salon du Chocolat I made a bee-line for Maison Pralus.

There are always ready snacks of their famous cake, Le Praluline. An incredible brioche made with pink praliné chips (sugared almonds). It is a classic Lyonnaise dessert  first made by August Pralus in 1955. 

Sunday, October 22, 2023

Creating the Paris Letter & How to Paint A Cup ☕️

I used to own all these miniature coffee/tea cups ☕️ They ended up at Salvation Army when I moved to Paris 😭 I wonder who has them now?

This week has been a coffee cup immersion.

Wednesday, October 18, 2023

Are You Thinking Noel/Xmas?


Usually after I do a PARIS LETTER run 🏃‍♂️ to la poste 📬 I’m allowed to wonder aimlessly🤸🏾‍♀️ Yesterday I wondered into the Dutch concept store HEMA looking for Halloween stuff. They’re already thinking Xmas🎄/Christmas/Noel & ginger cookies! Somehow I resisted 🫣

Are you already thinking ahead for Xmas holidays? Should I put up Christmas 🎄 letters for ‘Future thinkers’? Do tell PBers 🙏

Friday, October 13, 2023

Sunday, October 08, 2023

Van Gogh in Auvers-sur-Oise, musée d’Orsay


This week I visited the “Van Gogh in Auvers-sur-Oise, the last months” exhibition at Musée d’Orsay 2 days in a row.

The exhibit is on until February 4, 2024. Reserve now. 

Wednesday, October 04, 2023

Chanel RTW Spring 2024


Yesterday Paris Fashion Week closed as always with Chanel RTW 2024. (The show starts 3+ minutes in). We were there on the outside gawping…in the rain.

Last time Chanel went to a canal or a tunnel for the show. Fortunately yesterday they were back at Grand Palais Éphémère 🤸‍♂️ The show sites of major houses is kept a big secret, unless you’re in design school, know a buyer or someone with an invitation.

Sunday, October 01, 2023

Le Crabe Marteau, Paris


Do you love crabs? Yesterday I met with Solli & Francesco for serious crab eating.

Did you know in the middle of Paris, you can transport yourself to Surf City,N.J. or Maryland or Brest by heading to le Crabe Marteau 🔨  I got there early and chatted with a lone Normand devouring his whole crab. 

Wednesday, September 27, 2023

Azzedine Alaïa Couturier Collectionneur, Palais Galleria


Monday morning I went to the preview at PALAIS GALLERIA of designer, Azzedine Alaïa Couturier Collectioneur. 

Alaïa was a passionate collector. 
It began in 1968 when Cristóbal Balenciaga's house closed, Alaïa was given fabrics and various pieces. 

Thursday, September 21, 2023

Material de Cuisine Letter


My mad pursuit of robins has switched to ducks 🦆 Especially since I’ve been told there are NO actual robins in Paris.

I’ve always been nutz ❤️ about the jaunty duck, with the red checkered torchon/dish towel in E.Dehillerin’s kitchen supply shop window. 

Sunday, September 17, 2023

Marchés Flottants du Sud-Ouest Weekend Fete


Unless you live in Paris you may not know there is a BIG Rugby game on & everyone is celebrating 🥳 including ducks 🦆 

Especially the annual 3-day LES MARCHÉS FLOTTANTS DU SUD-OUEST 🤸‍♂️at quai de Montebello, across from Notre Dame

Saturday, September 09, 2023