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  • Bleu de Lectoure

    By Sue Aran

    When I lived in Seattle, Washington, I used to drive to Vancouver, British Columbia once a year, before the holidays, to shop for gifts on Granville Island.  Granville Island has a wonderful public market, artist's studios and co-ops filled with imaginative, handmade crafts.  I always saved the best store for last, Maiwa Handprints, a textile lover's paradise specializing in embroidered, block printed, handwoven, naturally dyed textiles from India.

    In November of 2009, while once again shopping at Maiwa, I discovered a brochure for a symposium given by Henri Lambert of the Bleu de Lectoure shop, another textile lover's paradise...


    Last Updated ( Monday, 20 October 2014 )
  • Person of the Moment: Philippe Starck - THE ULTIMATE JOURNEY

    By Margaret Kemp

    Philippe Starck is one of the few contemporary French designers famous worldwide. In a brilliant career spanning 40 years, with more than 10,000 designs to his name, he’s established an image as the world's most prolific and exciting creator.

    From everyday products, such as furniture and lemon squeezers, to revolutionary mega-yachts, micro wind turbines, restaurants, electric cars, hotels etc. Starck never ceases to push the boundaries and criteria of contemporary design, describes his work as: “subversive, ethical, ecological, political, fun: this is how I see my duty as a creator”.


    Last Updated ( Friday, 17 October 2014 )
  • Photo of the Week - October 17, 2014

    By Rachael Woodson

    These two photographs were taken in 1925, and show the parachutist Grandveaud during and after his jump off of a bridge in the Parc des Buttes-Chaumont. The park, which is located in the northeast of Paris, is the fifth largest in Paris, and opened in 1867 at the end of Napoleon III's regime. The brick bridge from which Grandveaud jumped is 22 meters high, and came to be known as "suicide bridge" following a series of suicides. Since then, the bridge has been fenced in with wire mesh.


    Last Updated ( Wednesday, 15 October 2014 )
  • Two Doors, One Morning

    By Joseph Lestrange

    Doorways can be beautiful, some of them. Think of those elegant beauties in the apartment houses from the 1890s with marble brackets holding up a lintel overhead, below that a mascaron or sometimes a cartouche, the chestnut or oak of the double doors themselves, their glass armored in cast-iron grillwork with a sculpted head or maybe a pineapple or a bunch of grapes up top, their shiny door knobs or, better yet rings, catching the eye like birthmarks, the flinty threshold.


    Last Updated ( Friday, 17 October 2014 )
  • Crêpes with Apples and Caramel Sauce

    By Wini Moranville

    Here’s an easy recipe for crêpes—plus the answer to frequently asked questions about making them.


    Last Updated ( Monday, 13 October 2014 )
  • L’Oiseau Blanc : Pierre Gagnaire News : Atelier Renault : Shangri-la’s Art Tea Time : Michelin NYC 10th Anniversary Edition & Gâteaux Thoumieux’s Buche Buzz

    By Margaret Kemp

    L’Oiseau Blanc roof-top canteen at Le Peninsula, Paris, named in hommage to one of the great mysteries of French Aviation History. Pierre Gagnaire @ Fouquet’s ? Yes, it’s true dear reader. Atelier Renault, a flexible space showcasing the brand, launches a new Twingo, * chef Virginie Bachelot creates matching dishes : only in France ! Plus book in for an art/pastry experience at Shangri-La. And a 3* shock in NYC. Bûche of the Week’s by Gâteaux Thoumieux.


    Last Updated ( Saturday, 11 October 2014 )
  • Photo of the Week - October 10, 2014

    By Rachael Woodson

    This week's photo was recently taken outside of the Centre Pompidou, which recently opened its doors to a new exhibition entitled 'Marcel Duchamp. La peinture, même'. The French-American artist's work is linked with Dadaism and conceptual art, and is considered to be one of the major influences on 20th and 21st contemporary art. The show takes a new look at the iconic artist's paintings and his ideas about reinventing painting. Duchamp came to reject art that was purely aesthetic, and was in favor of art that related to the mind.


    Last Updated ( Saturday, 11 October 2014 )
  • How to Use Herbes de Provence

    By Wini Moranville

    Add an unmistakably French angle to your cooking with this wonderfully fragrant herb blend.

    As its name suggests, herbes de Provence hails from the South of France; the fragrant blend gathers up herbs that grow in abundance in Provence.


    Last Updated ( Saturday, 11 October 2014 )
  • An Insider's View - The Garden of Marinette

    By Sue Aran

    Marinette Arramon-Berdot, an elegant woman of a certain age, lives in an old auberge in the village of Parleboscq, a small commune in the Landes department of the Aquitaine region of France.  She is well known among the locals as an extraordinary naturopath who has devoted her life to healing.


    Last Updated ( Friday, 10 October 2014 )
  • La Tour D’Argent : Victoria 1836 : Rôtisserie d’en Face & Cyril's Thanksgiving Buzz

    By Margaret Kemp

    La Tour d'Argent, Paris gastronomic and historic reference, created over 400 years ago, an address food lovers should visit at least once. Victoria 1836 rises from the ashes of L’Arc. Jacques Cagna’s Rôtisserie d’en Face ticks all the boxes and check out Cyril Lignac’s mouthwatering Autumn collection.


    Last Updated ( Wednesday, 08 October 2014 )
  • Photo of the Week - October 3, 2014

    By Rachael Woodson

    This week's photo was contributed by Michael Diamant, who recounts his recent discovery of a jewel in the 6ème...


    Last Updated ( Wednesday, 01 October 2014 )
  • Picture of the Week

    By Budd Whitebook

    The first thing I noticed was the girl. Who wouldn’t? Just take a look for yourself. She’s une ‘tite nana, a cutie, une chaudasse, and ask someone else to translate that for you, the kind of teenage girl who turns heads and I don’t mean metaphorically.


    Last Updated ( Monday, 29 September 2014 )
  • Gemma Bovery : Madame Bovary, C’est Elle

    By Dimitri Keramitas

    Gemma Bovery is lushly filmed but oddly constructed, a movie that tickles your senses while your brain wonders whether it’s all a botched cinematic soufflé. It mashes up an update of Flaubert’s novel and an English-French encounter à la A Year in Provence.


    Last Updated ( Wednesday, 01 October 2014 )
  • Half a Sandwich

    By Joseph Lestrange

    It’s a soup sandwich of metaphors, but I guess you could say that I led with my chin, though he never laid a glove on me, and surely my heart was in the right place. Or you could say I should have kept my mouth shut, but I thought I had learned an important lesson a few years ago about not doing that, about speaking man to man, and wanted to see if it had been worth learning.


    Last Updated ( Monday, 29 September 2014 )
  • Going to Paris? Don't Speak French?

    By Pat Smith

    Going to Paris?

    Don’t speak French?

    No Problem.


    Last Updated ( Monday, 29 September 2014 )

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