Posts Tagged ‘Christmas’

Tips From a Paris Insider: Stephanie Frasco

Monday, March 12th, 2012

Stephanie Frasco

We love passing on great tips from Paris Insiders!  Meet Stephanie Frasco.  Stephanie is a Social Media Consultant and as the Community Manager for Dashlane, she just returned from living in Paris for the winter.  She recommends:

1. Massage 

Book a massage for the day you get in.  It helps to rid your jet lag.  Not only will it melt your airplane kinks away but you will leave feeling fresh and ready to walk your heart out!

I recommend Institut Thai Rachawadee -  in the 5th


2.  Food 

It should come as no surprise that eating your way through Paris can be worth the trip itself.  Of course the French food is spectacular, but Paris is filled with ethnic restaurants that might surprise you.  Eat everything that calls your name!  You will be happy you did.  Some of my favorite restaurants in Paris (ethnic and French) 

L’Office – (contemporary)  - 

Dans les Landes (small plates) - 

Hyang-Ly - (Korean BBQ)


3.  Flea markets and food markets -

Paris is filled with Flea markets and food markets selling everything from fresh cheeses at the food markets to vintage Chanel bags and Victorian Era furniture at the antique markets.  Hopping from stall to stall and market to market is a great way to spend an afternoon.  If you find yourself in Paris during the warmer months, make sure you take your bounty (from the food stalls) and head to one of the many public parks for an enjoyable picnic.  If you happen to be in Paris in the winter don’t forget to check out the Christmas Markets.  

Favorites: Rue Monge market & Christmas Market at La Défense


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On my Paris bookshelf

Thursday, December 29th, 2011

I was the lucky recipient of three books about Paris this Christmas.  I guess my family knows me well.  This is what I got:

Parisian Chic, a style guide by Ines de la Fressange

I have been looking at this book every time I go to Anthropology.  It is one of those books that you know you want but never buy.  It is filled with Ms. de la Fressange’s tips on how to dress chic, where to shop for chicness and wear to hang out when you are chic.  I have already seen so many of my favorite shops and restaurants listed as well as many places I have not.  It is filled with a lot of pictures and a pretty comprehensive address book of her recommendations.

Paris Was Ours, Penelope Rowlands

My 16 year old daughter bought this collection of 32 short stories for me.  How sweet, right?  She actually pays attention to what I like!  I won’t tell you each of the authors but I will tell you that I have enjoyed David Sedaris and Diane Johnson’s shorts the most.  This is the perfect book to read right before you go to sleep.  The stories aren’t too long and they will prime your brain to dream about Paris all night long.

Paris Mon Amour, Taschen

This over-sized collection of black and white photographs is beautiful.  It is not your typical book filled with Eiffel Tower pictures.  It captures real moments in Paris, things the average tourist does  not usually see.   This is a perfect coffee table book.

Do you have a favorite book on Paris that you recently received?  Share!

Our Visual Thought For The Weekend….

Friday, December 23rd, 2011

Buche de Noel

Tuesday, December 6th, 2011

Each Christmas Eve, my mom sets out a magnificent dessert table.  She goes all out with the fondue fountain, the chocolate ladyfinger torte, cookies, pies and this cake, the “Buche de Noel”.  Every year it just sits there in the shadow of the fondue fountain.  Last year, I finally asked her why she makes it?  No one ever really touches it.  She told me that she buys it from a famous bakery near her office and that everyone she knows stands in line for it.  WELL, why didn’t she tell me that sooner?!  I mean, if people wait in line for frozen yogurt, cupcakes and coffee this must be worth trying.  I dug in.  Holy French cows….this cake was delicious.  SO delicious that I took the rest home with me and ate it over a few days.

Bûche de Noël is the French name of the traditional dessert served during the Christmas holidays in France, Belgium, Quebec, Lebanon and several other Christian-populated countries. The cake generally looks like a log ready for the fire.
The traditional bûche is rolled to form a cylinder, and filled with chocolate buttercream. Bûches often have a bark-like texture to offer further realism. This is often done by dragging a fork through the icing. These cakes are often decorated with powdered sugar to resemble snow, tree branches, fresh berries, and mushrooms made of meringue.  Does it look as pretty as some of our traditional American desserts? No…it looks quirky.
I found many magazines this year with recipes for Buche de Noel but I am not game enough to try one.  Here is a link to one you can try if you are savvy in the kitchen from Bon Appetit. I’m counting on my mom to stand in line for ours.  On second thought, I don’t think I can wait until then….I’ll call and get one for the weekend.

5 Ways To Celebrate Christmas In Paris

Friday, December 2nd, 2011

The city of Paris just seems to sparkle during December.  The lights glisten in the evening a little brighter.  The food is a bit sweeter and the wine warms you up a bit faster.  The streets are dotted with boutiques decorated for the holidays and the grand department stores go all out with stunning displays.   In addition to the usual attractions, here are 5 special ways to celebrate Christmas in Paris.

1.  Paris Holiday Walk: Culinary Traditions This special holiday walk through Saint Germain des Pres will highlight the culinary treats that ‘Parisians’ look forward to celebrating the season.  Learn about the traditional delicacies  such as foie gras, oysters, champagne, clementines, and the Bûche de Noël cake.

2.  Go to a Christmas Concert at La Sainte Chapelle Classical music in the setting of a small Gothic chapel.

3.  Ice skate in front of the Hotel de Ville (Metro Hotel de Ville).  Admission is free and skate rental is about 5 Euros.  Plan to go in the evening when the buildings are lit up.  The rink is open until 10pm.

4.  Attend Christmas Eve Mass at Notre Dame.

5.  Visit a Paris Christmas Market (marche de noel).  There are several set up throughout the city offering special holiday treats.

Joyeux Noel from CobbleStay