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A Satisfying Taste of Paris

Taste of Paris 2016 poster

Taste festivals came to Paris for the second time between February 11 and 14, 2016. I was at Taste of Paris under the nave of the Grand Palais today. Here is what you will find if you have tickets: Food experiments for purchase, some free tastings and a fun atmosphere. If you go early when they open at 11 am until about 12:30, there is a line outside that moves quickly and not long lines inside. If you arrive about 2:30 pm there is no line outside, but long lines inside for each food booth. We bought the basic entry ticket and purchased….

Global Chocolate at Paris Salon du Chocolat

Willie's Cacao Salon du Chocolat 2015

On opening day, I entered the Salon du Chocolat while the afternoon sun was shining. The colorful packaging struck my eyes brightly! Entering the trade show on the second level, I was swept up globally and landed in Brazil. After doing a tasting I bought three squares of various Brazilian chocolates from Mendoá: café, ginger and 80% with cocoa feves with in my first ten minutes on site. I had to watch that my cravings did not get near my purse… My taste buds were set to seek out the unusual in this year’s Salon du Chocolat. By the time I left this vast array of packaging three hours later, the sun had set. I was not craving chocolate any longer, but the pavilion did look like one big box of chocolate…

Eiffel Tower Adds New Floor

Person walking across new transparent floor Eiffel Tower 57 meters up

March is a busy month for the Eiffel Tower: a new floor, a winter menu deal and vertical racing. From the Eiffel Tower’s new first floor, look down 57 meters through the new transparent glass floor. The 58 Tour Eiffel Restaurant located on the first floor has a pre-April 1 picnic basket menu. The price doubles April 1, includes your lift ticket. The first edition of La Vertical de la Tour Eiffel is being held in the evening of March 20. This race is 279 meters race from the ground floor to the top of the Eiffel Tower….

Hotel Raphael’s La Terrasse Bar in Paris

Flowers Arc de Triomphe Hotel Raphael La Terrasse Bar

I drank fresh-pressed orange juice and got tipsy from the view. Lynn, the Activities Vice President, at American Women’s Group Paris, arranged a “Ladies Who Drink in the View @Hotel Raphael” visit. And we drank in the view on La Terrasse on a very bright sunny Paris day under parasols surrounded by greenery. I crossed over the chess board checkered floor to one side of the Hotel Raphael terrace bar to see the Arc de Triomphe…..

2014 Best Paris Baguette

Anthony and his father Antonio, Credit : Mairie de Paris

Each year Paris votes for the best baguette. For the next year the boulanger winner provides President of France residing at the Elysée Palace with the morning baguette.
The 2014 best Paris Baguette winner is Anthony Teixeira. Mr. Teixeira is the artisan baker at “Aux Délices du Palais” bakery in the fourteenth arrondissement. The father of Mr. Teixeira, 24, pictured won the same prize in 1998.

How did le Croque-Monsieur get its name?

ham and cheese sandwich the croque monsieur at the grocery store

Le croque-monsieur (croak-missyou) is THE real French sandwich. It is not just a ham and cheese sandwich made with two pieces of bread. It is toasted and it is famous. Le croque-monsieur is one particular sandwich that has made it’s way from the brasserie and bistro to the microwave in France.

Diners take photos of meals exquisitely arranged on the plate. Not many take a photo of a sandwich. These foods, however, do share something in common. They are available in the refrigerated section of the grocery store.

Wine Tasting in Paris On the Seine

Wine Tasting in Paris evening on the Batostar with Thierry Givone, Jennifer and Katy from Pennsylvania, Belile and Monique from New York and Colleen

Sit by the Seine, be introduced to and déguster champagne, white and red wines, for a couple of hours. Watch the boats go by and the Paris evening lights illuminate. Welcome to Wine Tasting In Paris.
Burgundian raised, Thierry Givone, has a passion: introducing beginners to his passion for French wines. His presentation is light and easy to understand. When you go to someone’s home or a restaurant, you will know the basics