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  • The Biggest Luxury Discount Store in Paris!

    The Biggest Luxury Discount Store in Paris!

    Worn that €1,000 pair of shoes from Chanel once for that special party? Clearning out your original Vuitton luggage? Don’t wear your 52nd Hermes scarf? The lucky…

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  • Recipe for Christmas Bûche de Noël

    Recipe for Christmas Bûche de Noël

    I drool over the beautiful Buches de Noel by Pierre Herme. Here is a sampling of this year’s lineup and an easy to make recipe below. Each creation looks more delicious than the one before. They are cake creations of his famous macarons, Ispahan, Chuao chocolate, Montebello… I’m going to make the following easy recipe

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  • French Recipe Idea For Leftover Turkey

    French Recipe Idea For Leftover Turkey

    Leftover Turkey:  Mini Tourtes de Dindes!  Turkey and Vegetable Pie  Mini Casseroles   Michelin-starred chef Christian Constant has revived the use of Cocottes, or small iron casseroles dishes at his new and aptly named restaurant, ‘Les Cocottes’.  The recipes are original and delicious, from cold layered starters to hearty winter main courses, to apple crumble a’ la cocotte for dessert.

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  • The Ant and the Grasshopper Fable: American vs French Versions

    The Ant and the Grasshopper Fable: American vs French Versions

    The French are circulating a re make of this old fable. I’ve translated a lighter version into English for your enjoyment. You can practice your French by scrolling to the bottom! American Version: The Ant and the Grasshopper Ant works all summer during a heatwave Builds a house and sets in provisions for winter. Grasshopper

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  • Making the Best Macarons in the World!

    Making the Best Macarons in the World!

    My daughter Alexia (age 14) and I have fallen in love with macarons, especially the ones made by Pierre Herme’ in Paris.  We purchased his Macaron cookbook and have spent many hours in the kitchen trying to perfect his delicious concoctions. Making Macarons by Pierre Herme They say that macarons are the most difficult pastry

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  • A Delicious French Salad!

    A Delicious French Salad!

    Refreshing Artichoke Salad by Christian Constant Early this year, we launched cooking lessons for guests inthe Michelin starred kitchens of the Violon d’Ingres.  This excellent restaurant has become a favorite in the 7th arrondissement among Parisian locals and businessmen alike.  The lessons have also been a success, thanks to the hard work of Head chef

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  • Love French Food, But Can’t Live Without Some American Treats

    Love French Food, But Can’t Live Without Some American Treats

    We love French food, Paris open air markets and restaurants, certain American products our irresistible.

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  • Lance Armstrongs Stays at Paris Perfect!

    Lance Armstrongs Stays at Paris Perfect!

    Last week the Tour de France arrived in Paris and we were proud to host Lance Armstrong and his family at the Gigondas apartment! Teammate Jeff Wells and family stayed at Montrachet.

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  • Our Kir Apartment Rental in Paris, a New Look!

    Our Kir Apartment Rental in Paris, a New Look!

    We redecorated our Kir apartment last month and I stayed there to finish it. We also like to ‘test drive’ the apartment to make sure everything works well! We changed the dining room table to a charming French oak table. Added new dining chairs, arm chair, sofa cover, curtains and cushions to give it a French Country/Provencal feel.

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  • Why We Love Paris Apartments on High Floors

    Why We Love Paris Apartments on High Floors

    Getting ready to take pictures of the Kir Paris apartment for rent, I woke up early. First stop was one of my favorite pastry shops across the street to buy my standard breakfast in Paris: ‘Bonjour Madame, un pain au chocolat s’il vous plait et un pain au raisin.’

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  • The Moulin a’ Vent Apartment!

    The Moulin a’ Vent Apartment!

    We had a lot of fun decorating our new Moulin a’ Vent apartment and thought you’d enjoy the latest photos. It took longer than expected to receive the right pieces of furniture, and the new dining table and dresser were delivered last week. We found the Moulin a’ Vent late last spring and the location was fantastic – just around the corner from the Café du Marche on rue Cler.

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  • Birthday Lunch for Philippe!

    Birthday Lunch for Philippe!

    My husband Philippe’s birthday was last Thursday and I was struggling to find something special to offer him. Then, I walked past Dubernet, the shop which sells specialties from the Southwest of France on rue Augereau in the 7th and the lightbulb went on! This shop is tucked away on a quiet street, but well known throughout Paris.

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  • My Favorite Pastime: Photographing Pastries in Paris

    My Favorite Pastime: Photographing Pastries in Paris

    Pastries are to me what jewelry stores and fashion boutiques are to many of my girlfriends. They are individual works of art, original and inspiring, each one to be savored and appreciated as a fine piece of jewelry. I love looking at their jewel-like displays in the beautiful patisseries of Paris!

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