Berthillon Ice Cream

Berthillon is my favorite ice cream in Paris - it’s flavorful, creamy and satisfying. The best place to enjoy a scoop of this delicious dessert is at the Le Flore en l'Ile, a delightful brasserie at the western tip of the Ile St. Louis.

From the terrace of the Flore en l'Ile, one has a spectacular view of Notre Dame, a gentle breeze from the Seine and all the pleasures of this festive atmosphere. Here, the ambiance is as flavorful as the food.

Ice cream in Paris...what could be better?

42, quai d'Orleans
75004, Paris


Le Beaujolais Nouveau est arrivé!

Every year, on the third Thursday of November, le Beaujolais Nouveau is released for sale in France.

Beaujolais wine is unique in that it is harvested, fermented, bottled and shipped within six weeks. Thus, the term "nouveau" is assigned to the wine. According to tradition, at one minute past midnight on the third Thursday of each year, Beaujolais wine is rushed from villages across France to Paris, where it is tasted, consumed and celebrated. From there, cases are shipped all over the world.

This fruity, light red wine is appreciated for the festivities surrounding its release more than the quality of its cru. In Chicago, four hundred guests celebrated at a party hosted by the French-American Chamber of Commerce at the Union League Club. Leading French chefs from Café des Architects, Restaurant 676 and Vanille offered a selection of delicious hors-d’oeuvres, while distributors provided the much lauded Beaujolais as well as Pinot Blanc, Pinot Gris and Cognac.

A votre santé!


Salon Coiffure

Have you ever noticed the number of beauty salons in Paris?

There seems to be one on every corner…and for good reason. On any given Friday or Saturday morning women line up at the salon to have a brushing, meaning a shampoo and a blow dry.
Armed with a round brush and a powerful 2100w blow dryer, French stylists have mastered the art of an exceptionally good blow dry. A single brushing can last up to 4 or 5 days, depending on the weather, the dryness of your scalp, length of your hair, etc.

Brushings cost anywhere from 25 to 35 euros at a franchise salon such as Jean-Claude Biguine or Jacques Dessange, but, they’re well worth it. An additional fee of about 12 euro is charged for conditioner. No appointment is necessary and walk-ins are very welcome.

When I have a special occasion, I jump into the cue and wait my turn.


France 2

While in the U.S., I keep up with French news and events by watching France 2 on my computer. Simply log onto their site at http://www.france2.fr/, click on Les JT and select a program: 8h, 13h or 20h.


Bringing Paris Home - Penny Drue Baird

The other night, I headed to the Alliance Française de Chicago for a lecture and book signing by New York Interior Designer Peggy Drue Baird, author of Bringing Paris Home.

Ms. Baird gave a terrific talk about how she became interested in French culture and how she incorporates French style into her design projects. She also provided practical tips for navigating the Marche aux Puces, how to ship goods to the U.S., and how to source fabrics and wallpaper throughout the city.

Bringing Paris Home is a beautiful and inspiring book.