Chinatown in Paris

I miss Asia. It spoiled me. I have got used to eating a wonderful and а very diverse, real Asian food. After that, there is no way back. Now it is difficult to accept the compromises called  “American-Chinese” or “British-Chinese” cuisine. If you live in a big city, good authentic restaurants do exist, but you have to search for them. And I usually do.

So, I really cannot understand, why I haven’t been trying to find them here. Or, rather, I do understand – I moved Continue reading

Parisian doors

I have decided to put together a little compilation of Parisian doors. They always attract me like a magnet, in many different ways. Some by their beauty, some by their massiveness, others by unusual colors or intricate doorknockers. I especially like an old, heavy, seasoned doors. And, I always have the same desire – to see what lays beyond. If I am lucky, and somebody opens a heavy portal at that moment, I can catch a glimpse of a private garden, a beautiful cobble-stoned courtyard or dark mysterious passage.

La Goutte D’Or – “Little Africa” of Paris

While tourists are ticking boxes in their classic sightseeing lists, flocking to Tour Eiffel, Café De Fleur, Louvre and Sacré Coeur, some parts of the city get much less attention, not fitting into the global image of a beautiful and romantic Paris.

But this city has many faces. Until one starts living here, one doesn’t realize that Paris, Continue reading

From Rodin to Pasternak

Today is cooler outside and it drizzles in a very Scottish manner. But after having a week of heat without an air-conditioning, it’s very refreshing. There will be more of the hot days ahead, according to a weather report, but today we have a little preview of autumn.

The overcast weather started yesterday. We decided to give a visit to the Rodin Museum, bought the tickets ahead of time on the internet, and when we arrived at the gate, there was the longest queue. Imagine how we felt at that moment! We felt exactly this: very smart and cunning when they let us Continue reading

Coulée Verte – the unknown side of Paris

It’s way too hot in the city for the past few days. I know, before that we were all complaining about “summer not being here yet”, “when is it going to start” etc. Well, it started, and it’s too hot now. And the only way you can escape this heat in a stone-clad city, apart from fleeing Paris itself to a cool countryside or breezy sea location, it is to find a lovely green spots in the city. And elbow your way Continue reading

Note gourmet

poached egg with Serrano ham

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Put a bottle of champagne in the freezer, while you reading this (optional, but recommended)

This little recipe is good for a lazy Sunday when you had “la grasse matinée” and woke up in that strange time – too late for breakfast, too early for lunch. That’s when the concept of brunch comes handy! And, personally, I am always trying to find an excuse to eat early.

Poached eggs for me always have been a realm of professional cooks and was related to buffet breakfasts in hotels and brunches at the restaurants. At home, I couldn’t be bothered with making them. It’s a pain in the butt and I was avoiding it, in spite of my love of poached eggs. That is until I have bought The Poaching Pods. Now I can cheat. Continue reading

Note on escargot

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SaI I have integrated pretty well and with pleasure into French culture and I can successfully do many things Parisians do – I can speak and understand French, I wear scarves in all seasons, I can extend my espresso in a café over two hours, I can complain at length (although I was pretty good at it before), and I have mastered the famous French shrug. (Shrugging your shoulders with simultaneous sticking out of your lower lip which sometimes accompanied by the sound “bof”) Continue reading