Monthly Archive for November, 2008

Black Friday in Paris

Today is Black Friday in the United States, and since Thanksgiving doesn’t exist in France, that means that technically Black Friday doesn’t exist in France either. That’s no reason not take part in the excitement, though. Here are a few ways to bring Black Friday into your life in Paris, without spending a lot of your hard-earned euros :

Start the evening by inviting your friends around to your place for an all black apéritif: Try your hand at home-made foie gras and truffle “lollipops”, served with a bottle of “Le Vin Noir”. Or maybe something sweeter like black licorice macarons from Ladurée with cold flutes of sparkling X Noir.

Vin Noirtruffle and foie gras appetizer

black macarons ladureex noir sparkling wine

Slap on a fresh coat of YSL Pur Noir lipgloss and head on over to Dans Le Noir? for dinner. Dans Le Noir? is the immensely popular restaurant in the 4th arrondissement where diners are served by blind waiters in a pitch-black room. Don’t forget to check your cellphones at the door -the lights and sounds are disruptive to the dining experience.

Dans le noir paris

Top the night off with a Black Shadow cocktail at BC Black Calvados, the hip-n-trendy black and chrome nightclub that’s been a Paris standard since the 1950’s. Not exactly a Paris bargain, but I bet you’ll spend less there than you would’ve at Macy’s Black Friday Sale!

BC Black Calvados Paris

Dans le Noir? 51, rue de Quicampoix 75004

BC Black Calvados 40, rue Pierre 1er de Serbie 75008




Thanksgiving in Paris

Thanksgiving dinner in ParisParis has been cold, gray and down-right gloomy for the past week, and to make matters worse, I’ve been sick with a killer cold that I just can’t seem to shake. I’ve been so schlumpy and out of it that I didn’t even realize that Thanksgiving is in 2 days! A big merci to Emilie for snapping me out of my funk and helping me to get in the Thanksgiving spirit. Here are a few of the things that I am thankful for this year:

I’m thankful for my family- my two little munchkins and my handsome Frenchy hubby, who (among many other things) have invented the perfect cure for HMF- Heinous Mama Flu: take a bushel of sweet-n-slimy kisses (my daughter has a cold, too), add a pinch of pirate jokes (What’s a pirate’s favorite food? Arrrrrrrggggg-tichokes!) and serve it up with a steamy, garlicy bowl of soupe au poulet. Works like a charm…

I’m thankful for my girlfriends- old and new, near and far, IRL and online. Somehow I’ve managed to accumulate the most amazing Glam Squad on the planet. They are my rocks, my anchors AND the wind beneath my wings. Without them (and my Sephora carte de fidélité ), I’d be nothing. Thank you, les filles!

I’m thankful for Thanksgiving, the store. Thanksgiving is the American grocery store here in Paris that carries all of the fixings that you need to make a traditional Thanksgiving dinner. Talk about a niche! Stove Top Stuffing, Jiffy Corn Bread Mix, Ocean Spray Cranberry Sauce, canned pumpkin- it’s all there. My foodie friends in the States always cringe whenever I tell them that I’m making Stove Top Stuffing. I tell them that I can have Dinde farcie aux marrons at my mother-in-laws any old day. MY memories of Thanksgiving include Stove Top, and I’m passing this on to my children.

I’m SO thankful that people still fall in love, decide to get married and then decide to get married in Paris. You don’t need me to tell you that times are tough, but luckily- thankfully- romantic couples from all corners of the world are still enchanted by the idea of a wedding in Paris. Sure, they’ve had to scale back a bit on the bells and whistles, but with the City of Love as your backdrop, and a fabulous wedding planner to boot- what other bells and whistles do you need :) ?

Lastly, I’m thankful for everyone who, over the past year and half, has taken the time to stop by my blog. Thanks for your bonjour’s, your advice, your ideas and your encouragement. Blogging doesn’t come easily to me, but it’s something that I really enjoy doing, and I’m glad that people still enjoy reading about my Parisian adventures. Happy Thanksgiving, Everybody!

let’s throw a beaujolais nouveau party

beaujolais nouveau parisThis Thursday, November 20th, in tiny villages and big cities across France- as well as in many countries around the world- people will be celebrating the arrival of Beaujolais Nouveau 2008. Beaujolais Nouveau is a very young wine made from Gamay grapes in the Beaujolais region of France. The grapes are picked earlier in the fall, fermented for just a few weeks, and then go on sale at the stroke of midnight on the third Thursday of each November, amid much hoopla and fanfare. Pick any neighborhood in Paris this Thursday, and you’re sure to find a celebration of some sort. Many cafe’s, brasseries and restaurants are offering special “Beaujolais Nouveau” menus- just look for the purple balloons, or follow the “Le Beaujolais Nouveau est arrivé” signs- there’s sure to be revelry at the end.

If you’re in the mood to celebrate the Fête du Beaujolais Nouveau, but don’t live in France, why not throw a party of your own? The girls over at Girlfriend Celebrations have some excellent ideas for fêting this frenchiest of all French fêtes, chez vous. In the meantime, here’s a little background info on the Beaujolais Nouveau craze as seen from the U.S.: