Première Etoile

September 16, 2008 | By Heidi Ellison | What's New Potpourri

Delivering the Gourmet Goods The media-savvy The ingredients and the recipe finally arrived around 9 p.m. Photo: R. Hesse posed for the cover of her own book. Some time ago, I bought an exquisite takeout lunch salad at a fancy … Read More


July 1, 2008 | By Paris Update | What's New Potpourri

Politeness Counts (Sometimes) A handshake, if not cheek kisses, is mandatory every time friends and acquaintances meet. Photo: J. Gascoigne Recently, while I was having an early evening aperitif with two friends in a smart brasserie near Trinité Church, two … Read More

French pharmacies

June 10, 2008 | By Paris Update | What's New Potpourri

Prescription for Well-being The French hope to stop smoking and slim down with the help of their pharmacies. Photo: J. Gascoigne They say that you will find a pub in almost every Irish village. In France, by contrast, you will … Read More

Smoking/No Smoking

May 13, 2008 | By Paris Update | What's New Potpourri

Indoor Smoking Out, Outdoor Smoking In Outdoor smoking can even be enjoyed while playing boules. Photo: J. Gascoigne Until the beginning of 2008, most images traditionally associated with Parisian life involved cigarettes: self-important intellectuals puffing away in Left Bank cafés, … Read More


September 4, 2007 | By Nick Hammond | What's New Potpourri

Bicycles Built for Two? Is the the Vélib’ dating service just around the corner? Photo © Paris Update Something extraordinary happened in Paris this summer. Normally surly Parisians were smiling at each other in the street. Some were even doing … Read More

Omnivore Food Festival

June 19, 2007 | By Paris Update | What's New Potpourri

Fun Fare A cooking demonstration being filmed at the Omnivore Food Festival. Perhaps it’s a sign of my philistinism when it comes to architecture, but I was surprised to learn that Le Havre has Unesco World Heritage Site status. It … Read More


June 19, 2007 | By Paris Update | What's New Potpourri

Mutata’s Realm Beyond Mutata Theziri – actor, clown, musician and puppeteer – tells stories about ogresses and other creatures in his hybrid theater. To the east of Père Lachaise Cemetery – beyond the 70,000 dead, among them many famous writers, … Read More

The Art of French Cooking

December 12, 2006 | By Heidi Ellison | What's New Potpourri

A la Carte Cooking Classes Muriel Foucher of Marguerite’s Elegant Home Cooking supervises a student’s technique. Anyone who wants to take a cooking course in Paris has a wealth of choices, ranging from the famed Cordon Bleu and the Ritz … Read More