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Le siffleur de ballons in Paris: Wine, food, and apéromatchs!

Le siffleur de ballons in Paris: Wine, food, and apéromatchs!

The restaurant l’Ebauchoir opened a new space, a wine bar, across the street: Le siffleur de ballons. It is a place to eat, drink and buy wine (and other goodies such as terrines, vinegars, honey…) The dishes are simple but good (plate of charcuterie, sandwiches, soupes, salades…) and the prices range from as low as 5€ (the croque siffleur: ham, goat cheese, tomato and roquette) to 12€ (a plate of pata negra bellota ham); wines by the glass range from 3,50€ to 6€. Le siffleur de ballons is a great stop for a quick and simple lunch, for an apéro, to buy a sandwich to go or to buy a bottle or two.
Check out the saturday lunch “Apéromatch”: a wine tasting session consisting in comparing wines from either two different regions, countries, grape variety, vinification… For 18€ you try four different wines while eating cheese and charcuterie.

Le siffleur de ballons
34 rue de Citeaux
75012 Paris
tel: 01.58.51.14.04
Metro: Faidherbe-Chaligny, Reuilly-Diderot

Tu-Sat: 10.30am-3pm / 5.30pm-10pm
Closed on Sunday and Monday

L’Ourson en bois: Traditional toys in Paris.

L’Ourson en bois: Traditional toys in Paris.

If you want a joyful experience of toy overload head for L’Ourson en Bois in Paris. It is a small toy store packed from floor-to-ceiling with the coolest objects. The toys range from the most traditional wooden and tin pieces to newer and designy plush toys, mobiles, stickers… The owner, a German woman, is most interested in well-made toys that come from Europe.

L’Ourson en bois
83 Rue de Charenton
75012 Paris
tel: 01.40.01.02.40
Metro: Ledru-Rollin

M-Sat: 10am-7pm
Closed on Sunday

Petit Pan in Paris: Adorable fabrics, clothes and accessories for kids.

Petit Pan in Paris: Adorable fabrics, clothes and accessories for kids.

A Chinese kite maker met a French artist and together they created the wonderful world of Petit Pan boutiques and workshops for kids. Petit Pan in Paris is a very colorful world in which you will find beautiful fabrics and clothes reminiscent in their patterns and design of popular Chinese culture. With these fabrics Petit Pan makes original clothes, bags, quilts or bed sheets that you won’t find anywhere else. At Petit Pan you’ll find a cute collection of second hand objects such as strollers, small chairs and other furniture for our little ones.
Petit Pan is also a great ressource for kids’ entertainment as it offers bi-weekly workshops (wednesdays and saturdays from 2pm to 4pm) all year around. Drawing, painting, ceramics, textile design and/or sewing and kite-making workshops are €50 for two hours, including materials.

Petit Pan
Petit Pan 4th arrondissement
39 Rue François Miron
75004 Paris
tel: 01.42.74.57.16
Metro: Saint-Paul

M-Sat: 10.30am-2pm / 3pm-7.30pm
Closed on Sunday

76 Rue François Miron
75004 Paris
tel: 01.44.54.90.84
Metro: Saint-Paul

M-Sat: 10.30am-2pm / 3pm-7.30pm
Closed on Sunday

Petit Pan 12th arrondissement
7 Rue de Prague
75012 Paris
tel: 09.77.08.16.55
Metro: Ledru-Rollin

Tu-Sat: 10am-2pm / 3pm-7pm
Closed on Sunday and Monday

Petit Pan 18th arrondissement
10 Rue Yvonne Le Tac
75018 Paris
tel: 01.42.23.63.78
Metro: Abbessses

M-Sat: 10.30am-7.30pm
Closed on Sunday

And also Petit Pan at:
Le Bon Marché
24 Rue de Sèvres
75007 Paris
tel: 01.44.39.80.00
Metro: Sèvres-Babylone

Tu-Sat: 10am-8pm (open until 9pm on Thursday and Friday)
Closed on Sunday

The Conran Shop
117 rue du Bac
75007 Paris
tel: 01.42.84.10.01
Metro: Sèvres-Babylone

M-F: 10am-7pm
Sat: 10am-7.30pm
Closed on Sunday

Pink Flamingo in Paris: A different kind of pizza.

Pink Flamingo in Paris: A different kind of pizza.

*UPDATE: PINK FLAMINGO OPENED IT’S FOURTH PIZZA JOINT IN PARIS. IT IS LOCATED IN MONTMARTRE (18TH ARRONDISSEMENT.)

If you want a regular (as in classic flavor) pizza, you might want to try a different place. Aside from La Dante (tomato-mozzarella-basil) or La Cantona (8 cheeses), Pink Flamingo likes to offer flavors that will make you travel, which can be very useful if, for example, you can’t decide between pizza and Indian food (try La Gandhi: sag paneer, baba ganoush and mozzarella), or pizza and Spanish food (try L’Almodovar: pizza paëlla), or pizza and North African food (try La Macias: chicken cooked tajine style with cured lemon and olives)… Among the less unusual ones there’s also La Björk (smoked salmon, lumpfish roe and crème fraîche), La Basquiat (cured ham over gorgonzola and figs) or La Marcello (roquette with olive oil and balsamic vineger and parmesan.) As you might have noticed the pizzas are named after inspirational people who have made a difference in this world. While the pizzas are made in a traditional way—they use organic flour and all of the toppings are made with quality ingredients and fresh produce bought daily from the farmers market—Pink Flamingo likes to think of its product as something that stands out by its quality and novelty. And for dessert you can order some cheesecake.

Check out Pink Flamingo’s menu.
Deliveries are between 7pm and 11pm. They are made by foot or bike, hence the limited delivery area. Pink Flamingo cares more about the environment than getting the pizza to you super fast (that said, it’ll still get to you in a timely manner.) Last but not least, if you want to eat your pizza somewhere along the canal, you can order it at their restaurant in the 10th, leave with a Pink Flamingo balloon and when it’s ready they’ll come look for the balloon!
For food to go and to eat along the canal there’s also Le Cambodge restaurant.

Pink Flamingo 3rd arrondissement
105 Rue Vieille du Temple
75003 Paris
tel: 01.42.71.28.20
Metro: Filles du Calvaire

open 7/7
M-F: 12pm-3pm / 7pm-11.30pm
Sat, Sun: 12pm-4pm / 7pm-11.30pm

Pink Flamingo 10th arrondissement
67 Rue Bichat
75010 Paris
tel: 01.42.02.31.70
Metro: Goncourt, Jacques Bonsergent

Tu-Sat: 12pm-3pm / 7pm-11.30pm (last order and delivery at 11pm)
Sun: 1pm-11pm
Closed on Monday

Pink Flamingo 12th arrondissement
23 Rue d’Aligre
75012 Paris
tel: 01.43.43.47.07
Metro: Ledru-Rollin, Faidherbe-Chaligny

Tu-Sun: 12pm-3pm / 7pm-11.30pm (last order and delivery at 11pm)
Closed on Monday

Pink Flamingo 18th arrondissement
30 Rue Muller
75018 Paris
tel: 01.42.23.14.17
Metro: Château Rouge

Blé Sucré: A must-try pastry shop in Paris.

Blé Sucré: A must-try pastry shop in Paris.

The first thing that amazed me when I walked in Blé Sucré in Paris was the beautiful pastries. The second thing was how cheap everything was. After having worked at luxury hotels such as Le Bristol and the Plaza Athénée in Paris, or the Hotel Martinez in Cannes, Fabrice Le Bourdat opened his own bakery/pastry shop in Paris and named it Blé Sucré (sweet wheat). Blé Sucré is a high end pastry shop with very sweet prices—a first in Paris. The morning pastries at Blé Sucré are a must—the pain au chocolat (chocolat croissant) has been voted the best one in Paris. I have to say that their chausson aux pommes (apple turnover) and pain aux raisins (raisin roll) are as good as they can get. Those are the morning pastries you want to experience when you come to France, the kind that will never taste as good anywhere else. Blé Sucré has a few tables outside where you can eat your pastries or have lunch: the 6.60€ menu offers a sandwich, mini pizza or quiche, with a drink and a dessert (count 6€ for the food to go.) Or you can eat their sweets in the lovely square Trousseau just across the street from them.
The café-restaurant Le Square Trousseau, located a few doors down, serves their croissants and pain au chocolats for breakfast.

And while you are at Blé Sucré buying a morning pastry thinking about all the other things you could try in the bakery, please do ask for one more thing: a bag of madeleines and/or a bag of financiers. Trust me, if there’s a place where you should buy some madeleines and financiers in Paris it’s definitely there. One more thing: do not leave without trying their Raboliot bread—a decadently tender bread made with hazelnut flour, halzelnuts and raisins. It is so good that you will eat it like a pastry—you won’t leave any for later!

Blé Sucré
Square Trousseau
7 Rue Antoine Vollon
75012 Paris
tel: 01.43.40.77.73
Metro: Ledru-Rollin

Tu-Sat: 7am-7.30pm
Sun: 7am-1.30pm
Closed on Monday and in August.

Le Samouraï: Authentic Japanese food in Paris.

Le Samouraï: Authentic Japanese food in Paris.

Le Samouraï restaurant in Paris closes on the days the wholesale market Rungis is closed because they only want to serve fish that is fresh from the day. Located near the marché d’Aligre, Le Samouraï is the Japanese restaurant to eat at in the 12th arrondissement: the fish is super fresh and the sushis are made to order. The restaurant may be busy for lunch and rather quiet at night but in the kitchen they are always busy working: a lot of orders are placed to go and can be placed by phone up to an hour before the restaurant opens for dinner; most of the customers are neighborhood regulars and Japanese businesses. I particularly recommend the Suzakana salad and the scallop nigiri. Le Samouraï opened 18 years ago and it is still ran by the same owner and the same chef.

Le Samouraï
12 rue Emilio Castelar
75012 Paris
tel: 01.43.07.52.30
Metro: Ledru-Rollin, Gare de Lyon

Tu-Sat: 12pm-2.30pm / 7pm-10.30pm
Closed on Sunday and Monday

Mois de la Photo Off, Paris 2010

Mois de la Photo Off, Paris 2010

Along with the Mois de la Photo comes the Mois de la Photo Off. This year the Mois de la Photo Off has over 100 exhibitions that will take place over 10 neighborhoods in Paris and its suburbs.

Following are links to maps and venues of the Mois de la Photo Off in Paris:
1- Sentier - Les Halles
2- Beaubourg
3- Marais - République
4- Gare de l’Est - Belleville
5- Rive gauche
6- Batignolles
7- Montmartre
8- Est
9- Ouest
10- Banlieue

Le Baron Rouge in Paris: A casual well known wine bar around town.

Le Baron Rouge in Paris: A casual well known wine bar around town.

If you want to mingle with a laid-back crowd—a mixture of blue and white-collar workers, young and old people, fashionable and less fashionable creatures, weirdos and mainstream Parisians—head for Le Baron Rouge. You can’t miss this place, there’s always a huge crowd spilling onto the street in the early evening (apéro time) or on Sunday mornings—there’s nothing like a glass of wine and a plate of charcuterie or a platter of oysters to start the day! The wines are very affordable and the plates of cheeses and charcuterie are generous and delicious. Sometimes the quality of a wine will be directly reflected in its price, but 3€ wasted on piquette (that’s French for cheap wine) is forgivable. It is Paris after all, and it’s hard to find such low prices in popular wine bars. It is also hard to find a table unless you come for a drink outside of drinking hours, so don’t expect to be comfortably seated. And if the only room you find to sip your wine is on the street then be ready to partake in some secondhand cigarette smoke while sharing the sidewalk with interesting looking people… Once I saw an older woman standing out there dressed up in a white leotard exhibiting a very nice body for her age and a pretty indecent camel toe. This alone was worth a stop.

Le Baron Rouge
1 Rue Théophile Roussel
75012 Paris
tel: 01.43.43.14.32
Metro: Ledru-Rollin

Tu-Sat: 10am-2pm / 5pm-10pm
Sun: 10am-4pm
Closed on Monday