Le Tout Paris at Cheval Blanc

After scouring menus across all of Cheval Blanc’s restaurants, I just couldn’t bring myself to pull the trigger on the commitment of a meal…or they were closed…or full…it just didn’t seem to be in the cards for me to visit this fabulous looking new hotel. However, walking to La Samaritaine, I just happened to pass…

Hotel de Crillon- Paris

I’ve always had a love affair with hotels out of my pay grade, perhaps stemming from an article that I read many years ago where the writer stayed one night in all of the major Paris luxury hotels. They challenged each hotel to room service, ranking club sandwiches(!), and tasks for the concierge that weren’t…

Cocorico- Paris

A very sunny afternoon with only an open spot to eat at a tiny cafe table on the sidewalk…people watching in St. Germain, a crisp white, and an order of the casual restaurant’s namesake…it had to be done. A very easy Parisian lunch spot whose address I will keep on file.

Soufflé- Paris

My first evening in Paris, I got a bit bamboozled by a tourist restaurant. They allowed my solo reservation only for 7PM (first red flag) and upon arriving, the restaurant was already full of Americans. Damnit. I should have done an immediate about-face, but there was an image of an onion soup/souffle combo that I…

Hotel Le Bellechasse- Paris

What’s a lady to do when she’s halfway through chemo and doesn’t know how she’s going to feel? Book a last minute trip to Paris is the right answer. Tell no one so it’s only yours. Pre-book art exhibits, but not dinners and just see what happens- an uncertain adventure for an uncertain time, but…

Noura- Paris

After walking over ten miles one day we found ourselves hungry and tired, not in the mood to change for dinner or land a proper meal. So we found ourselves at Noura midway through our walk home. The idea of small plates sounded perfect and when we saw there was an outpost in the south…

TGV to Paris

Ah Paris…. is there anything in this world much better? Even the train ride looked kind of glamorous. A quick customs clear on platform 8 in Geneva, and three hours later voila! I took a first class ticket on the way there and a regular on the return. I’d recommend the splurge of a few…

Restaurant Nolinski

For our last night in Paris, we opted to schmance it up a little, get dressed, and go to a nice dinner at Hotel & Restaurant Nolinski. We started at the bar for an apero hour that I’d expected to be all sexy and mysterious glamour, but it was mostly people (not pictured) ending their…

Popelini

There’s a new (to me) must-have treat in Paris- Popelini! Golf-ball sized confections of choux pastry and cream with a wee extra sugary disk on top. I ran into them on IG and knew I had to test drive and damn, did they ever deliver. Salted caramel was my game but of course it was…

Grands Boulevards Restaurant

Upon checking into the Hotel des Grands Boulevards, I quickly had to pop on a phone call, so I pre-booked a lunch at the hotel restaurant and shared with them my time crunch. The waiter was more than friendly and accommodating, despite my single top and a bustling restaurant. The restaurant is a gorgeous greenhouse…