Sancerre Travel Diary

This past Summer one of my dear old friends Jennie from university spent a month in Sancerre with her husband and two kids. They live in Washington DC and her husband took a sabbatical to study French at the Coeur de France. With a 2 and 4 year old, they set up camp in the center ...

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MANNA Mamma: Zeva Bellel

I met Zeva at a dinner party hosted by a mutual NYC friend towards the end of my first attempt at living in Paris.  Zeva was literally the life—or really the laugh—of the party! She had this exciting energy and a laugh that was loud and contagious. Everyone around her that evening ...

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Gift Guide: 10 Perfect Souvenirs from Paris

I always want to give friends and family the perfect souvenir. Eiffel Tower keychains and magnets are so boring. They don’t really share your memory or experience of a trip. Souvenir in French means to remember (v) or a memory (n). So if  you are visiting Paris or if you live here buy a ...

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Bio Bébé: Organic Mattresses

It is really scary to me when I think about how climate change will affect my daughter’s future. Then I hear about the pollution levels in Paris and get nervous when she is running around in the playground. And the worst is when I think about all the junk that is in her food, clothes, toys in her room, and ...

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Folks & Sparrows

If you lived in Brooklyn or New York circa 2001-2008 during the French bistro craze (Pastis, Balthazar) you remember Sunday brunch at Bar Tabac on Smith Street. Michael Arenella’s 1920s jazz band, steak frites, escargot, moule frites, fountains of Ricard, and blocked streets for Bastille celebrations. It was loud, lively, and ...

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