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How to Pig Out in Paris and Stay a Shrimp

Several readers sent me a recent article about Mireille Guiliano’s new book “French Women Don’t Get Fat.” At the same time, my accountant informed me that after compiling a complete analysis of my dining out that last year, I had recorded 219 restaurant meals (4.2 per week) at an average cost of $25.08. Perhaps I eat out more than most — but of course I’m also taste-testing for the “Insider Paris Guide for Good Value Restaurants” (just updated last week with over 200 of my favorites).

My budget wasn’t broken (at such a deal for the usual two to three courses plus wine and coffee including tax and tip) and neither was the scale. In fact, this past year, I lost 15 pounds all while dining on foie gras and fondant au chocolat.

“French women don’t get fat, but they do eat bread and pastry, drink wine, and regularly enjoy three-course meals. In her delightful tale, Mireille Guiliano unlocks the simple secrets of this ‘French paradox’ — how to enjoy food and stay slim and healthy. Hers is a charming, sensible, and powerfully life-affirming view of health and eating for our times.”

Mireille was a slender French exchange student who went to the States and came back fat. I can relate…I come back fat every time I visit the States, especially when I spend time in New Orleans, where cuisine is sublime and portions are huge. I chuckle every time someone there tells me I’m too “skinny” — it seems apparent that like the American political left resembles more the French political right, so does the American idea of skinny resemble more the French idea of fat.

For Mireille, after consulting the family physician, reinstalling basic principles of French gastronomy, she discovered the key to staying slim and trim was not having guilt or deprivation, but learning to get the most from the things she most enjoyed. I concur! With some help from reducing carbohydrates (one less croissant with coffee and trading “haricots verts” for “pommes frites”) and limiting your consumption of wine (purely worthless calories), life in France, and particularly in Paris, where you get endless amounts of natural exercise just walking or mounting Métro stairs, will keep you fit as a fiddle and thin as a rail — all without guilt for indulging on such decadent fare as foie gras or fondant au chocolat.

Her book really caught my attention, because a few years ago, I wrote my own account — “How to Pig Out in Paris and Stay a Shrimp” or “How to Eat without Guilt!” — my advice for ten ways of keeping off the excess weight —

And to read the article about “French Women Don’t Get Fat” in it’s entirety, visit, or for more about the author, visit

And now a report on yesterday’s Parler Paris Après Midi:

Thirty readers turned up, one-third of which were old-timers, the rest new faces we were happy to get to know. Magda Theodate bumped into long-time friend, Felicia Shelton, who she hadn’t seen in years and Marla Kaplan’s new furry friend fell in love with Hat Sternstein, American entrepreneur in the throws of launching “Mon Bon Chien.”

If you didn’t make, don’t fret. Just have a read all about it (complete with pictures) at /parlerparis/apresmidi.html and plan on coming to the next one February 8th. French Property Insider Property Manager Yolanda Robins will be hosting it while I’m partying at Mardi Gras in New Orleans (the first time in more than 30 years!)

A la prochaine…

Adrian Leeds
Editor, Parler Paris

P.S. Our next trip to New Orleans is just around the corner, so I’m sure to come back fat and having loved every minute of it. Join in the fun and soak up the knowledge with me and the Parler Paris staff at the “Living and Investing in France Conference,” February 11 – 13, 2005, Sheraton New Orleans Hotel, /frenchproperty/conference/LIF_NOLA/LIF_NOLA_home.html

Cultural crossings speaker, Ruth Mastron, and I, have been invited to speak at the annual membership dinner February 14th of the French-American Chamber of Commerce in New Orleans. We look forward to meeting with the Francophile business leaders of New Orleans (my home town) and sharing new ways we can work together! For more information, visit or email Schuyler Hoffman at [email protected]

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Calendar #40
Wednesday, January 12, 2005
Paris, France

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Strictly Entertainment:
Comedy, Plays, Movies, Dance

Play Readings In English

Carr’s Pub & Restaurant
1 rue du Mont Thabor, 75001 Paris
Metro: Tuileries

Always on Sundays, always at 7:30 p.m.

Plays in English:

23rd January Elena Kaufman “Mothership”
20th February Rachel Ollagnon “Coupling”
6th March Kenneth Hickey “The Train Set”
13th March Paul Delmont “The Interrogation of Miriam of Nazareth”
20th March Mary Bruton-Sandifer “Hunting Season” (2nd reading)
17th April NC Heikin “FE-MAIL”

Plays in French:
6th February Michael Diantonio “Epidéo”
3rd April Romain Bisseret “Mariage d’Amis”
1st May Pascal Loison “Intimités”

Contact Stephanie Campion at to book a reading of YOUR play. June 2005 onwards dates available.

Latest version always available on the website:
or send an e-mail to Stephanie [email protected]


DRAMA TIES THEATRE COMPANY present a play in English at Comédie Bastille, 5 rue Nicolas Appert, Paris 11th

by Kester Lovelace
Inspired by the classic Mark Twain novel, The Prince and the Pauper. Britain is in crisis, after the abdication of its two Princes. A new TV reality show, Prince Academy, is launched to find the young man who can sing, dance and charm Princesses. The favorite to win changes places, unseen by the cameras, with a math geek. The audience will get to vote to decide the end of the story.

Thursday 13 January 2005 – 10:00 p.m. & 1:30 p.m.
with Maja Bieler, Elena Kaufman, Simon-Timothy Marozzi.
Directed by Kester Lovelace
Songs by David Stanley

Tickets: 13 euros and 35 euros (families)

All Bookings:
Drama Ties Theatre Company
[email protected]



January 18 and 19 at 8:30 p.m.

La Java
105 rue du Faubourg du Temple, Paris 10
Metro: Goncourt or Belleville

Tickets at the door: 20/17 (students o.a.p’s) euros.
Phone booking: /


January 31 & February 1 at 8:30 p.m.

Hôtel du Nord
102 quai de Jemmapes, Paris 10
Tickets at the door: 20/17 (students o.a.p’s) euros


February 6 and 7 at 8:30 p.m.

Hôtel du Nord
tickets at the door: 22 euros


On Stage at the Théâtre de Nesle through January 2005

TRAVELLIN’LIGHT by Nicholas Calderbank
A free-wheeling comedy suitable for ages and linguistic levels.

8 rue de Nesle, 75006 Paris, Métro: Odeon
10 euros/8 euros for students and unemployed

Musical Interludes


Saturday, January 22 8 p.m.
L’Atrium Daniel Magne
12 rue Charlot, 75003 Paris
Metro: Filles du Calvaire

Tickets: Free



Philippe NADAUD – saxophone/clarinet
Joe MAKHOLM – piano

Thursday, January 13 at 9:30 p.m.
Sept Lézards
10, rue des Rosiers, 75004 Paris
Metro: Saint-Paul



Christian Brenner Trio with Gerard Prevost, Jean-Christophe Noel and Christian Brenner and special guests
January 13, 14 and 15 at 9:30 p.m. Free entry.
Café Laurent, 33 rue Dauphine, 75006 PARIS

Literary Events


Bleak House- Charles Dickens- Monday Evenings 8:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m. Start date January 10th. Spaces remaining: 4 The Sound & the Fury- Tuesday afternoons 1:30 p.m.-3:30 p.m. Start date January 10th. Spaces remaining: 7 The Sound & the Fury — Tuesday Evenings 8:00 p.m.-10:00 p.m. Start date January 13th. Spaces remaining: 3

Call or email [email protected] for more

Trade Shows, Exhibitions

Les Nuits Parisiennes 2005

Start 2005 with panache at Les Nuits Parisiennes at the Carrousel du Louvre on January 27th and January 28th. Join over 8000 visitors and experience 70 expositions including music, visual shows, lingerie, magicians, dance and delicacies to name a few! Participate in the “Allumez vos bougies” on January 27th and light up the city, and sashay into the stunning La soirée de clôture on January 28th.

For more information visit:


MUSÉE DAPPER-the premier space in France dedicated to ancient and
contemporary art of Africa.

Musical performance of “Issa, longues jambes” by la Compagnie Vertigo.
Inspired by a traditional African story, the tale reunites words, music and

Sundays: 9th, 16th, 23rd & 30th January
Wednesdays: 19th & 26th January at 3:00 p.m.

Entry Fees: 8 euros; Reduced Fee: 6 euros for children under 12

CIRQUE: Balabala Street

Désiré N’Goma (acrobat, équilibriste) et Vincent Mézières (juggler)
presented by la Compagnie Chapiteau d’Afrique

35, rue Paul Valéry 75116 PARIS M° Victor Hugo
Open every day except Tuesday from 11:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

Bonnes Soirées and Great Gatherings

PARLER PARIS APRES-MIDI /parlerparis/apresmidi.html

Next Meeting: February 8th, 2005 and Every Second Tuesday of the Month 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

This is your opportunity to meet every month, often with local professionals who can answer your Working and Living in France questions. You are invited to come for drinks and share your questions and comments about what it takes to create a life here, own property and enjoy what France has to offer. It is also an opportunity to network with other Parler Paris readers.

Upstairs at La Pierre du Marais
96, rue des Archives at the corner of rue de Bretagne
75003 Paris
Métro Lines 9, 3 et 11, stations Temple, République or Arts et Métiers



Guest speaker every Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. Cocktail Buffet. Make contacts for business, career opportunities, self-development. Bring lots of Business Cards to exchange with others. You must bring a card.

Wednesday 12 January
6:30 P.M. TO 8:30 P.M.


Thanks for reserving via return email! If you don’t receive an email
confirmation by Sunday, please call Patricia’s Tel:, E-mail: [email protected]


Every Sunday

Patricia Laplante-Collins has international dinner parties on the Ile St-Louis. There is always a Guest speaker, perhaps a Writer, Actor, Historian — you name it, Patricia hosts them all. Patricia is proud to have a 21st Century Parisian Salon. Our mission is to simply enlarge our circle of acquaintances in a safe and stimulating atmosphere while promoting Cultural Achievement, The New Age and Paris Personalities. And we have fun! We are THE gathering place for the International Community of Paris. Enjoy! Discuss! Meet new and interesting people.


Thanks for reserving via return email! If you don’t receive an email
confirmation by Sunday, please call Patricia’s Tel:,
E-mail: [email protected]


27 Years Of Dinner Chez Jim Haynes

Jim’s atelier becomes a salon every Sunday night where about 70 people from all over the world meet, dine, drink and enjoy themselves. Telephone on Saturday or Sunday for your invitation, directions and the door code.

Jim Haynes
Atelier A2
83, rue de la Tombe Issoire
75014 Paris, email [email protected]


Have your portrait painted by American Portrait Artist, Kathy Burke
For samples of her great work, visit /parlerparis/art/index.html

Knowledge is Power — Conferences, Workshops and Seminars


Seminar Series on Children and Mental Health at the AMERICAN LIBRARY IN PARIS

January 19, 2005, 8:00 p.m.

Dr. Bénédicte de Boysson-Bardies – Development of Language in the Young Child Human beings belong to a species endowed with a remarkable capability: the ability to communicate using an articulate language that allows the rapid transmission of complex information. The infant acquires this knowledge very quickly. How is this possible? What are these innate abilities, how do they develop in the course of the two first years of the infant’s life, and what factors in the infant’s familiar environment assist in this process? Dr. Bénédicte de Boysson-Bardies will speak in French with questions in both languages.

These programs are free and open to the public.

The American Library in Paris
10 rue du Général Camou, 75007 Paris or e-mail [email protected]

Metro: Alma Marceau or Ecole Militaire



Sunday January 23, 2005

AF will be forming committees to discuss and define principles of what we see as Democratic Party policy.This meeting will
set the basic framework (i.e. how our input gets channeled to the Democratic Party Committee Abroad – DPCA ­ for the process
of making policy from abroad) and seek to ensure a balanced level of participation in all policy groups.If you wish to sign
up for one of the committees, write to Rey Riemer at [email protected]

Even those who have previously signed up for Committees should confirm their attendance at this meeting so we know how many people to expect.

To be held at the home of John Morris
56 rue des Tournelles ,75003
(ring bell marked “Hoban”)
Métro Bastille


January 25, 2005, 6:45 (for 7 p.m.)
At the Chambre de Commerce & Industrie de Paris
2 Place de la Bourse, 75002 Paris
Métro Bourse (parking across the street)


What does the decline of the dollar mean for the US and the world economy? Is it pointing toward a world financial crisis? Is it simply a reaction to current trends in the American economy? Where does the dollar go from here? Are the Bush administration and the Fed pursuing the right policy with regard to the dollar? The answers tend to divide along political lines. Perceptions about the performance of the American economy (GNP, inflation, savings, interest rates, federal spending, deficits and taxes) figure and differ, particularly among Democrats and Republicans. International economists, bankers and businessmen will discuss these crucial issues and other

related ones.

Ronald Freeman, European real estate/emerging markets investor, former partner investment banking head, Solomon Brothers/Citigroup, VP of ERBD Banking Department

Paul Horne, Independent Market Economist, European rep for IBEC financial services, economic-financial correspondent for Newsweek and The Times

Robert Pingeon, Chair, Republicans Abroad France, President Conti International, formerly managing director for Cigna in Europe and managing Director of Chubb France

4Th person to be announced. Moderator: Axel Krause, Paris correspondent of Transatlantic Magazine, and secretary general of the Anglo-American Press Association of Paris, formerly, Corporate Editor of the International Herald Tribune

20 euros includes cocktail after the discussion.

RSVP: [email protected]
To reserve, send 20 euros or $27 to Democrats Abroad France, 240 bis bd St-Germain, 75007 Paris

Learning la Langue Française

Parler Parlor French-English Conversation Group

Celebrating our 7th Year in Paris

KING CAKE PARTY (Galettes des Rois)

Saturday, January 15, 2005, 11 a.m.
at Eurocentres – 13 Passage Dauphine, 6th

Come for conversational exchange and celebrate the New Year over Galettes des Rois with Vin Chaud. Make new friends, practice speaking French and English and get to know the members.


Join us at the Parler Parlor conversation group in Paris France for free-form conversation with native French and English speakers. Practice speaking 45 minutes in French, 45 minutes in English. Make friends, discuss interesting topics, learn about other cultures, progress in understanding and speaking, naturally and easily, in groups of six to eight, each in its own acoustically sound private room.

Parlor Times — 3 Times A Week In Two Locations

Berlitz Opera – Tuesdays 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
38 Avenue de l’Opéra
2nd arrondissement, Paris
Opéra, RER A Auber

At Eurocentres – Wednesdays 2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. and Saturdays 11 a.m. to
12:30 p.m.
13 passage Dauphine (entrance between rue Dauphine and rue Mazarine),
6th arrondissement
Métro Odéon, Saint-Michel

Membership And General Information
Email: [email protected]
Elisabeth Crochard, Tel:
Adrian Leeds, Tel:

Astro-Paris by Eric Francis

This is a short edition, as I’m wrapping up the 2005 annual horoscope, Bridge to the Core, which you can learn more about here:

This week, on Monday, we passed through the Capricorn New Moon, really, truly and officially ending 2004 and beginning 2005. The first New Moon after the winter solstice is called Tet, the New Year holiday through much of Asia. It makes more sense to start the year on a New Moon than it does to start it arbitrarily using a calendar, because the New Moon feels like a beginning, and creates a consistent celestial pattern that commences each year. Most of what our sense of the “new year” lacks is precisely that shift in continuity. However, on this and other accounts, this New Moon really was a beginning, as both Venus and Mercury also entered Capricorn around the time of the lunation and are currently making a long, exquisite conjunction in the early degrees of that sign. This is excellent for business, for solidifying commitments, and generally good for getting your feet on the ground emotionally and mentally. That’s not chicken liver.

Happy Birthday, Capricorn! The world is a strange place these days, and there seem to be few reasons for hope. But nature is full of surprises. One theme of 2005 is suddenly becoming clear: that despite all odds to the contrary, the truth comes out, and that it matters. You’re likely to find yourself in many situations where you become the source of that truth. But it gets much more personal than this. There is such a thing as integrity, and it’s available to everyone who chooses it as a way of life — and that is a choice you seem to be making as if it really mattered. It does. In the end, it’s up to each of us to feel honest within our own souls based on our actions and words — and to know this is changing the world. Nothing else can.

Eric Francis is an astrological consultant with 10 years experience, and an astrological writer whose work appears across the United States, the UK, Spain, Australia and France and up and down the Internet. He has served as the personal astrologer to the Crown Prince of Antarctica, and the cousin of the Duke of Lichtenstein’s butler. He charges a heck of a lot for his work, but they say it’s worth it. You can reach him via his United States office at (206) 567-4455 during Eastern business hours (you will speak to Ms. Bottinelli), or in Paris at 01 4329-0834. You can visit his web page at where you can subscribe to the long-awaited 2005 annual horoscope.

Read more writing by Eric Francis at or subscribe to Planet Waves Weekly directly by calling (877) 453-8265. Planet Waves Weekly is my (twice) weekly astrology news service devoted to covering world events from a personally relevant angle, with much information about healing, astrology, astronomy and more; plus my weekly Sun-Sign horoscopes. International, call (206) 567-4455 during Eastern business hours.

Community Announcements


Upcoming Events

January: 12th Musée Nissim de Camondo
13th Masterpieces of the Musée d’Orsay
18th Musée Marmottan
19th Lunch Around the World
20th Cordon Bleu – SoupsAstro Paris by Eric Francis
24th Musée Pasteur
25th Musée Carnavalet
27th Beyond Paris – Provins

A few of the February opportunities:

1st Musée Victor Hugo
3rd Musée Cluny
7th Conciergerie
9th Le Cordon Bleu — Valentine’s Day
10th Italian Renaissance at the Louvre
15th Musée Jacquemart Andre
16th Estelle’s Flowers
16-17th Beyond Paris – London
22nd Pharoh Exhibit
23rd Lunch Around the World

American Women’s Group
32, rue du General Bertrand
75007 Paris France
[email protected]


The AMERICAN LIBRARY IN PARIS Presents Evenings With An Expert.


Tuesdays at 8:00 p.m.

Evenings With An Expert are free and open to the public. No reservations necessary. Just show up.

FEBRUARY 8. “International Dispute Resolution.” A primer for non-lawyers. The expert is Alex Blumrosen, a Paris-based partner at the law firm Bernard-Hetz-Bejot.

MARCH 15. “Corporate Social Responsibility: How Europeans And Americans Understand This Term Differently.” The expert is Kate Fish, the Paris representative of the San Francisco-based consultancy Business for Social Responsibility.

APRIL 19. “Killer of the Modern World: The Mortality Effect of Climate Change (A Case Study of the 2003 Canicule).” The expert is Magali Barbieri, a Paris-based researcher at the Institut national d’études démographiques.

MAY 24. “The European Union.” How is it governed now, what would the proposed constitution change, and how is the ratification process going to unfold? The expert is Peter Linton, the Brussels-based Europe Chairman of BKSH (the worldwide government relations division of Burson-Marsteller).

JUNE 14. “EU Competition Law.” What are the rules, what are the grey areas, what are the battles, and how does all of that affect us? The expert is Pierre Kirch, Paris- and Brussels-based head of the EU law/competition law practice group of Paul Hastings Janofsky & Walker.

American Library in Paris 10 rue du Général Camou 75007 Paris Fax: Hours: Tuesdays-Saturdays, 10:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m.


AMERICAN CATHEDRAL plans concert for benefit of tsunami sufferers

In response to the horror of the ever-mounting death toll in South Asia, the American Cathedral of the Holy Trinity in Paris will present a performance of the Mozart Requiem. Also on the program is Adagio for Strings by Nigel Keay, a short elegiac work inspired by Indonesian gamelan music.

Sunday, January 16 at 5 p.m. 23 avenue George V, 75008

Soloists: Andrea ROSE ROUSSEAUX, soprano; Louise CALLINAN, mezzo-soprano; Hervé LAMY, tenor; and Reuben THOMAS, bass accompanied by the Paris Choral Society Orchestra. ALL proceeds will go to Episcopal Relief and Development/South Asia Fund.

30 euros (15 euros, students), additional contributions encouraged.

Paris: Activities, Events & Displays

Ice Rink in the 5th Open every day from December 5th, 2004 to March 13th, 2005 midday to 8:00 p.m., 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Saturday, Sunday and public holidays. 1 Place Raoul Dautry 75015 PARIS

Open every day from December 6th, 2004 to March 13th, 2005 12 midday-10 p.m. 12:00 p.m. to midnight on Friday. 9:00 a.m. to midnight on Saturday. 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m. on Sunday With a designated area with games and activities for children under 6 years old. Skates can be hired for 5 euros. HOTEL DE VILLE DE PARIS 1, place de l’Hôtel-de-Ville 75004 PARIS


Soldes d’Hiver
January 12, 2005 – February 12, 2005


February 9, 2005 The year of the Rooster
Parade, shows, music and events.
13th arrondissement “China Town,” Métro: Place d’Italie



Theme “The Arabian Nights”
Bercy Village, Place des Vins de France, 75012 PARIS
January 12th to 16th from 11:00 to 21:00H


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