L’Après Midi With Bubbly And La Soirée With Wine
The warmth is bringing everyone out to the streets and sidewalk cafés and had a definite affect on the healthy turn-out we had at La Pierre du Marais yesterday afternoon at Parler Paris Après Midi. The waitress was promoting new bubbly refreshing drinks with lemon and mint in off-beat colors of greenish-yellow and pale blue and served up fresh made iced tea for us Americans who asked for it.
Our next Après Midi is July 13th, the last for the summer, as we will be taking off for what we expect will be another hot August this year and then gearing up for La Rentrée in September. If you want to read all about what you might have missed yesterday and see their smiling faces, be sure to visit /parlerparis/apresmidi.html for the complete report.
In the past few weeks I discovered a Bistrot à Vins that fits the concept of the Insider Paris Guide for Good Value Restaurants to a tee — a mom-pop spot in the 11th, well off-the-beaten-track and well worth a detour — Le Sot l’y Laisse. I was so impressed with my first dining experience that a week later I dragged another group of friends there. Here’s the review from the guide (I just uploaded the new Summer version!):
Make the trek to this part of Paris only “les vrais Parisiens” venture to for a beautifully delicious meal accompanied by an excellent array of wines all prepared and served up by young mom-pop restaurateurs who have the touch for making a new kid on the block more like one that’s stood the test of time. A rectangular space all windowed on the street, small square wooden tables lined up in neat rows and soft colors of yellows and burgundies give the space a warm and friendly “not-at-all-trendy” ambience – one immediately feels right at home. The wine list is meticulously printed in chalk on tiny “ardoises” (blackboards), placed somewhat haphazardly on a yellow ochre wall bordered by grape patterns stenciled in purple and green. The day’s suggestion is noted in casual script on the large mirror centered on that wall and on the opposite wall, a large blackboard reveals an impressive menu: “Asperges vertes à la tomate sechée de Ligurie,” “Foie gras mi-cuit, broche toastée maison,” “Terrine de lapin au pruneau,” “Salade d’artichaut au jambon au parmesan,” “Demi canard croise en deux cuissons petits legumes,” “Medaillons de lotte, fond d’artichaut farci à la tomate confite,” “Côte de veau fricassée de champignon, grenailles,” “Filet d’Aiglebar, tombée d’epinards, sauce au curry,” “Pigeon désossé, ratatouille fine, jus au beurre de foie gras,” “Framboise à la crème legère caramalisée” (heavenly!). The cuisine is every bit as delectable and enticing as the menu – nothing will be a disappointment. La Madame who manages to wait on every table while the chef is busy in the kitchen (the sounds and smells emanating from it continually reminding you of his arduous task), is a “salt-of-the earth” young woman who you can trust to recommend wine or take care of your every need with grace and warmth. Le Sot l’y Laisse fits my idea of the perfect neighborhood bistrot with extraordinary excellence and well worth much more than the meager bill.
LE SOT L’Y LAISSE
Bistrot à Vins
70, rue Alexandre Dumas, Arrondissement 11
Métro Avron, Alexandre Dumas
Closed Sunday and Monday
A La Carte Menu: Average €30 – €35 per Person
After dining at Le Sot l’y Laisse, we stopped at Bistrot à Vins Jacques Melac for a plateau de fromages and another glass of wine. Jacques’ grapevines are in full foliage and small bunches of grapes have formed. this is another great spot where only “les vrais Parisiens” venture to spend your Summer evenings, tasting formidable wines and dining on great French cuisine.I’m certainly looking forward to more.
A la prochaine…
Editor, Parler Paris
E-mail: [email protected]
P.S. For restaurant closings during the Summer, the best idea I can offer you is NOT to take your chances by just showing up — the small independent restaurants may close at any time for any length of time, so call first and hope for the best!
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* Have dinner next Friday night with Thirza Vallois and learn more about Paris Past, Present and Future.
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* Eddie Brill
Hôtel du Nord
4 & 5 July 8-30 pm
Tickets 20 Euros (17 Euros students)
New Yorker Eddie will be celebrating a highly personal day of independence in Paris…. apart from being an acclaimed comedian in America he is also very highly rated by almost every single comedian in the English speaking world. The fact that he books comedians for the David Letterman show in no way influences the opinion of his peers.
MOVING PARTS PLAYS IN ENGLISH
Carr’s Pub & Restaurant
1 rue du Mont Thabor, 75001 Paris
Sundays 7:30 p.m.
13th June Tom O’Brien “Who Killed Dmitri?”
27th June Mary Bruton Sandifer “Hunting Season”
12th September Barratt Walton “Buddha’s Aunt”
Evenings With an Author at the American Library in Paris Sponsored by the Annenberg Foundation
Wednesday, June 9, 2004, 8:00 p.m. (20.00h)
New Poetry and Prose from Paris
Contributors to the Paris literary magazine Pharos present a group reading of poetry and fiction. Pharos grew out of a creative writing workshop at the British Institute in Paris, started in 1994 by acclaimed poets Alice Notley and the late Douglas Oliver. It publishes the work of both international and Paris-based writers.
Free and open to the public.
American Library in Paris, 10 rue du Général Camou, 75007 Paris
Metro: Ecole Militaire , Alma-Marceau, RER C Pont de l’Alma
Bus: 42,63,69,80,82 and 92
For more information, please call 01 53 59 12 63 or e-mail [email protected]
(+ special guest Tim Keegan)
in concert acoustic
Monday 14 & Tuesday 15 June 8 pm
Hôtel du Nord
104 quai de Jemmapes
Pre-paid tickets 20e send a check + stamped addressed envelope to
104 quai de Jemmapes
Paris 75010 – check must be
received at least one week BEFORE END OF MAY.
* Erin McKeown
In concert à La Java (+ special guest)
105 rue du fbg du Temple
Wednesday 7 July 8pm
Bonnes Soirées and Great Gatherings
HAPPY HOUR. DINNER. PRESENTATION. DISCUSSION.
Sunday 13 June 2004 at 19h30
Our guest of honor will be: CELIE FOX-CABANE Gestalt Psychotherapist
John Lennon said «…all we need is love.». Jean-Paul Sartre said: «…hell is other people. » The goal of this evening is to have fun using a simple exercise. Participating in sharing the experience of this exercise is fun but strictly optional. Celie Fox-Cabane, an accredited Gestalt psychotherapist, has been practicing in Paris for the last 20 years. And Let’s celebrate Patricia’s move to a NEW HOME on the Ile St. Louis.
This week we’re at Patricia’s new home: 14 rue St Louis en l’Ile, 75004 Paris on the Ile St. Louis. The metros are Sully-Morland (closest) and Pont-Marie. Farther away is St. Paul. Thanks for reserving via return email! If you don’t receive an email confirmation by 12h00 on Sunday, please call.
Its 20 Euros in an envelope with your name, home telephone and email if we don’t already have it. Please include your card.
GREAT FOOD! International Cuisine
CONFIRMED RESERVATIONS ARE NECESSARY.
Thanks for reserving via return email! If you dont receive an email confirmation by Sunday, please call
Patricia Laplante-Collins 01 43 26 12 88/Email [email protected]
Parler Paris Après-Midi
NEXT MEETING: July 13, 2004 AND EVERY SECOND TUESDAY OF THE MONTH
3 p.m. to 5 p.m. No Après Midi Meeting in August
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
SPECIAL COCKTAILS, DINNER AND VIRTUAL TOUR OF PARIS PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE WITH INTERNATIONALLY ACCLAIMED AUTHOR AND HISTORIAN THIRZA VALLOIS
at Historical Chez Jenny!
Friday, June 18th, 2004, 7 p.m.*
Part of the Working and Living in France Conference
Paris, France, June 18 – 20, 2004
But Open to Conference Participants, Their Guests and to Everyone!
Chez Jenny: “An authentic Brasserie with a soul, a style and a history.”
Thirza Vallois, author of “Around and About Paris,” Volumes I, II and III and “Romantic Paris,” has credentials a mile long and an ability to see history in layers that never ceases to spellbind her audiences during her brilliant lectures. She has agreed give the participants of the Working and Living in France Conference a complete tour of Paris — of all 20 arrondissements — Thirza’s personal account of the past, present and future of Paris.
At the colonial exhibition in 1930, Robert Jenny had a kiosk where he sold produce from his region: salt-pickled cabbage choucroute, sausages and beer. Appreciating Parisian life and noting that the fine Alsatian products attracted the Parisians, this native of Strasbourg sought to set up business in the capital. He found just the right place not far from the place de la République, at number 39 boulevard du Temple. This was the hall where the former Victor ball was held. Did he know that this address had once been that of a Russian restaurant in 1906, then a Belgian restaurant in 1914 ?
The quarter was lively, even though it no longer deserved the reputation of «Crime Boulevard» that it had had in the 18th century, when the plays billed at the many theatres in the area mainly drew inspiration fr
the items in the news.
Kir Edelzwicker d’Alsace and Canapés
Marbré de Légumes à la Coriandre, Salades Vertes Mélangées or Terrine de Canard aux Olives
Dos de Saumon Rôti Fondue de Fenouil Frais
Crème Brûlée Caramélisée à la Cassonade
Wine or Mineral Water,
Cocktails, Dinner and Virtual Tour of Paris by Thirza Vallois at Chez Jenny is included in the conference price for participants but you and your friends are welcome to join us for $75 each all inclusive.
Place de la République, 39 boulevard du Temple
*Expect the evening to last till at least 11 p.m.
Reservations and information: If you’d like to know more about the Working and Living in France Conference or reserve your place, email Schuyler Hoffman at [email protected] or click here to reserve automatically using our online secure server.
Knowledge is Power — Conferences, Workshops and Seminars
Paint or Draw Portraits and Self Portraits with American Portrait
Artist Kathy Burke in her beautiful Marais atelier…
245 Euros 3-hour private session
490 Euros 3-hour session with 2 to 6 people
Includes all materials.
For more information, [email protected]
WRITING YOUR MEMOIRS CREATIVE WRITING SEMINAR
in the South of France
June 13th – 18th, 2004
Join us for a fun-filled week of creative writing in the South of
Harriet Welty Rochefort, author of “French Toast”, the successful
memoir about her life in France and her reaction to mind-boggling
cultural differences, will help you shape your thoughts and buckle
down to put them on paper in a writing workshop devoted to getting the
best out of yourself and your memories and experiences.
Location: Le Bois des Dames located in the Rhone Valley.
Limited to 10 participants
Cost: 2,295 Euro (with early bird special)
Lodging and meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner, snacks, drinks and wine)
included (double occupancy). Early bird special: A 200 Euro discount
will be applied for registration before April 30th, a 50% deposit is
required at this time. See registration form for refund info.
For more information and registration please visit
Bois des Dames
+33 (0) 22.214.171.124.05
THE ULTIMATE TRAVEL WRITER’S WORKSHOP
This Summer Join Us in Chicago to Discover the Secrets to Becoming
a Successful Travel Writer!
Learn how you can earn extra income traveling the world as a VIP,
meeting new people and enjoying the freedom and independence of a
June 17-20, 2004
Sponsored by The American Writers & Artists Institute
Hosted by the International Living Paris Office
The International Living Paris Office Presents Our Upcoming
Conferences to Make Your Dream to Live in France Come True…
If you’ve always dreamed of moving to France, starting a new life in
Paris, enjoying a “pied-à-terre” of your own part of the year or
investing in property in France, these power-packed conferences are a
MUST. Hosted by the International Living Paris Office and Adrian
Leeds, Editorial Director and Editor of the Parler Paris daily
newsletter, these few days will arm you with all the information you
need to make it happen! The line-up for the conferences include
seminars, discussions, dinners, cocktails — with well-known Paris,
Europe and U.S.-based experts.
Choose the one that’s right for you!…
Working and Living in France
Home Plazza Bastille
June 18 – 20, 2004
For more information:
Living and Investing in France
September 10 – 12, 2004
For more information:
Dinner and Virtual Tour of Paris with Thirza
Walking Tour of French-Speaking DC
Drinks with the Dynamic Duo in DC
Working and Living in France
Read what our past participants have to say about our Paris Office
Conferences and Tours…
Reservations and information:
If you’d like to know more about the conferences or reserve your
place, visit /frenchproperty/conference/index.html or
email Schuyler Hoffman:
Schuyler Hoffman, Special Conference Coordinator
Toll Free in the U.S. 1-877-457-2747
Email: [email protected]
Learning la Langue Française
SURVIVAL FRENCH WORKSHOP
Need to know just a few basics to get by while you’re here in Paris?
This 9-hour intensive workshop is OPEN TO EVERYONE
(You do not need to be participating in the IL workshops or
conferences to attend!!!)
Taught by French language expert Marie-ElisabethCrochard, former
director of Berlitz Champs Elysées and co-coordinator of Parler Parlor
French-English Conversation Group!
DAY ONE — JUNE 21, 2004:
9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
DAY TWO — JUNE 22, 2004:
9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Includes nine hours of classroom instruction. Learn how to survive on
your own in Paris, master the basics — greetings, learn how to order
your croissant, ask for the check, the price of an item, sizes,
colors, numbers, asking for the time and all the key questions: who,
what, where, when, how…, the use of the 10 basic verbs and where the
Musée d’Orsay is located. Also, become skilled at exchanging
pleasantries with the French — learning about the social protocols
most often misunderstood by tourists.
13 Passage Dauphine (entrance at 30 rue Dauphine), 6th Arrondissement
Métro Odéon or Pont Neuf
$195 Workshop/Conference Participants
$245 Non-Travel Workshop/Conference Participants
TO RESERVE CONTACT:
Adrian Leeds 01.40.27.97.59 or
Parler Parlor French-English Conversation Group
YOUR FIRST TIME IS FREE! OPEN ALL SUMMER LONG
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
PARLOR TIMES — 3 TIMES A WEEK IN TWO LOCATIONS
Tuesdays 6:30 to 8 p.m.
AT COPROM LANGUES
14 rue Lafayette, 4th Floor
9th arrondissement, Paris
Métro Chaussée d’Antin, Opéra,
RER A Auber
Wednesdays 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturdays 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
13 passage Dauphine (entrance between rue Dauphine and rue Mazarine),
Métro Odéon, Saint-Michel
What’s On in The City of Light
Fête de la Musique
June 21, 2004
Paris Jazz Festival – Program 2004
June 5 – July 25, 2004, 3:30 p.m.
Entrance to Parc Floral: 3 euros
Parc Floral de Paris – Esplanade du Château de Vincennes – 75012
RER Vincennes / M° Château de Vincennes
Paris Quartier d’Eté
July 14 – August 15, 2004
249 events in 45 different places around the city
Music in the Courtyard of the Mairie of the 3rd Arrondissement
June 21 – July 14, 2004
June 12 and 13, 2004
Ten free spectacles among the bamboo and roses
Promenade Plantée et Jardin de Reuilly
1:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Sous la Plage
June 20 – September 19, 2004
Four Sundays and so concerts on the lawns of the Parc André-Citroën
Cinéma en Plein Air à la Villette
July 16 – August 29, 2004
14th edition of free films in the open air on the big inflatable screen at Parc de la Villette
Cinéma au Clair de Lune
August 4 – 26, 2004
Free films in the open air set in appropriate spots in Paris
Census on the Seine!
Please join the Honorable Louis Kincannon, Director of the U.S. Census Bureau and your fellow U.S. citizens for a “Cheesecake & Coffee” Reception
Friday, June 11, 3:30 pm
Le Mississippi (boat is open from 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm)
Port de Javel – Pont Mirabeau, Rive Gauche, Paris 15°
Métro : Javel-André-Citroën (ligne 10), RER : Javel (RER C)
Enjoy real New York cheesecake and coffee while you fill out your U.S. Census questionnaire.
The 2004 Overseas Enumeration Test, which ends July 2, is a census of U.S. citizens living in France, Kuwait and Mexico and is designed to assess the feasibility of counting U.S. citizens residing overseas in the 2010 Decennial Census. Citizens also can fill out a form online at http://www.census.gov/overseas04 or obtain questionnaires from the U.S. Consulate in Paris.
Red White & Blues
Democrats Abroad Invite You to the Party of the Year!
Sunday June 13 from 1 p.m. on and on.
5 minutes from Porte d’Orleans
6 avenue de l’Europe, 94230 Cachan
Raise the roof. Raise funds. A fundraising party to put a Democrat in the White House. Chef Tamara Prevost and Restaurateur Charlie Boragi! are cooking up the party of the year just for us —
Great Food! Burgundy wine, song, and live music”– the After School band— and including Charlie¹s rendition of “Fly Bush to the Moon.² Lots of fun and entertainment! Kids Free! Register to Vote!
Red, White & Blues is a DAF fundraiser. Proceeds will be used to help the Democrats win back the White House and the Congress. This is your chance to have a great time and make a great contribution. Please be
generous. Our future depends on it!
Fundraising contribution and entrance: 50 euros or more. Seniors or students: 30 euros or more. Children under12 free! Questions? Call 01 45 49 14 70 or email [email protected]
Please RSVP _____ places at _____ euros.
I am an American citizen.
Tel ______________________email ______________________________
Checks should be made in euros or US dollars to Democrats Abroad France and sent to treasurer Jason Levin, 15-17 rue des Mathurins, 75009.
Federal law requires that contributors of $200 or more include their occupation and name of employer. Contributions are not tax deductible.
To get to Restaurant l’Ondine: From the Porte d¹Orléans take the 187 bus to La Plaine which lets you off in front of the restaurant. Or you can take the RER to Bagneau or Bourg la Reine with a 10-minute walk. Or you can drive. Plenty of parking available.
Dear U.S. citizen friends,
Please take a moment now:
1. to register to vote in the coming U.S. presidential elections and
2. participate in the test census of U.S. citizens abroad.
Registering is easier now, thanks to the downloadable Internet
registration cards. Click here for a downloadable registration card:
To fill out the card see instructions at:
Participate in the confidential test census by visiting the Internet
It’s the only way Americans abroad can begin to achieve any kind of
Feel free to forward this to your U.S. friends living abroad.