Friday, 24 February 2017

Relais Boccador, italian restaurant



I am always a bit fussy when it comes to eating out in Paris and this for two main reasons: the food is not always very good and the prices are often too high.

This is especially the case in the golden triangle, around Champs Élysées. Nevertheless, there is a place I discovered yesterday which I found interesting and I wanted to let you know about it. 

It's a small Italian restaurant, "Relais Boccador", located in a little street between Alma Bridge and the Champs Elysées. The food is homemade from fresh and seasonal products. They use exquisite products such as truffle, olive oil, fresh basil. Everything I tasted was sophisticated and delicious. Yummy, yummy.

For the record, "Relais Boccador" was created more than 40 years ago by Mario Nicolo, a Roman, who made the place very popular with artists, business men and journalists. The atmosphere is pretty much the same 40 years later. It's warm and cosy. The only drawback is that the tables are too close to one another. It's not too easy to have a private conversation. I wouldn't go there for a romantic evening.

Starters and main courses aroud 23€. Deserts around 15€
Le relais Boccador
20 rue Boccador - 75008 Paris. Tel : 01 47 23 31 98
Monday to Friday, 12am to 3pm and 7pm to 11pm
Saturday and Sunday, 7pm to 11pm only. Closed at lunchtime.



Schnitzel

Beaf carpaccio de boeuf, rocket, capers & parmesan

Sélection of starters


Thursday, 23 February 2017

Petit bateau Deyrolle collection

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Last night I went to discover the collaboration between Petit Bateau and Deyrolle, the famous cabinet of curiosities.

The two houses, founded more than a century ago (1893 for Petit Bateau et 1832 for Deyrolle), share common values such as: respect for the indivudual and for nature, a great quality requirement and a desire to grow the traces of childhood present in each of us and it's no surprise that they decided to work together.

The result of their partnership is fun and cool. They selected animals from protected or endangered species such as gibbon, Asian elephant, chimpanzee, rhino, and swordfish and print them of Petit Bateau iconic pieces.

The capsule collection will be available from May 31st, 2017. I just can't wait to buy the sailor shirt with the aras. 


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Sunday, 5 February 2017

Paris Haussmann


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Being a huge fan of Paris, I had to see the exhibition "Paris Hassmann", a model's relevance, at Pavillon de l'Arsenal. It's on until May 21st, 2017 but I went  today  and I just loved it.

Paris wouldn't be Paris without the tremendous public works carried out by Baron Georges-Eugène Haussmann, prefect of the Seine Department, from 1853 until 1870. Baron Haussmann had been appointed by Napoleon III to put in place the new Paris than the Emperor wanted. At the time, the city had grown to much and was getting to small. There was no sanitation and many people died from diseases due to insalubrity.

To address the problem, Napoleon III asked Baron Haussmann to put in place a program that would include the creation of large streets, with new buildings of the same height, the same facade design and the same color. Train stations were built. New water supplies and sanitation were put in place.

I very much advise to watch the movie "Paris, roman d'une vie" by Stan Neumann to learn about the history of the Haussmanian buildings. The sound wasn't very good so I watched it again at home on youtube.

Anywasy if you are interested in architecture and/or Haussmann, go and see this exhibition.

21 boulevard Morland - 75004 Paris
Tuesday to Sunday, 11am to 7pm



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