• 10 Dec 2017 7:59 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Now that you’ve decked the halls and trimmed your tree it’s time to start stuffing those stockings! We’ve gathered some of our favorite gift ideas for everyone on your list.

    Stocking Stuffers

    1. Chocolate

    Every chocolatier in Paris steps up their gift set game during December making chocolate one of the easiest gifts to shop for. There are hundreds of delicious shops both big and small so you really can't go wrong. We like shopping at À la Mère de Famille, the oldest chocolatier in Paris founded in 1761, where chocolate bars are just 5 euros a piece.

    2. Confiture

    What's more french than delicious traditional confiture for you petite dejeuner? Bonne Maman even has a sampler package sold at Monoprix (and most grocery stores) for less than 5 euros! Yes, we'll try one of each.

    3. Lavender Soap

    We love practical gifts - especially when they smell this good. Great as a gift for your state-side friends (authentic french product alert!) or pop a bar in your dresser drawers to keep your winter sweaters smelling like spring.

    4. Angelina's Hot Chocolate

    Yes, we mentioned chocolate already, but this is HOT chocolate. Totally different. And why not gift the absolute best with Angelina's hot chocolate mix for 10 euros or less! Because it's just gonna get colder folks.

    5. Parisian Mug

    Need a mug to go with that hot chocolate? There's no shortage of stylish mugs in Paris, like the unique illustrated facade of the famous English bookshop Shakespeare & Co, or a garden scene from the traditional french porcelain company Gien

    6. Sea Salt

    Your foodie friends will go crazy for this simple gift. French sea salt, or fleur de sel, is considered to be the "queen of salts" by chefs and cookbooks alike. Pick up something basic at Monoprix for as little as 4 euros or go fancy and peruse the aisles at le Bon Marché's Grand Epicerie.   

    7. Uber Gift Card

    Living in Paris is a constant marathon of stair climbing, running after buses (or waiting ages for them), and of course walking, walking, walking. Enter the Uber gift card. We cannot think of a better gift than giving someone you love a lift for those days (or nights) when they just cannot walk one. more. step.

    For Under the Tree

    1. A Year of Reading Membership

    Limited to just 100 book lovers, Shakespeare & Co is offering the Year of Reading subscriptions. Members receive 12 specially curated books ranging from poetry to non-fiction, with several books autographed by the authors. Available in the US, Canada, the UK and France for 270 euros. 

    2. Tea

    Because winter is coming. We like the Mariage Frères tea shops, with over 500 different types of high quality loose leaf tea to choose from, including several different limited holiday editions. Also check out Dammann Frères, the oldest tea shop in France with both loose leaf and bags available. 

    3. Paris IQ

    Test your Parisian knowledge with this ParisIQ the bilingual version! This fun trivia game is the perfect gift for your dinner party host and all the parisian know-it-alls in your life.

    4. OMY Paris coloring poster

    Great gift for the kids on your shopping list - or even those who are just kids at heart. OMY has lots of different scenes to color, including the Parisian big poster, Paris pocket map and limited edition holiday place mats!

    5. Skincare advent calendar by Susanne Kaufmann

    The grown up's advent calendar. Treat someone special to 24 days of comfort, serenity and wellness with Susanne Kauffman's 2017 Advent Calendar available at Nose boutique. Products include oils, lotions, shampoos, soaps, facial masks as well as bath salts & milks.  

    6. Putain Calendar

    Parisians consider complaining an art form. Turn that frown upside down with the Putain 2018 Calendar. Great for that grouchy coworker or for anyone who finds swearing in french a hilarious endeavor.

    7. Spirits

    For when a bottle of wine just isn't enough, there's La Maison du Whiskey & Fine Spirits at Odéon. Pick out an aged bottle of whiskey, rum, cognac, cocktail bitters and more among the 1500 different products. Gift boxes and cocktail kits are readily available to make your life even easier.

    8. Candles

    Add warmth & that hygge feeling with a gorgeous scented french candle. You'll find no shortage of options in Paris, original city of la parfumerie. Diptyque, the french candle & fragrance powerhouse offers limited edition holiday scented candles each year. For something a little more traditional try Cire Trudon, the oldest candle makers world-wide. Cire Trudon stil uses olfactory wax production techniques, which means the candles burn clean - great for those of us who are perfume sensitive or headache prone.

    9. Harry Potter Illustrated Books

    Because there's a Harry Potter fan in all of us.

    10. Original Artwork

    For the art lover in your life grab an original piece of artwork from one of the many artists along the Seine river. Prices are usually reasonable and you'll have fun picking out which scene speaks to the Paris you know and love.

  • 27 Nov 2017 8:11 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    We don’t know about you, but this cold weather has got us wanting to curl up on the couch with a good book and a mug of vin chaud. And while it might be too cold to explore the city on foot – why not discover a new side of Paris through the pages of a novel? We’ve rounded up some of our favorite books about the city of lights, guaranteed for a cozy winter read.

    The Alice Network

    by Kate Quinn

    Source : Goodreads

    The Alice Network is a vast group of secret agents working to undermine the Germans during the First World War. Eve Gardiner is recruited and sent into enemy-occupied France, but after a betrayal rips the group apart she finds herself alone in London. That is until a young American comes around asking questions about a missing cousin, launching them both on a mission to find the truth.

    The New Paris

    by Lindsey Tramuta

    Source : Goodreads

    Everyone's heard of Paris’ cafes, baguettes and corner bistros, but what about the boutique coffee shops, fusion cooking and cocktail creations? In a striking “cultural study meets guide” writing style, American native Lindsey Tramuta attempts to capture the changes in everyday life in Paris over the past decade. If you’re tired of the same old tourist guide reputation and want to learn about the people, places & ideas fueling the "real" Paris you know and love – this book is for you!

    The Bettencourt Affair

    by Tom Sancton

    Source : Goodreads

    Liliane Bettencourt is the world’s wealthiest woman and heir to the L’Oreal 36 billion dollar fortune. Enter artist, photographer and now accused con man Francois-Marie Banier, who received hundreds of millions of dollars from the 95-year-old heiress. Read all about the controversy that ensued as Vanity Fair contributor Tom Sancton covers the real-life scandal that ensnared this high society family, their global beauty brand, and even the former president of France.

    Bonus! This book will be read by the AWG book club in 2018. So if you’re dying to debate fact vs myth from this story with other novel-loving ladies, please join us! Book club meets the second Wednesday of every month – check the activities calendar & newsletter for more details.


    by Lauren Elkin

    Source : Goodreads

    A delightfully innovative and provocative novel, Flaneuse blends cultural observations with memoir-style passages on a journey to discover the relationship between the city & the women who walk them. We accompany the Flaneuse, “a determined and resourceful woman keenly attuned to the creative potential of the city, and the liberating possibilities of a good walk” through Paris, New York, Tokyo, Venice & London. For anyone who feels a little out of step living in a foreign land.


    by David Lebovitz

    Source : Goodreads

    Anyone who’s both lived and cooked in Paris knows the famed author and chef David Lebovitz for his life-saving blog with dummy-proof guides on what to buy, cook & eat in France. His new book L’Appart, begins with an apartment renovation and explores the age old question of what makes a house a home. Peppered with new recipes and a generous helping of humor, Lebovitz discusses French culture, food and how he found a home in his adoptive city.

    Wondering where to find these and other English language books in Paris?

    We recommend Shakespeare & Co (37 Rue de la Bûcherie, 75005), WH Smith (248 Rue de Rivoli, 75001), Librairie Galignani (24 Rue de Rivoli, 75001), and The American Library in Paris (10 Rue du Général Camou, 75007). These locations often have special events such as readings by the author.

    More English language bookstores in Paris can be found on one of our favorite resource websites Time Out Paris, and of course if you prefer your books come to you there’s always Amazon.fr

  • 17 Nov 2017 5:47 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

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    Source : Rose & Ivy

    At Veronique’s AWG cooking class the other day, we pooled our collective wisdom to come up with some suggestions for your Thanksgiving meal (assuming you’re brave enough to cook it at home). There was a great deal of American experience around the table, and the invaluable input of Veronique, who assembles an enormous Thanksgiving buffet every year for her American husband, friends, and family.

    Below you’ll find our collection of tips and tricks for preparing your own home-cooked Thanksgiving meal, à Paris!

    BONUS : Click on the photographs to read some of our favorite Thanksgiving recipes!

    Where to Shop

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    Source: What's Gaby Cooking

    Our break-through suggestion from Veronique is Picard! If you haven’t discovered the frozen food store yet, it’s time to check them out, in particular for their frozen soups, cranberries, spinach, and pumpkin puree. The pre-stuffed turkeys and other poultry that you can buy and pop in the oven for a festive dinner if making dressing isn’t your favorite way of spending time. They also have frozen croissants, pain au chocolat, and gauffres (waffles) which are great for breakfast if you’re expecting company.

    We also highly recommend Marks & Spencer. These are scattered all over Paris and offer popular American ingredients such as brown sugar, baking powder & chocolate chips. They also have lots of cheddar cheese (in case you are missing it), as well as a fabulous variety of ready-to-cook meals and pre-made desserts at excellent prices.

    Other great places to find American products for the holidays include Thanksgiving, 20 rue Saint-Paul, 75004, or The Real McCoy, 194 rue de Grenelle, 75007 . These last two have all sorts of other American products for holiday cooking, including Jiffy Cornbread Mix, Stove Top Stuffing, French’s Fried Onions, Campbell’s soup and canned cranberry sauce, but be forewarned they can be a bit pricey.

    Galeries Lafayette Gourmet and l’Epicerie at Bon Marché also have American food sections. Bon Marché has baking powder, Karo light and dark, cream of whatever soups, and canned pumpkin. Also Tabasco Bloody Mary mix if your Thanksgiving party starts off that way! You can also find many of these products on amazon.fr and have them delivered right to your door.

    What to Cook

    Herb and Butter Roasted Turkey with White Wine Pan Gravy | halfbakedharvest.com @hbharvest

    Source : Half Baked Harvest

    When it comes to Thanksgiving dinner, the most important element is the turkey. You can order it from your butcher (un dinde) or look for it at Monoprix, but be prepared. These are not mass-produced Butterballs, and they are pricey. Ask before ordering – usually they are priced per kilo. You can also order one from Thanksgiving grocery; their turkeys are farm-raised American style delivered fresh (not frozen) the fourth week of November. If you want a French take on poultry, order a capon – it’s a neutered rooster whose vitality has been rerouted into lots of lovely, delicious fat. It is the most tender, moist bird you will ever eat. Roast it like a turkey. If your bird doesn’t quite fit your oven, Veronique advises removing all the racks and putting your pan right on the floor of the oven.

    Homemade Turkey Gravy from www.whatsgabycooking.com hands down the best gravy for Thanksgiving! (@whatsgabycookin)

    Source : What's Gaby Cooking

    For the gravy, fond de veau, found in the bouillon section of the grocery shelves, makes an excellent base – it is a much-reduced veal stock that gives a rich taste to the gravy. Thicken it with Maizena Sauceline, which does not contain flour but is a perfect last-minute addition if the gravy is too thin.

    his Gluten Free Cornbread Stuffing will be a star at your Thanksgiving dinner! It's a healthier side dish that is deliciously simple, loaded with lots of flavour and is vegan! via https://jessicainthekitchen.com

    Source : Jessica in the Kitchen

    To make cornbread for your dressing (that’s what Southerners call stuffing), go to amazon.fr (but watch out for delivery charges!). ! If you search for “cornmeal,” there are several alternatives. Or you can use polenta, which is a lot finer in texture, but still works. Naturalia, a chain of organic grocery stores, has farine de mais. If all else fails, head over to one of our recommended “American stuffs” stores above to find some good ol’ Stove Top or Jiffy Cornbread Mix.

    easy Fresh Apple Pie Recipe

    Source : EatWell101

    Frozen pie dough is also useful, and can be found at Picard, the popular French frozen food store, as well as in the refrigerated section of your local supermarket. Pâte feuilletée is puff pastry, while pâte sablée is a tender, buttery crust used for tarts. Pâte brisée is a shortcrust pastry that can be used for both sweet & savory dishes such as quiches, tarts, & pies. Fancy a traditional pumpkin or pecan pie, but don’t have the energy or oven space for it? Thanksgiving grocery store in the 3rd sells both options made to order for 29 euros each.


    Source: A Cozy Kitchen

    A note about nuts: Do NOT buy your nuts in the baking section of the grocery store. They are in small, expensive packets, and not that fresh. Most street markets have a vendor selling a variety of nuts – last year I saw that my vendor at Marché St. Honoré was selling pecans from Mississippi! And most grocery stores have an area besides the baking section where there are larger packages of nuts, generally walnuts and pine nuts at least, and dried fruits.

    Chai Pumpkin Pie with Maple Whipped Cream | halfbakedharvest.com @hbharvest

    Source : Half Baked Harvest

    A couple of other notes: I found dark brown Waitrose sugar at on amazon.fr, and you can find regular brown sugar at Marks & Spencer Food. In a pinch, you can find sucre vergeoise at your local grocery store, which is a light brown sugar that also packs. Papier cuisson is waxed paper and can be found at any grocery store next to the tin foil & plastic bags.

    Thanks to our AWG cooks who helped contribute to this post!

    Happy Thanksgiving!

  • 29 Oct 2017 12:30 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Gobble Gobble !

    Thanksgiving is arguably one of my most favorite holidays. The main attraction is eating, drinking, laughing, eating, and spending time with people you love (oh, did I mention eating?)

    However, in my charming 30sqm apartment, there isn’t much room for a Thanksgiving dinner table... not to mention it’s a little difficult to cook a turkey in a toaster oven #pariskitchenproblems

    So if like me you are seeking alternatives for this year’s turkey fix, AWG has got you covered. We've rounded up some great options - and none of them involve washing dishes.

    Thanksgiving dinner at Veronique’s
    There’s still ONE SPOT left to join fellow AWG member Veronique as she welcomes you into her home for champagne, turkey and all the fixings. This promises to be a memorable evening leaving you with much to be thankful for. Click here to sign up!

    65 euros per member

    Source :  FastandFood

    Breakfast in America
    BIA offers a traditional thanksgiving dinner including Turkey, gravy, stuffing, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, veggies & cranberry sauce with a choice of pumpkin, apple or pecan pie for dessert. Seating is available at 5pm, 7pm & 9pm. Reservations are by email only – see instructions on the website.
    37 euros per person
    17, rue des Ecoles 75005

    Source:  Treize Bakery

    Treize – a baker’s dozen
    Back by popular demand, Treize bakery is hosting a fixed-menu dinner both Thursday AND Friday evening. Thanksgiving grub includes roasted quail, broccoli & cauliflower gratin, sweet potato crumble and of course their famous buttermilk buscuits. Your choice of pumpkin, apple or pecan pie included. Reservations need to be made in person.

    48 euros per person
    16 rue des Saints Peres 75007

    Source:  Verjus

    From November 20th through the 24th Verjus will offer a Thanksgiving-themed preset tasting menu and wine pairings. Reservations are still available so be sure to call or email to snag your spot !
    68 euros per person
    52 rue de Richelieu 75001

    Joe Allen Paris
    Joe Allen serves a three course meal with your choice of turkey, ham or grilled tuna steak and eight different dessert options! Service is on Thanksgiving day, reservations by email only.
    50 euros per person
    30 rue Pierre Lescot 75001

    Source:  O Chateau

    O Chateau
    Enjoy Thanksgiving dinner steps from the Louvre at O Chateau. Dinner includes the chef’s pumpkin soup, traditional thanksgiving turkey with collard greens & beet salad followed by homemade chocolate lava cake topped with ice cream & roasted pecans. Prepayment is required. Reservations can be made directly through the website.
    45 euros per person
    68 rue Jean-Jacques Rousseau 75001

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