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  • 17 Apr 2018 4:27 PM | Anonymous member

    The American Library in Paris is one of my favorite institutions. It's been around only a few years longer than the American Women's Group in Paris, and like AWG, plays the role of a bridge between the United States and France. It's a resource for its members and the larger community. 

    The American Library has a fascinating history that dates to World War I. Its past members, speakers, and contributors have included Edith Wharton, Gertrude Stein, Ernest Hemingway, Colette, Henry Miller (you could find a copy of Tropic of Cancer here when it was outlawed in the U.S.!), Richard Wright, and Mary McCarthy.

    There are programs for every age, book groups for many interests, speakers, and workshops. And it provides a quiet space for browsing English-language newspapers and magazines, the cookbook collection, the art history and fashion sections, or whatever takes your fancy. For me lately, that means the murder mystery section -- the inimitable Agatha Christie and Elizabeth George!

    Luckily for us, we have secured a private tour of the Library. We'll meet and greet the staff and new director Jeffrey Hawkins, see a selection of the library's archives, and tour the recently-renovated building. It's not too late to sign up -- please see the Events calendar on the AWG web site. And afterwards, lunch nearby at La Fontaine de Mars, one of the oldest Parisian bistros, on rue St. Dominique. Please come join me!

  • 01 Apr 2018 2:50 PM | Anonymous member

    I have been remiss in not continuing to publicize this magazine -- Inspiring Women -- which is so relevant to so many of us.

    Inspiring Women is an on line magazine profiling the lives of FAWCO members around the world, who have used their skills, talents, and passions to make a difference in the global community. It was created by our own Elsie Bose, a longtime AWG Paris member and FAWCO Advertising and Sponsorship Manager.

    Click here for the spring issue: https://www.yumpu.com/en/document/view/59850697/inspiring-women-spring-2018. Women in Sport and Fitness is the theme!

    Each issue has a special feature on one of the FAWCO regions, with local recipes, and a focus on one FAWCO club. All of the magazine's advertising is interactive, so if you are interested in what is on offer, just point and click!

    If you would like to suggest a member to be interviewed, contact editor Liz MacNiven at inspiringwomen.editor@fawco.org. To advertise, contact Elsie at advertising@fawco.org.

  • 07 Mar 2018 7:07 PM | Anonymous member

    20+ Wonderful, Exclusive Prizes!

    Grand Prize: Luxurious Two-Night Stay at the George V!

    Sign Up + Purchase Raffle Tickets Through the Activities Calendar

    Fun For All!

    Please join us for a special AWG Paris evening membership meeting  to celebrate April in Paris and support AWG charities.

    This fun evening will include snacks! wine tasting! surprises! plus plenty of chat and catch up time—and the Prize Draw for the April in Paris Raffle. 

    An important component of AWG Paris is offering support to community organizations, both locally and globally. To facilitate this, dedicated AWG Paris members have gathered 20+ great prizes for this fun event. Buying tickets is easy! Simply purchase Digital Raffle Tickets on the website.  The more tickets you buy, the better your chances to win! The more you buy, the cheaper the ticket price! But every bit helps! Every ticket goes to support AWG charities!

    Prizes include:  

    • Grand Prize: A luxurious two-night stay at the Four Seasons Hotel, George V, Paris which includes American breakfast for two (1800 euro value)
    • A relaxing two-night stay at the charming Villa La Riante on the outskirts of Paris.
    • Several specially created gift baskets, featuring wine and gourmet food items, including hard to find US and Tex-Mex items
    • private tour of select Paris sights and neighborhoods for up to 10 people, by local expert Monique Wells
    • Whimsical framed illustrations of Paris from AWG’s artist, Kate Saubestre
    • Stunning framed Paris photos from photographer Eric-Ecklund Cheong
    • Two tickets to Sinfionetta Classical Concert
    • Private New Orleans-Style Lunch for Six
    • Professional Photography session for a couple/family from Krystal Kenney Photography
    • L’Oreal Beauty Products
    • One facial treatment and one lymphatic drainage treatment from experienced esthetician Kristina Soleymanlou
    • Gift card from the Le Bon MarcheBHV and more!
    • Magnum of Wine
    • More to come....

    All proceeds will go to select charitable groups supported by AWG Paris.

    The digital tickets will be transformed into paper tickets that will be drawn live! at the April in Paris event on April 12

    1 ticket: 30 euros; 3 tickets: 75 euros; 5 tickets: 100 euros; 10 tickets: 175 euros

    Winners do not need to be present to claim their prizes, but of course, we hope you can join us.Watch for more information in the coming weeks! If you have an item to donate to this worthy cause, please contact msaub6@gmail.com 

    Sign up and purchase tickets today on the website.

    Date: Thursday, April 12, 2018

    Time:  6:30 to 9:30 PM

    RSVP:  Sign up directly through the Activities Calendar  

    You will receive an auto reply with full details on the address.

  • 26 Feb 2018 4:58 PM | Anonymous member

    By popular request, I'm adding the rest of the books that Wednesday Afternoon Book Club will be reading this year. There are some thought-provoking selections here. Consult the Events calendar for dates when Book Club meets.

    April's book is The Hidden Life of Trees, What They Feel, How They Communicate, by Peter Wohlleben. From The Guardian: "A book called The Hidden Life of Trees is not an obvious bestseller but it’s easy to see the popular appeal of German forester Peter Wohlleben’s claims – they are so anthropomorphic. Certainly, a walk in the park feels different when you imagine the network of roots crackling with sappy chat beneath your feet. We don’t know the half of what’s going on underground and beneath the bark, he says: 'We have been looking at nature for the last 100 years like [it is] a machine.' "

    This one is a bit of a departure for me, but one of the pleasures of a book club is that one reads books one might not otherwise. I'm looking forward to seeing how I get along with it.

    In May, we have Forest Dark, by American novelist Nicole Krauss. From Amazon: "One of America’s most important novelists" (New York Times), the award-winning, New York Times bestselling author of The History of Love, conjures an achingly beautiful and breathtakingly original novel about personal transformation that interweaves the stories of two disparate individuals—an older lawyer and a young novelist—whose transcendental search leads them to the same Israeli desert."

    And our last book of the club year, for June, is Lincoln in the Bardo by American George Saunders, whose original and experimental voice comes through in this, his first novel. I first encountered him through his short stores because as a Southerner, how could I resist a book called CivilWarLand in Bad Decline?

    The setting of Saunders' novel, the bardo, is an intermediate space between life and rebirth where the grieving American president visits the crypt of his young son, Willie.

    From Good Reads: "Lincoln in the Bardo is an astonishing feat of imagination and a bold step forward from one of the most important and influential writers of his generation. Formally daring, generous in spirit, deeply concerned with matters of the heart, it is a testament to fiction’s ability to speak honestly and powerfully to the things that really matter to us. Saunders has invented a thrilling new form that deploys a kaleidoscopic, theatrical panorama of voices—living and dead, historical and invented—to ask a timeless, profound question: How do we live and love when we know that everything we love must end?"

    At the May meeting of Book Club, perhaps we can begin to discuss selections for next year's list. Hope to see you soon.

  • 13 Feb 2018 4:40 PM | Anonymous member

    Even if you can't make it to our monthly Wednesday Afternoon Book Club, you can still read along with us. (And by the way, if anyone would like to start an Evening Book Club, I bet you would find takers).  

    February's book, due to be discussed on the 14th, is a real journalist's book, by former Time magazine Paris bureau chief Tom Sancton. He first wrote about the complex Bettencourt affair for Vanity Fair in 2010, then just last year, published The Bettencourt Affair: The World's Richest Woman and the Scandal that Rocked Paris. And my question for you, after reading this, is what is the most French thing about this story? Because to me, it seems very French! 

    In March, we are reading The House in Paris, by Irish writer Elizabeth Bowen, who died in 1973. My Vintage Classics edition of this has an introduction by A.S. Byatt. She first read it as a child, almost accidentally, and has reread it throughout her life, making a new judgement of it each time. She describes it as  "...a novel about sex, time, and the discovery of identity." I'm looking forward to rereading it almost as much as I am reading it.

    It takes place over one day, and involves two children, strangers to each other. There are secrets, an agitated hostess, and a dying matriarch, so I expect it to be complex in a very different way than our February book, although they both feature, in the end, dying matriarchs. I suppose we all have books that we first encountered when too inexperienced to understand them fully. That could be another interesting point of discussion.

    Also for you readers out there, AWG is planning a private visit to the American Library in March. Keep your eye on the events calendar!

  • 10 Dec 2017 7:59 PM | Deleted user

    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 | Deleted user

    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

    Image result for thanksgiving table

    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

    Image result for thanksgiving cooking prep

    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 | Deleted user

    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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