Sunday, November 28, 2010

Read my article on Le Saotico

Bonjour Paris, the excellent bi-weekly Paris online publication, recently published my article on the new Paris Bistro named Le Saotico. I've written about Chef Hughes Gournay and Anne Surcouf's new market-fresh-cuisine bistro in this blog, but the article is well worth a read.

Spending the Holidays in Paris?

Paris is a fabulous place to visit during the Christmas-New Years' season. Christmas and New Years Day are national holidays and everything closes, but, otherwise, the markets are open and full of gorgeous food, restaurants offer splendid meals (special dinners for New Years Eve) and the cultural calendar is in full swing. Christmas lights are everywhere. It is a super festive season and one that you should enjoy!

In other regions of France we have information on some special packages at a gorgeous wine growing Chateau Hotel (with a gourmet cooking school) in Provence, special packages in Champagne and in festive Alsace.

Happy holidays! Call or email us if Your Great Days in Paris can help you have great holidays in Paris. 781 391 6183 or

Monday, November 22, 2010

My Le Saotico article on Bonjour Paris

Check out my article "Le Saotico: Fresh, Flexible, Delicious" on Bonjour Paris. I have written on this blog about this terrific bistro/bar/brasserie with market fresh cuisine already but the article is fun to read. Remember, this is a great bistro for breakfast and also for travelers with gluten or other food allergy issues.


Sally Peabody

Monday, November 8, 2010

November is the "Month of the Photo" in Paris

Don't miss the exhibition of the works of André Kertész at the Jeu de Paume (through February 6, 2011). The retrospective offers a rare chance to see a large collection of Kertész’s original prints, plus many of his beloved published images.

And if want to see more photograpy, go to Paris Photo 2010 the annual photography fair at the Carrousel du Louvre. November 18th to 21. Featuring "one hundred international galleries and publishers presenting a panorama of the finest examples of photographic expression from the 19th century to the present day." This year, the focus is on the Central European photography scene, showing new talents through awards, competitions and
various events.

For the month of November Paris is the photography capital of the world.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Learn about Oolong and Pu Ehr teas in Paris

TERRE DE CHINE is a beautiful shop on the ancient rue de Quincampoix in central Paris. They sell top quality Chinese teas and beautiful tea pots, tea bowls, cups and other accessories too. On various Saturdays (Samedi) in November and December Thé de Chine is offering seminars on Oolong and Pu Ehr teas with videos and tastings. You need to register. And they will be in French...

Here is their message:

Nous proposons des ateliers de thés dans notre boutique, par thèmes, accompagnés de photos et vidéos et une dégustation.

Tarifs 25 € par personne, sur inscriptions uniquement.

Terre de Chine
49 rue Quincampoix
75004 Paris
tel : 01 42 71 25 71
email :

Ateliers de thé Wulong.

le samedi 13 novembre, de 11h00 à 12h30
le samedi 20 novembre, de 11h00 à 12h30
le samedi 27 novembre, de 11h00 à 12h30

Ateliers de thé Pu Er.

le samedi 04 décembre, de 11h00 à 12h30
le samedi 11 décembre, de 11h00 à 12h30
le samedi 18 décembre, de 11h00 à 12h30

Friday, November 5, 2010

Drink Like An Aztec: My Article on Choco-Story in Paris

Chocolate Atlas, a great website for all-things chocolate has just published my story "Drink Like An Aztec" on the new Choco-Story Gourmet Chocolate Museum in Paris. The Aztec piece is a recipe for the hot chocolate drink that was drunk by the Aztec Warriors, Kings and other elites. Chocolate was believed to increase courage, stamina, and bravery. I believe that too!

Monday, November 1, 2010

TeaThéTcha: A Great New Spot for Tea

Patrick Barbés has opened his terrific new comptoir de thé and salon de thé in the 13th eme near metro Glaciere. Tea lovers and tea salon fans will remember Patrick's lovely L'Artisan des Saveurs in the 6th which for many years served top quality pure and blended teas and irresistible patisserie, delicious weekend brunches, and lovely light lunches. Patrick took a couple of years off to write a book on fine tea. TeaThéTcha is the home of his welcome return to the Paris tea scene. He sells over 100 pure and blended teas and tisanes and serves an extensive selection from the major tea growing countries of the world. His ability to make deeply delicious patisserie (often with a tea flavor or component) has not diminished one bit during his hiatus. I visited the contemporary feeling, light, comfortable salon in late October and loved his seasonal patisserie that encompassed Pu Ehr flavored icecream atop a rich, buttery sable pastry, surrounded with cassis coulis and accompanied by three plump fresh figs that had been poached in cassis. Perfection on a plate. Attractive too! The tea Patrick recommended was a 'Grands Jardins' from China, Panyong D'Or, and it matched the fabulous dessert perfectly. Teas run 4.5 E to 5.5 E, patisseries run 5.5 to 7 E.

The salon du thé is open and serving tea and various patisserie, all made by Patrick, from 2:30 through 7 pm. You can stop in to buy tea from10 a.m. onwards. Closed Sundays. Metro: Glaciere, Bus #21 or #62. It is a short bus ride out from central Paris and worth every kilometre!