Monday, September 20, 2010

Nobu at the Ritz Paris

Can't wait to try the Nobu ephemeral restaurant at the Hotel Ritz opening for one month only on October 11th!

(You heard it here four years or so ago ;)  )

FYI, It'll be in the Ritz Club space, which has apparently been all redecorated for the event (which may be more or less temporary, or lead to another more permanent place in Paris..)

Friday, September 17, 2010

YELP Paris party at the Bleu Noir Tattoo Artshop

Strangely enough, these are the only two images I have of last night's YELP party organized by the amazing Zeva. I could have taken pictures of the Grolsch beer swilling and samosa munching bobos and arty hotties (ie Adrian fans) but was too entranced by the fun conversation with Omid, Rachel, Kim, Kate and various other unmentioned cool people. Good crowd, fun night and real live tattoo demonstrations in the heart of Montmartre.

Sunday, September 12, 2010


Great evening organized by the casu collective with cocktails (Monkey Shoulder whiskey, absinthe),by the boys behind the Experimental, small dishes by Michelin starred chef Eric Guérin, ambient music, croquet, lots of pretty chicks and a nice little penthouse/VIP level in an abandoned industrial property somewhere in gentrifying Belleville.

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Playtime in Paris

In a tiny side street off of Barbès lies this new restaurant, a stranger in a land of Doner and cheap snakeries, offering a pleasantly comforting and fusion-y menu from Viveka Sandklef, formerly of the Indigo Square in Bagnolet. One of the few Swedish chefs in Paris, she and her partner Jean Michel have created a nice little niche (very faux-50's/60's Eames) and a menu that went something like this: amuse bouche of fish quenelle and moutarde a l'ancienne, rabbit "kebab" (tasty) with honey/spice yoghurt sauce and cucumber carpaccio, tataki of salmon in nori with daikon and wasabi , filet of white tuna cooked in a nut crout en sel with a Parmesan biscuit and a creamy dashi and lard sauce, and a creme of vanilla/brebis with spiced apples (really delish). Service was predictably slow (Viveka was by herself in the dining room), but always with a smile and there seemed to be a lot of locals and walk-ins (the Figaroscope's two stars didn't seem to be in effect..). Clients: an English Russian translator from next door, a gay couple with stripey shirts and pointy shoes, a horribly dress coordinated French couple who changed their dishes at each course, and a bobo family that had a bit of trouble keeping their child in check.

P.S. If anyone out there knows where to get some aquavit in central Paris, please let me know..

5, rue des Petits Hotels, 10th
+33 1 44 79 03 98

Saturday, September 04, 2010

This underdog blagger and experience junkie will be back to business soon with New York stories, thrills, chills and adventure .... watch this space!