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November 5-13
The 41st annual Salon Marjolaine, the largest organic fair in Paris, takes place this week at the Parc Floral (Bois de Vincennes) with 550 stands selling everything organic you could imagine. There are also plenty of food stands for lunch onsite, a vestiaire, and a little shuttle from the metro Château de Vincennes to the entrance of the Parc Floral. Open 10:30am-7pm. Entry €10, but you can get a €3 discount voucher on the website to print out in advance. You can also see my article and video from my visit in 2010.  

Marchés de Noël - Christmas Markets are Here! 
Am I the only one who thinks it's wrong that the Christmas Market opens on the Champas-Elysées before Beaujolais Nouveau?  The two largest are opening mid-month this year.
- November 11-January 8 on the Avenue des Champs Elysées
- November 17-December 27 at the Esplanade de La Défense
Other Christmas Markets will be opening around Paris in December, see the full list (en françaishere.   

November 17 
Although it's rather low-key in France compared to the hype it gets in America, the annual Beaujolais Nouveau festival takes place in wine bars throughout Paris today. Read all about the history and the different varieties (good, bad, ugly) and where to celebrate in Paris in this excellent article by Aaron Ayscough, The Redemption of Beaujolais Nouveau (read the 2014 update here and his current on-location exploration of the Beaujolais region here). And for fun, here's a link to the little video I made at the Beaujolais dinner I attended in 2010 with Meg Zimbeck of Paris by Mouth and Bryan Pirolli.  

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Friday
Nov112011

N'Importe Quoi Photo of the Week

Wow, doesn't this health food store window really draw you in with its scrumptious looking food display? Non, me neither. Why is it that the French can excel at window dressing in every industry but health food? At my local Naturalia they manage to really hit home the idea that everything inside will taste like flavorless cardboard.

 

Which brilliant store manager said, "Hey, instead of fresh organic produce, or the amazing selection of exotic spices and nuts, why don't we put a generic bag of organic flour in the window next to a generic bag of corn flakes." The question must be asked: is there any cereal out there quite as depressing as corn flakes? Extra points deducted for the scotch-taped price tags. And trying to "mix it up" with those little German lady bug chocolates wrapped in foil isn't helping. The only thing this window inspires is a new weekly series: Parisian Shop Window Fail of the Week. 

 

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Reader Comments (2)

At least they should tape a hand-lettered sign in the window that says "Vitrine en Cours" -- that way people THINK that there might be something attractive coming...one of the shops in my village has a sign that's faded from being in the sun so long....but by gosh, that window is still a work in progress, even if nothing in it has moved for months.
November 12, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSunny
Too funny! It's interesting how the health food movement in France is about 30 years behind North America. But I find the quality of France's 'conventional food' is superior to NA.
November 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDiane

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