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October 8-12
The theme for the 81st annual Fête des Vendanges, the grape harvest festival, is Montmartre Fête les Poètes. Events include a parade, grape stomping, the food & wine tasting village, cooking demos, live music, and tons of other fun stuff. Check out the entire program, the online boutique (get your commemorative bottles of wine!) and other info about the festival here.

October 12 
Stock up on fall reading material for a handful of euros and support the English-language SOS Helpline at their Autumn Book Sale today from noon-4pm at Orrick Law Offices (31 ave Pierre Ière de Serbie, 16th, M° Alma-Marceau). Paperbacks €1, hardcovers €2, all categories for adults and kids, as well as bake sale items. Those who want to donate books can drop them off during the sale.

October 16-17
Blending culture with social, Sinfonietta Paris brings you an evening of Mendelssohn and Brahms exquisitely performed by a brilliant ensemble of young professional musicians. At the Institut FInlandais (Latin Quarter, 60 rue des Ecoles, 5th) from 8-11pm. Tickets €25 (wine and hors d'oeuvres included). The address will be mailed once confirmed; the performance on the 4th December is in the 17th; on the 5th December it's in the 1st. Register on the website; places limited. 

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Entries in eclair (2)

Friday
Nov022012

Chocoholics of the World Unite

Over the next few days your addiction will not only become socially acceptable, but wholeheartedly encouraged as the 18th edition of the Salon du Chocolat melts the hardest of hearts at the Porte de Versailles.

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Friday
Aug222008

Don't Miss Eclair Weekend!

Although my addiction to Ladurée macarons is thoroughly documented, when I first came to Paris well over a decade ago I was totally obsessed with the pastry known as the Religieuses (preferably chocolate). It's a bit like a round, double-decker eclair (or a Boston-cream donut with a donut hole on top). I'd eat the top part first and save the rest for as long as I could hold out (usually an hour). The taste is not really any different than the traditional French eclair (which, like all French pastries, tastes ten times better than the American knock-off), but I liked the shape and the fact that the bakery clerk would always wrap it in a little pyramid of paper tied with a ribbon. Quelle classe!

Of course, I would never turn down an eclair if one was offered to me (hint hint), especially if it was as cool looking as the ones from Fauchon (26 Place de la Madeleine, 8th), who always go out of their way to introduce new flavors and designs. Some people pooh pooh any bakery that dares stray from the traditional chocolate or coffee flavor, but hey, you only live once. And if you happen to be in Paris on September 5-6, you can even celebrate their "Weekend Eclair." Perfect timing for all of the Parisians who have that miserable "back to the grind" look on their faces after their five week vacation. ;-)


For the occaision, Fauchon is introducing 34 different flavors that they have created over the past four years, including both sweet and savory ones (salmon and peas, anyone?), for €5 each.