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Calendar of Paris Events

November 5-8
The boutique charity organization Emmaüs (105 Boulevard Davout, 20th) is having a "Kilo Sale" where mens, womens and childrens used clothing are sold for €10/kilo (that's a lot of clothing). Daily 11am-7:45pm. 

November 8-16
The 39th 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 €9, 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. 

November 8-11
The Château Vaux le Vicomte is hosting its annual Palais au Chocolat. The palace will be decorated with chocolate artworks created by some of the biggest names in chocolate. Tickets are €16.50 (€13.50 for kids 6-18), which includes access to the château and gardens and exhibits throughout the estate; you can reserve them in advance online. Open 10am-6pm.

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Friday
Jan162009

Scoop

Scoop
154 rue St Honoré, 1st
M° Palais Royal or Louvre-Rivoli
Tel 01 42 60 31 84

www.scoopcafe.fr

The Figaroscope gave this little café near the Louvre the honor of calling their burgers the best in Paris, and considering how many Parisian establishments do burgers, that's really saying something. For his birthday, my friend David wanted to have a hamburger, and since neither of us had been to Scoop yet, we braved the icy sidewalks after the January snows and headed over.

On the ground level is the epicerie and ice cream counter ("They make their own!" David the ice cream expert had told me beforehand), and upstairs a bright if small dining room with some low red sofas and tables next to regular tables, and exposed stone walls decorated with contemporary photographs. David ordered the "burger & milkshake" menu and I got a bacon cheese burger and a bottle of Heinekin (if I had a shake with my burger I'd have to either walk home or take a nap afterwards...not a good mix for me).

Only odd thing so far was that our polite waitress ran off without asking us how we wanted our burgers cooked, so we flagged her down and gave her the info. Our burgers came with little side salads and potatos, all perfectly cooked, and tasting quite delicious as if we had made them ourselves. "Always Fresh, always homemade", just as promised on the website. David was very happy with his chocolate milkshake (which I probably should have gotten; it was a reasonable size, not an enormous litre of dairy danger).The Illy coffee was served a bit weak, but otherwise all was good, and we even had a chance to chat with the owner downstairs.

It was packed at lunch, but if you come during the quieter hours, you can surf on Wi-Fi. Open for lunch, brunch and dinner.

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