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Calendar of Paris Events

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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Thursday
Mar262009

Happy Days Diner

Happy Days Diner
25, rue Francisque Gay, 6th
Tel. 01 43 29 67 07
M° Saint-Michel
www.happydaysdiner.fr

Fonzie and Pinky Tuscadero in Paris
Review by Jeanne Suica

Being an American is tough in Paris, it's hard enough struggling with the language but on top of that some of us are termed "ugly Americans" who eat McDonalds, drink Starbucks and have no appreciation for fine food.

I'm a cross between the two and not ashamed of it at all. I spent seven years working at The French Culinary Institute in New York eating fine French food every day (tough job!) but since I've left the US there are many days that I would give my right arm for Oreos, Pop Tarts or a good American burger.

Happy Days Diner will bring you back to the Fifties and has an extensive menu of traditional American plates we all know, love and crave. The decor is charming, a bright aqua and pink with roomy booths and a second floor complete with toy model cars and music memorabilia. If you are a big breakfast person (I'm not I drink Starbucks) they offer pancakes, bacon and eggs for a start, a great way to start the day if you sit on the first floor and get a window seat.

Lunch and dinner feature an extensive choice of various burgers, nachos, a BLT sandwich, hotdogs and a grilled cheese sandwich. If the generous portions are not enough there are also sides of coleslaw, French fires and potato sticks and for good measure a tempting selection of milkshakes including Oreo Cookie, sodas, wine and beer.

A kid's menu is also available featuring a mini hamburger, hotdogs or fish sticks which include a drink and ice cream for an affordable 7.50 euros.

If you are a glutton for punishment check out the larger than life desserts, an authentic banana split, sundaes, brownies and an apple crumble, just some of the many choices.

Impressive as the quality, choice and good service is that they have a website which features their full menu, a brief history of the diner concept and some of their recent press. It appears that this establishment that just opened a few months ago is off to a great start.

My only suggestion would be that the wait staff dress up like Fonzie and Pinky Tuscadero.

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