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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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Paris Dining Reviews

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Entries in Paris (21)

Wednesday
Jan202010

Maoz Vegetarian Falafel

Maoz
8 rue Xavier Privas, 5th
01 43 26 36 00

Maoz
36 rue St-André-des-Arts, 6th
01 46 33 87 19

www.maozusa.com (warning, site has sound that can't be turned off)


A new falafel place is giving L'As a bit of competition! Maoz may not have Lenny Kravitz posing for photo ops with the staff, but they do have tasty falafels that you get to build yourself. Completely vegetarian, you start off with a small or large pita filled with the basics: falafel balls (minced chickpeas with herbs and spices, fried in vegetable oil) and lettuce, then you fill it up yourself from the salad bar, with tomatoes, beets, pickles, cucumbers, onions, herbs, carrots, hummus, tahini, peppers, olives, and as much hot sauce as you can handle.

You can also get hummus or aubergine (eggplant) falafels, salads, or even fries (hey, I said it was vegetarian, not health food). A large falafel on its own is €4.40. The Maoz Menu of falafel + fries + drink is €7.40. Fries are €2.20. There are two locations, only the one at St-André-des-Arts has a few stools to sit on, otherwise it's to go.

Open daily, 11:30am-1am.

Saturday
Mar282009

Pamphlet

An upscale bistro specializing in gourmet, market-fresh cuisine...

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Saturday
Mar282009

Quinze 

A quest for Brunch in the 14th...

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Thursday
Mar262009

Happy Days Diner

Fonzie and Pinky Tuscadero in Paris...

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Monday
Mar092009

Black Dog

Hiding in the back of a metal music bar near Châtelet is one of the best kept secrets of Paris: an Argentinean steak house...

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Saturday
Mar072009

Moosehead Bar

‘The Moose’ has offered Paris a reasonably close facsimile to an authentic American sports bar for over a decade...

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Thursday
Feb262009

Café Med

77 rue Saint Louis-en-I'ile, 4th. Tel 01 43 28 73 17. A good budget restaurant on the Ile St-Louis...

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Wednesday
Jan282009

Sushi Shop

A Californian discovers the closest thing to American-style sushi in Paris...

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Wednesday
Jan282009

Planet Sushi

www.planetsushi.fr Tel 08 26 00 33 33. Planet Sushi five locations in Paris open 11am-11pm...

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Friday
Jan162009

Scoop

154 rue St Honoré, 1st. Tel 01 42 60 31 84. Fresh, homemade ice cream and hamburgers near the Louvre...

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Monday
Jan122009

Marty Restaurant

20 ave des Gobelins, 5th. This historic Art Deco restaurant near Marché Mouffetard specializes in seafood and classic French dishes...

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Friday
Nov282008

Sapporo Ramen

An inexpensive, yet authentic, Japanese noodle bar near the Louvre...

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Friday
Nov282008

Mesturet

A typical French bistro with excellent prices in central Paris...

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Sunday
Oct192008

Taverne Henri IV

13 place du Pont Neuf, 1st. A cozy wine bar on the Ile de la Cité...

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Sunday
Oct192008

Wanna Juice

65 Rue Saint-André des Arts, 6th. The French have finally caught on to the healthy juice bar trend...

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Sunday
Oct192008

Pain Quotidien

Marché St-Honoré 18 Place du Marché St-Honoré, 1st. Hearty brunches served on long wooden communal tables...

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Sunday
Oct192008

Foody’s

26 Rue Montorgueil, 1st. This is as close to a soup & salad bar as the French get...

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Sunday
Oct192008

Chez Gladines

30 Rue des Cinq-Diamants, 13th. A popular and inexpensive Basque bistro on the Butte aux Cailles...

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Sunday
Oct192008

Petit Palais Café Le Jardin

Petit Palais - Musée des Beaux Arts Avenue Winston Churchill, 8th. A hidden café in the free Municipal Arts Museum gardens off the Champs-Eysées...

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Sunday
Oct192008

Café Hugo

22 Place des Vosges, 4th. Beneath the arches of the 17th-century Place des Vosges, this little café is the perfect spot for a quick snack or an an espresso...

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