We’ve had a spate of nice weather here. A friend just told me that we’ve had the grayest winter in ten years. I’m not so sure, but it has been overcast since, well – October? September? … I actually haven’t minded it so much since I seem to have succumbed to the tristesse (sadness) of Paris that sweeps across the city in winter. We had a lovely snowstorm which for me was all-too-brief. But I’ve been keeping busy indoors and not minding the chilly winter as much as others have.
Today it was beautiful, with blue skies highlighting the buildings of Paris and silhouetting the still-barren trees. I went to lunch at a friend’s place that has two balconies, and it was nice to breathe in some fresh, cool air, rather than being coincé (trapped) inside. Afterward I took a pleasant walk along the canal Saint-Martin, then headed home to make dinner for some visiting friends. (Yikes, two big meals in one day?)
As always, it’s lot of fun having the blog and it’s great to interact with everyone. Thanks for reading it! Since spring is here, I’ve got a few general announcements and thoughts to pass on. Hope that for all of you the weather is cooperating and you’re taking some time to bask in the sunshine, or the snow – or whatever, wherever you are.
-Aside from a few goofs here and there, I’ve kept my word about issuing a monthly newsletter. Here’s the March issue. If you want to signup, you can do so here. Note that it’s an opt-in system and you will get an e-mail that will prompt you to confirm that you want to get it. You won’t get anything other than the newsletter, which will come once a month.
-A number of folks access the site on mobile devices. If you’re one of them, there is a mobile-friendly version of the site with a nifty icon for your phone. On your smartphone, when you point your browser to the site, on an iPhone, tap the icon with the little arrow in the box that will prompt you to “Add to Home Screen.” Then, voilà – you’ll have an icon on your phone. (I don’t have another smartphone because I can only afford one, and I am already surrounded by too much technology as it is. But I am sure there is some way to add it to other devices in a similar manner.)
-If you have my Paris Pastry app, there’s going to be an update coming up soon. Some new places have opened in Paris, a few places have expanded to new addresses, and I’m adding some more descriptions and pictures to the app. It’s free if you have the Paris Pastry app. So check for an update shortly.
-Twitter is great and I’m happy to be on it! However I’m not on it 24/7. Plus being in Europe, we’re in a different time zone from some of you. And to make matters worse, I occasionally have to eat and sleep. So unfortunately I can’t respond to everything that comes my way. It’s great to check in, for folks to say hi, or perhaps ask a question. But please excuse me for not being available and if you send me something and I don’t respond, I’m either eating, sleeping, working, or…
-This July, I’ll be a speaker at Food Blogger Connect in London. It’s a weekend-long food blogging conference and I’ll be there with my pal Jaden Hair, and photographer Penny De Los Santos, as well as others I’ve yet to meet. You can sign up at the link.