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When I was a kid, it seems like everyone was wearing Lacoste polo shirts (they were also called Izod shirts back then). The shirt was introduced in 1933 and named for French tennis star René Lacoste who was nicknamed “the alligator” after winning a game bet, the prize being an alligator suitcase. The shirts came in a riot of colors during the 60’s and 70’s,…

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As the shops re-do their store windows after les soldes, in their half-finished state, there’s always a little note (usually hand-written), saying something along the lines of, “Please excuse us, the window display is in the midst of réalisation” An elderly couple, parents of a friend who live across the street, invited me for dinner last night. Both are in their early 80’s and their…

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Americans often wonder how French people some know we’re American before we even say one word. It used to be our sneakers; they were the dead giveaway. Nowadays, wearing sneakers, or les baskets, is as French as carrying a baguette. The other way they can tell us-from-them is that Americans tend to smile. A lot. We are a rather happy tribe. And Americans tend to…

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Ode To A Powerball™ By David Lebovitz I think that I shall never see, A Powerball™ as lovely as ici. The rosy ball ensures success Against my dishes, which entered a mess. Inside the dishwasher, so full it is scary, But I just press the button! Could I be more merry? A sudsy froth, I’m sure it will yield, Behind the closed door, its fate…

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Sometimes I feel like I must be walking around with a sign on me that says… “Even though it’s obvious from the way I’m holding it, I’m carrying a fragile dessert that I’ve spent hours making… …But please feel free to walk right into me anyways.” Yes, that was me trying to navigate Paris, tranversing the sidewalks and mètros of Paris, hoping to make it…

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The stinky garbage strike finally ended…phew! We had ice cream at Dammann’s on the quai Montebello… I bought some fouque-ing seal oil to winterproof my shoes… I found a place to swim au natural with Parisians… …and my favorite chocolate shop in Paris gave me a nice, big bag of chocolates…for being such a good customer! Damman’s Glacier 1, rue des Grands Degrés Tel: 01…

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Café Malongo

Café Malongo is Fair-trade and made from Arabica coffee beans Café Malongo 50, rue St-André des Arts Tél: 01 43 26 47 10 Other Café Malongo bars at: -53, rue Passy –Lafayette Gourmet 46-48, Boulevard Haussmann -Monprix, 14 rue du Départ Read more at my post: Where to find a good cup of coffee in Paris.

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The recent issue of Elle à Table reports that eating a croissant may be a healthier and a more diet-friendly alternative the breakfast tartine, a split baguette spread with butter and jam. A croissant ordinaire or croissant au beurre (made with pure butter) has 200 calories, and 25 grams of carbohydrates. A tartine composed of one-fifth of a baguette (about 2 ounces of bread) spread…

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