‘Tis The Season Again For Xmas in Frisco

‘Tis the absolute best thing about this time of year, the annual return of Xmas in Frisko.

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Paris Bites Back

The Independent newspaper of London has a very good article, Paris Bites Back with five very famous people. And me.
‘Tis a discussion on the state of French food.

You can read what I had to say, along with three-star chef Pierre Gagnaire and molecular gastronomist Hervé This.
Ignore the idiotic comments of Gerard Depardieu, who may want to stick to acting.

And I wouldn’t eat anything from the garden of his grandmother. ‘Tis for sure.

Holiday Shopping

‘Tis the season to shop. Why not do it online, like cool people like me are doing?
You can find some of my favorite things here.


‘Tis like a Saturday Night Live skit (from the good-old-days) that goes on for 1 hour and 25 minutes too long.
The French teenage boys in the audience, however, were howling with laughter.

Enough said.

Paris Transit Notes

1. Finally! The métro will now be running an extra one hour later on Saturday nights, with the last train leaving each end station roughly at 2am. So no more racing out the door to catch the last train. (Tho ’tis an easy way to get rid of dinner guests.)

The bus and métro drivers are planning a strike in protest, naturally, scheduled for the first Saturday night in December, from 10:30pm until 2:30am. ‘Tis normale.

2. A number of the underground stations have been renovated and they’re getting rid of the cashiers, so you might have to buy tickets via machines.

I haven’t used one of the new machines yet, but they may not take foreign credit cards, so have change on hand. A carnet of 10 tickets ’tis available in most Tabacs in Paris as well.

3. Paris ’tis phasing out the economical Carte Orange sometime in 2007 with Navigo cards, which contain an electronic puce . The Carte Orange is intended for residents (although most tourists have no trouble buying one) and allows unlimited rides for about 16 euros during one week, from Monday to Sunday only. At present, a Carte Orange can still be purchased at underground stations, but bring a postage-stamp sized photo.

‘Tis all.

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  • November 29, 2006 12:55pm

    no link to paris bites back?

  • November 29, 2006 1:01pm

    ’tis there!

  • Henriette
    November 29, 2006 3:33pm

    I love the Xmas in Frisko station!;-)
    Thanks for sharing.


  • November 29, 2006 4:31pm

    I adore SomaFM…have been listening to their stations for years, and their tshirts make great presents!

  • November 29, 2006 4:53pm

    I am no longer a loser! I look forward to the mailing list.

    Love the blog. I have a feeling I will be spending far too much time trolling through the archives.

  • Janet
    November 29, 2006 6:05pm

    ahhh my Carte Orange from last May is still pinned to my cubicle.

  • Steve
    November 29, 2006 10:04pm

    Um, I live in San Francisco but I’d much rather dine in Paris. I’m not sure why the author of Paris Bites Back would think that retaurants here should be generally better than those there. (They are, however, generally much noisier.) So how many of us want to try the salad at one of Depardieu’s restaurants? Yikes! (Question: Will those new-fangled Navigo cards be available to visitors?)

  • elarael
    November 29, 2006 10:21pm

    Hi, I have a chocolate question:

    Is there a difference between chocolate extract and chocolate hydrosol? I’ve only smelled the hydrosol and it certainly smells super chocolatey…wondering if you’ve tried it? Thanks!

  • November 30, 2006 6:49am

    Would love to subscribe, but I keep getting a message saying my e-mail address is invalid. Sacre bleu!

  • November 30, 2006 8:03am

    Borat did not make me laugh either, eventhough the rest of the crowd was in tears, rolling on the floor with laughter, mabe we were at the same theater that night?

  • ann
    November 30, 2006 11:34am

    I’d like to buy the microplane foot file, but Amazon says it’s Unavailable!! Any place in the US that sells it?

  • Lu
    November 30, 2006 9:47pm

    I’m not a LOSER anymore. I signed up for the newsletter. Will I grow in stature?

  • December 1, 2006 6:02am

    Kevin: You’re not offended? Why doesn’t that surprise me?

    Ann: I don’t know, I live in France! Did you already try Google-ing it?

    Marie: I went to a matinee, where there were mostly older people. So no one was rolling on the floor. Luckily.

    Mimi: You’re in! Now bask in your coolness…

    Janet: I don’t think you’ll be able to pin the Navigo anywhere since it’s hard plastic. Grrr…Don’t you have a picture of our trip to keep you company?

    Steve: Probably, but you’ll have to submit a photo and get a Navigo card at one of their offices in various metro station (such as the Bastille). Mine was sent to me, but right now they’re offering them on the spot with a free photo, in various metro stations.

    Elarael: I have no idea what chocolate hydrosol is, but it sounds scary. The extract, however, is not scary at all…but delicious. I use it all the time.