Monday, October 13, 2014

Food Writers Panel Discussion at The American Library in Paris

This Tuesday October 14th, 2014, at 19:30, Food Writers Clotilde Dusoulier and Alexander Lobrano will discuss writing about food in France, food trends and restaurant reviewing as well as their most recent books.

Clotilde Dusoulier's latest book, Edible French: Tasty Expressions and Cultural Bites, goes into the meaning behind fifty of the French's popular food-related expressions. It makes perfect sense to me that the French use food to express the idiosyncrasies of life and she delves into the history of many of them.  Dusolier is also a Travel Writer and Food Trend Consultant (Wait! What? I want that job!!) and the creator of the immensely popular food blog,  Chocolateandzucchini  which includes her books, Paris favorites, travels and recipes. And her September Favorites includes who makes the best Pain au chocolat in Paris. 

Alexander Lobrano is a food and travel writer for some of the biggest name publications out there, living in Paris since 1986. And from his website, I learned that in the early-morning hours after this discussion, he will depart Paris to launch his California book tour with his newest book: Hungry for France, hitting San Diego, LA, SF, Napa and Larkspur. I also learned (his opening webpage is blog-style) about what he calls 'The best new restaurant of La Rentree (Fall Season)' which happens to be just across the river from us in the 16th: Restaurant Pages. My mouth is still dewy from the photos and descriptions of the elegant and delectable dishes posted. Thank you, M. Lobrano! Can't wait to try this new restaurant. 

This is definitely one discussion at the ALP I wish I wasn't missing! 

The American Library in Paris  is located at:
10, rue du General Camou
(Just off the Champs de Mars and the Eiffel Tower)
75007 Paris, France
• Tel. +33 (0)1 53 59 12 60
Tu-Sat: 10-19:00, Sun: 13:00-19:00

Monday, October 6, 2014

France's Famous Museums Will Open 7 Days A Week

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Three of France's most well-known and visited museums
are about to stay open seven days a week. 
The Louvre, the Palace of Versaille and the Musee d'Orsay
will no longer be closed one day during the week. 

And according to an article in The Local
not everyone is happy about it.
The French union for The Louvre announced that money over conditions is 
not necessarily a good thing stating that fewer rooms would be able to be open. 
Versaille's union says night cleaning will cost more. 

But the Ministry of Culture has said
they will make sure the incoming revenue will outweigh the costs. 
And France will be going the way of 
some of the world's other top museums as in London and New York. 

It also means one more aspect of France
changes to conform to the rest of the world. 
But I'm for this one!
What do you think? 

(photo via Marc Vassal and Wikipedia)
(Story from The Local)