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Le Vieux Crapaud: Admirable Bistro Fare Near the Arc de Triomphe

Country fare meets upscale neighborhood near the Arc de Triomphe at Thomas Boutin’s Le Vieux Crapaud, where venturesome eaters enjoy frogs, pig’s ears, snails and pigeon while their dining companions savor admirable preparations of more familiar traditional bistro cuisine.

NoLita, Champs-Elysées: Calamari and Convertibles, Maseratis and Mozzarella

Corinne LaBalme discovers NoLita, a ritzy ristorante parked next to the vintage Lancias in the Fiat Group’s “Motor Village” on the Champs-Elysées. If a Maserati goes a lot faster than a mere car, the menu at NoLita goes a lot farther than simple carbonara.

The Art of Punching, Kissing, and Lunching: Monet, Renoir, and the Impressionist Island at...

From the Orsay Museum to Impressionist Island in the suburb of Paris, a view of Impressionism both indoors and out. Featuring Monet, Renoir and a couple of art vandals.

Paris Restaurant Report: Villa Corse and the Versatility of Brocciu Cheese

When it gets too cold to sunbathe in Corsica, the Isle of Beauty gears up for fromage frenzy. Corinne LaBalme visits Paris's Villa Corse just in time for the beginning of brocciu season.

Le Cotte-Roti: Exploring Bistronomy Near Marché d’Aligre

A review of Le Cote-Roti, the bistronomic restaurant of owner-chef Nicolas Michel located near one of Paris's most historic and exhuberant food markets.

Party Like It’s 1865: A Taste of Imperial Splendor in Vichy

The primacy of French gastronomy may have gone the way of the rotary phone, still the hungry traveler explores France with a desire to taste its native tang, to savor its cultural heritage and, from time to time, to experience the flavors of long-gone imperial and royal glory served at Versailles or Chantilly or… (drumroll, please)… Vichy.

A Champagne Diary: 3 Grapes, 3 Lunches, 3 Dinners, a Bit of Chocolate, and...

“Drink the wine, not the label” is both a lofty and a homey approach to wine, and nowhere is that more important than with...

Great Paris Hotels in Small Packages: Le San Régis

With three of Paris's heavyweight luxury hotels sidelined for renovation, five-star 'boutique' inns are raking in a new clientele. Corinne LaBalme visits the venerable Hôtel San Régis, which completed its oh-so-chic makeover just in time to welcome refugees from the Ritz, Crillon and Plaza Athénée.

La Ferrandaise: An Ode to a Cow and to a Region

Even after living in Paris for 30 years, Gilles Lamiot, proprietor of this highly satisfying restaurant near the Luxembourg Garden, sounds as though he’s...

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