Top 10 winter activities in Paris:

photo10. Cozy fireside dinner in Montmartre @  Hotel Particulier. (featured in photo)

9. Hot chocolate & people watching @ Café de Flore

8. A night on the town with festive dinner @ Matignon then cozy drinks around the corner @ Mathis

7. Holiday shopping @ le Bon Marché (too crowded at Printemps or Galeries Lafayette)

6. Get the ‘perfect polish’ manicure in red at Manucurist.  Lasts forever.

5. Keep culturally up-to-date with some of the fabulous exhibitions around town, especially the Fashion & Impressionism at Orsay and Hopper at Grand Palais.

4. Reserve your table early for the best winter meal ever for 45 euros @ Frenchie in the 9th.

3. Sample some full bodied reds from the comfort of big leather chairs at new wine bar, O Chateau.

2. Taste the winter flavors at Ladurée and Pierre Hermé- macaroons are gluten free!

1. Grab a bottle of champagne and rendez-vous at Place de la Concorde for a ride on the holiday Ferris Wheel (la grande roue). Magical!

Isami is the chic place for sushi

On the scenic banks of Ile Saint Louis, a small sushi restaurant named Isami is drawing in big names in the fashion industry. The expertly sliced sushi, and other japanese specialities, make reservations mandatory in this five table establishment.  

Petite Brigitte spotted which famous sexogenarian designer seated by the counter, arm over a stunningly chic (and young) blonde?

Don’t miss: the sashimi, the sake, and the green tea matcha ice cream

ISAMI  4 Quai d’Orléans 75004 Paris – 01 40 46 06 97

Gaga for Chez André

Who knew the classic 8ème brasserie Chez André would arouse the curious interests of Madame Gaga? Perhaps she was in the mood for some famous beef tartare?

Last night, while in town for a concert (subsequently cancelled because of a few snowflakes), Lady Gaga dined in the classic French bistro, famed for its fruits de mer and tartare de boeuf.

You might recall that her Parisian tour dates were rescheduled because of cancellation during the summertime general strikes. Let’s hope she gets a chance to rock Paris bientôt!

 

 Chez André, 12 rue Marbeuf, 75008 tel: 01 47 20 59 57

Berthillon’s Fois Gras ice cream

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Our muse (for her early work), the eternally infamous Brigitte Bardot, has issued a fatwa against beloved ice creamer Berthillon.

Serving scoops by the thousand on the ile Saint Louis, Berthillon is known for its uncompromisingly natural ingredients in an array of flavors– from rose and lavender to the new flavor du jour– foie gras.

Berthillon vows that its fois gras ice cream is made with 50% foie gras of French origin. Yuck!

BB threw a fit upon hearing this, saying that the famed cremerie is an “accomplice to this industry of suffering and death”.

“Force-feeding is real torture for geese and ducks that must swallow in a matter of a few seconds so much food that their liver swells up to ten times its normal size,” she said. “Blood should not be spilled to make new ice creams, it makes no sense.”

For once, we agree with BB, mainly because this flavor sounds absolutely degoutant! Come on Berthillon, couldn’t you do a better flavor— like Veuve Clicquot, or Drambouie?

All I want for Christmas…

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PetiteBrigitte is making a list and checking it twice— and it’s getting sent to the North Pole as soon as this massive transport strike is over!

This photo speaks for itself.

Nope, it is not your average bubbly. Karl Lagerfeld, the master of luxe, has put together this hand-made coffret of exclusive Dom Perignon champagne, comprised of three bottles from 1996, two from 1986, and one very rare 1966. As if this isn’t exciting enough, the box also contains 3 champagne flutes (suggestive, eh?).

For the reasonable price-tag of 100,000 euros, you can give your champagne wishes to that special someone this holiday season!

Sommelier included.  

Diane Kruger at Coffee Parisien

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Diane Kruger, otherwise known as Helen of Troy, enjoyed a greasy meal at Coffee Parisien on Monday evening. Looking nothing like the regal beauty she plays in films, with no make-up and a wearing a beige cashmere sweater, she went unnoticed by most of the crowd at the popular burger joint. In fact, so average looking was she that the only giveaway for those in doubt was her perfect skin and Chanel tote bag.

Kruger is in Paris for a few days while in between filming schedules.

Coffee Parisien, 4 rue Princesse 75006 Paris (rive gauche)

Sexiest drink for summer in Paris (besides champagne)

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It is June and summer temperatures are upon us this week. While Petite Brigitte is bringing out her hottest sundresses and contemplating Vespa purchases, there is one thing she can’t get off her mind (well, besides that).

It is mojito season.

There are cocktails, and then there are cocktails. A well-made mojito falls into the latter category, yet seldom few mojitos acheive this status. There is more to this drink than slapping together some mint, rum, and sugar. Let’s take a moment and reflect on Mojito’s legendary history.

First off, there’s much debate as to when exactly the mojito was invented and by whom. Many claim it was crafted in Cuba in the late 1800’s. Others elaborate on this theory saying that the mojito was the preferred beverage of Sir Francis Drake as early as the 1500s. According to The Mojito Company’s website, it was English pirate Richard Drake who prepared the first version of the drink using aguardiente (in Spanish that means fire water- the HARD liquor of Columbia), an unrefined kind of rum that he mixed with some sugar, lime and mint. Originally named “El Draque” (or the Dragon after his boss Sir Francis), story has it the swashbucklers introduced the drink to Cuba on their treasure-hunting exploits through the Caribbean and Latin America.

So let’s get to the good stuff. What’s the winning recipe? Based on years of taste-tests, PetiteBrigitte brings you one of the best. Make this for your party guests and you are sure to have a hit:

  1. In a tall, sturdy glass (or shaker), pour in 1 ounce of your simple syrup. This is 1 cup water, 1 cup sugar (use 1/3 brown sugar), heated until the sugar dissolves (you can use your microwave for this). Then let it steep with one cup of mint leaves for at least 30 minutes before you strain it & store it in your refrigerator.
  2. Add 1 ounce of lime juice (or a couple of lime wedges), and a handful of fresh mint leaves (6-12 – yes, even if you’ve made the mint syrup. Add several ice cubes (or crushed ice if you have it), muddle it all together with a blunt instrument of your choice.
  3. Add 2 ounces of light rum, stir passionately or shake vigorously with shaker.
  4. Pour it into a glass, top it off with a spash (or more) of champagne (boring people use club soda), and garnish with a mint sprig or two.

When you are finished, drink up and enjoy. If you’ve got leftovers, consider a mojito spa:

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If all of that was too complicated for you, or you share my level of laziness and impatience… just go to Le Fumoir. They make the best mojito ever, and for a cool variation, ask for the Chinatown.