Cannes—More than the Red Carpet

This article was excerpted from The Wall Street Journal’s Insider’s Guide to Cannes. Cannes’ legendary palm-studded seafront, La Croisette, is a place where everyone from foreign royalty to movie-industry glitterati from all over the world have rubbed shoulders. The annual Cannes Film Festival, a two-week binge of premieres and fetes, kicks off the season each [...]

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Paris—in the midst of an energetic transformation

This article was excerpted from The Wall Street Journal’s Insider’s Guide to Paris. There’s a new energy in the air in Paris, a city long known for resisting change. Gastronomic creativity and new talent fused with a movement to breathe fresh life into forgotten buildings and dormant institutions has brought about much tranformation. The 11th [...]

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Paris Transformed

From the Wall Street Journal Weekend Edition Paris, a city known for resisting change, is shaking itself out of its long languid spell. There’s a new energy in the air, spurred by the arrival of a generation of new culinary talent and a movement to breathe fresh life into forgotten buildings and dormant institutions. Gastronomic [...]

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Al Fresco Dining Survey—France

Some of the top al fresco dining picks from our members (in response to 2010 Global Al Fresco Dining Survey) Cote d’Azur Club Cinquante Cinq (Club 55), “St Tropez, spend the day at the luscious beach, the water is fantastic, people watching even better. Have dinner at this great place under the tree and tents [...]

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Left Bank Hotel-Restored Old World Charm

Another great recommendation from an old friend, a savvy investor and a world traveler. Hotel d’Aubusson, Rue Dauphine.  Four star refurbished mansion in super location.   This left bank hotel is near the Louvre, Luxembourg Gardens, Notre Dame in the St-Germain-des-Pres area. Beautiful lobby and great bar:  live jazz most nights.  The staff could not [...]

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Vin, Pain and Fromage-Name says it all

Vin, Pain and Fromage YUMMY!!! this is indoors with seating for about 12 upstairs and again downstairs very country french and completely different from the zillion cafes here. I had a big bottle of “cidre brut” with a croute that was a ginormous slab of fresh bread with ham, melted cheese, bacon, tomatoes – and [...]

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Le Comptier de la Mer-When in Cannes-Restaurant with a “View”

LeComptier De La Mer I always stop here on by trips to Cannes for some festival or other. It’s great people watching, the grilled sole is great, other fare is very good, people watching at a premium being on the Croisette.  Lots of  well-heeled types. What’s not to like? 53 Blvd. de la Croisette (Rue [...]

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Recommended Paris Food Blog-When The Concierege is worthless!

Marcus Nicolaidis, my friend and the GM of the House of Blues in Los Angeles and a chef-extraordinaire, will be joining us soon as a contributor but before that time, he was kind enough to share the below Paris Food blog which he used extensively when he and his wife visited Paris. Flying Vips will [...]

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