The Bon Vivant

Decisions, Decisions

I know I’m here to look for books, photography, and wonderful little objets, but maybe I can find a spot for this cute Fiat at Joie.

Fiat

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Albertine NYC

Alice Kaplan talking about Camus’s 1946 visit to NYC. I learned that Camus used to frequent Jaros Drugstore when it had a soda fountain. I used to live at 25 CPW and go to Jaros frequently, but unfortunately the soda fountain no longer exists.

CamusAlice Kaplan at Albertine

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London Photo

After a visit to Paris I’m off to London for London Photo which takes place at the Somerset House from May 19 – May 22.
http://photolondon.org/

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Off to Paris!

Spring is in the air — and what better place to visit than Paris! So many things to explore, but I just got word of this new spot to eat, so I thought I’d share the review as I begin to pack. Stay tuned for more about my journey!

Bistroy Les Papilles
Located in the Fifth …

An insider foodie favorite, run by Bertrand Bluy, an alum of that temple of haute cuisine, Taillevent.  Good value,  around 35 Euro for a four course meal.  Nicholas Lander writes for the FT, “Buy works hard on all fronts. He explains the menu to each table, opens the wine, cuts the baguettes, rolls the napkins and prepares the plates for the cheese course. He does all these things because the kitchen is only big enough for Tom, his longstanding chef, and an assistant. This lack of space dictates the style of service too.”   Lander further remarks, “At our lunch a luscious pea soup was served in a tureen, the plates already garnished with peas, croutons and crème fraîche; the main course was a large dish of slow-cooked lamb with aubergines, red peppers and tomatoes that was left on the table; dessert was a cool glass filled with layers of fig, panna cotta and caramel. Not Michelin presentation, but the food itself was the star.”