The Eternal Quest for Beautiful Fesses – Our Fesses of the Month

October 14th, 2017
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Fontaine de Mars

Fontaine de Mars by Pierre-Nicolas Beauvallet
Photograph by Discover Paris!

The Fontaine de Mars is a large fountain that was installed around 1806 – 1808 on rue Saint-Dominique in the 7th arrondissement. On the eastern and western flanks of the fountain are vases, both of which depict the same fetching goddess. The features of her pulchritudinous fanny are clearly visible to fortunate passersby who happen to glance up.

Click here for a close-up view! https://www.pinterest.fr/pin/411586853437558475/

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Discover Paris! Is Named a “Not-to-be-missed” Tour on the Official Paris Tourist Office Web Site

October 12th, 2017
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Paris Tourist Office

We’re pleased to announce that for the month of October, Discover Paris! is being featured as a “not-to-be-missed” tour on the official Paris Tourist Office Web site. Click here to view! https://en.parisinfo.com/what-to-see-in-paris/guided-tours

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The Brothers’ Network Features Monique Y. Wells in Video Interview

October 11th, 2017
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Monique Y. Wells

Monique Y. Wells in Brothers’ Network Video

We’re pleased to announce that Monique Y. Wells has been featured as a affiliate of The Brothers’ Network, a cultural organization that highlights positive contributions and representations of African-American men in creative and instructive ways through the arts. Watch a video interview of her with Brothers’ Network National Advisory board member, Anthony Fleet, here: https://youtu.be/8K4VOc6t0cA.

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Celebrating Ten Years with Cook’n With Class

October 10th, 2017
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Cook'n With Class founders

Eric Fraudeau and Yetunde Oshodi
Photographs by Discover Paris!

Our friends Eric Fraudeau and Yetunde Oshodi, founders of the cooking school Cook’n With Class, invited us to help them celebrate the ten-year anniversary of their school. The party was held in the evening of the last Thursday of September…and what a party it was!

Chefs at Cook'n With Class

Chefs Anton Gonzales and Eric Fraudeau Preparing Hors d’œuvres
Photograph by Discover Paris!

When we arrived, Eric and his staff were preparing savory dishes in the front kitchen.

Chef Sarah Tyler

Chef Sarah Tyler Prepares Macarons and Puff Pastries
Photograph by Discover Paris!

In the kitchen in the back, Pastry Chef Sarah Tyler was preparing macarons and puff pastries. As the front kitchen was crowded with eager, hungry guests, we decided to start in the back kitchen, eating dessert first, and then proceeding to the main courses. What a wonderful way to start partying!

Filling a macaron

Sarah Advises Monique on How to Fill a Macaron with Cream
Photograph by Discover Paris!

Sarah gave each of us careful instruction on how to fill macarons with cream from a pastry bag. We got to choose the flavor of the cream: chocolate, passion fruit, caramel, or orange blossom for the macarons and pistachio, praline, or Grand Marnier for the puff pastries.

Monique fills a macaron

Monique Filling a Macaron
Photograph by Discover Paris!

Monique deftly filled a macaron with caramel…and then another.

Caramel-filled macaron

Caramel-filled Macaron
Photograph by Discover Paris!

I filled a macaron with caramel, too. Is this yummy, or what?

Chefs at Cook'n With Class

Chefs Anton Gonzales, Eric Fraudeau, and Patrick Hebert in the Main Kitchen
Photograph by Discover Paris!

After eating our fill of pastries, it was time to return to the main kitchen, where Chefs Gonzales, Fraudeau, and Hebert were busy as bees preparing the courses.

Assortment of Dishes by the Cook’n With Class Chefs
Photographs by Discover Paris!

There was a wide variety of tasty dishes to choose from. From top to bottom, left to right: Camembert cheese with fig and ham; Fennel salad; Roulade of chicken and mushrooms; Pissaladière; Bouillabaisse; and Beef Bourguignon.

And then we met some great people:

Tony and Daisy from San Diego
Photograph by Discover Paris!

Veronica from Washington, DC and Sam from Maine
Photograph by Discover Paris!

Monique with Jackie from Greenwich, England
Photograph by Discover Paris!

Then it was time to award prizes…

Yetunde Shakes Her Casserole
Photograph by Discover Paris!

Party attendee’s business cards were placed in a casserole and several drawings were held.

Les Marchés Français by Brian Defehr and Pauline Boldt

Tom Wins Cookbook
Photograph by Discover Paris!

And I won a cookbook! Les Marchés Français — Four Seasons of French Dishes from the Paris Markets was written by one of the Cook’n With Class chefs, Brian Defehr. The book’s photographs are by Pauline Boldt.

Macaron class at Cook'n With Class

Monique Wins a Macaron Class at Cook’n With Class
Photograph by Discover Paris!

Monique won a prize, too! A certificate valid for a macaron class at the cooking school. I anticipate that she will blog about her experience there.

Then more desserts were served…

Assortment of Desserts

Assortment of Desserts
Photographs by Discover Paris!

From top to bottom: Hazelnut Birthday Cake, Lemon Meringue Pie, and Fig Tart.

Following dessert came the entertainment…

Musicians in the Pastry Kitchen
Photograph by Discover Paris!

A three-man ensemble played some of the weirdest music that I’ve ever heard, improvising on empty canisters and the oven.

The Staff at Cook'n With Class

The Staff of Cook’n With Class
Photograph by Discover Paris!

A good time was had by all, thanks to the staff at Cook’n With Class!

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Our Walk – Black History in and around the Luxembourg Garden

October 8th, 2017
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Lenore Lindsey – Rachel Tucker – JoAnne Burgener
Photograph by Discover Paris!

Lenore Lindsey from Chicago, Rachel Tucker from Chicago, and JoAnne Burgener from Freeport joined me today for our “Black History in and around the Luxembourg Garden” walk.

Are you coming to Paris soon? Click here to learn about the walk: http://discoverparis.net/black-history-in-and-around-the-luxembourg-garden.

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Our Walk – Black History in and around the Luxembourg Garden

October 5th, 2017
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Jacqueline Morgan and Craig Craft
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Jacqueline Morgan and Craig Craft from Evergreen Park, Illinois joined me today for our “Black History in and around the Luxembourg Garden” walk.

Are you coming to Paris soon? Click here to learn about the walk: http://discoverparis.net/black-history-in-and-around-the-luxembourg-garden.

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Jazzman in the Metro

October 4th, 2017
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Jazzman in the Metro

Jazzman in the Metro
Photograph by Discover Paris!

Jazzman Carl Marcelin plays a mean sax in the Châtelet metro station. Click here to listen! https://youtu.be/KCR4vSFXzZ8

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Paris Panorama Newsletter for October 2017

October 3rd, 2017
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Welcome to the October 2017 edition of our newsletter Paris Panorama!

Each month we feature an inspiring haiku poem by Anna Eklund-Cheong. You will also find a photograph of Paris by Sophia Pagan, a photograph of our restaurant of the month with a link to our review (sign in to read the review), and an angel of the month by Rosemary Flannery.

Click here to access our current newsletter: http://discoverparis.net/newsletter-current.html.

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Our Walk – Black History in and around the Luxembourg Garden

October 1st, 2017
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Timothy and Kate Gibson
Photograph by Discover Paris!

Timothy and Kate Gibson from Charleston, West Virginia joined me today on our “Black History in and around the Luxembourg Garden” walk.

Are you coming to Paris soon? Click here to learn about the walk: http://discoverparis.net/black-history-in-and-around-the-luxembourg-garden.

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Tasting Homemade Coconut Sorbet at the Indo-Caribbean Food Festival

September 30th, 2017
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Homemade Coconut Sorbet at the Caribbean Cuisine Festival
Photograph by Discover Paris!

Monique and I attended the recent Indo-Caribbean Food Festival sponsored by the Academy of Culinary Art for the Creole World where I purchased a cup of homemade coconut sorbet. Follow this link to read Monique’s blog about the festival! http://entreetoblackparis.blogspot.fr/2017/09/celebrating-indo-caribbean-cuisine-at.html

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