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Alain Ducasse cooking school in Paris

Posted in luxury, Paris, restaurants on October 26, 2011 by ParisDeluxe&Arty

One of my favorite chef is Alain Ducasse (try the Plaza Athenee restaurant in Paris or Louis XV  in Monaco  !). This worldwide- three times triple stars -chef opened two years ago a cooking school in Paris and because people know I’m gourmet and gourmande (greedy) my name was given to the school to do the translation for a british group ! I’m not a translator but art historian, nevertheless I wanted to go and see the cooking school, and by the way it was the opportunity to take a class ! I was not desappointed : the kitchens are so gorgeous, bright, colourful, high tech, a perfect frame to improve your talent ! There were two female chefs, Rosalba and Sabrina, very professional and flexible, adaptating themselves to the level of the participants.

          

pictures : courtesy Ecole de Cuisine Alain Ducasse,  by Vincent Lappartient and Eric Bergoend.

I was called again for this friday and lucky me , it was a macaroon workshop with a pastry chef, Cyril. So great !!

     

You can come in family, with friends, with your company (it changes from museums tour !), you have also a wine cellar for wine initiation and tasting sessions.

N.B :  They  have a special kids workshop for Halloween right now !

http://www.ecolecuisine-alainducasse.com

A sunday brunch at Ralph’s, Saint Germain Boulevard

Posted in Paris, restaurants, shops, Uncategorized on September 18, 2011 by ParisDeluxe&Arty

Perfect day today – indian summer in Paris ! -for a brunch outside. We decided to go on the left bank, at Ralph Lauren’s restaurant which opened last year.Located in a  fabulous private mansion built in 1683 Ralph Lauren flagship in Paris houses a restaurant serving typical american food.I love brunches and this one starts well with a Mimosa (or you can choose a Bloody Mary if you’re ready for a spicy sunday). I enjoyed benedicts eggs and tasted Edwart ‘s salmon baggels .We did liked the cakes and brownies : so delicious and unique. We were very well received and had the nicest table outside.

              

One fabulous week in Marrakech !

Posted in hotels and restaurants, luxury, Marrakech, restaurants, shopping, travels on June 2, 2011 by ParisDeluxe&Arty

Edwart and me just come back from Marrakech and we loooved it ! I must say we were welcomed in the greatest places in very privileged conditions, we could enjoy and visit the most beautiful riads and hotels and taste the most delicious food. Choukrane to Fabrizio from Maison Arabe, to the french chef Laurent Chancel and Mustapha the morrocan chef, both from Royal Mansour, with many thanks also to Patrick Langlois and Ali from Fouquet’s Naoura Barriere, Amine from Mamounia…choukrane everybody and especially our dear funny and amazing friends who will  recognize…

1) La Maison Arabe

We stayed in my favorite Riad called “la Maison Arabe”owned by Prince Fabrizio Ruspoli and very well located in the Medina, not far from famous Djema El Fna square.

    

We loved our room with a private balcony and overlooking the swimming pool.I will rememember the delicious breakfast with moroccan pancakes and yogurt, so sweet and smooth. We enjoy the spa very much, 1001 nights atmosphere, it’s sooo good to start your trip with a hamman session and unforgetable massages ! The riad is decorated in a traditional style with taste and refinement for every details, at the image of the owners.

10 min drive from the Riad  there is the Country club reserved for hotels guests only with a bigger swimming pool and amazing gardens smelling roses and rosemary…you can enjoy a light lunch under the shade of olive trees and  it’s possible to hire the place for private event. Ideal for a birthday or wedding party there !!

  

2) ROYAL MANSOUR

Thanks to adorable friends  we could appreciate and enjoy Royal Mansour , which is more than the best and most beautiful palace hotel in the world : here we are on a Royal scale.

Imagine a private Medina with top luxury riads (all with private pools), surrounded by a magical scented garden , a spa that gives you a taste of paradise on earth, a french team in the kitchen from le Meurice (under Yannick Alleno supervision), new moroccan chef who worked in Monaco with Alain Ducasse…  and the most exquisite polychromic marbles, sophisticated fabrics, velvets, impressive  and delicate wood marquetterie, pietradura marquetterie,  embroideries on leather, impressive carved and painted ceilings, cristal chandelier all different the ones from the other, traditional zelige (mosaics) and tadelakt walls , EVERYWHERE ! without speaking of the library with an opening roof to observe the stars…no you’re not in a morrocan fairy tale you’re in Royal Mansour for Royal holidays !

The best craftmen of the kingdom worked there in order to offer the essence of Moroccan style blend in a contemporary refined atmosphere. Impossible to  talk about  high luxury if you haven’t been there once !

The entrance- the piano bar-the library-  the bar decorated with pink gold leaves on the mirrored wall- the swimming pool-

                 

3) Mamounia by night :

We decided to go to that legendary palace hotel just for a drink then we were filled with marvels discovering the garden by night -with three centuries old trees -, the silent pool, the impressive refined lobby (the hotel has been totally redecorated by famous french interior designer Jacques Gracia-,  and decided to  eat at the Moroccan restaurant (but you have also a french one and italian one). We enjoyed our perfect couscous so much ! and the service was so friendly. We spent a lovely evening accompanied by excellent traditional musicians.

     

4) Fouquet’s Naoura Barriere

if you are used to read me you know we love La Baule seaside resort in west France. We went there 2 months ago and were recommended to visit the new hotel from Barriere group that opened in Marrakech. It’s  located just in font of La Maison Arabe ! We met Patrick Langlois, a very charming man who worked 25 years in La Baule before he participated to the launching of the new hotel in the Red City.We had a dinner by the pool and enjoyed the dessert. And  guess what,  I took something VERY french- even  so parisian- and hard to find now in Paris : Crepes Suzette !! so funny and extra delicious. Ali who knows also Deauville (we love Normandy Barriere hotel in Deauville,  the best hotel in Normandie) was our waiter and prepared these famous “crepes” !

  

5) Shopping

The day before we left Joe took me in his favorite shops in Gueliz, the modern and trendy part of Marrakech and great shopping area ! you wil find in many fashion city guides “Scene de lin” for home interior design and that’s definitly the place to shop for home souvenirs ! fabricks, blankets, cushions, scarfs, home accessories, a dream ! it makes you want to buy and decorate your own riad .

For fashion I love the creations of Nourredine Amir in Villa Amir. The place is all what I like : minimalist , only stone and glass, with opening on orange tree floroushing in a courtyard. Incredible work with ribbons twisted  for this corset, it looks like a sculpture !

      

I also recommend warmly Amina Tifnouti , 3 rue des vieux Marrakchis, I bought 2 tops , one in black velvet , the other in black silk, both embroidered with traditional moroccan motifs. I will wear them during our next trip to Venise for Biennale of contemporary art , we’ll stay in San Clemente Place hotel, I’m so excited !!

Mini Palais restaurant in Grand Palais

Posted in Paris, restaurants on May 7, 2011 by ParisDeluxe&Arty

The restaurant reopens last september after one year and half work and it’s a success ! I enjoyed everything : the decor, the food , the welcome and service, which were so professional !

First the decor, it was a challenge to create a friendly atmosphere in such impressive volumes. You are in Grand Palais built in 1900 for the Universal fair, a stone throw from Champs-Elysée, just next to one of the most beautiful bridges in Paris: Alexander IIII. You can take advantage of a phenomenal terrace in summer time, facing Petit Palais. Riviera style atmosphere !

  

About the menu, the chef who created it  is one of my favorite : Eric Frechon from Bristol, 3 stars chef.

Perfect starter : as tasty as colourful, refreshing and original with a watermelon jelly.Then I took a fish which was cooked perfectly and recovered with almonds…mmm so yummy ! I will come back soon and will recommend to all of my clients and friends that place for sure as the summer spot !

l’Ecaille de la Fontaine : the freshest seafood in a pocket restaurant !

Posted in Paris, restaurants on March 7, 2011 by ParisDeluxe&Arty

If you like as me oysters, langoustines( scampi), sea-urchins…and want something different from a big brasserie, why not try this tiny little charming restaurant owned by famous french actor Gérard Depardieu,  Gaillon street 15, 2nd district ?  He made the interior design himself, you also have photographs about his carrer on the wall.You’ll feel like beeing invited in the appartment of someone you already know ! Very cosy but don’t be afraid about proximity 😉

Only fresh french sea food is served, you can even order for take away.

The façade looks like a movie set, don’t you think ?!

Thaim, my favorite Thaï restaurant in first district, Paris

Posted in Paris, restaurants on February 19, 2011 by ParisDeluxe&Arty

I love Thai food and next to my place there is a little Thaï I recommend to everybody : Thaim, 46 Richelieu Street, 75001.

First, I do enjoy the decor and the atmosphere,  as relaxing as a thai therapy -by the way, the owner of the restaurant is about to open a thai massage parlour very soon not far from the restaurant, I will let you know ! The design is not kitsch at all, at the opposite indeed,  very refined with beautiful glazed cramics around, it gives the feeling of a boutique restaurant.

And the food is delicious, there is a menu that changes everyday,  you have the choice between duck, fish or chicken. You always start with a tasting plate for apetizers, my favorite ! If you go there , don’t hesitate to tell me if you liked the place, it’s nice to have feed-back from readers.The restaurant is also recommended by famous french guide “Gault-Millau”.

During the week-end, by night , there is 2 thai dancers performing while you’re eating ! They are lovely.

Lunch at Café de la Paix-Paris

Posted in Paris, restaurants on January 2, 2011 by ParisDeluxe&Arty

Happy New Deluxe-year everybody ! I wish you a year full of Art, culture and luxury around the world and Paris especially !!

I really wanted to start the year with a nice seafood plate, let’s forget the “detox post” ! I will talk about my sport club later -the fabulous Ritz health club-So I was dreaming about oysters, clams, crabs…parisian love seafood you know, especially during winter or before or after theatre or Opera. That’s why I love Café de la Paix, by the Opera Garnier house, in a cosy Napoleon III  setting. According to me this is where you can eat the best onion soup in Paris.

Many great names of 19th century used to meet there : Zola, Maupassant, Diaghilev, more recenlty Pierre cardin and I saw my friend Paz Blasco de la Fuente (PR VIP from the hotel Intercontinental next to the restaurant ) dining with marvellous spanish actress Carmen Maura.

So I enjoyed very much my sea-food plate but not only, because the restaurant asks a fashion designer to create a dessert for the menu and the one I had was just perfect : dark and milk chocolate, as soft as silk,  with bitter orange and almond mousse, perfect in winter ! it’s called “Ruban d’amour”(ribbon of love”) by Zuhair Murad, a symbol of endless love in feng-shui.

If you want to taste it, hurry up , it’s a limited edition until mid-january .

Pavillon Ledoyen, Mengès publisher 30 years celebration with writers

Posted in Art, books, news, restaurants on November 16, 2010 by ParisDeluxe&Arty

Yesterday evening-monday- we were inviting Edwart and me to fabulous Pavillion Ledoyen on Champs Elysées, not far from Grand Palais to celebrate the 30 years of Mengès, our publisher. It was the writers’ party and we were treated so well !

First, the place is amazing : the restaurant exists since 1791 but was refurbished in 1842 by Hittorff and kept 2nd Empire interior desgin, among greenery and gardens. The chef has 3 Michelin stars so the cocktail was excellent ! the best I had since a very long time : foie gras that looked like caramel mini cakes, truffles white and black with consommé or fine omelette, perfect french cheeses (unforgettable saint Félicien, so creamy) and I’m not ashamed to say that I took 3 Kouin aman for dessert, a specialty from Brittany made only with sugar, butter and puff pastry ! The best in the world !!

What a nice evening to discover the latest art books released including ours !!

Edwart wrote a book about graphic art from XIVth to XXth century : “the masters of drawing” in english but it’s in french only. A very nice and affordable art book  to be initiated to graphic art through centuries with short but clarifying comments.

Mine is about masterpieces in modern and contemporary art, it will be translated in 4 languages, the one you see is in french. I’m so hapy, that’s my first book ! I will tell you when it will be released in english and how to get it.

It was made also as an easy introduction to modern and contemporary art through 777 masterpiecesk and I commented 200, I had to give in one sentence the idea of the work. I enjoyed that challenge very much.

The books will be available in France the first week of december.

We thank Isabelle de Tinguy and all Mengès team for their kindness and welcome.

Paris Gourmet tour

Posted in luxury, restaurants, shops on October 6, 2010 by ParisDeluxe&Arty

I loooove my job ! Such a treat today ! I was working for an agency and I gave a “gourmet tour ” for people from the Ritz hotel : we started with a wine and cheese tasting at “Pharamond”, a very parisian and very good bistrot in Les Halles district, classified national heritage : 1900 style, with colored tiles on the wall and private lounges upstairs for private lunches or diner (from 2 to 12). Oh my god ! we tasted a Gevrey-Chambertin premier cru from 2007 !! I  really enjoy Burgondy wine, more than Bordeaux. Black cherry colour and taste, perfect with Saint Nectaire cheese.

SalonThen we walked in lovely Montorgueil street to admire famous pastry shop “Storher” since 1730. Stohrer was the pastry chef of Kingof Poland whose daughter married king Louis XV, so he settled down in Versailles and opened a shop n Paris in 1730. He’s the one who created famous “Baba” (because when he created his cake the king was reading the famous tales of 1001 nights) !  Originally  it was a dry brioche from Poland he enriched with “crème patissiere” and Malaga wine. Today is a spongy brioche with a lot of rhum and whipped cream. Other specialty : the “well of love”, a sweet mix of sugar, butter and “pâte feuilletée”, absolutly delicious !

Then we had a meeting at Marcolini’s boutique near Opera house. Pierre Marcolini is a belgium  chocolate maker (from italian roots) who travels himself to Bresil, Mexico, Peru ….to select the best cocoa beams he transforms in his own workshops into exceptional chocolate. The shops in Belgium are famous, he’s got also shops in Japon too and 2 in Paris. It’s luxury chocolate, not industrial (please forget Godiva or Leonidas)  with elegant minimalist design for boxes and boutiques. Lanvin fashion house selected him  for the fashion defile to offer to VIPs dark truffles chocolate !!

It’s so funny, because after that wonderful afternoon, I was working at Grand Palais for Monet exhibition (I have to write on  it ) and I arrived so excited and in a great mood, full of energy ; my colleagues asked me what’s happened !! haha ! exceptional wine and dark chocolate is the secret  !!

Le comptoir dessiné par Olivier Lampereur

No diner for me tonight !

4 restaurants in Barcelona

Posted in Barcelona, restaurants, travels on September 1, 2010 by ParisDeluxe&Arty

I would like to recommend you 4 places we enjoyed very much :

1) for the exceptionnal view on Barcelona, especially by night, Torre de Alta Mar, located in an incredible and unusual place  : atop the 75-metre high Torre de Sant Sebastián cable-car tower , redesigned of course in a lounge and dark atmosphere . A spot for beautiful people, definitly !

The food is delicious, the service excellent,  but you pay for the view…Anyway, I think it’s really worth going.

2) a classic :  7 Portes, since 1836. We could say  a national monument ! excellent sea-food , delicious “crema catalana”; we were sitting at …Picasso’s favorite table , just next to the entrance door with a strategic view on the room.

3) a lounge restaurant, also a club,  by the sea, very cool and cosy, with excellent music : CLDC (passeig maritim)

If you’re a group of friends, or just with your lover, and don’t agree on the kind of food you want, one likes Indian, the other pure spanish or morrocan…this place is for you ! they even have a japonese cook for fresh sushi.I had a wonderful black rice, sometimes called the fishermen rice (made with cuttle ink).

Funny, during our dinner 2 ladies went from table to table to propose 10 min massages, they were great !

We enjoyed very much that trendy,but not noisy, place.

4) El taxidermista : casual, pleasant, on famous Plaza Reiale where lamp-post were designed by Gaudi.

Formerly the museum ‘s natural sciences taxidermy workshop . Beautiful and delicious paella :