Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Pro Tip: Café Gourmand

If you have a short dessert attention span, or if you like to share, or if you can never decide on just one dessert, or if you're short on cash (all of the above describe me), then here's a Paris Pro Tip: order a café gourmand. Usually comprised of an espresso and smaller portions of 3-5 desserts (depending on which size you get), these platters give you the option of trying several sweet thangs without breaking the bank. Usually they're even cheaper than a full dessert (plus you get the coffee!). It's almost too good to be true.

The above selection, composed of a delicious dark chocolate mousse and chantilly, a caramel flan, and a decadent slice of coconut-vanilla cake drenched in chocolate sauce, plus coffee, set me back 5,50€ at a pretty touristy café in Bercy Village at which all other dishes were damn pricey (hello, 14€ croque monsieur). I think the café gourmand is the sweetest secret in Paris. Have you ever had one?

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Cheap Art: Honza Hronek's Collodion Photography

(photo by Honza Hronek)

Like many before him, photographer Honza Hronek first picked up a camera in order to explore the land in front of him, foreign yet familiar, beautiful and waiting to be truly seen. Having moved to England from the Czech Republic at the age of 21, he quickly became connected with the idyllic countryside in a whole new way.

But a move to Paris a year later was the push that Hronek needed to drive him forward in his photography.

Monday, October 15, 2012

Cheap Art: Bernard Villemot

(image via Enjoy Art)

We're constantly bombarded by ads; billboards, magazine spreads and posters are in our faces all the time. Street artist Banksy said that “the thing I hate the most about advertising is that it attracts all the bright, creative and ambitious young people." This is certainly true (I used to work in advertising, and I agree). But sometimes the art in advertising outlives the ephemera of whatever is being promoted. That's when the artist behind the image becomes immortal. Such was the case with Bernard Villemot, a French graphic designer in the '50s and '60s whose brilliantly simple designs have stood the test of time, and are now on display at Bibliotheque Forney.

Monday, October 8, 2012

3,90€ Flicks Extended!

(photo via ScreenRush)

Just in time for autumn's onslaught of rainy, chilly days, the Tuesday Movie Deal has been extended! Nearly forever. From now until December 2013, you can pay just 3,90€ for one ticket at Cinéma Gaumont or Pathé - on TUESDAYS ONLY. You must buy the ticket the same day that you're going, between 9:30am and 10:30pm. Click here to buy.

You could see Pauline Détective, Taken 2, Les Seigneurs or one of many films already out, but personally I think I'll wait until November and check out Nous York, this adorable-looking film about a bunch of Frenchies who take to the Big Apple.

Thursday, October 4, 2012

On Being A Cheapskate

(photo by Rebeca Brown)

Did you ever wonder what it takes to pull up roots and move to Paris? What kind of insanity, and how long saving your money it would take? If you want to know how I did it, my story's over at The Billfold. Hope you enjoy!


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