A few weeks ago, I was back in Paris for work. I absolutely adore being in my favorite city. I didn’t get a chance to explore, but I still dreamed. Dreamed of the restaurants and delicious Paris food I missed out on instead. When I visited this past June, my friend Sara took me to some incredible new places that I highly recommend trying.
Clown Bar is a popular restaurant right now, and Sara and I completely lucked out by getting an early reservation one night. Talk about mom life.
In October of last year, the Eater.com called Clown Bar the “most thrilling restaurant in Paris”. I have to say I absolutely agree with the sentiment, especially as it related to the circus themed decor and the style of the food. As per usual in popular Paris restaurants, servings are small, but made to perfection. They offered interesting combinations of flavors and delightful presentation. To top it off, everyone that worked there was incredibly nice.
Paperboy is right down the street from Sara’s apartment. We had a quiet and beautiful brunch on our last Sunday together at this great restaurant.
Their items are simple but astonishing. They provided a tray of 3 dips for our bread – homemade peanut butter, butter and caramel. It was to die for. I could’ve sat there eating the caramel all day, but I also had a delicious meal to enjoy. The best part was that it was so reasonably priced. To date, I believe Paperboy offers one of the best brunches in all of Paris.
Paris always has another amazing restaurant to offer, and I will continue to dream of (and drool for) the Paris food. At least until the next time I visit….
Last week I was in Nice and Cannes and it was such a pleasure given that fall has officially arrived in Zurich. It felt like summer was just beginning in the Cote d’Azur, as there were people on the beach wearing shorts, flip flops and sun dresses were seen at every turn.
I arrived in Nice and after I finished my work day, I walked down to the rocky white beach and sat down to read my book. It was incredibly relaxing, hearing the waves lap upon the shore and watching the sun slowly dip into the water out of the corner of my eye.
Being in Nice, by the water, I tried to dress as “nautical” as possible. Although sadly my husband was not with me so I didn’t have a good photographer on hand. 🙁
I have been relying on TripAdvisor a lot more lately for my dinner recommendations, and I have found the 4th – 10th down on the list are always available and never disappoint. In Nice, I ate at Le Petit Cafe. I had a delicious salmon dinner with a lovely chilled rose wine. Rose is always best in the south of France as French rose is often from the region of Provence.
The next day I was in Cannes and had dinner at Da Mimmo. It was a delicious pizza restaurant where the waiters dressed adorable with 1920s newsboys caps on. The pizza was divine and so was the weather.
Cannes is also lovely and these beaches have sand instead of the smooth white stones like in Nice. It’s easy to get to this beautiful paradise from Zurich and completely worth it. I was thankful for the extended summer treat and I very much look forward to when I can return.
Paris is one of the best places to go to feel inspired about clothing. When I lived in Chicago and would visit Paris, I would take note of what the women were wearing because I knew it would be in Chicago stores 6 months later. I always envy the Parisian women because they have this natural confidence that just sings from every inch of them. They could have smudged mascara and mismatched shoes and yet they would still be the chicest and most interesting women in any room.
As such, when visiting Paris, I find myself a tad more intimidated when pulling together an outfit. As easy as it seems to come to Parisian women, for me I fumble about trying to look chic and always wonder if I really managed to pull it off as flawlessly as they do.
My husband helped me take photos that included some of my favorite elements of Paris. The first is of course the Eiffel Tower. The weather is starting to turn in Europe – the warm summer days are starting to slowly get cooler – and my most favorite bomber jacket is always in order for this kind of weather.
Another place I love in Paris is Pont Alexandre bridge. My husband and I took some amazing wedding photos in this very spot and I wanted to visit it again together. It was also a great time to wear one of my new purchases from Tara Jarmon.
I did recycle many elements from the above look, but one thing I’ve been trying is the makeup-bag-turned-clutch. This neon clutch doubled as my makeup bag for this trip and I thought it added a fun pop to the outfit overall.