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Parisian babe: a chance encounter

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This video is about a lovely woman I met while eating a Berthillon ice cream cone in Paris and why I thought to myself, this is a Parisian babe if ever I’ve seen one!
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More on babes

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This video concerns two of the most fascinating women of their day, who were such babes that they were the most photographed women in the world of their times.  Watch my video!                                            photo blog jackie

 

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My best-kept secret which led me to Paris

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bubbles bastille IMG 4117In this video I reveal a wonderful secret which led me to live part-time in Paris.

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Bussing to bliss in Paris

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If you want to eat great food while you’re in Paris, it can be inconvenient to visit some of the city’s finest food boutiques when those shops aren’t located near tourist sites because the outing can take hours out of a day of sightseeing. So I’d like to share with you $5 do-it-yourself bus tour which passes by major tourist sites and ends at a pâtisserie voted for making the best brioche in Paris.  Watch my video!

 
Le Nôtre pâtisserie, 10, rue Saint Antoine
Bus 69:  get off at Bastille-St. Antoine stop [or métro stop Bastille]
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My bus map—Le Petit Parisien, 3 Plans Par Arrondissement—can usually be found at:

  • Virgin bookstore, in the shopping mall under the Louvre art museum
  • Gibert Jeune, 5 Place Saint-Michel
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And the winner is...for the best baguette in Paris

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b mauvieux_2_4283In this video I'll take you to the boulangerie which won the coveted annual competition for the best baguette in Paris.      Watch my video!

 

Sébastien Mauvieux's boulangerie: 159 rue Ordener
Métro:  Jules Joffrin
Video of Parisian bakers submitting their baguettes for Best Baguette in Paris competition:  http://youtu.be/Bcijy5GRtL8
Dancer Paolo Provenzano's youtube channel:
http://www.youtube.com/user/MrPaoloProvenzano

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How to look like a Parisian babe

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Fuschi periIn this video I'll reveal secrets about how to achieve that oh-so-Parisian look. To begin with, it doesn't come from their clothes.  Watch my video!

 

 

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Ooh-la-la Jean-Marie does it again! The best of French cooking

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Let me take you to the French Alps where my friend Jean-Marie Cravero—who is one of the best cooks I know—will show me how to make his scrumptious tian. It’s a IMG 3934southern French recipe composed of layered vegetables, rice and ham, then crowned with cheese and breadcrumbs and baked to a wonderful crusty goodness. When Jean-Marie  was growing up in a city on the Mediterranean Sea, on Sundays women would assemble tian to serve for lunch and then take them to a public oven to bake them. 

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Tian for 5 - 6 people:

  • 1 kilogram (2.2 lbs.)small zucchini, seeded and diced
  • 150 grams (a little more than 1/2 cup) basmati rice
  • 50 grams (2 oz.) cured ham, such as prosciutto or serrano ham
  • 50 grams (2 oz.) thick slice of ham
  • 100 grams (3 1/2 oz.) pork cutlet 
  • 100 grams (3 1/2 oz.) veal cutlet
  • Sage leaves, dried or fresh
  • 2 eggs, beaten with a fork
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 50 centiliters (3 - 4 tablespoons) cream
  • Parsley, minced fine
  • Olive oil
  • Cheese, grated (such as gruyere swiss cheese)
  • Breadcrumbs
  • Water
  • Beef bouillon cubes
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 1 sprig rosemary
  • 2 sprigs thyme
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    Butter a gratin dish about 14 inches long by 10 inches wide. Preheat oven to 350º. Cut each zucchini lengthwise into 4 pieces. Remove the seeds. Cut the zucchini into a medium dice and boil in salted water for 4 - 5 minutes. Drain and set aside.

    Put water in a saucepan with beef bouillon cubes, a clove of garlic, bay leaf, thyme and rosemary. (Jean-Marie puts the thyme and rosemary in a cheesecloth bag for easy removal after cooking but if you don’t have one, put the loose herbs in and pick them out after the rice is cooked.) There should be enough water so that the rice is swimming in it. Add the rice to the rice cooking water and simmer for 10 minutes. Strain the rice, set the strainer over a bowl to drain thoroughly, and set aside.

    Place the pork and veal cutlets in a skillet with a little oil over medium heat. Sprinkle crumbled sage on the pork cutlet. Sauté cutlets until they’re fully cooked. Cut the cooked pork and veal cutlets into pieces. Slice both hams into pieces. Put the meats through a meat grinder with large holes. If you don’t have a meat grinder, cut the meats into small pieces.

    Mince parsley until it’s fine. Stir together the zucchini, half of the rice, half of the ground meats, parsley, pepper, and a splash of oil and cream to moisten everything. Stir in beaten eggs and minced garlic along with the remaining meats and rice. 

    Deglaze the skillet with meat juices in it by adding 3 - 4 tablespoons of cream. Gently simmer for a few minutes, then pour it over the zucchini mixture. Pour the zucchini mixture into the buttered gratin dish and lightly tamp it down with a fork. Sprinkle on breadcrumbs and grated cheese. Bake for 25 - 30 minutes.

    To know is nothing at all; to imagine is everything.

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    I love this quote from the French writer Jacques Antole François Thibault because during my 20-year illness, my imagination has been one of my best tools for swingsovercoming adversity.

    I talked about this in my video, My Secret Weapon for Overcoming Adversity.

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    American four-way stops hilarious to most Parisians

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    obelisk con_7966I always enjoy hearing about which things fascinate my Parisian friends the most when they visit the U.S. for the first time. Who could guess that one of the top things would be our four-way-stop signs! In this video I’ll share with you why.

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    Computers are from Mars, I'm from Venus

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    Three years ago I thought that owning a computer was fun and that my technological skills were good enough. Then I started making videos and life has never been the same since. The kind of videos I make place much stress on my computer so to keep up with the technical problems they’ve created, I’ve logged 95staircase 6855 sessions at the Apple store, 30 calls to Apple’s telephone technical support line, and at least 30 hours with independent computer consultants. This video is a story about how having to learn sophisticated computer skills has reminded me of living part-time in Paris. 

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     To contact Matt Longmire:  http://www.macblend.com

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    Photo:  Apple store, Paris

    Kindness scatters beauty whenever it is shared

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    All that truly matters in the end is that you loved

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    cafe noir_4499For me, this saying boils life down to its essence. It extends beyond one’s love for other people such as a spouse, family or friends. The quote expresses how what matters most is that I try to be a carrier of love in everything I do, and that I love life itself.

     

     

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    Parks, Paris and cheesecake — Oh my!

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    Today, as part of my series on favorite pastry shops in Paris, I’ll take you to a family-run bakery where I go to when I’m in the mood for cheesecake. Sacha pl vosges_close_7897Finkelsztajn’s recipe comes from the owner’s Polish grandparents. It’s lighter and more moist than American-style cheesecake tends to be. Then I’ll show you a gorgeous nearby park where you can take your dessert and enjoy eating it out of doors.

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     Sacha Finkelsztajn:  27 rue des Rosiers, 4th Paris
    Métro:  Saint-Paul

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    If you cannot go over, you must go under

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    hot-chocolate 0401When I’m living in Paris, each week my friend Yukie Matsushita and I meet in a café in our neighborhood to begin the day over a tiny cup of noisette (espresso with a splash of milk), while sharing our lives. Sometimes instead we’ll sip hot chocolate, served beneath billowing clouds of whipped cream, and nibble on flakey, buttery croissants. I treasure our simple weekly ritual. 

     

    Yukie is a talented illustrator and artist who writes a blog, accompanied by her illustrations. I just bought a selection of her handmade proverb cards, which are so lovely and poetic that many people frame them. One of my favorite ones reads, “If you cannot go over, you must go under.” The wisdom of this proverb has been essential to me in overcoming the adversities of long-term illness.

     

  • If you’d like to see a short, charming video of Yukie creating her art in her Paris studio, and hosting the opening of her latest show near the Louvre Museum, go to:  http://vimeo.com/46516865
  • Yukie’s blog with her drawings is at her website:  yukiematsushita.com
  • Life is like a camera

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    I love this metaphor as an important life lesson for overcoming adversity. It is written on a photograph on Rawforbeauty's Facebook page.

     

    Life is like a camera

    Just focus on what’s important    Camera no._1

    Capture the GOOD TIMES                    

    Develop from the negatives                        

    and if things don’t turn out

    —just take another shot

     

     

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    My visual feast: Paris shoe fashion will never grow old

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    Back before my illness struck, I used to visit New York and Paris nearly every year. Since I am a visual, aesthetically-oriented person, who enjoys fashion, part of the pleasure of those trips for me was watching what New Yorkers and Parisians were wearing. After 14 years of living housebound in Seattle due to sickness,
    when I was finally well enough to visit New York and Paris again, I was a little shocked to find how much the casual clothing trend had taken root in both thoser dargout_6819 cities. But let me be clear:  New Yorkers and Parisians still tend to be way more fashionable than we Seattleites. But since my illness led me to living part-time in Paris, I now realize that there is one area where Parisian women have not gone casual. It is one area where many of them still tend to dress to the hilt. Let me show you what I mean in this video.   Watch my video!

     

     

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    What's a cookie like you doing in a place like this? Spanish cookies mysterious place in a Paris candy shop

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    As part of my series on my favorite pâtisseries in Paris, in this video I’ll take you to a shop called La Cure Gourmande, which sells a cookie that I love. If you’re ile st._louis_8653_1visiting Paris, their melt-in-your-mouth mantecao biscuits can easily be taken home as gifts because the cookies last up to one-and-a-half months in the La Cure Gourmande’s decorative tins. I must admit that I can’t verify the shop’s claim because I inevitably eat my mantecados long before that. 

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    Mantecao cookies at La Cure Gourmande:  49 Avenue de l’Opéra, 2nd Paris [métro:  Opéra] or 55 Rue Saint-Louis en I’île, 4th Paris [Métro:  Pont Marie]

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    3 tips for keeping track of your things

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    One part of the experience of living part-time in Paris is how much more time I spend looking for my things. Living between two continents certainly taxes my organizational skills, as does trying to manage my illness in both places. Once in Paris, I live in four to five apartments. The situation naturally increases the blog suitcases_9409_-_Version_2number of misplaced  things. Sometimes I forget to pack something important, which can’t be easily found in France. These certainly aren’t serious problems, but on some days, they can drive me just a little crazy. So I’m happy to report that on my fifth year of doing this, I no longer spend much time looking for my things. In this video, I’ll share with you my top three favorite  techniques that help me stay organized as I move around.

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    Take the Da Vinci Code book tour with Annie: see it all up close now

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     I’m often asked by friends and acquaintances alike if I’ve been to St. Sulpice church and other sites in the best-selling novel The Da Vinci Code while I’m living st. sulpice_7401part-time in Paris. The answer is that yes, I see those places regularly, especially since several of my healthcare providers’ offices are located just off the square where St. Sulpice sits. Some of my favorite Parisian haunts happen to be around Da Vinci Code sites so in this video, I’ll share them with you.  

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    -St. Sulpice church, 2 rue Palatine  [Métro:  St. Sulpice]
    -Louvre art museum [Métro:  Palais Royal-Musée du Louvre, Louvre-Rivoli]
    -Ritz Hotel on Place Vendôme might be closed due to renovation. [Métro:  Opera]
    -Repetto’s flagship boutique,  22 rue de la Paix  [Métro:  Opera]
    -Les Deux Magots cafe, 6 Place St.-Germain-des-Prés [Métro: St.-Germain-des-Prés]
    -Le Jacquard Français, 53 rue Bonaparte  [Métro: St.-Germain-des-Prés]
    -Courtyard terrace at the Westin Paris-Vendôme, 3 rue Castiglione, 1st Paris [Métro:  Tuileries]

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    “You can do almost anything you want in life, as long as you don’t care who gets the credit for it.”

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    Whenever my father would say this to me as a child, I couldn’t grasp the full meaning of his words. But now that I’m an adult, I realize that my father’s actions reflected this philosophy of life; and that they influenced me far more than his words could ever do. 

    Dad _me_shipMy father died too young. If I could see him again, I would thank him for gifting me with this nugget of wisdom. From my father I’ve learned that if I look to others to tell me when I’ve been successful at something, or if I’m reluctant to do something because I won’t get enough applause for it, I construct a kind of prison around myself which not only limits my happiness, but also who I can become and what I might do with my life. 

    The greatest reward for climbing is not applause or a new job, but the journey and its views along the way, and the peace that comes from listening to my inner voice even when no one is watching. In the end, I’m grateful for the liberating effect that my father’s example has had on my life. 

     

     

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