22nd edition of the Salon du Chocolat

Affiche salon du chocolatThe famous cocoa based show is back for its 22nd edition at the Porte de Versailles, from 28th October to 1st November 2016. Under the theme of "Back to chocolate: somewhere between the chocolate of yesterday and the cocoa of tomorrow", the Salon du Chocolat will unveil the chocolate of the future. 

DThere will be expert lectures on new ways of consuming the product. Workshops by top chefs, culinary competitions for professionals and amateurs, exhibitions, and the famous chocolate dress fashion show also await visitors. 2016's great novelty is the first Junior Salon du Chocolat which includes workshops aimed at tickling the taste buds of the youngsters. This is also an opportunity to try great wines of producers from 5 continents, and leave with your arms full of gifts for the Christmas and New Year celebrations.



Salon du Chocolat, from 28th October to 1st November 2016.
Open every day from 10a.m. to 7p.m.
Full price: 14 euros / Children 3-12 years: 6.50 euros / Free for children under 3 years.


Paris Porte de Versailles
Pavillon 5
1, place de la Porte de Versailles
75015 Paris
Metro: Porte de Versailles (line 12) or Balard (line 8).



Crédit photo : Salon du Chocolat – Edition 2016 © Salon du Chocolat



American painting on exhibition at the Musée de l'Orangerie

Grant wood american gothic 2016

From 12th October 2016 to 30th January 2017, the Musée de l'Orangerie is celebrating American painting of the 1930s. This period was, in many respects, decisive in the affirmation of the modern art scene in the United States. 

Organized in partnership with the Art Institute of Chicago, this retrospective invites us to admire works of Edward Hopper, Georgia O'Keeffe, Grant Wood and Marsden Hartley. There are all styles here, from regionalism to abstraction and "social" realism. Fifty paintings are on exhibition, some from private collections, and others from prestigious American museums like the Whitney Museum and the Museum of Modern Art in New York. An event that you can take in before or after a walk along the Seine, or in the Jardin des Tuileries, where the museum is located.


Exhibition “American Painting in the 1930’s”, from 12th October 2016 to 30th January 2017.
Open every day, except on Tuesday, from 9a.m. to 6p.m.
Closed on 25th December 2016.
Full price: 9 euros / Concessions (18-25 years): 6.50 euros / Free for children under 18.


Musée de l’Orangerie
Jardin des Tuileries
75001 Paris
Metro: Concorde (lines 1, 8 and 12).

Crédit photo : American Painting – Musée de l’Orangerie
Grant Wood (1891-1942)
American Gothic (Gothique américain), 1930
Huile sur panneau d’aggloméré, 78 x 65.3 cm
Chicago, The Art Institute of Chicago, Friends of American Art Collection
© The Art Institute of Chicago
© ADAGP, Paris, 2016

George Balanchine takes over the Opéra Garnier

Opéra GarnierFrom 22nd October to 15th November 2016, the Opéra Garnier is presenting three abstract ballets by the Russian choreographer George Balanchine (1904 - 1983). The first, "Mozartiana", was designed around a Tchaikovsky score in homage to Mozart.

It brings together the soloists of the Palais Garnier, and the students of the School of Dance. The second, "Violin Concerto", is based on a score by composer Igor Stravinsky, and celebrates the pas de deux. The last, "Brahms-Schöenberg Quartet" was inspired by music by Johannes Brahms, orchestrated by Schöenberg. For this one, the costumes and the sets were created by Karl Lagerfeld. This third ballet takes the audience through movements that are both lyrical and romantic. This is a unique opportunity to discover, or rediscover, the work of a major twentieth century choreographer.



"George Balanchine – Hommage à Violette Verdy", from 22nd October to 15th November, 2016.
Prices: between 10 to 130 euros the ticket.


Palais Garnier
Place de l’Opéra
75009 Paris
Metro: Opéra (lines 3, 7 and 8) or Chaussée d’Antin (lines 7 and 9).



Crédit photo : George Balanchine – Ballets – Opéra Garnier - Opéra Garnier © Paris Tourist Office - Photographer: Claire Pignol

The Pitchfork Music Festival is back at La Villette

Pitchfork music festivalVA veritable institution among Parisian music festivals, the Pitchfork Music Festival returns from 27th to 29th October 2016 at the Grande Halle de la Villette. For three days, music lovers will be able to experience the rhythm of lots of pop, rock, folk, hip hop, jazz and electro concerts. 

For the 2016 edition, the headliner is singer M.I.A. who is presenting her new album, but also DJ Shadow, the leading exponent of the trip hop movement, and Mount Kimbie, with their groovy and contemplative electronic music. Pitchfork is also an opportunity to discover international young talent, like the four musicians of the Californian rock group, Warpaint. Other shows are also planned for "Pitchfork Avant-Garde" in other parts of the capital, such as the Café de la Danse or Badaboum.





Pitchfork Music Festival (in French), from 27th to 29th October 2016.
Open on Thursday from 5p.m. to 1a.m., on Friday from 5p.m. to 2a.m., and on Saturday from 5p.m. to 6a.m.
Pass 1 day: 54 euros / Pass 3 days: 120 euros.


Grande Halle de la Villette
211, avenue Jean Jaurès
75019 Paris
Tel.: +33 (0)1 40 03 75 75
Metro: Porte de Pantin (line 5).

Crédit photo : Pitchfork Music Festival – Edition 2016 © Vincent Arbelet


Best places

The best locavore restaurants of Paris

Restaurant locavore : l'Epi Dupin

In Paris there are locavore restaurants, like Pantruche, L'Epi Dupin or Bichat, that use small local producers when they are creating their menus. Focus on restaurants that promote thoughtful and seasonal cuisine.



Crédit photo :  Best locavore restaurants – Paris © L’Epi Dupin – François Pasteau

Le Pantruche

In Pantruche, which means "Parisian" in the argot of 1835, the Chef Franck Baranger offers seasonal cuisine, with a menu that varies from day to day, according to what is available. He sources fruits and vegetables from small producers in the Ile-de-France or from his family garden in Oise (chard, potatoes, gooseberries etc.). On the menu, you can try braised sweetbreads, carrots with liquorice, or Grand Marnier soufflé accompanied by salted butter caramel.

Open from Monday to Friday from 12:30p.m. to 2:30pm.
Closed on Sunday and Saturday.
Lunch menu: 19 euros / Dinner menu: 32 euros.


Le Pantruche (in French)
3, rue Victor Massé
75009 Paris
Tel.: +33 (0)1 48 78 55 60
Metro: Pigalle (lines 2 and 12) or Notre Dame de Lorette (line 12).

L’Epi Dupin

A place of pilgrimage for Parisian bistronomy since 1995, the Epi Dupin is supplied by local producers. Opened by the Chef François Pasteau, this restaurant relies on fish from sustainable fisheries and seasonal products, and recycles its oils and its biowaste, acts that it carries out in order to avoid food waste and to limit emissions of greenhouse gases. On the menu, mousseline of sweet potato with lemon and herring tempura are worth the trip, as are the chard with mustard and the melting beef chuck steak. For dessert, we succumbed to plum and almond tart with rhubarb sorbet.

Open on Monday from 7p.m. to 11p.m., and from Monday to Friday from noon to 3p.m., and from 7p.m. to 11p.m.
Closed on Saturday and Sunday.
Menus at 28, 39 and 52 euros.


L’Epi Dupin
11, rue Dupin
75006 Paris
Tel.: +33 (0)1 42 22 64 56
Metro: Sèvres-Babylone (lines 10 and 12) or Rennes (line 12).

Le Bichat

This 100% organic canteen is ideally located in the district of the Saint-Martin canal. It advocates slow food using organic seasonal ingredients, that are sourced as locally as possible in the Ile-de-France. Here, everything is homemade, right down to the freely available lemonade. On the menu, you can find a good, gluten-free, vegetarian soup but also organic draft beer and wine. Bichat's bestseller is still its "Bol" (bowl) which contains rice, cooked vegetables and salad, with a supplement of pork, egg, chicken or mackerel.


Open every day from 7p.m. to 11p.m.
Bowl: 7 at 10 euros.

Le Bichat (in French)
11, rue Bichat
75010 Paris
Tel.: +33 (0)9 54 27 68 97
Metro: Goncourt (line 11) or République (lines 3, 5, 8, 9 and 11).


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