Letter from Paris

By Alexander Lobrano There are not a lot of ‘forgotten’ or overlooked neighborhoods in central Paris anymore, but the Quartier de l’Europe, that curious hive of streets which bear the names of various European cities between the Place de Clichy and the Gare Saint Lazare is still sleepy and relatively

By Alexander Lobrano One of the oddest features of Paris’s cityscape has long been the corridor of tawdry sex shows and shops that line the boulevards de Clichy and Rochechouart between the 18th and 9th arrondissements. Though this neighborhood originally thrived around the turn of the 19th century as a

  It’s peony time in Paris, and we have a big vermillion bunch in the living room, and some ivory-colored ones in a smaller vase on the kitchen table. Everytime I trot out of my office to make a cup of tea or rustle up some lunch, these flowers swing

By Alexander Lobrano Though I don’t like its name, L’Hedoniste, because I find it smug (per the Merriam-Webster dictionary, hedonism is the doctrine that pleasure or happiness is the sole or chief good in life), I would still heartily recommend this friendly, lively and very good-looking bistro on the northern

The only things that would unfailingly draw me out of my warm lair on a wet night in Paris are the possibility of eating really good food and spending time with a favorite friend, so on Wednesday I bundled up and headed off to the 10th arrondissement for dinner with

I can’t think of a better response to the naysayers who insist the food in Paris isn’t very good anymore – and there are lots of these people, since this particular skepticism is currently fashionable — than a meal at Les Bistronomes, a superb and stunningly professional new bistro on

By Alexander Lobrano It’s a continuing challenge for me to cover the top of the Paris food chain for obvious economic reasons, so I was thrilled when a very old friend–we went to Kindergarten together in Greens Farms, Connecticut, called to say that she and her three white miniature poodles

By Alexander Lobrano Though I was very happily shacked up on the East End of Long Island for the New Year (where I ate as many Peconic Bay scallops as I could get my hands on, and also gorged myself on barbecued little-neck clams as part of a superb New

By Alexander Lobrano For anyone visiting Paris, the city’s thriving bistrot a vins scene offers both great eating and excellent value for the money. If Les Fines Gueles near the Place des Victoires is one of my favorite of the new generation of wine-oriented bistros serving good simple market-driven cooking

By Alexander Lobrano Arriving at Desvouges on a chilly autumn night with Bruno, we were both cranky and hungry. You won’t be surprised to hear that he wearies of being my most reliable guinea pig, but after a couples-therapy session – ah oui, happens to us all — we needed