Love for Longchamp

The staple French girl bag.

It’s impossible to walk through Paris without seeing at least ten Longchamp bags. Every French girl has at least one in her collection; it’s a cultural thing.  And you can never have too many. For daily use, soirées, or traveling, the French brand has a perfect bag for the occasion.

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French street style

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A little bit of history

In 1948, Jean Cassegrain started out making leather coverings for pipes as part of his family’s tobacco business. He expanded to leather bags and accessories, and Longchamp was born. The name and logo of Longchamp (meaning “long field”) comes from the polo fields on the outskirts of Paris near Cassegrain’s home. A family-owned business, the brand has grown into an international sensation.  Their bags are beautiful and elegant; what’s not to love?

You can see everyone from celebrities to the person next to you on the metro rocking their Longchamp bags.

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Kate Moss in London

Pippa Middleton with a Longchamp bag

Pippa Middleton with a Longchamp pliable

I love all things Longchamp.

My first Longchamp bag was a gift from my father on my first trip to Paris, and I’ve been hooked every since.

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Latest item on the wishlist: the Roseau handbag

Their loyal pliables, or foldable bags, are my every day, go-to bag. Not only is it incredibly sturdy but it is also chic – and can hold just about everything one needs.  Switching from being a Sorbonne masters student to an aspiring opera singer at the conservatoire to an English professor in a college of science and technology in a day, I need a bag that can handle my heaps of music, laptop, and teaching materials. It’s with me in Paris, and it accompanies me when I travel. It’s the perfect bag for any day – and one of the only bags in the world that has proven able to keep up with this busy, often times chaotic lifestyle.

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Traveling with the beautiful Longchamp bag from JN

My favorite Longchamp boutique in Paris is on Rue St Honoré.  You can also visit Longchamp in Galeries Lafayette, Printemps, Le Bon Marché, or at their online store.

Longchamp Saint-Honoré 
404, Rue St Honoré
75001 PARIS

Celebrating the 2500+ visitors mark today!

Today we are celebrating the milestone of having over 2,500 visitors to the blog!

2013 has started off really well; can’t wait to see what’s in store! I’m looking forward to an exciting year full of new discoveries and experiences in this beautiful city and abroad. Here’s to another 2,500 visitors…and many more!

To all of my readers: Thank you, merci, gracias, danke, grazie, ありがとうございます。Спасибо, dankie, شكرا, Obrigada, 謝謝 , Dík, dank u wel, Kiitos, გმადლობთ, ધન્યવાદ, תודה, Makasih, Go raibh maith agat, 감사합니다, Ačiū, takk, مرسي, ਧਨਵਾਦ , Mulţumesc, Хвала , Ďakujem, Hvala, tack, ขอบคุณ , Mālō, Teşekkür ederim, Cảm ơn ông!!!!!

xx PatriciaParisienne

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El Guacamole: Mexican food in the 10th Arrondissement

Mexican food. 

A coffee date with friends today turned into the discovery of a fabulous new Mexican restaurant, El Guacamole near the Canal Saint Martin. I’m not often in the 10th, but after today’s walk through the charming neighborhood, I will be exploring it more in the future. May I present to you El Guacamole.

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Being from Southern California (and the daughter of Mexican parents), my standards for the cuisine are high.  El Guacamole did very well.  It’s not easy to get the authentic ingredients to cook certain traditional dishes, but I really enjoyed their cactus (nopal) taco. I loved the horchataa traditional Mexican beverage made with rice and cinnamon.

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Drinking horchata at El Guacamole

I find it interesting to see how much tacos cost around the world.  I found a pub in Royal Leamington Spa, England, that has tacos for £6, and another restaurant in Paris that has them for 6€…each. Priced at 3€50, these tacos are reasonably priced, and the tortillas were so good!

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Sincronizada (ham and cheese quesadilla), taco puerco al pastor, and a nopalitos taco

Lovely location, delicious food, and cosy atmosphere. See you at El Guacamole!

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El Guacamole

37, rue Yves Toudic

75010

How to be the most organized person in the world

Happy New Year, everyone!

It’s a new year, which means new beginnings, changes, and so many things to look forward to. I found this visual while on the new PatriciaParisienne Pinterest page and thought it was so well-organized and informative.  This graphic gives great suggestions about different apps to use and suggests ideas on how to organize not only your physical surroundings but also your digital life.

Also, the academic in me absolutely adoreeeed the bibliography that is provided at the end!

Thank you, Greatist!

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One of the best visuals I’ve seen for getting organized! Great tips

Les Soldes Commencent Aujourd’hui ! Winter Sales Begin Today!

It only happens twice a year.

LES SOLDES!

What are les soldes? Only the biannual mega-sales here in la France. It’s a season, an event, a frenzy, and a happening. The best part is that all of the stores take part in it, so now is the time to come do your shopping in Paris. Think Black Friday, except that these sales last six weeks in the winter and six weeks in the summer. This winter season, the soldes run from January 9 to February 12, 2013.

Below is a little sampling of the ads you can see all around the city.  Galeries Lafayette, PrintempsLe Bon Marché: all of the grand magasins (big French department stores) have their own dramatic ads to tell the world that the soldes have indeed begun, which I personally adore.  Demure, rock-and-roll, and diva-licious: they’re covering all the bases to get you to the stores.

Time to get shopping!

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Le Bon Marche ad

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Galeries Lafayette ad for the 2013 Winter Sales

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Printemps ad

Citizens of Humanity, Hélène Darroze, and the Paris Oven Mitt

This is a match made in fashion and gastronomy heaven!

One of my favorite brands, Citizens of Humanity, has created a monthly video series called “Just Like You.”  Each video features a different, international personality discussing their respective passions, professions, personal stories, and thoughts on life.  One of my favorite videos in the series spotlights French chef Hélène Darroze.

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Though she is now the fourth generation of a family of chefs, Hélène Darroze first earned a business degree and joined Alain Ducasse’s team at the prestigious Louis XV restaurant in Monaco – but in the office.  Ducasse finally persuade her to return to the kitchen, and the rest is history. She returned to her family’s Michelin-starred restaurant, and then went on to open her own restaurant in Paris, where she won her first Michelin star in 2001, and then a second star in 2003. In 2008, she was named the new chef of The Connaught hotel in London after its nine month £70 million restoration and renovation program, where she earned them another two stars. On top of this all, other accolades include becoming a chevalier (knight) in the French Legion of Honor in 2012 and being the inspiration for the character Colette in Pixar’s 2007 film Ratatouille. Two cities, two restaurants, two children: she can do it all!

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Hélène Darroze dish

What is exceptional about Hélène Darroze’s cooking is her loyalty to her roots and the flavors of southwestern France, particularly from the Landes region where she was raised.  Her culinary style has been dubbed  “haute rustique,” as it combines the sophistication of French cuisine with traditional cooking methods and hearty ingredients. Darroze says she is very influenced by her heritage, where art de vivre cuisine and food is so important. This unique emphasis has no doubt contributed to her international success.

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Salle à manger at the Hélène Darroze restaurant in Paris

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Hélène Darroze at The Connaught

It’s no wonder that Citizens of Humanity selected such a dynamic and passionate person for their series. I fell in love with this clever combination to showcase their partnership, a jean oven mitt! And x marks the spot, or the Hélène Darroze restaurant in Paris. You can purchase the mitt online here.

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All proceeds from the Hélène Darroze x Citizens of Humanity Oven Mitt will benefit Afghanistan Libre, an organization that provides assistance in constructing and running primary and secondary schools for girls.

Visit Hélène Darroze in Paris

4, rue d’Assas, 75006

 Hélène Darroze at The Connaught in London

The Connaught, Carlos Place, Mayfair, London, W1K 2AL

or at the Raff House in Moscow

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La Galette des Rois – Three Kings Day Cake

The French celebrate Three Kings Day, or La Fête Des RoisThe first Sunday of each new year is dedicated to this celebration, and one of the most important players in this day is the delicious galette des rois.

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Traditionally a puff pastry with a frangipane stuffing (almond paste used in desserts), the galette is served to everyone in a very particular manner.  The youngest person present goes under the table and decides how the slices are designated.  Whoever finds the féve, the object placed inside the galette, is the queen or king of the day and, of course, gets to wear the crown that accompanies the galette.

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A French boulangère with her galettes des rois and crowns

This year’s galette was absolutely delicious, and the lovely Mieko was pronounced the queen of the day!

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Mieko found the féve!