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One of the best parts of living in Paris is the inexhaustible list of places to visit and try. I’d walked by Gallery on the way to work, always noting how cool it looked. But it wasn’t until my sister and her friends hosted a ladies night soirée that I finally got to try it. I had a glass of their house red, while the others enjoyed the excellent cocktails and juices. The food was also fantastic; I only had a bite of someone’s but loved it.

The best part of the restaurant was the lighting, and in turn the restaurant’s ambiance. The blue tones gave it a lounge feel, remaining very intimate and inviting. Dim lighting tends to make me feel drowsy, but in this case, it only animated the evening.

This is a great place to go out for a relaxing evening with friends or on a date (without breaking the bank). Most people head north for an upscale bar scene but my fellow rive-gauchers, this is one for you.

Cheers!

PatriciaParisienne xx

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Gallery
90, rue d’Assas
75006 Paris

Dilettantes: La Maison du Champagne

Your one-stop shop for champagne.

Dilettantes is a champagne mecca. Offering over 130 different varieties of champagnes, Dilettantes is the brainchild of Fanny Heucq, a native champinoise, whose aim it is to bring attention to the Champagnes de Terroirs and also to promote smaller-scale, quality champagnes.

The shop sells bubbly from all four regions of Champagne. Luckily, their degustation list features six champagnes. With the tasting menu changing weekly, you can truly get a taste of them all, while enjoying a delightful plate of charcuterie and cheese in their 17th century cellar. The products of these 25 artisanal winemakers are truly some of the best you can find in Paris!

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Dilettantes also offers a variety of classes, as well as their tastings. Check out their events calendar here.  This month’s events include the first enology atelier on April 11, a Heucq Père & fils champagne tasting on April 20 from 11:30 a.m.- 1 p.m., as well as a Morel Père et Fils tasting on April 25 from 7:30 – 9 p.m.

Dilettantes La Maison du Champagne

22 rue de Savoie
75006 Paris

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

Malaya Nikitskaya street, 25