Panto in Paris: “Jack and the Magic THANG”

telecomA quick post to say how excited I am about this Thursday’s pantomime “Jack and the Magic THANG”, involving several close friends as directors and designers, and performed by students. It’s a modern take on the traditional fairytale, and will be taking place at the Thévenin amphitheater Paris 13 at 8pm.

It’s free, in English, they’ve suggested some water will be thrown, and who doesn’t see panto at Christmas, right?! 


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Alphabet Resto Challenge: E !

Last night we ticked off E as part of our alphabet restaurant challenge by discovering Ethiopian cooking! Big success…


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Alphabet restaurant challenge: A-D!

Partner and I have decided to get out of our routine and play a new resto-game, where every time we go out for lunch or dinner (probably once a week/ten days) we have to follow the letters of the alphabet – country themed! This started a month ago, so here’s where we’ve been so far (with only one poor decision and a minor cheat.)

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Tous au resto – BOGOF dinner


This week marks the starts of Tous au restaurant, an initiative from the French government to encourage its citizens to eat out more (not that they needed much encouragement.) From your family-friendly Hippopotamus diner to exclusive Michelin-starred bistros, Tous au restaurant presents a buy-one-get-one-free offer where, for the price of one entrée-plat-dessert (plus sometimes a cheeky amuse bouche), you can invite a friend for free. Obviously drinks aren’t included, but it still means you can treat yourself to a dinner that would otherwise be well outside your budget. Nice.

Some of the best restaurants (in Paris, although Tous au restaurant is nationwide) with this BOGOF offer include:

Rech (Alain Ducasse), 75017

ChaCha & Compagnie, 75003

Luna, 75008

Le Meurice hotel, 75001

Agapé, 75017

Tous au restaurant, 18 September – October 1, 2017.

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Hipster Hotspots around Faidherbe Chaligny, Paris

I like in a hive of hipsters down the road from Bastille, on the border of Paris’ 11th and 12 arrondissements. Here’s where they go, and where I go sometimes too when I can be dragged out of my pyjamas #FreelanceLife. Actually no, I have gone to some of these in my pyjamas.

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Paris Urbanism: Updates

Today we’re looking at the future of Paris. What will the city look like in a few years, or even in a couple of months’ time? Here’s a selection of some of the Mayor Anne Hidalgo’s projects that have been approved recently. I think I like Anne.

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10h10: Co-working, cake and canapés


The co-working café craze doesn’t look like it’s running out of steam. I was invited to check out a relatively new one in the Sentier district, “10h10“. Two doors down from one of my first jobs in Paris, as it happens, so I sprinted past the window in case any colleagues from 2011 were still there…


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