Bistros & Restos 1st to 5th Arr.

Chez Janou

After a long absence and a change in ownership I was reintroduced to this wonderful little bistro near the Place des Vosges but far enough away to keep the true tourists at a distance. My go between was the oft-married, blonde, Healdsburg, Ca interior designer Myra Hoefer, whose atelier is across the street and who uses Chez Janou as her personal canteen-with her oversized glasses and great stories she merits a write-up of her own.

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Les Noces de Jeannette

AAngMy Angela, my Petaluma girlfriend was in town for her annual visit, and as is customary I took her to lunch to celebrate her 89th. My selection, LES NOCES de JEANNETTE.

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Caves Saint Gilles

After a 5 year absence I’ve recently moved back to the “Marais” whose traditional core is Paris’ historic Jewish Quarter. It now extends to the Haut-Marais, rue de Bretagne and the area north of he rue des Francs-Bourgeois.

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Le Mesturet

I had just finished hugging and kissing my guests after another Paris Through Expatriate Eyes literary salon with Gourmet’s European correspondent and author of Hungry for Paris, Alec Lobrano and was joined by two regulars in search of dinner.

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Le Rubis

Le Rubis has been an institution long before la Place du Marché St-Honoré became cool. Albert presides over the bar, as he has for 39 years, doling out a vast menu of very drinkable wines from 1.4 euros for a petit verre to 3 euros for a regular glass.

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Chez Vong-1st arrondissement

The Chez Vong experience begins with a warm welcome from Madame Vong. She was one of the lucky ones who escaped the terror of the Pol Pot regime and was doubly lucky when she met M. Vong in Paris.

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Le Grand Véfour

 As a reward for enduring me for six years, M and I celebrated at the 2-star Michelin, Le Grand Véfour.

I knew that the food would be superb and fully expected a warm welcome but I was truly blown away by the graciousness of the staff, beginning with Chef Guy Martin, who made a point of coming out of the kitchen to greet us upon our arrival.

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Poulette-1st Arrondissement

When it opened in 1910 Poulette was a hangout for customers and merchants from Les Halles. The new owners have wisely done nothing more than buffing and scraping, to reveal the magnificence of the Belle Epoque, Muchalike tiles. Wines are in the 5-7:50 euro category and very good. I started my meal with a Minervois Bio at 5 euros.

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Bistros

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No one should have a bad meal in Paris! Whether a 2-star restaurant or a local bistro there should always be an excellent rapport qualité prix– relationship between price and quality. At my favorites you will be treated as a regular and have a satisfying experience. Just tell them  “Terrance sent you.”

Events

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Regularly scheduled literary salons with guest writers, private dinners, restaurant openings, wine tastings,market visits and cooking classes attract a discerning, sophisticated crowd who love to have a good time while they learn. Our cadre of Paris–based colleagues happily share their passion for this magical city.