Hip in Paris! I wrote a book!

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I would like to introduce you to the book I wrote, Hip in Paris. It is an insider guidebook to Paris that is now available on Amazon and iBooks. I decided to write this book because I am constantly being asked by friends and strangers where they should go in Paris that is not as touristy.  In Hip in Paris, you can find out the best places to eat, drink, shop and wander if you want to experience life as a chic Parisian.  Paris is a dynamic and modern city but too often tourists see only a ghost town.  The tourist version is a place of the past with remarkable sights and classic food, but it is still the past.  Locals do not spend time in Notre Dame or in the brasseries filled with foreigners.  Instead, they visit one of the beautiful, vibrant restaurants with contemporary, seasonal food, and they stop in cool bars for creative cocktails.  They shop local boutiques for gorgeous clothing (duh, that’s how they look so good!) and they visit local, lesser-known sites. This book tells you where to go so you can get a glimpse into real Paris life.  Here are a few snapshots from the book.

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How does it feel to start a company?

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I have spent the past month trying to fund my new venture, my own company called Saffron + Kumquats.  I have 29 hours left and my Kickstarter campaign is 95% funded.  Please consider helping me chase this dream by pledging here.  Any amount helps!

In the meantime, I thought I would share my experiences as a (very!) new entrepreneur.  Besides focusing on funding, I have spent a lot of time filling out paperwork.  Not the funnest experience but necessary.  This week I applied for a seller’s permit, for the ability to operate under the name ‘Saffron + Kumquats’, for a business bank account.  I’ve ordered business cards and signed up for trade shows.  I still need to apply for a federal tax number.  It seems never ending!

I have also started contacting potential suppliers.  I’m talking to spice companies about packaging and purchasing.  I’m shopping around, trying to find the best items out there.  I’m cooking and collecting recipes.  I’m reading about food and following bloggers and writers.  This part is fun!  I’m doing what I love all day and it makes me so happy.

Oh and on top of all of this, I’m looking for a part-time job.  I would like to have some income that I can count on!  This will also allow me to take out a business loan.

Life is a crazy, whirlwind journey and I can’t wait to see what’s next!!  What have you been up to?

A Few Paris Pics and a Wildly Uncertain Life


Tour EiffelIn my last post, I mentioned that I will be leaving Paris soon.  In fact, I no longer have a flat here but am staying on a friends couch for a few days before doing some traveling.  This is disorientating to say the least.  So much is up in the air right now.  I don’t have a place to live.  I’m trying to start a company but need funding (please, Kickstarter!).  I’m saying goodbye to my beloved Paris and to all the wonderful friends I’ve made here.  I’m saying hello to my closest friends – the ones who have stuck by me through thick and thin – and to beautiful, sunny California.  It’s enough to make my head spin.


I’m trying to make the most of the last few days that I have here by visiting some favorite spots and by checking off a few more places off my never ending list.  I finally went on the bateaux-mouches boat tour which is where I took that photo of the Eiffel Tower.  Amazing!  My favorite part of the tour was seeing people hanging out up and down the Seine, drinking wine, laughing, dancing and just having fun.  It finally felt like summer.

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Leaving Paris and Chasing a New Dream


I’ve got some big news.  News that is both happy and sad.  It’s the kind of news that has me vacillating between extreme, jump-for-joy happiness and weepy, depressed sorrow.  I’m leaving Paris.  There I said it, although it’s still hard to feel it.  It just won’t quite sink in.  Yet, I move out of my flat on Saturday and I head back to San Francisco mid-June.  Crazy, I know!

Obviously I’m incredibly sad to be leaving Paris.  I love the city so much and I will miss it desperately.  But there is a small part of my that is simultaneously dancing with joy for the promise of new beginnings and for the amazing hellos that will happen with my closest friends and family.

So why am I leaving Paris?  To chase another dream – the dream of owning my own company.  I am trying to launch a foodie subscription service for home cooks called Saffron + Kumquats.  For $20/month customers get 5 samples of specialty ingredients and 5 recipes to go with those ingredients. It makes trying new flavors and cuisines easy! Here’s an a graph that better explains the concept:



I’ve launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise the funds.  If you are interested, please check it out and consider pre-buying one of the food boxes!  You can find the campaign here:

Lot’s of change!  My head is still spinning.  Once again I am learning to embrace change and to just breath with it.  Thanks for sharing in my journey!

Eating Ethnic in Paris

First time visitors come to Paris in search of escargot, coq au vin, bœuf bourguignon, and confit de canard.  They come in search of the classic dishes they have read so much about and to sit in old-world cafes on the left bank.  This type of food is classic for a reason – it’s delicious when prepared right!

Yet there is so much more to the Paris food scene.  Paris is a vibrant city with international and contemporary restaurants.  I have decided to do a series of posts showcasing some of my favorite restaurants right now.  The first post is about eating ethnic in Paris.  So when you are done with the classics, have had your fill of the traditional Paris scene, check out one of these places for something new and exciting!

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Lovely, Fleeting Spring in Paris


The past week has been sunny and warm in Paris.  It feels like Spring and everyone is outside all the time soaking up the long lost sun.  There are buds on the trees and a bit of greenery is beginning to appear.  Picnics, walks and terraces occupy all my spare time.  I know it is fleeting, I know the rain and the cold will return soon.  All the more reason to enjoy it while it is here.  Here is a glimpse into beautiful, springtime Paris.  Enjoy.

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