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

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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:

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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

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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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Falling into Fall: Paris

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It’s definitely not summer anymore.  Fall is coming to an end and winter will be here soon.  Yet I am so happy to be in Paris.  There are so many exciting things going on in Paris right now that I just don’t have enough time to see them all.  Here is a small snapshot of what I’ve been up to.  J’adore Paris!

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A Little Taste of Heaven: Verjus Restaurant

IMG_5266My mom and I wanted to go to one special restaurant before she left to go home to Chicago.  After a bit of deliberation and researching, we chose Verjus.  We made a reservation a couple of weeks in advance and managed to score a table for two at 7.30pm.  It turned out to be one of the best meals I have ever eaten.  Not just in Paris.  Ever.

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