A Paris to Look Forward to

The last of my boxes are shipped. In a week and a half I leave this country.  I waiver between joy, anxiety and fear of the unknown.

When my emotions get the best of me my wise friend wraps her arm around me and says "Focus on what you have to look forward to."

When all else fails, I remind myself that I'll be in Paris.  I think of the smells coming out of the patisseries first thing in the morning, the market vendors yelling at one another, of sitting outside a cafe on a warm summer night sipping a kir royal or walking the Seine by sunset.

I also remind myself that Paris is changing and that a lot of these changes make it an even better suitor for me.  The city has a budding coffee, cocktail, and gluten free appreciation that I can't wait to try for myself.

In honor of looking forward to the future, here is part of what I'm anxious to try.

Ten Belles

I've heard great things about the fine coffee and food coming out of this St.Canal Martin cafe.  Thomas Lehoux learned his barista art from an American but is growing a steady reputation in Paris.  I also know a lovely Canadian girl running the kitchen!


(Photo courtesy of Remodelista)


One of my brother's favourites.  Great coffee served in a clean and modern space between Paris' Japanese quarter and the exclusive shops of the Palais Royal.


 (Photo courtesy of Telescope) 

Helmut Newcake

Proper gluten-free French patisseries served in an old loft off of the Canal St.Martin.  I may die and go to gluten-free heaven.  They also serve lunch and brunch!


 (photo courtesy of David Lebovitz)


A gluten-free restaurant that recently opened in the lovely Passage des Panoramas.  I can't wait to be able to enjoy a French three course meal, bread basket included, with no fear of getting sick.

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Experimental Cocktail Club

The cocktail scene has arrived in Paris.  Thanks to Olivier Bon, Pierre-Charles Cros, and Romée de Goriainoff, the trio behind the expanding Experimental empire (they have a spot in London and will open their first New York outpost later this month), I now have several bars calling my name.  Their Speakeasys include Curio Parlor, The Beef Club, and Prescription Cocktail Club.


(photo courtesy of BlackBook Guides)

Mary Celeste

Le Mary Celeste already has been getting rave reviews for its cocktails, wild oysters, and eclectic small plates from Toronto Chef Haan Palcu-Chang.  I can't wait to perch myself on the bar for oysters and a cold glass of white wine.


(Photo courtesy of Ten Days in Paris)