A discreet and fun Trattoria


Tigrane Seydoux and Victor Lugger opened East Mamma a few months ago

From the street, you could pass East Mamma a few times before realising it is a deep, beautifully decorated and very discreet  “ristorante”. The atmosphere is so much fun with great music (not too loud), and the eleven waiters and waitresses running around in their blue shirts and aprons, all pretty, all polite and all smiling. What a unique scene for Paris !
Tigrane Seydoux and his business partner Victor Lugger opened this new restaurant on 133 Faubourg St Antoine, opposite square Trousseau, a few months ago, and it is already the « talk of the town ». There are no bookings but if you go at 12.30 pm for lunch, or a little late for dinner, no problem.

Pizza veer bianca, with tomatoes, parmigiano and basil

Pizza verde bianca, with tomatoes, parmigiano, mozarella  and basil

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An American painter is back in Paris

10. Deux CV  16 x 12

Remembrances from when he was a child in Paris, “2cv” by Joseph Keiffer

Joseph Keiffer was partly raised in Paris by his artistic parents and he is back with a charming exhibition at Jane Roberts Fine Arts. From his French years he has kept, beaches in the Cotentin, 2 cv cars racing in Normandy, but also a staircase at 93 rue du Bac and a series of very French landscapes.Read More

A Basque enclave near the Elysée

Gratianne and Amandine Bascans, what a team;

Gratianne and Amandine Bascans, what a team;

I was walking towards the Jockey Club where witty and entertaining Mickey Wolfson was giving a dinner party for a young couple of striking Byzantine scholars and I discovered that in the last two weeks, a new shop had opened in the spot of Jérome de Noirmont’s former gallery, at 38 ave Matignon. Two charming ladies, (hard to say who is the mother and who is the daughter) from Biarritz, are running this happy space, Gratianne Bascans,  of leather handbags and traveling bags.

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The Princess moves on!


Princess Minnie de Beauvau-Craon runs her castle with an eye to the future

To own and maintain a large historical castle has become a gigantic adventure nowadays, and Princess Minnie de Beauvau-Craon, daughter of Marc, the seventh Prince of this French aristocratic family, knows all about it. She has decided to turn a new page at Haroué, her beautiful house in Eastern France, in Lorraine, and modernise her way of life. After exhibiting contemporary sculptor Beatrice Carracciolo and fashion designer Hubert de Givenchy, she will soon show contemporary furniture and design, a way to tell her two children that life goes on and can be great fun.

Two Japanese XIX th century  falcons

Two Japanese XIX th century falcons

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A Peruvian barytone becomes French


On May 20 th Rudi Fernandez Cardenas becomes French!

I have known Rudi Fernandez Cardenas for over ten years and met him while he was still studying at Conservatoire National de Musique, in La Villette. How he was born in Iquitos, Peru, in a city that can only be reached by boat or plane because it is in the middle of the Amazone… How he was a soprano at 10 and subsequently selected to study in Lima at the Conservatory and how he won a scholarship to Paris is all fascinating to me.Read More

Where on earth …?

The 5th century bc Temple of Segeste remains very wild and romantic like its arch enemy Selinunte.

The 5th century bc Temple of Segeste remains very wild and romantic like its arch enemy Selinunte.

In which country in the world can you play two rounds of golf on a Kyle Phillips links course, swim on a listed wild beach, sit in a 5 th century bc Greek amphitheater, listen to « Iphigenie in Tauris » by Euripides with 6 000 young people, and admire (almost) alone a Greek Satyre from 4 th century bc, recently “fished”  between Mazzara del Vallo and Tunisia?

You have guessed! I am just back from Sicily, where from Trapani to Siracusa, I have not stopped being startled by the wild beauty of Segeste and Selinunte, the fantastic food and the kindness of the people.Read More

Ellsworth, is well worth it


“Ellsworth” faces La Fontaine de Molière

One needs a lot of curiosity and a certain courage to walk into Ellsworth, the new restaurant opened two months ago, by American Braden Perkins (his other restaurant Verjus is half a block away) on 34 Rue de Richelieu, near the Comédie Française. No name on the window, the entrance is hidden behind a nasty scaffolding and inside, the room is narrow and dark. But ! Once you have been warmly welcomed by Sarah, the charming Swedish manager, who looks about 15, you feel much better.

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Victoire and Hélène risk it all with their “gri-gri”


The entrance of the gallery which used to be Yvon Lambert's

The entrance of the gallery, which used to be Yvon Lambert’s

For their first exhibition in their new not-yet-totally-renovated gallery, Victoire de Pourtalès and Hélène Nguyen Ban are showing a good measure of courage ! After negotiating for a long time the lease of Yvon Lambert’s former gallery at 108 rue Vieille du Temple, the young women chose an artist from Cameroun, Pascale Marthine Tayou (yes a man with a girl’s name) to invade the space and use every little corner of the back rooms with his multidiscipline work. Gri-gri means a good luck item and there is no lack of sense of humor in this show. The result is spectacular, fun and unpretentious.

Pascale Marthine Tayou is a self taught artist from Cameroun

Pascale Marthine Tayou is a self taught artist from Cameroun

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