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A Perfectly Red Afternoon in Paris

5.12.2014 Posted in Uncategorized No Comments

In a busy city life nothing is better than taking a few hours off for a perfect relaxing afternoon. For me such afternoons are always tinted with red. In my previous blogs I wrote about Le Musée Marmottan Monet & Yamazaki Café, and visiting a Medieval Hospital in Bruges. This time my perfectly red and relaxing afternoon in Paris consisted of visiting the Kamasutra Exhibition at the Pinacothèque and having tea at the Most Elegant Tea-room – Angelina. The Kamasutra Exhibition at the Pinacothèque (running until Jan 11, 2015)  was full of fun, interesting discoveries and different shades of red. It consists of all sorts of erotic objects accompanied by texts (too detailed for my taste) explaining that the Kamasutra is not a pornographic book but a unique Indian approach to society, marriage, and relationships with spouses, love and seduction. One learns why in Indian art human beings are portrayed while having sex with animals and all sorts of other aspects of Indian art and spirituality. While at the Pinacothèque I decided to visit another exhibition, “The Art of Love in the time of Geishas”, this time devoted to strongly erotic Japanese works of art. The musem bookshop (I consider museum bookshops a must and one of my favourite places in the world) is great and worth a visit to pick up a few souvenirs. (To get there: 28 place de la Madeleine, M Lines 8, 12, 14 Madeleine, to reserve tickets online http://www.pinacotheque.com/en.html, open every day except Tuesday, 10.30 – 6.30, admission until 5.30). After visiting the […]

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Carette – The Secret Parisian Tea Room

30.09.2014 Posted in Lifestyle No Comments

One of the most prettiest, elegant and tastiest tea rooms in Paris is a well-kept secret. Situated right near the Trocadéro, it is unknown to the general public compared to more famous Ladurée and Angelina and is rarely mentioned in the guide books. Nonetheless, its terrace and tea room are fully packed every day. It not unusual there to encounter known actors and politicians. Welcome to Carette: the kingdom of style, grace and excellent simple food! Opened in 1927 by Jean Carette, the place has remained in vogue for over 80 years. On the menu – excellent Red scrambled eggs with tomatoes (also mushrooms, ham and cheese) (around 15€), club sandwiches and salads (20-25€) and, last but not least, pastries-including the famous Carette strawberry and raspberry cakes (9.50€). The menu is on the pricey side but everything is incredibly delicious, the ambiance is chic and the service is excellent. So if you visit Trocadéro, stop by here to enjoy the scene. Note: Open 7 days a week 7.30-23.30, 4 place du Trocadéro, 75016 – Paris, Metro Trocadéro, line 6 & 9 exit: Avenue Raymond Poincaré. Note that there is another Carette Tea Room, situated at 25 Place des Vosges, 75003 – Paris, Metro Saint Paul, line 1.

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At Manhattan’s Russian Tea Room, $295 Caviar Is Shielded From Politics

29.07.2014 Posted in Food, Politics No Comments

A great and fun article to read by Halia Pavliva and Elena Popina Source /Bloomberg /news I ususally do not repost – but I think many of you will enjoy reading it July 24 (Bloomberg) –- Bloomberg View Columnist Leonid Bershidsky discusses the world’s impression of Russia and what Putin can do to reverse the negative public opinion. He speaks to Mark Barton on Bloomberg Television’s “Countdown.” (Source: Bloomberg) As Karen Peterson posed for a picture beside a set of matryoshka dolls in the Russian Tea Room, the midtown-Manhattan restaurant founded by anti-Bolshevik immigrants in 1927, she was in no mood to talk about Vladimir Putin. “I love Russian food, not Russian politics,” said Peterson, a New Yorker who was dining with a friend. “There is much more to Russia than Putin.” Half a world away from the bloody fighting in eastern Ukraine that is ensnaring Russia in its worst diplomatic standoff with the U.S. since the Cold War, business is booming at the Russian Tea Room. Early one afternoon this week, tables were packed with people picking through a menu highlighted by items like the $295 golden osetra caviar, $38 chicken Kiev and $25 Beluga vodka shots. Since the crisis began with Putin’s annexation of the Crimea peninsula in March, some out-of-town tourists have come looking to talk politics, hostess Anna Zinenko said. The Russian-speaking clients have gone quiet on the conflict, a subject made even more sensitive by last week’s downing of a passenger flight that killed 298 […]