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Thanksgiving in France: where to celebrate (15 cities)

November 22nd, 2011 1 comment

NB: full disclosure – I have no vested interest in any of the listed restaurants or bars, except I do write on occasion for My American Market and Bonjour Paris. Just spreading the word!

Just because you’re in France doesn’t mean you have to do without Thanksgiving. In fact, I know several of my French friends (in their 20’s) who will celebrate it because they love the holiday.

There are places all over the country to feast with family and/or friends, usually hosted by restaurants or organizations with expatriate roots.

The great website Bonjour Paris has a listing of some places to go. I’ve included Karen’s recommendations below and organized the listings according to city. Thanks to the American Clubs of France, too.

Of course if you have recommendations, please feel free to leave them in the comments section. Many of these require reservations, so call to see or RSVP email in advance. Others like The Great Canadian and WOS Bar do not require reservations, but it’s better to show up earlier.

For those in the Paris area interested in making recipes, you can check out:

The Real McCoy (49, avenue Bosquet 75007 Paris) and McCoy Café (194, rue de Grenelle 75007 Paris)
Thanksgiving Paris (20, rue Saint Paul 75004 Paris)

-You can also buy products online at MyAmericanMarket.

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!

American Church in Paris
Thurs. Nov. 24, 12:15pm
Sat. Nov. 26, 7:30pm
65 quai d’Orsay, 75007 Paris

France-Etats Unis Paris IDF
Thurs. Nov. 24 (more info on website above)

American Club of Paris
Thanksgiving Gala Dinner : American chef Diane Anthonissen
Fri. Nov. 25, 7pm (members only)

Bistrot Le Saint-Martin
Thurs. Nov. 24, Fri. Nov. 25, Sat. Nov. 26
25 Rue Louis Blanc 75010 PARIS

Joe Allen’s
Thurs. Nov. 24 (call for time, reservation)
30 rue Pierre Lescot 75001 Paris

Le Ralph’s (Ralph Lauren’s Paris restaurant)
Thurs. Nov. 24, 6:30pm AND 9:30pm (filling up fast)
173 Boulevard St Germain 75006 Paris

Breakfast in America
Fully booked but you can sign up for waiting list

Kat’s American Diner
(usually has Thanksgiving, call them for information)

The Great Canadian
Thurs. Nov. 24, 7pm.
25 Quai Grands Augustins 75006 Paris, France

The WOS Bar
Thurs. Nov. 24 (call them for time, number on website above)
184 Rue Saint Jacques, 75005 Paris

First Avenue (Thanksgiving “after work”)
Thurs. Nov. 24, 7pm-midnight
119 Boulevard Pereire, 75017 Paris PARIS

Kay Bourgine quartet – Thanksgiving Dinner : Concert & Potluck
Thurs. Nov. 24, 9pm
Café Universel, 267 rue St. Jacques 75005 Paris

American Club of Lyon – Thanksgiving Dinner
Sat. Nov. 26, 6:30pm
L’Espace Brasserie, 26, Place Bellecour – 69002 Lyon

Marseille and Aix-en-Provence
France-Etats Unis Marseille
Fri. Nov. 25, 7:30pm
Yachting Club Pointe Rouge (info on website above)

Anglo-American Group of Provence
Sun. Nov. 27, 4pm
(contact for details)

France-Etats Unis Grenoble
Sun. Nov. 27, 1-5pm at L’ATRIUM
1 ter rue de Moulin, Le Fontanil
(info and RSVP info on their site under “Calendar”)

Pumpkins restaurant
33 rue d’Alembert 38000 Grenoble
(not sure but they usually organize a dinner)

France-Etats Unis Tours
Sat. Dec. 3, 7:30pm
St. Cyr

France-Etats Unis Nantes
Thurs. Nov. 24, 7:30pm
« Le Hublot » 3 Rue Albert Londres – 44000 Nantes

Americans in Toulouse
members only, but contact for information

Americans in Alsace
They hosted an event last year, contact them

American Club of Lille
They hosted an event last year, contact them

Association Bordeaux-USA – Traditional THANKSGIVING DINNER
Thurs. Nov. 24, 7pm
38 Allees d’Orleans, (Place des Quinconces) 33000 Bordeaux

The American Club Riviera
Thurs. Nov. 24, 7pm
7 Avenue Gustav V, 06000 Nice

Institut Franco-Américain
Thurs. Nov. 24, 7:45pm
7, quai Chateaubriand – BP 90446 – 35104 – Rennes

France-Etats Unis Caen
Thurs. Nov. 24, 8pm
Restaurant Inter Administratif – 6, boulevard Aristide Briand – Caen

France-Etats Unis Biarritz
Sat. Nov. 26, 8pm
Hôtel du Palais

My American Market: interviews on French real estate, life in France, recipes

I write for the My American Market monthly newsletters. The latest one for March, “Mars 2011” (and previous editions) can be downloaded here. I have a feature in this month’s edition, pages 8 to 9, “Buying property in France – Q&A with Adrian Leeds”. I interviewed a property expert on buying in France, especially for expatriates.

There are other interesting and varied features, and you can also order American food products on this great site. Happy reading and happy eating!

EDIT: Some links in the article were apparently broken. You can find them here:
French Property Consultation
Living and Investing in France
Parler Paris Apartments

French chefs serve it up in Paris metro, Nov. 23-25

November 23rd, 2010 No comments

Now you don’t have to pay les yeux de la tête to enjoy French gastronomy.

From Nov. 23 to Nov. 25, the Paris metro station Miromesnil at Espace Mezzanine (on lines 9 and 13) will play host to some quality chefs, at 12:30pm and 6pm (and 12:30, 4, 6pm on Nov. 23). Info below taken from the RATP website. Bon appétit!

La plus grande cuisine de France dans le métro
Du 23 au 25 novembre, à la station Miromesnil, de grands chefs vous proposent de découvrir la grande cuisine pour tous.

Après le succès de l’animation l’année dernière, les grands chefs (re) – descendent dans le Métro.

Du 23 au 25 novembre, la station Miromesnil (lignes 9 et 13), se transforme en relais gastronomique, sept chefs viennent à la rencontre des voyageurs distiller recettes et astuces et faire découvrir la grande cuisine pour tous.

Cette année Alain Senderens du Senderens à Paris, Antoine Westermann du Drouant à Paris, Bruno Doucet de la Régalade à Paris, Laurent André du Royal Monceau à Paris, Patrice Caillault du Domaine de Rochevilaine à Billiers, Patrice Hardy de La Truffe Noire à Neuilly et le boulanger Eric Kayser des Boulangeries Eric Kayser se mettront aux fourneaux pour vous donner leurs petits secrets pour manger mieux en dépensant moins.

Une opération, menée en partenariat avec Marc de Champerard, initiateur du guide du même nom.

Les grands chefs (re)-descendent dans le Métro du 23 au 25 novembre, deux fois par jour à 12h30 et 18h00 (12h30, 16h00 et 18h00 le mercredi) à la station Miromesnil Espace Mezzanine Nord

French food added to UNESCO cultural heritage list

November 17th, 2010 No comments

According to the Washington Post, French food has been included by UNESCO on a list of cultural heritages around the world. While there are certainly rich culinary traditions in many countries (Italy, China, Japan, Mexico, to name a few…), it is true that French gastronomy is world-renown for its gastronomy that contributes to the country’s cultural reputation around the world. But it is true that the traditional French meal is facing changes due to globalization and the work world. Your thoughts on French food?

Excerpts below from the article (click link above to read entire piece). cheers, and bon appétit.

UNESCO adds French food to cultural heritage list
Edward Cody, Washington Post Foreign Service
November 16, 2010

“…The decision by the U.N. Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) to include French food among new additions to a list celebrating the world’s “intangible cultural heritage” came as no surprise in Paris. For centuries, people here have been convinced that nothing is so fine, so culturally satisfying, so spiritually uplifting as sitting down for a good French meal with friends and family. (Or maybe a lover, but that is another heritage.)…

…UNESCO honored traditional Mexican cuisine as well, although that fact tended to be lost in the din of self-congratulation in France over the world body’s acknowledgment of the country’s flair for orchestrating the perfect cascade of mealtime pleasures: from aperitif to appetizer, on to the main course, salad, cheese, dessert and perhaps fruit, with the appropriate wine bringing out the best in each dish…It was that ageless choreography – epitomized by Sunday lunch at Grandma’s rather than three-star preciosity – that UNESCO singled out as worth preserving for the good of the human race.

“The meal is a profound part of French people’s identity,” said Jean-Robert Pitte, the president of the University of Paris-Sorbonne (Paris IV), who led the effort to win UNESCO’s blessing and explained the reasoning online. “This exists in a lot of other countries. But we have a certain form of gastronomy, with the marriage of food and wine, the succession of dishes, the way of setting the table, of talking about it, that are specifically French.”…

In fact, the traditional French meal has been meeting with growing indifference on its home ground as the demands of a modern economy encourage quick, alcohol-free lunches, particularly among the young. Sandwich consumption is rising by 10 percent a year, and experts estimate that only half of France’s 64 million people still sit down to eat regular family meals of the kind honored by UNESCO.

Nevertheless, a multicourse lunch with wine at an expense-account restaurant remains the most popular way to celebrate a contract, seal a friendship or pass along a tip. Lunch at Grandma’s is still imperative for many families, particularly in the provinces. Television programs devoted to cooking and dinner parties have also proliferated in recent years, generating a mini-renaissance of home cooking…”

Wanted: American/Franco-American family for French TV Thanksgiving special

November 5th, 2010 2 comments

100% Mag is a program on French TV channel M6, and as part of a special on Thanksgiving, they are looking for an American or Franco-American family in the Paris region, good in French, that would be open to being interviewed and filmed for this program between now and the week of Nov. 15 (so including Friday. Nov. 19).

A Thanksgiving dinner would have to be prepared for the filming, and they are interested in learning about how to prepare the dinner, what traditions go into it, and presenting Thanksgiving to a French audience that does not know much about it.

I know there are many American expats out there in the Paris region, so if you are interested in this, please contact me at and I’ll get you connected to the right person.

I’m not getting any commission from this and have no connections to M6; I just think an American family would find this a great opportunity! You’ll be on French TV!!

Make sure to contact me ASAP.

Tips on eating in France

This piece from Expatica, written by Vanessa Couchman, gives insight into eating meals in restaurants in France, with interesting details and advice especially for the newly arrived. What are your tips about making the most of French gastronomy?

Excerpt below. For full article click here.

Surely you always eat well in France? Well, actually, no. We have had some mediocre meals in restaurants with pretensions to haute cuisine. Equally, some of the best meals we have eaten in France have been at establishments that are less than prepossessing at first glance. France rightly has a reputation for its cuisine. Sometimes, however, it rests on its laurels. But there’s no reason why you should put up with that. Here are my 10 top tips for enjoying a meal out….

1. Avoid the tourist honey pots
You visit a picturesque town – possibly l’un des plus beaux villages de France – only to have your day spoiled by an indifferent meal. I’m not saying that all restaurants in such places are bad. Far from it; but you are more likely to feel ripped off and encounter poor service in a place where they rely mainly on passing trade. Go to the next village, which is likely to have a restaurant, and eat there instead….

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