VizEat: please take a seat at my table

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Dine with people you don’t know and share a table for an unforgettable moment, that’s the purpose of VizEat. The Tinder for foodie friendship.

Internet changed the way we travel. Hospitality sector has dramatically transformed. It is now community-driven based on comments and ratings. Sharing services are exploding. For my next trip to Marseille, I book a room in a house of 4, share a car from my hometown to destination and have a meal with local inhabitants on site.

These new web communities are excellent opportunities to live unique experiences and meet with locals. And if you might be reluctant to improvise a homestay accommodation (no space/no extra-bed), hosting a brunch or diner could be much easier. “Table is the first social network” say in unison Jean-Michel Petit and Camille Rumani, the co-founders of the website. Whatever the meal you offer, you just need a table, little imagination and strong will to start.

Our VizEat experience

First excitement. For the foodie I am, sharing my table sounded instantly awesome. Then reluctance. My husband didn’t hear it the same way at first. “Isn’t it weird to welcome some strangers at home?” And perseverance. I did subscribe on the website and register my first meal. But then I freaked out. “Will they like our food? Will we be ready on time?” And in the end, VizEaters arrived and magic operated. We finished the meal with four new friends we felt we already knew. Will we repeat the experience? Certainly yes. Will we book a seat at someone else place ? Certainly yes again!

More information on Vizeat: https://vizeat.com/

Want to take a seat my table ? Have a look to the menu here: https://fr.vizeat.com/users/profile/cecile

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Summer favorites in Paris and useful links

Paris summer time

Paris is the best in summer. It’s quiet, traffic is back to normal and sun is shinning. July-August is the perfect time to explore the parks, enjoy restaurants with terraces and admire the city without it’s grumpy inhabitants who are anywhere else than Paris.

Here is a list of some favorites & useful links for this summer time :

– It’s sunny, let’s go for a picnic. The river bank is Parisians’ favorite spot but you might also try one of the best picnic spots & provisions in Paris by Paris by Mouth

– It’s too hot. Cool down with a delicious ice-cream. I’ve worked on the best ice-cream in Paris list for you.

– Enjoy a restaurant with terrace following Topito selection or Timeout. Also many restaurants opened on Les Berges de Seine (on the left river bank) including Rosa Bonheur annexe. An excellent spot to have lunch or dinner.

– Don’t miss last days of Paris 1900, The city of entertainment exhibition at Le Petit Palais, until August 17th

– If you’re not afraid of watching a movie in French or with French subtitles, then you should have a look to the outdoor cinema program from La Villette. All movies are in original language with subtitles so you might even find  movie in yours.

Have a great summer!

13 must-know websites for a foodie in Paris : my e-shopping list

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Digital is part of our life. Today, one can arrange sushi home delivery, order organic fruits and vegetables or dairy products directly from the farm, book a table or even cultivate a plot of land. Phones, tablets and applications offer a new playground for innovative services that will help us save time, facilitate search, socialize the shopping journey and simply make it fun. Here is a glance at bookmarkable websites for foodies in Paris.

Trust

Food scandals have made the news recently in France. Remember the 100% beef ©Findus lasagna made with horsemeat, then the rotten meat at ©Quick and ©Ikea chocolate tart suspected to contain excrements (I know this is terribly disgusting).

If you don’t pay attention, the “franchouillard” – said of something typically French – meal that you’ll get at a restaurant or supermarket has already made a tour of Europe, if not the world, and barely includes regional vegetables/products.

In this climate of suspicions, some brands differentiate themselves by offering labeled and/or traceable products. Le Campanier or Panier Bio Paris offer you to find organic fruits and vegetables (but not only local) when TousPrimeurs.com let you choose which farm you want your products from. For traceable meat, Carré de boeuf and Les colis du boucher are two websites to consider, although this might be quite expensive for only one person or two. Same concept for fish : MonPoisson.fr.

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Some restaurants are also concerned by providing consumers with detailed information on the sources and background of products they use.  A new label « Des produits d’ici cuisinés ici » has just been created to help locate those places. For “locavores” consumers willing to eat the season and favor local production, run to Saveurs Paris IDF website to find the map of awarded restaurants in Paris.

Save time

Home delivery can be really useful. Either because you have friends over and nothing in the fridge or simply because you’re feeling lazy after a long day of work. Alloresto is a very helpful website which enlist numerous restaurants in Paris offering home delivery. They’re classified by delivery zone, type of cuisine… Awesome to find exactly what you’re looking for depending on your needs.

For those who crave for dessert, Citycake is the website to add to your favorites. You can order cakes from the best pastry shops in Paris such as La pâtisserie des rêves, Popelini, Les cupcakes de Chloé.s, L’atelier de l’éclair… and be delivered at your doorstep.

Coming from NYC, foodtrucks trend continues to pick up steam. But the trucks are always on the go and it’s not so easy to locate them. Simple and useful is the map provided by Pouet-Pouet to help you quickly find one next to you for lunch or dinner.

Social

Share your experience and learn from others’ is something truly enjoyable as a customer. Ratings, reviews and comments are the best word of mouth. In Paris the one online service to book a table is La Fourchette. It makes it really easy to find and book a restaurant in Paris while reading the latest reviews about it. For La Fourchette unconditional, have a look at Loisirs & Privilèges private shopping plateforme which offers 20% cashback on partners websites. Same concept but slightly different offer, Restopolitain offers you one free meal for each reservation. The subscription costs 15€/month.

Gaming

Digital is also one place for gaming. Angry birds, Candy crush and other online games are huge commercial success. What if the game could meet reality ? This is what offers MonPotager.com. You plant you seeds and you see your vegetables grow while one farmer actually do it for real. And after the harvest, you receive your basket full of fresh products. How good is that ?

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The Highest Hot Dog in Paris City

A taste of Manhattan on Paris Rooftop

Galeries Lafayette, 8th floor

Spacious and trendy, Galeries’ rooftop terrace is a city-gazing hot spot with a panoramic view on the Opera and the Eiffel Tower.

The three New-York style booths – It Mylk, Manhattan Hot Dog and  Alto Café – offer a simple and efficient choice of hot dogs, ice-creams and coffees. You will also find cakes & waffles from La Patisserie des Reves. All you need to feel a little bit in Manhattan while in Paris!

A perfect place for a lunch break or to rest after 3 hours of frenzied shopping at Galeries Lafayette. Continue reading

Lenôtre and the Amateur Cook Dream

Lenôtre is one of this gastronomic temple that symbolizes excellence, elegance and savoir-faire. Why do I love the house more than others? Because of the knowledge transmission spirit perpetuated by the Ecole Lenôtre created in 1971.

Cookery class at Lenôtre

Open both to professionals and amateurs, the school is all about sharing the passion Continue reading