Yelp’s wordmap for reviews that mention the word “Hipster”, with hotspots in the East Village, Williamsburg and the West Village
We’ve got to hand it to Yelp for utilizing its vast database of reviews to create these fun Wordmaps that show the density of reviews that mention keywords like hipster, bacon, cheap, PBR and more. The tool is available in 14 cities, including New York, Los Angeles, Paris, San Francisco and Boston. The press, meanwhile, is having a field day of course.
A long-feared invasion of corporate America has arrived in the form of Starbucks in Montmartre at Place du Tertre. Although opening a Starbucks in Montmartre is a no-brainer since its one of the most visited places in Paris by tourists, it has been met with greater skepticism than the other 50 Starbucks locations in Paris. Parisians love to protest and according to NBC News: (more…)
We forgot to mention in our photo slideshow of last night’s 2013 Dîner en Blanc at Trocadero and Eiffel Tower that it was filmed using a drone by Gregoire Tiberghien and the company Locadrone. Enjoy this video of the 2013 Dîner en Blanc, showing the event from an all new perspective and check out our still shots of the festivities here. The footage was filmed with a mounted Objectif Sunex Gopro HD DSL377.
Someone told me on my first Dîner en Blanc at the Louvre and Tuileries (a location what was repeated tonight for some guests), that it never rains for the event, and this year was no exception. At 5pm, as we prepared for our fourth year at the Paris Dîner en Blanc, the sun peeked out of the sky. Rain and clouds threatened all day, replaced by sunshine, seemingly just for the event.
It’s a special year, marking the the 25th Anniversary of this pop-up dinner phenomenon that began humbly as a reunion when François Pasquier returned to France after living abroad. Now in 18 cities, the magic has spread worldwide, as far as Rwanda, Haiti, Australia and many cities in the United States, including New York City. Tonight, the Paris Dîner en Blanc took place in two locations: at Trocadero, with a majestic view of the Eiffel Tower and at the Louvre. (more…)
Tomorrow, March 20, celebrate spring (even if it doesn’t feel like it) with Macaron Day, an annual tradition started by Pierre Hermé in association with Relais Desserts wherein patisseries across Paris give away macarons to support a cure for cystic fibrosis. All they ask is that patrons leave a small donation in exchange for a macaron. Take this opportunity to try a new flavor like the absinthe macaron at Arnaud Larher or savor one of your favorites. This year’s participants include: Sadaharu Aoki, Laurent Duchêne, Pierre Hermé, Jean-Paul Hévin, Arnaud Larher, Christophe Roussel and Dalloyau. Click here for the official list with complete addresses.
In Paris, each arrondissement carries their own identity, and its inhabitants are proud of it. Sure, it sometimes borders on clichés (the 16th arrondissement is bourgeois, the 11th is bohemian, the 13th is Chinatown), but no one can deny that Parisian districts have their own vibe, sights and sounds.
And, thanks to Thierry Roche, the working-class district Goutte d’Or in the 18th arrondissement has now acquired its own … taste.
Brasserie de la Goutte d’Or: the first artisanal beer brewery in the heart of Paris
Get off at the Barbès-Rochechouart station, walk along boulevard Barbès and you’ll find yourself in Goutte d’Or, a busy working-class district of Paris, dubbed “Little Africa” because of its large number of Arab and African residents. The area is alive, colourful, crowded and noisy. This has been Thierry Roche’s district for the past ten years, and it’s no surprise that the owner of the first artisanal brewery in Paris decided to set up his business here. After all, his beers were inspired by the cultural melange of his quartier.
Malts and seeds Thierry Roche uses in his beers
Owner Thierry Roche explains how the brewery works
Entering the brewery, the noise of the street fades away, and the entire space almost looks like an art gallery with its colorful paintings and funky decor (like the overhead spotlight fashioned out of beer bottles). But to the left are three huge containers where the beer is brewed, and in a glass-enclosed area stand the towering silver canisters of the fermenting room and realize that, yes, this is a serious and passionate business. In 2010, he left his job and pursued a formation in brewery, later on gathering funds to put up his business via crowd-funding, the modern-day system of pooling money, mostly through the internet, to help fund and support a project or a start-up financially.
The interior of the Brasserie de la Goutte d’Or
The salle de brassage (brewery room)
It was a long two years, but in October 2012, Brasserie de la Goutte d’Or finally opened to the public. Just like his neighborhood, Thierry’s craft beers are exotic and original. They hint at African, Mahgreb, or Indian cuisines, thanks to his use of ingredients like ginger, pepper, and dates—all acquired from the quartier’s bustling open-air market, the famous Marché Dejean. The beer he pours into the glasses for us to taste is dark, its foam thick, its taste distinct and delicious. His beers are 100% organic, non-filtered and non-pasteurized. Each bottle is named after the district’s streets – Léon, Chateau Rouge, Myrha, Charbonière – and the bottle labels are so beautifully designed that they’d no doubt meet the approval of even the most finicky graphic artist out there.
Beer bottles of Brasserie de la Goutte d’Or
Thierry pours us some beers for a taste test
It is possible to purchase his beer at the brewery during Thursdays and Fridays, from 5pm to 7pm, as well as on Saturdays from 2pm-7pm. Don’t despair if you can’t make the trip; several restaurants and wine cellars around the city carry the coveted bottles.
Brasserie de la Goutte d’Or
In the land where macarons, wine or chocolates reign supreme, Thierry’s vision is as refreshing as his beers: a tribute to a culturally-diverse neighborhood, a taste of his world in a bottle, and 100% Parisian.
The visit to the Brasserie de la Goutte d’Or was made possible thanks to Paris Face Cachée.