You never know what you’ll stumble upon while strolling through the majestic streets of Paris, so it was a delight to turn a corner and run across these huge, magnificent sculptures by Spanish artist Manolo Valdés.
It was a very hot day in Paris approaching 90 degrees Fahrenheit and I was tempted to take shade under the large aluminum hat.
The recently re-opened Ritz Paris sits in the background. And just to note, even when there’s no artwork in this historic square in the 1st arrondisement, the Place Vendôme is awe-inspiring so these stunning works by Valdés were an added bonus.
This public exhibition of Manolo Valdés’ sculptures lasts from September 8 through October 10, 2016.
All of us have our certain go-to comfort foods, so it’s no surprise that being originally from Tokyo, whenever I’m on the road or in a different country, I found myself craving Japanese food. I grew up in California so I also often find myself longing for those generously-sized Mexican burritos, but that’s yet to be found here…Thankfully in the world-class city of Paris, there are a multitude of international options if you find yourself in the mood for something other than “typical” French cuisine. One of my favorite Japanese spots for a quick and tasty casual bite is Sanukiya. There are often long queues, so it’s a fantastic spot for travelers who are dining solo, since just like many of the other Japanese restaurants in Paris’ nearby Little Tokyo, there is counter seating and a lone diner can often beat the lines and quickly slip right on in for their meal. Another bonus about Sanukiya, is that they are open straight through lunch and dinner so if you have jet lag or just feel like dining at 15:30 or 3:30 p.m. non-military time, they will be open.
Started off with some Agedashi Tofu
After being in France for a while, I can’t even tell you how happy I was to reunite with my beloved katsudon (deep fried pork cutlet with egg over a bowl of steamed rice)
Udon noodles are one of their specialities
View of the Open Kitchen
Bowl of Tendon (Tempura over rice)
This article, Sanukiya – Japanese Cuisine in Paris, originally appeared on Chowhound.
Address: Rue d’Argenteuil, 75001 Paris, France
Hours: · 11:30AM–10PM
Phone: +33 1 42 60 52 61
Frenchie To Go is located on rue du Nil – the same charming, cobblestoned block as Frenchie restaurant and the same group’s wine bar. The original Frenchie can be a tough reservation if you don’t plan well ahead, so it’s nice that you can experience the team’s vibe and energy at this drop in, casual, takeaway spot in the 2nd arrondissement.
Lobster Roll (Pain brioché toasté, homard bleu, beurre blanc nantais, céleri) and Hot Dog (Bun a hot dog de Gontran Cherrier, saucisse maison 100% bœuf shorthorn fumée, choucroute maison, sauce savora)
Watermelon and burrata salad (this was a seasonal special)
A big ol’ sour pickle
Order at the counter and either takeout, or dine in on one of the high wooden tables and bar stools.
Frenchie To Go
Address: 9 Rue du Nil, 75002 Paris, France
Hi Everyone! With social media, client work and travels… I know I haven’t been as good about updating this site as I was back in the days, but I do plan on sharing many of my dining and travel photos with you in the coming months. Be on the lookout for some inspiring meals, sunsets and wanderlust moments.
In the meantime, here are just some of the memorable bites from this last year taken on my iPhone. Pictured from top to bottom (left to right):
Pierre Gagnaire, Paris
Lord Stanley, San Francisco
Yannick Alléno, Paris
Untitled, New York City
Tapas 24, Barcelona
Jia Jia Tang Bao, Shanghai
Saison, San Francisco
Ninebark, Napa Valley
Mr and Mrs Bund, Shanghai
Tickets Bar, Barcelona
Commonwealth, San Francisco
Jean-Georges, New York City