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Every summer since 2009, bike lover Parisians get together dressed up as if it was really la belle époque and go for a ride from a Paris destination to the Bois de Vincennes (humongo picnic destination on the long grass where you feel far far away from a city). It’s just spot on. Red lipstick, curls, long skirts and brogues, flat-top hats, mustaches and suspenders… these Parisians know what they’re doing.

This year, I was so thrilled to be in town for the picnic, as I always had LLB’s coverage of the event in mind. The summer heat has finally arrived, so heading down to south eastern Paris was the perfect excuse to soak up sun sun with some lovelies. It was absolutely adorable to see everyone all dressed up, with or without their vélos. I will admit that I’ve been really good about biking everywhere, so I was so pumped to actually be a part of the ride from République to Bois de Vincennes… but after extensive biking in the canicule Friday and Saturday, my legs simply couldn’t take it to literally go to the polar opposite end of my little Asniérois nest. Oopsie daisy. Perhaps next year, with a groovy basket and ensemble and baguettes all over the place.

Magical company of Lauren, Ylenia and Flo, Lali, Rachelle, Gemma, Emily and Sophie.

Ride Béret Baguette on their .


One of PUR FOOD PARIS‘s premium and innovative products available in Paris are from the Cold Hand Winery. Denmark’s Cold Hand Winery started in 2010 by Jens, a wine aficionado and fruit wine maker, and Flemming, one of Denmark’s best apple and fruit producers.

Inspired by a family history of wine making, apple growing, heaps of passion, and a dream to make some of the best fruit wines in Denmark, Cold Hand has started to make their dream become reality as many of their products have now won awards at various fruit wine competitions in the UK and in Denmark. Their latest title, for one of their latest experiments with sour dark cherries, was named the “best fruit wine in Denmark”.

On a chilly autumn night this past week at the oldest bar in Paris, Le Forvm and PÜR FOOD PARIS co-hosted the official launch of Cold Hand Winery: Les Vikings Debarquent. This Vikings-themed soirée was about introducing the Cold Hand Winery to the elite clients of Le Forvm in a convivial atmosphere, with a guest-star bartender, the world’s 17th best barman, Hasse Bank Johansen. Hasse competed with his Cold Hand Winery cocktails crafted from his bar, St Paul’s Apothek in Aarhus, Denmark, against two of Le Forvum’s top French barmen, Vincent and Germain, crafting Cold Hand cocktails with Le Forvm’s style and refined selection at the heart. The night was indeed a mixology show, with a a custom cocktail menu consisting of 10 unique opportunities to discover the incredible Cold Hand fruit wines.

The cocktail menu had a little something for everyone’s taste: sweet to sour, and unique combinations (dried fig? Yes please!). Their products, each made from Danish fruits, were the main ingredients in the cocktails of the soirée:

  • Malus X Masculine & Feminam, made from Ingrid Marie & Karin Schneider apples & housemade eau de vie
  • Ribes Nigrum, made from tart blackcurrants
  • Prunus Rosa, made from pure blue prunes
  • Pyrus X, made from 5 types of pears and housemade eau de vie
  • Prunus Nigra, made from acidic black cherries

I personally loved the “Malus X Old Fashioned”… it was the perfect classic bitter cocktail with a sweet twist thanks to Cold Hand’s Malus Masculine X fruit wine.

As for the homies’ favorites: Ana Clara adored the “Long-Stress Reliever” (a delectable mix of sweet and sour, with shaved carrots on top served in a beautiful crystal glass.), Sam enjoyed the “Lowball/Old Fashioned”, and Yann-Yves had the “Euphoric Enhancer” first (served in the most charming cocktail glass). Olivia and Audrey went all out with the “Millionaire” cocktail, suggested by Hasse as the cocktail to end the night (served in a cold glass smothered in cocoa).

Carrying on with the Viking-theme, PÜR FOOD PARIS spoiled us with delicious and exclusive products like the Ren Lyx pure, cold-smoked and dried reindeer meat, Hansen-Lydersen’s hand-salted and hand-turned perfectly smoked salmon, a very special and exclusive caviar– the Bottenvikens Löjrom, and some of Denmark’s artisanal cheeses that were made to go with Jens and Flemming’s fruitwines. The Nordic-themed evening showcased some of the innovative and excellent products PÜR FOOD PARIS is introducing here in Paris in exclusivity, but also across Europe- with passionate stories and products of incredible quality.

If you are eager to taste what the hype is about, Cold Hand Winery products are exclusively available at Le Forvm in Paris, or for other information, with PÜR FOOD PARIS as the exclusive EU distributors.

For more information on Cold Hand Winery, or any of the products featured, please contact PÜR FOOD PARIS at .

Le Forvm
3, boulevard des Malheserbes, Paris 75008
Métro: Madeleine (8, 12, 14)


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Thursday night was February’s Yelp Elite event at Café Madam with .  It was a night filled with delicious grub, good music and delicious cocktails. I was a huge fan of the Hendrick’s punch. What’s better than gathering food lovers in a new & fresh Paris café to mingle?

The grub at Café Madam was to die for, and I’m anxious to go back there for breakfast or brunch sometime.

Thanks, Yelp.



A few weeks ago I had the opportunity to go to one of Le Foodist‘s Daring Pairing events. Le Foodist provides a variety of different events where people from or visiting Paris can experience culture through food. Whether it be for a dinner, a wine and cheese pairing, or a tea time history of sweets, you’ll be able to take a big bite into French culture.

This particular evening, on a cozy péniche right under the Notre Dame on Quai Montebello, we participated in Daring Pairings. It was chilly and snow was falling, and it was the perfect setting for a mysterious undertaking of pairing with two of France’s most prided things: wine and cheese. The creator of Le Foodist, Fred, immediately greeted us as we entered Bateau Daphné with our chilled rosy red cheeks. As soon as we walked into the boat, the covered bottles and empty wine glasses awaited us: this was going to be good.

A lovely sommelier, Stéphane Bonnerot, so full of energy and passion, introduced 4 wines to us, explaining to us how to properly taste them and notice each of their particularities: we shook the glasses to see the marks that would fall from the glass, we sniffed them to see what aromas we could guess, we observed the color of reds in front of a white piece of paper. All that good stuff.

Once we made all of the visual observations, we tasted the wine in a few different ways, seeing if we could decipher the dryness and sweetness. All of these traits made for a fun guessing game of where the wine came from in France. Stéphane tied in the history behind the wines and the differences that various regions and grapes provide. This helped us to guess the perfect cheese to pair with each of the four wines tasted.

By the end of the evening I had a wealth of new knowledge and I was anxious to impress my Frenchman of a boyfriend with my knew cheese and wine pairing skills. Not kidding. I now can bluntly state that I never would I ever serve a comté with a white wine! Bien sûr!

It was a night filled with laughter, mystery and passion. People of all ages and all nationalities came together around one fusion of a love: French wine and cheese. The whole night I kept thinking about how fun my mom would have at an event like this, while visiting Paris. What a wonderful and unique way to meet people.

And after a toast of bubbly in the winter chills under the lit up Notre Dame and the reflections of lights on the Seine (yes, Stéphane did indeed teach some people how to open a bottle of champagne with a sabor), we wandered back home in the snowy snowy Parisian night.

For more information on what Le Foodist has to offer as well as their calendar and prices for these diverse and magical events, you can check out their website and their . The events happen several times per month but still fill up, so it’s advised it to reserve in advanced for your visit to Paris.

If you’re interested in their Once Upon A Table dinner experience, be sure to check out this lovely post on the HiP Paris Blog.

A special thanks to Fred and Stéphane for their vigor and energy.



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A few days ago I popped by the Yelp Winter Food Festival at La Cartonnerie, and it was a hoot! So many passionate Parisian peeps that write the oh so lovely reviews that you can read on Yelp, passionate about sharing their bonnes trouvailles all in one place.

On the food side, there were the folks & goodies from Sugar Daze Cupcakes, The Kale Project, , , Lomography, Demory, All you need is wine, and a few other fab hotspots…!

What a fabulous evening in such a  fantastic venue.

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