A bit of Paris and a lot of Beirut

Given the events of the past week, I’ve been thinking a lot about both Paris and Beirut. It’s been an emotionally exhausting week, to say nothing of the actual tragic events in both cities and elsewhere.… Read More A bit of Paris and a lot of Beirut

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Petersham Nurseries Cafe and other fine dining memories

I just read that Skye Gyngell’s new restaurant opens today at Somerset House in London. Whenever I think of that beautiful building, I think back to a moment in December 2005 when I stood in front of it, watching the ice skaters whizz by on the temporary outdoor skating rink installed for the winter. Skye Gyngell, by the way,… Read More Petersham Nurseries Cafe and other fine dining memories

Searching for Amélie in Montmartre

We stepped out of Lamarck-Caulaincourt metro station, where Amélie Poulain held the arm of a blind man and vividly described the street life around them: We wandered the streets of Montmartre, where she lived: Found Café des Deux Moulins, where she worked: Came across her favourite grocery store, where she shopped: And walked up the steps of the… Read More Searching for Amélie in Montmartre