UPDATE: Thanksgiving Store in Paris Closes

Thanksgiving Shop on the Left Bank

With turkey day fast approaching, American expats in Paris and long-term visitors to the City of Light are beginning their searches for all the ingredients for the traditional Thanksgiving meal. And a Marais boutique named Thanksgiving is the only one-stop shop in all of Paris — perhaps even all of France — to purchase everything needed to cook turkey, stuffing, cranberry sauce, green bean casserole, yams topped with marshmallows and, of course, pumpkin pie. Or, we should say was the only such shop in the City of Light. Shoppers will sadly find the unique boutique permanently shuttered. Continue Reading →

Turkey Day in Paris? Head to Thanksgiving

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Parisians don’t celebrate Thanksgiving. Nope, there’s no turkey. No stuffing. No candied yams. No cranberry sauce. No pumpkin pie. No, Thanksgiving is very much an American holiday, and with the exception of a few restaurants catering to U.S. tourists that offer a Thanksgiving Day meal, the holiday is virtually ignored in the City of Light. So, what do expats do when they want to cook up a big Turkey Day feast with all the trimmings? Or those visitors to Paris who are lucky enough to be in a rental apartment and who wish to prepare a scaled-down version of the grand holiday dinner? Those in the know head to Thanksgiving, a delightfully quirky Marais shop specializing in American foodstuffs. Continue Reading →

Thanksgiving in Paris?

Thanksgiving Shop on the Left Bank

For some reason, American tourists are shocked to learn that Parisians don’t celebrate Thanksgiving. Visitors to the City of Light may just have to trade those dreams of turkey and mashed potatoes for confit de canard and gratin de pommes de terre.

But what to do if you’re an ex-pat living in the city? Or if you’re renting a Parisian apartment and want to cook a Thanksgiving meal of your own? Continue Reading →

Thousands Flock to BK. My Heart Breaks a Little

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Burger King opened it’s first location in Paris last month, resulting in lines a hundred-deep of French customers eager to taste their first Whoppers. Fast food is rapidly taking over in Paris, where there’s already a McDonalds (they call it McDo’s), a Subway or a Starbucks on seemingly every corner. And I couldn’t be more upset that a city famed for its gastronomy has fully fallen prey to fast foodization. Continue Reading →