Having Your Heart On Your Wall.

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So, I kind of heartmy huge heART (ok, puns are done).  I originally made it as a decoration of my Valentine’s Day party; however, I loved it so much that I don’t have the heart (so I lied) to take it off! It was pretty easy to do, but you MUST have patience…sometimes the triangles won’t match up/you get confused where you are…

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What you will need:

  • 3 paper squares of color no. 1
  • 4 paper squares of color no. 2
  • 3 paper squares of color no. 3
  • scissors
  • wall tack
  • a picture of heart
  • patience

Wine allowed:

1-2 glasses

How to: 

1. Cut squares diagonally, making triangles.

2. follow the picture….

3. Have a party! 

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American Love

This Valentine’s Day, I realized how differently Americans celebrate this holiday than…well the entire world. In America, from an early age I was taught that February 14th was about chocolates and making valentines.  Since I was six, the week before, I would be write out my valentines to my classmates, friends and family. And 20 years later, I have kept this tradition. Each year when I hand out my valentines, not a year goes by without someone telling me this was their first valentine that they’ve ever received [mind blown]. I’m happy to bring a smile to someone’s face! In France, when I try making valentines with my students, they tell me that they don’t have a boy/girlfriend and are hesitant to believe that February 14 isn’t always about lovers, but for friends and family was well….

“Bringing Back the Salons”

Is what Sinfonietta Paris Chamber Orchestra is doing. This chamber orchestra is an innovative and exciting music group in Paris with exceptional musicians from all over the world. Their series “Cocktails and Conversations” are set in intimate, private residents which features exceptional wine paired with beautiful music.  It’s an unforgettable night in Paris! After the concert, you will be able to converse all of the interesting guests, as well as the musicians and members of SPCO (including your’s truly). 

My frist concert attendance, I was so impressed; I’ve never heard Schoenberg ever sound “beautiful” before! 

Kicking off their 2014 concert program, Sinfonietta Paris Chamber Orchestra will be holding “Cocktails and Conversations” at the gorgeous Finnish Institute.  Guests will discover a new and fresh way of listening to classical music. Intrigued? Reserve your tickets here! See you on March 6 & 7!   

The Dormouse in the Teapot

Parisians specialities are cafés and small pastries (they are starting to make micro macrons!).  During my summer holiday in the States, I noticed one major difference between Paris and America (regarding cafés).  In America, people go to coffee shops alone with their Apple product of choice. And Paris cafés are more of a social place.  However, Anglophones are taking over Paris (it seems sometimes) and depending of the cafés will see more tables for 1. 

Le Loir dans la Théière is making a radical movement: computers are not aloud in their salon de thé.  SHOCKING (but hey, it’s France don’t forget).  Another fact about this cozy social nook is that during your first visit, you will probably miss the dessert table. QUEL DOMMAGE!!!   Because these tartes are something to Instagram about! They are most famous for their gigantic (fresh) lemon meringue pie. And it is oh-so delicious! I always feel like I’m stepping back in the Victorian era, it’s very charming and a perfect place to meet a friend! Their coffee isn’t that great…just go straight for the desserts! 

Le Loir dans la Théière

3 rue des Rosiers

75004 Paris

M: Saint Paul (le Marias)  

Mon-Fri 10-19h30/ Sat & Sun 9h-19h30

Champagne Cocktail

  • Chilled Champagne 
  • Créme de voilette 
  • Fresh Rosemary
  • sugar
  • Fresh lemon juice (optional)

The day before you serve the cocktail, make a simply syrup and add in a good amount of the crème de violette and rosemary. Chill over night. minutes before your guests arrive, add in champagne to the mixture. Garnish each glass with a sprig of rosemary. Add more crème de violette and/or sugar to taste. Fresh lemon juice is also a nice ingredient to add in the cocktail. 

Enjoy! 

Broken Arm
I’m part of that generation where I spend my free time at coffee shops.  I love starting my morning or a break in the day with a little caffeine and friend time.  I’m always a fan where shopping is involved and the Broken Arm is attached to a lovely boutique (the perfect combination for when The Finn gets involved in long conversations with the baristas). The coffee is exceptional and set in such a charming location and atmosphere. 

Try it: 

Broken Arm

12, rue Perrée – 75003 Paris

Mardi – Samedi:  09h00 – 18h00

Une fête du Sainte Valentin! 

This year, I hosted a crafternoon with some very lovely ladies. It was a a perfect Sunday afternoon full of Champagne cocktails, tartes and card-making! It was a tight squeeze and wished I could have invited more, but it was the perfect group of girls! I love Valentines day because it’s an excuse for sending out cards,  to buy flowers and treat yourself to Champagne and chocolate! 

You can also view Hana’s lovely photos here

                                            DIY Arrow Kebabs

What you will need:

  • washi tape 
  • kebab sticks
  • tissue paper
  • glue stick 
  • scissors 
  • fruit 
  • chocolate 
  • double-broiler 

Wine allowed: 

2 glasses

How to:

  1. Cut tissue paper in rectangles (make the length longer than the top of the stick) and apply glue. Wrap tissue paper over the top of the kabob stick.  Vertically cut the tissue paper.
  2. Cut triangles out of wasbi tape.
  3. Fill up your kabob (cut fruit, melt chocolate in a double broiler and drizzle. Refrigerate for a minimum of 2 hours).
  4. stick two triangles on the end of your khabab 

Voilà, you have successfully made a kebab arrow! 

Perfect for a Valentine’s Party, non? 

Soup. 
I love soup. Anyone can win my stomach over with a good tomato or carrot soup.
It’s my favorite dish, in fact celebrity food chef, Marie-Antoine Carême, believed that each meal should start with soup as a democratic gesture of community and togetherness. It’s hard to find soup other than French onion or maybe a potage here and there in Paris. C’est un dommage,  I’ve been spending a lot of time at the Institut finlandais, perhaps I feel like I’m closer to The Finn this way.  I was there during the lunch hour one day so I looked at Café Coutume’s menu and to my surprise they had a carrot-lime soup!  It was a no-brainer to stay for lunch! Served with whole-wheat quinoa and Finnish Rye bread I was in heaven. And all for 5 euros! 

London Bridge. 

On my last day (before stores opened) I did see the tower and bridge of London. Nobody had ever told me how juxtaposed London’s architecture really is—you will have towers built in 1600 standing next to the most modern 21st century glass building.  Next time I’ll go over to the Tate!