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dynamo-de-quelle-planete-es-tu-08Last summer when one of my dearest and most inspirational and creative friends was visiting Paris for the first time (Oh dear, I’ve still got so many photos to share), but one of my favorite things that we did was take a stroll through the Dynamo exhibit at the Grand Palais. After reading about it about on Anne’s blog, we knew we had to make the trip to discover this magically created space of light and motion.

On show at the humongous and stunning Grand Palais, the exhibit was subtitled “A century of light and motion in art, 1913-2013″, which already is alluring enough, right? The different sized rooms featured from one to many installations by various contemporary artists, all unique and bright, light and dark, flashy and distant. We went from space to space together, discussing inspirations, ideas and dreams. Considering the time period of some of the installations’ creation,  it was simply breathtaking to think about how so early on light and motion in a given space could effect the way we view everything around us as human beings. It was a very interactive expo that permitted visitors to feel a part of the piece, even if  that means just wandering through a room with dense fog and colored lights, witnessing the change of shapes and color with the help of seemingly random lights, or standing in the absolute perfect spot of a hall of archades to visualize the truest and most immense of a trompe l’oeil. Long story short, we had a hoot.

Although the exhibition ended last July, I wanted to share the photos from this magical place sa it seems like it was yesterday. If you missed it, I hope this doesn’t make you regret taking a spin through it. If you did go, I hope you found it as enchanting and powerful as I did. See the teaser for Dynamo here, and a video put together by my friend Puxan here.

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Higuma - De quelle planète es-tu? 1I’m a big gyoza fan. I just love ‘em. But if you like ramen and lamen too, I’ve got a place for you.

My mother-in-law at one point recommended Higuma to me, and she definiteyl knew the hotspot because I’ve never been there when there wasn’ a line out the door.

Higuma specialize in Japanese food: potstickers, lamen, ramen… the works. It’s a great deal and you can pair it with an Asahi lager. You’ll feel a bit rushed, but enjoy the hustle bustle atmosphere and the udon galore while you can. If you want some action on the cafeteria like steamy kitchen food prep, sit at the bar for a great view.

The portions are quite large, so come hungry.

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32 bis rue Saint-Anne, 75001
Tél: 01 47 03 38 59
Métro: Quatre-Septembre (3), Pyramides (14, 7)

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This summer a dear friend visited me in Paris. The sun was always shining and we frolicked this beautiful city. When a friend who has never been to Paris is in town, it feels a bit more exciting to me. It makes me anxious to show the person the Paris that turned me into a Parisian.

Rachel has a creative eye and a way of finding beauty in the most simple of things. What this meant is that Ladurée was a must.

Oh, the colorful treats…. And sitting on the steps of the Madeleine church made for a pretty breathtaking backdrop.

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DQPET x PFP - Claus - 1 I am a big fan of breakfast. I just love every part of it. It’s also a very important part of the day.

There are two things that are difficult to find in this city: early bird breakfast spots, and gluten-free products. When I discovered Claus, I realized I won’t need to miss this anymore, because it’s tucked all away right next to the Louvre.

The French have their breakfast traditions, but finding a place open before work- besides a boulangerie- is a toughie here in the city of lights. Secondly, finding a place with gluten-free options (in restaurants or in supermarkets) isn’t donné here like it is elsewhere, which can be frustrating for people with dietary restrictions. This is where PÜR FOOD PARIS  stepped in and offered Claus’s founder exactly what he was looking for: the best organic and gluten-free muesli and oats from just across the English channel, Alara. It makes for a delicious breakfast for one and all. It’s just fantastic.

Claus is a breakfast restaurant and a breakfast épicerie. One of a kind in Paris, on the main floor your heart will melt when you are welcomed with homemade treats and shelves full of wholesome and delicious breakfast food for sale. When you go up the stairs, you’ll stumble upon a simplistic and cozy set of wooden tables, with the perfect color palate like sun rays on an autumn morning. Everything is served with simple tableware, the perfect mix of retro and modern. I loved the minimalistic décor of the place, and the boombox quietly playing classical music was the cherry on top.

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The Germans are known for indulging in a hearty breakfast, to nourish your body from the moment you wake up. Claus Estermann, the owner and founder, shares this tradition with the international crowds of the Parisian streets. The menu has a variety of hearty savory breakfasts or snacks to pair with your double espresso.

Claus has kept his German origins a part of the menu, offering items such as an epic giant freshly made Bavarian pancake with almonds an apples. With my breakfast I couldn’t resist trying one of Claus’s detox juices, which was to die for. This 8am breakfast kicked off my day for the better.

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For his breakfast épicerie, he carefully chooses products with great importance and seeks to find excellent products to celebrate the start of the day. It’s all about breakfast cheer. One of the brands that he carries in his breakfast shop that really caught my eye is Alara mueslis and oats.Alara’s bright colored boxes stick out on the shelf in Claus’s shop, with the most fantastic and informational packaging.

It’s an English family company that was started in 1975 with quite the heart-felt story. It started when their two founders came across 2 British pounds on the ground, and wanted to do something good with it. Long story short, Alex and Aisha Smith started making organic muesli, which has become a staple in breakfasts across the globe. Now, a decade later, they make 100% certified organic and gluten-free mueslis and granolas, operate in sustainable trade, and are the only Fair Trade muesli maker in the world!

Their products are colorful boxes of joy.

I personally like my muesli and oats with yogurt in the morning for a little pick me up. It’s one of the best ways to start a day.

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14, rue Jean-Jacques Rousseau, 75001 Paris
Tél: 01 42 33 55 10
Métro: Louvre-Rivoli (1)

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