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Friday, November 06, 2009

Have a fun weekend.

My darlings, what are your plans this weekend? I'm excited to be heading out on a trip for Yves Saint Laurent. To celebrate their new perfume Parisienne, we'll be scouting and blogging about how to experience the Parisian lifestyle in American cities (New York, Miami, LA and Chicago). It's one of those dream assignments that make all the late nights, tough projects and scary bosses worth it. I can't wait to tell you all about it, and if you have any favorite French restaurants in those cities, I'd love to hear! Have a wonderful weekend, and here are a few great posts from around the web...

Tights!

A kitchen makeover, and a bathroom makeover.

Hollister's advice on traveling in style.

What a sweet motherhood quote.

Modern family trees.

The Atlantic Avenue Tunnel Tours look rad for everyone except claustrophobes (me).

Great simple design.

A vintage illustration website (including a rad section devoted to "people holding fish").

In Sweden, busses stop for moose!

Elly's cute new shop.

Plus, two videos:

Legendary street-style photographer Bill Cunningham talks about fashion in his NYTimes videos.

A beautiful video about Christopher Wheeldon's new ballet company.

(Photo by Elisabeth Dunker)

85 comments:

Ashley said...

If you stop by Chicago, you cannot miss Bistro Margot in Old Town...just around the corner from my apartment!

Dawson said...

Also in Chicago, Bistro Campagne in Lincoln Square is excellent.

SAJ said...

ooh can't wait to hear about the trip. Too funny because my husband bought me a bottle a few weeks ago. I love the powdery under tones.

What Would a Nerd Wear said...

sounds like so much fun!! and avec is pretty much the greatest restaurant in chicago. i drool just thinking about it. yum yum.

Ruxandra said...

have a lovely weekend.anjoy it:)

Absolutely Not Martha said...

we just moved to LA 2 months ago, so i'm unable to recommend a fave french resto just yet. however you can always stop by our place for crepes with nutella.

Sarah Bradley said...

WOW, that sounds like an amazing trip!!! I can't wait to hear about it!

kelly said...

Pastis!! one of my favorite french restaurants and probably kinda close to your neighborhood?

Rebekah @ Shell Blog said...

Oh my goodness, Johanna! What an awesome assignment--congrats! Wish I had some restaurant recommendations, but as a vegetarian, I tend to stay away from French restaurants since there aren't a lot of options for me (it makes me sad!). ;)

Melissa Blake said...

Oh, that does sound like a fun assignment! Have a great weekend! xoxo

Nadia P said...

In NYC, definitely stop by and practice your French over moules & frites at Cafe du Soleil on 104th and Bway (my fiance and I loooove that place!). http://www.cafedusoleilny.com/

In Miami, George's in the Grove has a wayyy delicious brunch and Georges is French! http://www.georgesinthegrove.com/

CatyinPhilly said...

You have to try Le Bouchon du Grove Bistro in Coconut Grove (near)Miami - it is awesomely awesome.

and if you were to decide to come to Philadelphia - Parc on Rittenhouse is the new french bistro that Stephen Starr (of Buddakan) opened... and of course le bec fin.

Joanna Goddard said...

SAJ, how sweet of him!!

Hermione said...

Wow! How great!
I always think of east Soho in NY as a mini Paris, French people and culture everywhere. Cafe Gitane, Balthazar, many more.. Exciting to see what comes up!

Dana said...

Here are some in Miami, Johanna:

--Les Halles Restaurant
--Bardot Lounge (swanky French feel!)
--Au Pied du Cochon Restaurant
--Cozy Bar & Lounge (run by a fab Frenchie and attracts many too!)
--Lemon Twist Restaurant
--George's in the Grove Restaurant
--Segafredo Lincoln Road, Espanola Way and Brickell (French/Euro crowd)

Bonne Chance!

Kristin said...

In Chicago both Bistro Campagne in Lincoln Square & Le Bouchon in Bucktown are awesome!
Can't wait to hear all about your fun assignment!

Anne said...

Too bad you're not including Seattle in your list...
http://www.bastilleseattle.com/

moodboard said...

Le Petit Cafe
2842 Colorado Ave, Santa Monica, CA


Anisette brasserie
225 Santa Monica Blvd
Santa Monica, CA 90401-2207

(though I might be biased because I lived in Santa Monica;)

Anonymous said...

French in America and no New Orleans? Really?

Sallie Ann said...

A dream assignment, to be sure. I agree with the afore mentioned "French" spots in Chicago. I avoid eating animals, but have no problem dining at Avec about 1-2 days/week. I also know of a little gem called Le Petit Paris that reminds me of a few favorite spots in Le Marais. Admitedly, i am partial, as this restaurant is in the loby of my building, but it really is very good. Kiki's has the best frittes!!!

mindy said...

Wow, how exciting! One of my favorite French restaurants in NYC is a tiny little cafe called French Roast. Best sweet potato & leek soup I've ever had. Enjoy your assignment and have a great weekend!

Daisy said...

That sounds fantastic ! Have fun!

LINDSAY said...

Good luck with your assignment! It sounds so exciting :) and perfect for you.

Joanna Goddard said...

thank you so much for these recommendations!!!

Bridey said...

Haha I live in Chicago, and I spend most of my time trying to pretend my apartment is a Parisian outreach center! This weekend, I'm cooking Coq au Vin, in fact!

There is a little crepe place, though, on Clark St called Le Creperie. It's amazing -- just a little hole in the wall!

hav said...

What fun! I have to put in my two cents for D&J Bistro, outside of Chicago - quite the hidden gem. It's the most charming, authentically french restaurant tucked into a nondescript Chicago suburb (Lake Zurich). The owners are some of the warmest, most gifted hosts you'll ever meet. And if you know anything about french cars (specifically Citroens and 2CVs) you will make friends for life here :).

Also love Provence en Boite in Brooklyn!

giulia said...

Wow. They skipped the capital, like here, designed by a Frenchman?! C'est bizarre.

Je proteste!

bisou

Susan & GG

ZenGem said...

La Creperie in Chicago is tres magnifique and very quaint.

onlypassingthrough said...

that sounds like an amazing trip! you must check out Little Next Door on 3rd Street & Crescent Heights Blvd in Los Angeles. Sit outside (it's still warm enough! 85 today and I'm in boyfriend jeans and a tank), order a bottle of champagne and lust over the cheese & charcuterie, or the croque madames.. and the desserts? gah. http://www.thelittledoor.com/lndsplash.html

Courtney Mehaffey said...

gavrouche in NYC! the food is delicious, and in the summer and fall you can eat in their outside garden complete with vines and a perfect little fountain! have fun!

Kwana said...

Sounds like an amazing assignment. Enjoy.

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Signorina Svizzera said...

What an exciting assignment!
As for restaurants... (I can only recommend in NYC so you probably know most, and maybe this one too)
Before returning to CH this fall, my friends and I had a very late and very very good dinner at L'Express on the corner of 20th and park. If I think of another place I will let you know!

Silverlake Shopgirl said...

In Los Angeles:
Cafe Stella in Silverlake and Cafe Figaro in Los Feliz are both great French bistros w/ambience

Apt. #34 said...

That is an incredible project Jo- congrats! I wish you were coming to Seattle - could certainly send you to fun some Paris-like spots. Safe travels - will certainly enjoy your reports.

Healthy Shift Worker said...

Sounds like a perfect way to spend the weekend ... doing a spot of travelling!

m said...

Moto in Brooklyn. Under a train, tiny, very French. Have the date cake and manchego with quince.

Dancing Branflake said...

I have no suggestions because I am filled with envy :) Have fun!

Anonymous said...

Buses.

maggie said...

comme ca in LA is the best!

maggie said...

P.S. you can spell buses/busses either way. don't listen to cranky anonymous.

{lovely little things} said...

What an exciting assignment, please share all these fantastic French restaurants you find!

Marie said...

Definitely dine at Aquitaine on Tremont Street in the South End of Boston - delectable food and most importantly wine!! You will absolutely adore it :)

Diwakar Sinha said...

thanks for sharing...

Christina Rodrigues said...

have an awesome weekend! sounds like you'll have a blast!!

everythinggardens said...

in la - figaro cafe on vermont in los feliz and cafe stella in sunset junction silverlake are both favorites.

Adrienne Gunde said...

Oh my goodness, that assignment is all sorts of dreamy! In LA, I really like Little Next Door & Anisette Brasserie. I've also heard Le Saint Amour in Culver City is amazing. Can't wait to read all about your trip!

Caroline, no. said...

Second Moto in Brooklyn, and second that date cake. Nomular. I made it when I got home to London.

Also, for NYC, Balthazar would need to be an essential, non? And maybe the Pink Pony on Ludlow Street for a very authentic French cafe feel, and the best thick hot chocolate I've had outside of Paris. Dean and Deluca could double as the food hall in Bon Marché?

sinnlighet said...

Woooow, jag känner mig djupt avundsjuk, men hoppas Din helg blir underbar!!

Agneta

Wendy said...

In Chicago, you should go to Brasserie Jo (for the name alone). Good bistro food and a little more, the decor reminds me of a place I went in Paris when I was little. They have good beer and hard boiled eggs at the bar. The other suggestions for Chicago are all good choices too.

In NYC, I recently went to La Bonne Soupe (48 W 55th) right around the corner from MOMA--cozy and yummy.

Cafe Fashionista said...

I would love to be accompanying you on your charming trip; but since I can't, at least I can spend the weekend browsing Elly's new shop. Tres adorable! :)

Chelsea said...

congrats on your latest, gig, joanna! it sounds like so much fun. i can't wait to read your entries. have a great weekend!

Ashley L. said...

Love your friday posts! I especially like the tights link. So pretty! I hope you have a fabulous weekend!

Blessings,
Ashley
www.ashleylaurencheney.blogspot.com

Tory - Hip Paris said...

What a fun project! In New York, check out Cafe Charbon, L'Express, and Les Enfants Terribles.

Rêverie said...

Hello!
Just wanted to say a quick hello - I stumbled upon your blog not too long ago and absolutely love it! Keep the wonderful posts coming, and enjoy your weekend :)

Elise xx

Carrie said...

Try hitting Le Perigord in NYC as well as Macaronn and any Bouloud restaurant. The best croissant in New York is Patisserie Claude in the west village. yum! enjoy!

Camila said...

In LA I recommend The Little Next Door for brunch or lunch. It's my favorite place for a Saturday lunch. I love sitting outside, ordering some Prosecco and people watching! They now have a Lychee with Prosecco/Champagne that's delicious!! Their leek and Gruyere tart is to die for, so is their Quinoa salad! And you can't go wrong with the Croque MAdame!

Right next door is the Little Door, which has an amazing ambience. Makes you feel like you're somewhere else other than LA! Very romantic!!

morning said...

i heart peter!

Adriana said...

congrats on the glorious assignment! Hanging out to hear about it

Eve said...

Can I just say I;m in love with that picture!!! Gosh its divine!

Congrats!!

Neon Gypsy said...

what a great picture! i want to go to the woods now (:

that trip for Yves Saint Laurent sounds so so amazing!! Have lots of fun! (:

plaisirs simples said...

umm i can't WAIT to HEAR about it! don't forget le singe vert in NYC! my FAVE french spot in the city!

Taylor said...

Oooh how exciting! It's been mentioned, but try Kiki's Bistro in Chicago! Their duck pizza is really yummy!

Rachel said...

I second Dawson. Bistro Campagne in Chicago is excellent. Bistro Zinc is also very good.

Anonymous said...

Yummy French food in Chicago -- just north of the city can be found at Froggy's:
http://frenchrestaurantschicagocatering.com/

Bon appetit!

Cherry Tree Lane said...

looking forward to hearing about your trip--enjoy!

Carissa said...

I seriously want to go buy myself some new tights now. I love those blue lace ones!

and that kitchen makeover is fabulous. I adore everything about it, but my favorite part is the open shelving! so great.

can't wait to hear about your trip!

Bri (like the cheese) said...

This weekend is relatively low-key in preparation for next weekend...my big trip to NYC!! I have never been before. My husband got us tickets to see Hamlet on Broadway. It's our first vacation since our honeymoon, 4.5 years ago!!
Any suggestions for must-do/must-see/must-eat in the city?!?!

Nancy said...

What a wonderful assignment - so romantic and fun! Surely, you must come to our Boston!

337 Greenwich said...

my favorite is Patisserie Clause in the west village...the best pastries in NYC!

JoanneAngelina said...

Lovely blog, I very much enjoyed reading it, have a great day!
x

Marina said...

What a beautiful picture! Love the sun and the nature. :)

Anonymous said...

in LA
"Church and State Bistro"
at the
Biscuit Company Lofts
1850 Industrial St.
Downtown LA = Arts District
Los Angeles, CA 90021
213-405-1434
http://www.churchandstatebistro.com/

Anonymous said...

and while in LA go to see Ingres's portrait of 'Comtesse d'Haussonville' alias Louise, Princess de Broglie (1818–1882), granddaughter of Madame de Staël - on view at the Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena. A masterpiece of voluptuousness.
http://www.nortonsimon.org

leni said...

I love all of the LA tips here in the comments section ... I'm going to have to try some of these places.

If you have a moment, I'm on a mission to create the Ultimate Happy Playlist. Please help me out by letting me know what song instantly makes you happy when you hear it!

http://leni.typepad.com/life/2009/11/on-a-mission-i-need-your-help-please.html.html

trisha said...

definitely sounds like a dream assignment! looking forward to hearing all about your "parisiamerican" adventures! ;)

haley said...

Chicago- Marche! Said to be the best french restaurant in the city. It's also right around the corner so let's have cocktails ;) !

Hillary's Brook said...

Chicago - Le Bouchon. Specials on Mon/Tues. One is 1/2 bottles of wine, the other you get app, main, and dessert for $25. Cute, small, delicious.

http://www.lebouchonofchicago.com/

Runrgurl10 said...

Cafe Du Soleil on 104th and Broadway, it feels like you're sitting in a bistro in Paris, eating amazing steak and pomme frites~

reckless daughter said...

cool! can't wait to see your stuff for ysl!

AngieB said...

How fun! I second Silverlake Shop girl on the reco for Cafe Stella in LA (it's in the heart of super-cute Silverlake). Delicious food, twinkle lights, cozy, and right around the corner from Intelligentsia Coffee, which isn't exactly French but is definitely worth a stop. Along with the gelato place across the street.
Can't wait to hear about your travels!

Ariel Gordon said...

This does sound like the dream assignment. Congrats!!

You can't write about la vie parisienne with out talking about macarons. Since you can't make it to Lauduree, when you're in LA you should try to hit up Paulette in Beverly Hills, Jin Patisserie in Venice or Bottege Louie downtown (across the street from my studio). Yummmm. Eat one for me!!
xo, Ariel

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