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Emo Phillips live at La Java in Paris

Emo Phillips live at La Java in Paris

Like stand-up comedy?
After a sensational evening last Wednesday with The International House Band and Meow Meow performing choice cuts from the Cole Porter and Jerome Kern songbooks it will be Emo’s turn to take to the stage at La Java on Wednesday 8th September : He may not have deigned to play his clarinet with The House Band but he was in the audience digging the music just as in turn the House Band will be in the audience laughing at his bizarrely logical humour.Tickets are going fast so get booking.

Karel Beer

Emo Phillips Stand-up Comedianthe semi-legendary

Emo Phillips

in all his glory will be Standing-Up at

La Java

105, rue du faubourg du Temple Paris 10

Wednesday 8 September 8-30pm

tickets if you pre book by email15 €

card carrying members and students a snippet at 12€

Tickets on the night not pre-booked a whopping 20€

In praise of … Emo Philips

Brian Logan The Guardian 12 August 2010

He tells semi-surreal jokes so short and sharp that they make the audience jolt as well as laugh

Many comedians deserve a newspaper’s praise but only one comes on stage with a Joan of Arc bob, big buggy eyes and a voice that is quavering and quizzical – and as camp as the fields at Glastonbury. Emo Philips is a pith artist, really. He tells semi-surreal jokes so short and sharp that they make the audience jolt as well as laugh. Those who see the Chicagoan play the Edinburgh fringe this month will get plenty of proof of this, but many of his gags are known by people who have never heckled a stand-up in their lives. This is bound to have turned up in more than a few inboxes: “I ran three miles today, and finally I said, ‘Lady take your purse.'” After winning his first major success in the 80s, Philips was often dubbed an alternative comedian, but his jokes are much cleverer, cleaner and funnier than that term suggests. He is the elder statesman of the one-liner : “I think my ex-wife had weekly lessons with the devil on how to be more evil. I don’t know how much she charged him.” Indeed, his comedic style could easily feature on Radio 4 (you might say it already does, so many British comics have ripped him off). His jokes are often informed by a sense of cosmic injustice that means all people are cursed with rotten luck. Rather than get angry about it, the Philips way is to coin cheery one-liners. “I saw an old woman changing a flat tyre, and I walked right by, like everybody else,” goes one classic. “Then I thought what kind of person am I?

So I went back and said, ‘Have a nice day.'”

Shazia Mirza stand-up comedianTuesday September 21 8-30pm

Shazia Mirza

Karel Beer

Beer Necessities

104 quai de Jemmapes

75010 Paris

How to make your own French croissants

Learn how to make your own croissants!

I’ve just been sent a link via – and after watching the video I just had to share it with you – this is fantastic!

Simple ingredients, but you must follow the instructions from the Chef to get the absolute best results – go ahead, try it out soon!!

Let me know how you go – I’d love to hear they were delicious :-)

Video:  How to make your own Croissants

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Now there’s no excuse if you don’t live in Paris – you can make these anywhere in the world!

The recipe provided with the video is as follows:

“For 1 lb. of dough. Difficulty: medium.
Ingredients: 2 cups of flour, 1/3 cup of whole milk, 1 tsp of baking yeast, 2 1/2 tbs of granulated sugar, 2 tsp of salt, 1/2 cup of butter.”

More recipes (in french) :

Postcards from Paris 29th August 2010

Postcards from Paris 29th August 2010

Bonjour a tous! A big hello to everyone!

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29th August 2010

Bonjour tous le monde! Hello everyone!

I’m behind schedule with my Newsletters and I do apologise – I’ve been working on too many projects at once, and Paris is always in my head, but I just didn’t sit down and type my cheery news to you … and I’m going to fix that right now :-)

I hope you’ve been having a faaabulous week, month, wherever you on this amazing planet, and I’m sending a hearty “BONJOUR!”

“So,” I hear you ask, “What’s been keeping you so busy?”

And a good question that is too :-)

One thing which I’ve been working hard on is the website redesign – you may not notice much of a difference, but I just needed to make the pages seem less cluttered, easier to find your way around, and pleasing to the eye.  I’d LOVE to know what you think if you notice the difference (pop down to the bottom of the newsletter and Add A Comment) – I’d appreciate hearing whatever you have to say. Anything you miss? Something you’d like reinstated or brought back? Something you;d love me to consider adding, which hasn’t been on the site before? Go ahead – let me know your thoughts :-)

Video Tip: How to make your own Croissants

If you’re an armchair traveller, and have little chance of tasting a real French croissant any time soon, why not make your own? Here are some simple instructions from a great chef:

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How to make your own French croissants >>

Video Tip: How to open a bottle of wine with a SHOE!

That’s right, if you forgot your bottle opener, try this! It really works :-)

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How to open a bottle of wine with a shoe >>

Video Tip: How to say I LOVE YOU in French :-)

Quick recap from recent months, for all those new subscribers (THANK YOU SO MUCH for signing up!) – a sweet quick little video with some words of love – mots d’amour – to try out as you whisper sweet nothings into your sweetie’s ear.

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after words of love, my thoughts turned to food, and I started reminiscing about …

My favourite delicatessen in Paris – Charcuterie – run by the Charcutiere

Last time I stayed in Paris I rented a lovely apartment in the 11th arrondissement, right at the Metro Voltaire.

This coin – corner – of Paris was fabulous and it was the first time I’d stayed around there. Each day I popped into the local shops, got to meet the butcher, the baker, the candlestick maker … well, no, not the candlestick maker – I couldn’t find one :-)

But I did get to know the owners of the deli who were absolutely delightful, and persevered as my rusty French came out of the closet in the early days and gradually improved over the 5 weeks I was there. My friend Sigrun from Iceland came to stay for a few weeks, and we spent many a lovely hour in the deli looking at all the wonderful food prepared by the owner. On many a day Sigrun and I would walk our little feet off as we explored and shopped and had a fabulous time, then we’d head home, grab some delights from the deli (cheese – fromage, pate, ham – jambon, salad – salades), grab a baguette from the lovely girl in the bakery, and we’d head upstairs to the apartment to make a picnic. Of course no picnic is complete without a glass of red wine – une verre de vin rouge, and before long we’d need to have a little siesta – un p’tit dodo – before heading out in the late afternoon or early evening to find a new place to have dinner.

Here are some photos of some of our lunches:

Postcards from Paris - making a picnic at home

OOOhhh doesn’t that look delicious? If it wasn’t night-time as I write this, I might just duck out and buy some of these goodies right now :-)  Here’s another photo – this one has grated carrot – carotte rapée, vine-ripened tomatoes – des tomates, brie, camembert – les fromages;  ooh la la! It was divine!

Delicious fresh baguette, jambon, fromages, tomates, lettue et du vin

Doesn’t that orange carrot rapee look so fresh and delish? The dressing was some kind of vinegar, not too strong, and really tasted delicieuse.

So are you wondering why I’m telling you about this little pique nique?

Postcards from Paris Newsletter - Hidden Paris Tours barge cruise When you’re visiting a new city or holidaying somewhere fabulous, it is a great treat to get to know the local shopkeepers, practice your rusty French and buy some tasty delights for lunch or a light supper.

If you’re going to be out for the day, you can pop in and buy your goodies before you grab the metro or bus, just remember to take a knife to cut tomatoes etc, and perhaps a couple of paper plates.

Having a picnic in one of Paris’ many gorgeous parks is a delightful way to pass the time, and it will also save some money (which you can put towards a yummy dinner at Le P’tit Manger later that evening).

Or maybe you’ve decided to take my all-time favourite barge cruise for two and a half hours – perfect for a take along picnic! If you don’t want the hassle of cutting up the deli food, buy pre-prepared sandwiches baguettes – sandwiches made with baguettes – at the local bread shop or deli.

Think outside the box when travelling – don’t feel like you have to sit in a café for lunch every day (although I do love to do that – a LOT), try to have some picnic time and get to know the parks of Paris – you’ll have such a grand time, I’m sure of it!

If you’d like to know where my favourite deli is, here’s the address:

Ph. Ronceret
138 rue de la Rocquette
75011 Paris

Charcuterie Traiteur - Deli - Ronceret, 75011 Paris

My favourite deli - Roncert Chacuterie in 75011 Paris

Here’s the map – so if you come by metro, you need to be on the northern corner of Rue de la Rocquette where it crosses Rue Voltiare. If you walked west on rue de la Rocquette (to the left on the map), its about 10 minutes to Place de la Bastille (and it’s a very interesting walk, I love the quaint little shops in rue do la Rocquette):



Speaking of French food :-)

I’ve just come across a quick little video online showing the treats inside a Parisian pastry shop – les patisseries – the pastries.

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Boulangerie = bakery

Patisserie = pastry shop

That’s it for today, hope you enjoy these little snippets, there’ll be more next week – I’m planning on catching up with all the great Parisian goodies I want to tell you about :-)

I’d LOVE to hear from you, clidk the ADD A COMMENT link below and post me a message :-)

Au revoir for now,


Great Italian coffee in Paris!

Great Italian coffee in Paris!

Great Italian-style coffee found by Melbournite!

Great Italian coffee in Paris

Have you tried coffee at La Cafeotheque?
My husband and I loved the coffee here on our recent trip to Paris (we are self professed Melbourne coffee snobs).

They roast their own beans and the main Barista trained in Sydney.

Perfect every time.

La Cafeotheque

52 rue de l’ Hotel de Ville, Paris 75004.

Melbourne, Australia


Thanks Michelle!

I’m ALWAYS on the lookout for Italian-style coffee the way we Aussies prefer it, and this is a GREAT FIND!

When I’m next in Paris I will be checking out this Sydney Barista on my first day :-)

To find the café, here’s the map:


What’s on in Paris in August?

What’s on in Paris in August?

I would like to know the best places to eat and go out clubbing in Paris    What’s on in Paris in August??


United Kingdom

Teena says …

Hi there Monique, Thanks for dropping by my site!

I have a page on my site for things to do in August – you can view it here:

Paris in August >>

Here are a few more suggestions for you:

For where to eat, there are hundreds of restaurants in a very small amount of space, so you will be spoiled for choice – just walk down any street and you’ll find a café, restaurant, bistro or brasserie where you can dine. You can also check out my pages here:

Want to eat famous French food?

Click a photo to read more …

Not sure what to eat in Paris? Start with a sandwiche baguetteNot sure what to eat in Paris? Start with a fresh baked loaf of French bread - there are so many varietiesNot sure what to eat in Paris? There's nothing like a fresh crunchy baguette.Not sure what to eat in Paris? Oh I do love a Croque Monsieur and a Croque Madame! What to eat in Paris?Enjoy a freshly baked croissant, delicious!What to eat in Paris? Chocolate croissants are a delicious treat for breakfast.Wondering what to eat in Paris? Try French cheese - camembert, brie - you'll love it.What to eat in Paris? I love the many types of pate to be found in the markets.What to eat in Paris? For a special dessert, try a souffle - sheer heaven! Ahhh quiche - top of the list of what to eat in Paris.What to eat in Paris? You can't go past the traditional French Onion Soup.What to eat in Paris? Thick juicy steak, bernaise sauce ... it must be my favourite, Chateaubrand!Almost famous French food Couscous tantalises the tastebuds with melt-in-the-mouth meat and vegetables. Salons de Thes - tea salons - are a delicious place to while away the hours over a steamy cup of delicious hot tea.

Click any of the famous French food photos above to read more about all of these delicious French foods – yum yum!

As I don’t know what age you are, I can’t recommond where you should go clubbing, but if you buy the Pariscope booklet as soon as you arrive, it is filled with places to go and things to do for the period of time you’re in Paris. You can buy these where you see magazines and newspapers sold.

I hope you have a marvellous time!



How to open a bottle of wine with a shoe

At first I thought this was going to be a joke video …

I was thinking all kinds of slapstick thoughts when I saw this video title, but as I watched it I was totally amazed!

Yes, you CAN actually open a bottle of wine without a corkscrew!  Let’s hope you have a shoe nearby to use :-)

Even if you don’t speak French you can undertand the actions in this video – so in future, don’t panic if you arrive at the picnic without your corkscrew – all is not lost :-)


Do you know any cool tricks like this? Let me know :-)


Can I visit Paris with a 2 year old child?

Can I visit Paris with a 2 year old child?

We will be travelling with our two year old …

We want to visit paris in november 2011

I will be travelling to paris with my wife and 2year old baby girl. i am 50 and my wife is 39.

Can we enjoy paris with a 2 year old baby?


Teena says …

Dear Theron,

Thank you for writing back.

Your question is, “can we enjoy paris with a 2 year old baby ?”.

You will find a section on my website about things to do in Paris with children:

Lots of fun activities for kids in Paris at the circus

Paris is filled with families so there is no reason why you won’t enjoy Paris with yours – you can have a marvellous time and create many wonderful memories. Here are other links for you to look at. Some of these activities are for summer time, but some of them are still fun in colder seasons too:

Read the list of fun activities for kids to do in Paris and  outskirtsMore Activities for Kids

Summer Activities for Kids
Kids’ Summer Activities with Animals
Kids’ Summer Activities with Water
Indoor Activities for kids
Fun Activities for kids at the circus


Once you have booked your accommodation, you could ask the Concierge or Front Desk to recommend babysitters if you and your wife would like to go out on your own at some point.

Have a great trip, do let me know what you love most about Paris after your holiday :-)

Bon Voyage!!  Cheers

How cold is Paris in November?

How cold is Paris in November?

How cold is Paris in November? Is it too cold to visit?

Do you think I should visit Paris in November or will it be too cold to enjoy, this is my 2nd visit to Paris.

Fadi, Palestine

Teena says …

Hi there Fadi,

Thanks for dropping by my website!

The approximate temperature in Paris in November is:

Highs = 49 deg F / 9 deg C

Lows = 39 deg F / 3 deg C

As I don’t know which temperatures you’re used to, I can’t say if this is too cold for you, but hopefully you can work this out :-)

It will be winter and you’ll need hat, gloves, scarves, coats and plenty of warm clothes. Here is an overview of the annual temperatures to help you decide when to visit Paris:

How cold is Paris in November?

In this chart above, the hottest temperatures are generally July and August (summer) with June and October almost as warm.

The coldest months are around November, December, January, February, March and April.

I do hope this helps, and I’m sure if you’re prepared with the right clothes for the right season, you’ll have a simply marvellous time! Don’t forget to visit this page: What can I do in Paris in November?

There are so many wonderful things to do in Paris at any time of year, so if you do decide to go in November, you won’t be disappointed :-)

Write back after your trip to Paris and let me know what you enjoyed most :-) You can click the Add A Comment link below.

Bon voyage!


Related pages:

What can I do in Paris in November?

Learning French & where to sleep?

James wants to learn French & visit Paris.


Thanks for this website it is very useful.

I am going to France for a holiday in 2 months and i have been learning french privately for about 3 months. i hope to study french in paris after my holiday.

i was looking for a school that is not too expensive. most schools do 4 – 8 weeks and are so expensive that it is not an option.

Did you ever come across a cheaper school when you were there ?

Did you learn much in your course? It sounds like you did and had fun meeting people which is my aim.

i’d like to learn a lot while i am there. I have an EU passport, so i was wondering if that would make my accommodation cheaper or is it best to stay with a host. Where did you stay and with who?

Sorry for all these questions. I am excited about going as you were when you first went over there.

Thank you for any help you can give me as I am isolated over here in australia from too much information about paris and people that have been studying there.

Thanks again,



Teena replies …

Hi James,

Let’s see if I can answer your questions – I do hope I can help you.

I am so pleased you enjoyed my website, and that you are are excitedly looking forward to your trip to Paris which must be very soon.

In regard to learning French in Paris, there are so many different language schools and types of language classes to choose from. The only way to work out what you can afford is to go to the websites and see what they offer, and how much it costs

You might also consider going to a couple of French expat forums for Paris, and ask people how they learned French in Paris, and ask for suggestions.

For example, you could search, or sign up at these forums in order to ask questions:

I hope this helps.

In regard to accommodation, I’m not sure how long you’ll be there, or whether you’re willing to stay in hostels or hotels, or find share accommodation.

You could check out Craigslist – you can read about this on my site, as well as other types of accommodation:

If you’d like to use an accommodation Search Engine, pop over to this page and type in your dates:

Once you’ve searched for dates, you can SORT the list according to price for single (or double) occupancy.

You might be surprised to find that some accommodation is as low as 30 euro per night.

I did a search for mid-May, and sorted the results by price for single room, just click this link to have a look:

PS – you asked where I stayed in Paris when I first lived there – I lived with my boyfriend so I didn’t have to worry about finding somewhere to stay, thank heavens. It’s so much easier now.

If you’ve already booked everything, bravo! Now you just have to count the sleeps until you go on holidays :-)

Bon voyage, have a fabulous time!

Dancing in the streets of rue Mouffetard, Paris

Would you like to be dancing in the streets of rue Mouffetard in Paris?
I’ve just read that on Every Sunday morning at 11:00 a.m. there is a group of dancers and singers who celebrate life by dancing in the street — on rue Mouffetard.

What a joyous fun thing to do!

If you are in the area, do pop along and have a look.

PS – rue Mouffetard is very well known in Paris, and worth a few hours to mosey along very slowly :-)




Budget Food – Couscous

Budget Food – Couscous

Tight budget? Grab some couscous for the price of a drink.

La Choppe, 75018

Almost famous French food couscous is served from the meat,  vegetable and couscous platters, to create your own dish. Be generous  with the sauce.

If you’re on a tight budget in Paris, it’s Friday or Saturday night and you can afford to buy yourself a drink, pop over to La Choppe and get a free dinner.

From 8.30pm the delightful owner Samir starts serving delicious Moroccan couscous (with all the trimmings) to anyone who’s bought a drink (prices are approximately €4 which is around around £3.50 at time of writing).

Get there at least an hour in advance to ensure you get a seat – this place is VERY popular with locals.

La Choppe Café
40 Rue de Clignancourt, 75018

Tel: 33 1 4606 2010.

Métro: Château Rouge.



Massage Solves Jet Lag Blues

Want to know a quick and soothing way to avoid jet lag?
Jet lag is the curse of the traveller on long haul flights and journeys, and here’s a tip you might not have considered before.

Once you arrive at your destination, go straight away to have a full-body massage. Do not pass Go. Do not collect $200 (ok, old references to Monopoly may not be suitable :-)

Your body will thank you, your well-being will thank you, YOU will thank you :D

The simple act of having a full-body massage will help your stressed body get back into a gentle zone, away from lugging suitcases and stressing over missing flights etc.

Try to have a one-hour massage — at least — to allow your body time to get back into the local timezone with ease and comfort.

Trust me — you’ll feel refreshed and revitalised.

I just had a friend visiting me from overseas, and on her last day she had a two and a half hour massage and spa treatment BEFORE she got on her long-haul flight. This is a wonderful thing to do too!

Let me know if you try this out, as my ‘research’ so far works for me and my friends, and I’d like to know if it works for you too :D

You might also be interested in 5 of my other Top Tips to Beat Jet Lag …

Happy trails!

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