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    A Paris Brest-fast at République, Los Angeles

    Nuzzled in between a vintage furniture store and a glass shop on La Brea, République is an unassuming LA café with a serious French kitchen.

    The interior looks like a Parisian street market, with big open community tables and stone walls. Multiple bar tops throughout the vast space invite you to pull up a solo seat and enjoy a meal the way I remember so many Parisians would dine – with a newspaper and a big glass of wine.

    In the mornings, a line forms along the bakery case, laden in sweet confections, with rows of baguettes and wine bottles lined up behind it on the wall.
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    P17: A New Neighborhood Bistro Playing the Long Game

    It’s not who you want to spend Friday night with, it’s who you want to spend all day Saturday with. -Friends With Benefits (2011)

    In the dating game of restaurants, there are the total duds and there are the short term flings. And then, there are those long romances. The ones you let see you without makeup, the ones where the Tuesday nights seem even better than the Fridays and hours pass in minutes.

    We’ve only been out twice, but I can tell that P17 is in it for the long haul.
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    Oysters and Bordeaux-Style Mignonette Recipe

    Oysters are such a refreshing summer treat, but I always thought they were one of those “restaurant-only” things that were just impossible to do at home. I mean, who even has a oyster knife?!

    But the truth is, once you learn how to do it (and acquire the knife), it’s really simple. You could even have a shucking party with friends! Here’s a great Bordeaux-style mignonette recipe and some shucking tips I picked up from the Bordeaux cooking class I took at Cook Street last month:
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    Ocean to Table: Journey of a Fish

    Just 4 hours earlier, this grouper arrived in Denver on a refrigerated truck from Miami after a fisherman named Jason long-line caught it off the Gulf of Mexico.
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    {FIVE} at Old Major Review – 2014 Dinner #1

    It’s a Sunday night, Easter, and 4/20, but tonight 5 of Denver’s best chefs gather to celebrate something far more important than all of that: great food.

    Of course, the holiday(s) have to be acknowledged in some of the food and drink. And though there’s no actual cannabis in the dishes to play on the 4/20 date (unlike some other LA popup dinners we’ve seen), a more general “Colorado-Radical” theme inspires the plates coming out of the Old Major kitchen that Chef Nadine Donovan calls home year round.
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    6 Manly Things To Do In Paris

    Maybe you think Paris is all shopping, poodles, and champagne, but there is a rougher side to the city. Whether you’re a man looking for ways to make Paris your own or a woman who wants to inspire the men in your life to give the city of lights a second look, here is a short guide for manly men traveling in Paris:
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    Bistro Barbès – A Park Hill Secret Serving Nouveau-Parisian Fare

    A new Denver restaurant opened this week with a big-deal chef at the helm, but you probably wont read too much about Bistro Barbès in the papers.

    “We haven’t really done any marketing,” Chef Jon Robbins (formerly of Mizuna) tells a friend over the counter. “I’m concerned about crowding it out. We really want to have enough space for our long term Park Hill clientele.”

    As if it was lifted from its namesake “Barbès” neighborhood in Paris, Bistro Barbès is community first. Good food, good people, zero pretension.
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    Everyday {Parisian} Uniform

    Before the release of their spring silk and shirts collection, Everlane asked Instagram to share photos of an everyday uniform.

    Both collections stem from the idea of an everyday uniform. We believe everyone has one.

    It got me thinking about the everyday Parisian uniform and its essential pieces. Browsing some shots of Emanuelle Alt and Paris street fashion, it’s not so hard to see a trend.
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    Cocktail Hour, Pork Rillettes, and Spring Tartines at Olive and Finch

    Spring is officially here, and with its new wardrobe comes the great promise of patio weather and long afternoon cocktails, soaking up the sun.

    For Springtime in Paris, brasseries and cafés open up their street-side seating – prime real estate for diners and people watchers. Parisians sip their beverage of choice for hours, nibbling if their hearts so desire, chatting away with friends or enjoying a good book. There’s an un-rushed feeling in the air…

    My new favorite little neighborhood café just released a Spring cocktail and afternoon bites menu that is perfect for these new weather changes and relaxed dining. The cocktails incorporate fresh squeezed juices and gorgeous tartines delight with Spring acidity and a dangerous $5 price point.
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    How To Do Your Makeup Like A French Girl

    “I don’t understand how a woman can leave the house without fixing herself up a little – if only out of politeness. And then, you never know, maybe that’s the day she has a date with destiny. And it’s best to be as pretty as possible for destiny.” – Coco Chanel

    The French invented Sephora, but don’t be deceived – most of the product on a French girl is not really makeup at all. A French woman adores her skin care, uses makeup to smooth her coloring and give her a natural glow, but she wouldn’t be caught dead in wild eyeshadows or heavy bronzers.
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