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On my way to the new JM Weston store the other day, I ran by this new boutique called Ex Nihilo. The tagline says “Ex Nihilo is an alternative Parisian perfume house that designs personalized luxury fragrances and promotes emerging creative talents.” Being rather annoyed by mainstream over-the-counter perfumes and other eaux de toilette, I welcome this original Parisian concept store and its obsession with French-Savoir Faire and the bespoke universe. Ex Nihilo will propose you a fully personalized fragrance experience through its newly opened Parisian store located 352, Rue Saint Honoré Paris.

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Sometimes, the confined atmoshpere of a Parisian restaurant just won’t make the cut. You wan’t something bigger, with more room to breath, with more comfy seats. With space. And for that, you might have to rush just outside of Paris to the Cité du Cinéma where you can eat at the B.O. restaurant. After walking through a gigantic glass hall, you eventually arrive at a vast open space. I must admit right away that the B.O. has the hottest waitresses I’ve seen in a restaurant in 2013. If that’s not a good enough excuse already, you just have to take a look at the menu below. So many credible and delicious options. I wouldn’t advise you against anything! First class service and quality brasserie twist. That’s all I’m praying for!

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Let me introduce Craft (Paris): finally a place where you can park and get your creative bug going. This café sits right by the canal Saint-Martin, and you can go for lunch, a coffee, to chat with friends, or even with your laptop to be productive for hours on end if you want! (Yes there are plugs for laptops EVERYWHERE it is HEAVEN). Check it out and tell us if you had a good time!

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Brunch Couture Cover Menu W Hotel Paris Rainbow People

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Every month, the W Hotel (Paris) organizes “Brunch Couture” in collaboration with rising fashion designers such as Melinda Gloss.  The idea is basically to showcase the quality of Sergi Arola‘s cuisine and the universe of the chosen designer. As a matter of fact, we were invited to meet and discover the collection of Ms Ngoc-Phung Dang, head creator at Rainbow PeopleGood times! Check out the menu and pics we shot with a Samsung Galaxy S4 at the Arola Restaurant (see below).

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How sensational are those limited edition éclairs from Parisian specialist L’Eclair de Genie??? A Mother Christmas printed caramel éclair? A black-on-black éclair with a galaxy print?? And you have to figure that it is as good as it looks… We bought 4 pieces the other day and they didn’t last more than 5 minutes although we were supposed to keep’em for dinner! Absolutely irresistible! There are two more Christmas creations that you can discover in-store but I dare you to try and resist and no try their permanent collection.

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From his open kitchen Chef William Pradeleix (see the pic below) guides his staff and whips up, amongst other treats, tangy octopus ceviche, beef tataki with coriander pesto and tagine of suckling lamb shoulder, as well as the daily specialties – Tuesday it’s grilled and seared, Wednesday it’s roasted, Thursday’s it’s wok and steamed, Friday’s it slow cooked and Saturday it’s everything we love (naughty food!). The grilled duckling (I recommend rare cook) is just a blast in your mouth and the profiteroles with Nutella sauce were amazing as a desert. Restaurant Manger also offers at night a special “Dîner des chefs invités” menu (55€) with recipes designed by the likes of les grand chefs Pierre Gagnaire, Michel Trama, Yannick Alléno, David Toutain, Christophe Michalak and Akrame.

Last but not least, Restaurant Manger teamed up with “Toques et Partage” to employ people who have been otherwise excluded from the workforce, and 10% of each bill is given back to the association.

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Luxury lifestyles enjoyed by the rich and famous usually have no limits: Poseidon resort, a mysterious island resort situated in Fiji offers the wealthy a chance to enjoy all the comforts, conveniences and opportunities associated with 5 star hotels but under the magnificent sea of the Pacific Ocean. By the way, each undersea suite is also equipped with luxurious features like push button fish feeders and underwater lights. The lucky few can therefore explore the oceans depth aboard a Triton submarine and also scuba dive in the clean pristine waters! Just don’t be claustrophobic…

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Parisian concept store Merci has been the go-to destination for fine furniture and cool exhibitions lately. For this first venue of the season, Merci wanted to introduce us to designers who show a particular respect for natural or traditional materials. Tempting us with raw textures, inviting us to touch, MATIERES PREMIERES is a greatly curated display of the usual suspects shown at Merci (furniture, tableware, lights, vase) in the widest choice of materials: concrete, glass, cardboard, resin, loofah, sugar, porcelain, rice or even corn. Merci is currently organizing a contest for you to win a concrete printed case. Just rush on their Facebook page for more infos!

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Hotel Prince de Galles Patio Restaurant Paris

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A few months ago, we featured the reopening of Parisian palace Prince de Galles (a Starwood Hotel): an actual haven of peace just nearby noisy and congested Avenue des Champs Elysées. We then had the chance to go and have lunch at the Le Patio restaurant (see the pic above)… You cannot dream of a more peaceful place to have a nice brunch/lunch on a sunny Sunday! The staff always extends a warm welcome and the food is amazing: I particularly remember that amazing sea bream accompanied with some revisited mac&cheese (see below)… A real deliciousness!! I highly recommend you take your girlfriend there for lunch or even for a drink (great choice of wines by glass)…

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A few days ago, I finally set foot inside Miss Ko, a recently opened bar/restaurant designed by Philippe Stark. I had heard so much about the place and I’ve gone by so many times that I still wonder why I’ve never gone before. Anyway, this time, I had a legitimate reason: I had to try their new Mojito Thaï! Let me say this first: I love mojitos. I know it’s pretty girly, I know some of you will stop reading this blog just because of that. I don’t care… Haha. Where was I? Miss Ko is actually a huge place, somewhere between a japanese canteen, a hip lounge and a chinese newsroom. I only went for the mojitos but I’m looking forward to having dinner there already… Check out some more photos after the break!

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