Sexy SoPi… The Lovers Dessert
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  • Oct
  • 2010

While surfing , I did find something nice about Arnaud Delmontel, a great bakery on walking distance of the Montmartre Studio Loft, and yes I know, it’s some months ago, but I loved the idea of a lovers dessert.

Posted by Alison Smith at on February 8, 2010

Celebrate this Valentines Day with the amazing cakes from French pastry chef, Arnaud Delmontel.  His latest artistic creation, the SoPi, pays tribute to the neighborhood of  his first shop, located in the district South of Pigalle, commonly known to the locals as SoPi.  Right in time for Valentine’s Day, this elegant, candle-like cake is crafted especially for lovers.   With the help of designer & architect, Amélie G., who designed the red chocolate lattice for the cake’s exterior as well as the beautiful box that allows you to transport the fragile creation, Arnaud Delmontel creates the perfectly naughty dessert that begs to be discovered and delectated.  Since Pigalle is home to the world famous cabarets and strip-tease parlours, it seem only natural that the SoPi should hide behind the see through red veil that beckons the beguiled gourmet to strip-off the top layer in order to reach the chocolate cream filling enveloped in a dark chocolate casing, and topped off with a red chilli pepper sauce…just enough to light the fire, but not enough to burn.
Should you ask him why he became a pastry chef, Arnaud Delmontel will tell you that he owes his vocation to the delicious fragrances emanating from his mother’s kitchen.   After years of training with renowned institutions in France (Le Pied de Biche, La Marée and La Maison de Chocolat), a stint as the pastry chef to the First Minister, and even a brief period spent in the United States, he decided to open his own shop on the famous rue des Martyrs in the 9th arrondissement.   Just over a decade later, Arnaud Delmontel is the proud owner of three Parisian locations, the original on the rue des Martyrs, the second on rue Damremont in the 18th and the latest on the rue de Lévis in the 17th.  Artistry and experience are the keys to success for this Parisian pastry chef, determined to revisit the classics in French pastry.  Whether you prefer the traditional Macarons to the cute little Chocomiss cake, or the elegant Marchioness, a gastronomical concerto awaits you.

Arnaud Delmontel 39 rue des Martyrs   75009   Paris   01 48 78 29 33   M° Pigalle / St. Georges

Monet at Grand Palais
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  • Oct
  • 2010

From September 2010 we’ll be going one better with the biggest Monet exhibition in thirty years, organised by the associated national museums and the musée d’Orsay.

The last large Monet exhibition in Paris was in 1980 (at the Grand Palais once again), and since then much research has been done about the artist, bringing to light many lesser known aspects of his work. The exhibition will showcase Monet’s entire career which started in 1860 and his evolution from a young, rather traditional artist to his blossoming as an impressionist whose work was sometimes on the verge of abstract.

From Normandy to Paris, via London, the centre of France or Rouen, Monet created a new style and palette of colours, often painting the same scene in several different lights to incredible effect.

At 50 he created his garden at Giverny, and it was to become an endless source of inspiration for his paintings. The light, the seasons, the flowers… his deep attachment to nature inspired him daily at all times of year.

The retrospective at the Grand Palais – containing nearly tow hundred Monet pieces – mixes famous and lesser known works and tries to surprise the visitor, especially with its use of juxtaposition, helping you to have a new view of the paintings and show that Monet was an extraordinarily modern artist.

Of course some weeks ago we did indeed visit the big Monet exhibition. There are a lot of people who had the same idea, so it is rather crowded. They take care that there are not to many people admitted, but to my feeling you are still with a lot  visiting the exhibition. The exhibition gives a nice idea of Monet’s work and the influences he used. I liked it but I didn’t got the “wow” feeling. Maybe it was because of the crowd, maybe because of the big number of works, maybe I was not in the mood… But after all, it’s a must do when in Paris this fall.

Monet exhibition, Grand Palais, 22nd Sept 2010 – 24th January 2011, M° Franklin D. Roosevelt

Open every day except Tuesdays and Xmas day from 9am – 8pm (last ticket). Admission 13€ / 9€. A joint ticket with the Orangerie is also available for 19€. Be sure to buy your tickets in advance.

MuseoGames at Musée des Arts et Métiers
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  • Oct
  • 2010

As written by Brendan Seibel for Vingtparis :

Video games were the vanguard of our computer age. Once strictly the stricken domain of asthmatics and anemics they have burst from basements and arcades into popular culture, infecting movies and music along the way. As geeks celebrate the 25th anniversary of Mario, Luigi, The Princess and Koopa Troopas, Musée des Arts et Métiers hosts MuseoGames.

Spanning Pong to today’s fully rendered wonders the curators have cast a wide net. Visitors can divide their time by riding the thin line between education and entertainment. Audio stations and flatscreens collect words of wisdom from a long lineage of programmers, writers and other contributors to the world of games.

Twenty-four consoles dominate the center of the hall, where dinosaurs like Missile Command join Arkanoid, Sonic the Hedgehog, Metal Slug, Goldeneye and today’s hot properties like Top Spin. Tucked away in the rear, respecting the marginalized hovels of yesteryear, is a mini-arcade with eight games. As the 3D trend once again rears its ugly head spending a little time with Sega’s Hologram Time Traveler reminds you that this too shall pass.

Itchy fingers will be ecstatic but fatigued parents and doomed dates should keep an open mind. In addition to several stabs at presenting video games as a serious movement MuseoGames pulls a paleontological coup by collecting a wide variety of artifacts: Ataris, Nintendos, tape-driven games and CPUs. Design students can note changes over thirty years of computing evolution. Cultural commentators can examine the failed trends of virtual reality vests and handheld Frogger. It might be the only time in your life you’ll ever see a Jaguar, and the last chance to reflect upon an Intellivision.

Approaching the exhibition lends cause for consternation as there is every indication videos games are rendered lifeless. Save the backhanded homage to Tetris cut into linoleum flooring the entrance is generic. An audio-station of essays on the industry’s history and introductory video (offline at the time of Vingt’s visit) do nothing to quell fears that textbooks on game design lay ahead.

Safely ensconced within the roar of digital bleeps and bursts of light is the world of Tron. Television walls rotate games treasured and forgotten, their soundtracks colliding in the air. The main gallery pairs each of the two dozen playable consoles with projections, imbuing the light-industrial pastiche in the cold flickering of a televised yule log. It’s the victory of a childhood wish to model a heaven where no quarters are needed.

Through 7 November 2010
Tuesday to Sunday 10:00-18:00
Until 21:30 on Thursdays

Gaming blocks begin every hour and a half. Tickets can be used three times per day.

Musée des Arts et Métiers ,60 rue Réaumur, 75003 Paris, Mº Arts et Métiers/Réaumur-Sébastopol

Renovation of “Les grandes serres”
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  • Oct
  • 2010

After some years of restauration, “Les grandes serres” are open again to the public. They got back their splendour and were made more up to date. Everybody can make 4 different voyages and discover the biodiversity of our planet :

- The conservatory of the tropical rain forest ( old winter garden )

- The conservatory of the deserts

- The conservatory of New-Caledonia

- The conservatory of the history of the plants

Jardin des Plantes, 57, Rue Cuvier, 2 Rue Buffon, 36 Rue Geoffroy-St-Hilaire, place Valhubert, 75005 Paris

Bus : Lignes 24, 57, 61, 63, 67, 89 et 91

Batobus : arrêt Jardin des Plantes.

Metro, RER : ligne 5 Austerlitz – ligne 7 Censier Daubenton – ligne 10 Jussieu ou Austerlitz – RER C.

Summertime : 10 am – 18 pm (Sunday until 18.30 pm) Wintertime : 10 am – 17 pm ( take 45 min before closing time)