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GIVEAWAY: Paris Sans Gluten by Soraya Aouidad

Soraya of Gluten Free in Paris was one of the first bloggers I met in Paris. She is so sweet! A culinary coach and founder of Semaine Sans Gluten, Soraya hosts popular gluten free ateliers and recommends delicious places all over the capital, like Le Cairn, My Free Kitchen, and Le Pavillon des Canaux. The stylish Parigramme just published her beautiful new guide, Paris Sans Gluten. It is completely gorgeous, from the cover to the texture of the paper and richly colored photos. 

Paris Sans Gluten features many addresses I never heard of, but can't wait to try, including a hidden stand at Marché des Enfants Rouges, a fusion restaurant in Ménilmontant, and a macrobiotic hotspot near Bastille. The book is helpfully organized by arrondissement, with symbols clearly marking dedicated gluten-and-lactose-free restaurants, along with the author's personal favorites. Special sections focus on, for example, the best buckwheat galettes, gluten-free delivery services, and prepared foods. Invaluable tips on gluten free grocery shopping- as well as a list of resources, workshops, organizations and master classes- round out this amazing guide. From raw food and burger joints to Italian, Asian, Middle Eastern, and more, Soraya included something for all appetites. There are a few zero waste addresses too :)


Can't wait to get your hands on this book? Parigramme is giving one free copy each of Paris Sans Gluten to three readers! Enter below via Rafflecopter- be sure to comment on this post and follow @paris_to_go and @gluten_free_in_paris on Instagram. Don't hesitate to contact me if you have any questions! I'll notify winners on this post and through email and Instagram direct message (notified winners must reply within 72 hours with their details or a new winner will be chosen; your personal information will never be sold or shared). You can also attend the launch party at Le Pavillon des Canaux Thursday, June 2 from 6:30-11PM, for exclusive gluten free tastings, ateliers, and more. Hope to see you there!

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Disclaimer: I received my copy of Paris Sans Gluten for free from Parigramme, which in no way impacted my review of this book. All thoughts, opinions, and statements are my own and may not reflect those of the publisher, editors, or author. I was going to buy and review it anyway because I like Soraya so much and get lots of good gluten free advice from her Facebook page!

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Popine, Gluten-Free Pizza, Ménilmontant


Popine is the most aesthetically appealing- and delicious- place for gluten free pizza in Paris, made by world champion pizzaiolo Gennaro Nasti. Recommended by lovely Chiara, we tried it Sunday and even my husband couldn't get enough of the perfectly oiled, flavorful gluten free crust. Chiara told Gennaro we were there and he said hi after dinner; he was very friendly and sweet. I only wish I'd ordered a second pizza to take home!


My husband jokes that Ménilmontant is hipster Paris, but it's fortunately not quite there yet. Elderly couples dined next to families and young people. Gluten free desserts also appear on the well-priced, creative menu, which includes dishes like satay burgers and quinoa salad.


Call at least 24 hours in advance to reserve your gluten free pizza dough. Otherwise, walk in and sit on the sunny terrace, at communal tables, or comfy window seats. I loved the violet and cucumber cocktails :) J'ai testé Popine ce dimanche. C'est tout simplement le meilleure pizza sans gluten et la deco est super. Merci Gennaro et Chiara!


108 Blvd de Ménilmontant
75020 Paris
Phone: +33 09 86 25 05 71
Say "Je voulais savoir si je peux réserver la pâte sans gluten" or something like that

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Les Journées Particulières: Dior & Fondation Louis Vuitton

Théatre de poupées Dior 

In March 1945 Paris, Musée des Arts Décoratifs arranged an unusual traveling exhibition- an ode to the glory of French haute couture, using painstakingly crafted mini versions of post-war masterpieces. Christian Dior worked with his mentor, Lucien Lelong, on this capsule collection, designed to drum up interest in French exports. Today, it is a tribute to the heritage and precision of couture ateliers, with details sewn in the exact proportions and quality of their originals, down to the last hand-embroidered millimeter. 

Paris, Mars 1945: Alors que la ville éprouvée par la Seconde Guerre mondiale manque encore de tout une exposition hors du commun attire les visiteurs par milliers au Musée des Arts Décoratifs. Véritable ode à la gloire de la haute couture francaise, le Théatre de la mode rassemble en version miniature les creations des plus grands couturiers de l'époque. Christian Dior est temoin de cet événement: travaillant alors pour le couturier Lucien Lelong il à certainement pris part à la réalisation de tenues présentées dans l'exposition. Quant aux artistes Christian Berard et Jean Cocteau, qui signent une partie des décors, ce sont ses amis proches.

Aujourd'hui, Le Théatre Dior est un clin d'oeil à l'événement qui marqua les esprits parisiens en 1945. C'est aussi un hommage au travail de precision des ateliers de haute couture de la Maison, dont le talent s'exprime pleinement dans ces vêtements miniatures cousus au millimétre près et semblables aux originaux jusque dans leurs moindres détails: toute l'essence de l'esprit Dior aux proportions délicates d'un théatre de poupées.


The maroquinier's name was Ludovic (I think... and I think someone said there were only six maroquiniers at the Avenue Montaigne house?), who learned the craft from his father at age 15. Every Dior bag is constructed from a solid wooden mold using plastic-free wooden tools. The lace dress was worn by Jennifer Lawrence, stitched by Lulu, one of the seamstresses from Dior and I. I assume the horlogers were father and son- they looked so much alike, and it's not uncommon for family members to work together at Dior. 


Can't you imagine North West in one of those flower petal Dior kids' gowns? The brodeuse here is Tomomi Imamura, an artisan featured in the LVMH Tresors exhibition at Fondation Louis Vuitton.

Fondation Louis Vuitton's multidisciplinary "Bentu, Chinese artists at a time of turbulence and transformation" exhibition featured chilling pieces by Zhang Xiaogang, notably children dressed from the waist up for occupations chosen by their parents. People will probably be mad I posted a picture of pantsless sculptures, but individuals being deprived of their agency is a message that really resonates with me. Isaac Julien's Ten Thousand Waves film installation memorialized 23 undocumented Chinese workers swept away in 2004 in Morecambe Bay.

Ai Weiwei (I don't remember who did the totem pole)

Olafur Eliasson and Daniel Buren

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