My new favorite Thai


I love coconut.

I love curry.

I love mango. Shrimp. Coriander….

So naturally I LOVE Thai food. Usually Chéri and I head to the 13th to get our fix of it, but recently we tried a new place that is even closer to our home in the 12th. Chez Sawan, in the 11th at Faidherbe took over a café that used to be called Balthazar (aren’t there like a hundred cafés called Balthazar in Paris?). The decor remains somewhat similar to what it was before, typical Parisian café style, dark woods, colonial styled clocks and wall hangings, with an interesting looking light on the ceiling, bistrot syle chairs etc… (you won’t feel like you are in exotic Thailand here).



But the food was delish! The service was nice, not over zealous but not totally absent either. What I really liked was the entire front of the restaurant is movable window-walls that were opened so there was plenty of light and air circulation, and everyone can view the street. Not that the street is THAT interesting, but in Paris, people like to see other people, hence the desire to view the street.


We were hungry and didn’t want to mess around with an entrée, so we  went straight for the main dish. I had a coconut with red curry chicken dish that was everything you would hope a coconut curry to be. Smooth and creamy without being too rich, and the proportion was perfect. I wasn’t stuffed afterwards. But I think that was also due to the fact that instead of getting rice with it I got the liserons d’eau, which is a green vegetable, that I believe just kind of grows everywhere over in Aisia, like a weed I guess, but the sautée it with garlic and well, I could eat mountainous plates of it! Yum!



For dessert I had the coconut rice with mango. It was sweet sticky rice with a coconut glaze drizzled over it and fresh ripe mango slices. There was a slight hint of saltiness to the dish that made my mouth water at every bite!

Sawan Bistro Thai, 35 rue Faidherbe 75011.

Vide Grenier – Attic Sale


Vide Grenier - snack bar


Reminded by Yelp Paris today about this event that I had attended two years ago (and where I had purchased an old bright orange vintage telephone) I decided to ditch the brocante at Daumesnil for the Vide Grenier at 11 cour Debille in the 11th. It’s a good thing I did too for I met some die-hard vintage dealers with exquisite articles!

BettyRama has a collection to drool over of ladies wear from the 40’s through the 80’s. I tried on a Thierry Mugler rare silk couture vest that did everything to enhance the female figure. (Merci Monsieur Mugler). I also tried on some gorgeous Guy Laroche dresses, and other cocktail dresses that you cannot find anymore without some major pavement pounding and address hunting. She has stunning lingerie and accessories as well. She says that vintage wear is just sexier, unlike the vulgarity that we often see these days. A simple form-fitting dress down to the knees can be very very hot.

I browsed items from Createur & Vintage who have a boutique in the 18th and will be holding a, apéro next weekend the 23rd of October from 19h (7pm) to 23h (11pm) at La Boutique du Bon Coin’s new annex at 29/30 rue Montcalm 75018.

Juke-Box also has a large collection of coats and vests (much needed during this sudden stretch of winter chill) from the 60’s-80’s. They have a store at 1-6 rue du Cygne, but will soon be opening a new one! Prête-Moi Paris will be looking out for it, so check back soon or watch twitter for updates!

But more than just clothing, you can find vintage home décor, vintage furniture, vintage lamps, vintage costume jewelry, vintage hats, vintage suitcases, pretty much vintage everything!

Entry is 2euros. The newt one is on November 1st. With 1950’s swing music playing,hots dogs at the snack bar and vendors quick with a joke, this place seems more like a party than an attic sale.

Allez s’amuser et chiner!

A special thanks to Yelp Paris for the tip

And it was a pleasure to meet the face behind the logo!