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Brooklyn Loves Paris, Too

We all know Paris loves Brooklyn. This weekend, Brooklyn, or rather Brooklyn Brewery is loving the city right back.

The brewery has donated their lager to the restaurant group Quixotic ProjectsHero, Glass, Candelaria, and Le Mary Celeste will all, in turn, give the proceeds from their beer sales this weekend to Les Bleuets de France, a local organization providing assistance to the victims of the terrorist attack.

tshirts by eddie czaicki from fb | parisbymouth.com

T-shirts designed by artist Eddie Czaicki will be available at the events as well as online, and all proceeds will be donated, too.

Show some solidarity and drink a beer this weekend.

Photo via Le Mary Celeste’s event page

Spilling the Beans: Mexican in Paris

It used to be slim pickings when it came to Mexican food in Paris, but we seemed have reached a taco tipping point with the mid-March opening of Café Chilango. Luis Rendon has left Candelaria, the taco speakeasy that started it all, to open a canal side café that serves all of one’s hipsteriest needs: quesadillas, good coffee, and eventually, cocktails.

The trendsetting taqueria hasn’t suffered with his departure. Candelaria just celebrated its 3rd birthday and the food & booze are as good as ever. For those who don’t want to hover at the tiny front room counter, table service is available in the back bar during weekday lunches and for weekend brunch. That brunch features a special breakfast cocktail menu plus huevos rancheros (pictured above).

Candelaria’s tortilla supplier, Mil Amores Tortilleria, is still turning out the best (only?) tortillas and chips in town from the back room of an 11ème apartment building. You can score some by stopping by on Fridays from 11-2pm or 6-8pm, or by ordering online. Pickups on other days and special orders can be arranged with 24 hours notice by calling or texting Erika at 06 20 32 60 92. In addition to tortillas, they sell a few jarred & canned Mexican products, and their homemade salsas should be available again soon.

Tortilla chips from Mil Amores were spotted recently in a platter of duck confit nachos at Lockwood. The heaping mound of chips layered with duck and guacamole is a mess to eat, but delicious and worth the humiliation. Mil Amores chips are also being served at La Mexcaleria, a new place that we haven’t yet tried. Has anyone been?

El Nopal – one of the first authentic Mexican counters in Paris – is still going strong, and is staging a non-hostile burrito takeover at the bar Red House this coming Thursday.

At the other end of the spectrum, Chipotle – the American burrito behemoth – has opened their second location in France. Housed inside the giant new Beaugrenelle mall in the 15th arrondissement, the location features large windows with a view of the Seine and 5€ margaritas.

Finally, Emperor Norton’s spicy West Coast brunch is no longer happening at Rice & Fish. Keep an eye on their Facebook page to know if and when Emperor Norton will return to satisfy our breakfast burrito needs.


Quesadilla Coffee Bar Hits Paris

Luis Rendon has left Candelaria to open up a quesadilla coffee bar of sorts. Café Chilango will offer quesadillas, French pastries, locally roasted brews from Lomi during the day, and within a few weeks tacos & craft cocktails at night.

It’s a whole lot of rising trends to mash under one roof, but we think we like it. Rendon is a talented chef, and the café is sincere, the coffee good, the team personable, and the fresh tortillas from Mil Amores are always tasty.

They opened their doors just this week and are still working out a few kinks, so they’re currently just open for breakfast and lunch. We’re always on the hunt for good tacos and more places to quaff quality cocktails so we’ll be sure to keep you updated as their hours and concept change.

Paris has 10% of the World’s Best Bars

We already knew that Paris has great cocktail bars. But now the rest of the world does too.

10% of the best bars in the world, in fact.

Photo by Meg Zimbeck

5 Parisian watering holes placed in the Top 50 at the World’s Best Bars ceremony last night: CandelariaLe ForumLittle Red DoorLe Coq, and Sherry Butt.

Candelaria not only broke into the top 10 and but also took home top honors for Best Bar in Europe.


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With its bright, bare-bones kitchen, crowded counter, communal table, and addictive salsas — all mercifully un-Frenchified — this upper Marais spot has officially changed the game, and people are lining up for tacos and agua fresca. Go through the unmarked door next to the stove and you’ll find a serious bar, staffed by Experimental Cocktail Club grads.

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