This week was a hot one in Paris and the only place to be was outside, which meant my first summer picnic of the year as well as a gorgeous brunch in the Baccarat garden. While at Baccarat, I saw the Virgil Abloh Crystal Clear glasses and they shot to the top of my wish list. This week also marked the reopening of more museums in Paris like the Musée d’Orsay and Musée de l’Orangerie – great options for a heatwave because they’re air conditioned. It really is starting to feel like summer, which of course means I started craving BBQ…read on for the spot!
Reopening of Two Favorite Museums in Paris: Musée d’Orsay and Musée de l’Orangerie
This week I visited both the Musée de l’Orangerie and Musée d’Orsay on their reopening days. Popping into a museum is one of my favorite things to do in Paris, especially the small yet spectacular Musée de l’Orangerie.
I had such wonderful experiences at both museums being able to enjoy the art and atmosphere without a lot of people around. I know it isn’t as economical or practical, but part of me wishes the museum experience could stay like this. You can read about and see lots of photos from the James Tissot exhibit at the Musée d’Orsay here. For the complete schedule of museums reopening in Paris, check out this post by my friend Claudine Hemingway.
A New Summer Read Set in Paris
Sanaë Lemoine’s debut novel The Margot Affair opens at a café just across from the Jardin du Luxembourg. Moments later, the first bombshell of the book is dropped when Margot learns that she is the secret daughter of a French politician and famous actress.
The book is filled with deceit, desire, and transgression – but also lots of wonderful French food. Lemoine is French, and fills the pages with descriptions of the meals Margot eats. As it turns out, food is also integral to the plot. You can order The Margot Affair here and get the recipes for what Margot ate on Lemoine’s website.
Virgil Abloh x Baccarat Crystal Clear Glasses
When I first saw the Virgil Abloh x Baccarat Crystal Clear glasses filled with champagne during a Fashion Week party I was intrigued, but not quite sold. It’s an unexpected collaboration and different from what I normally think of when I think Baccarat.
Yesterday after a Brunch with Baccarat I saw the glasses in person and have to say, they’re super cool. The Crystal Clear glasses are huge. During the peak of the Paris heatwave yesterday all I could think about was filling the glasses to the brim with ice and a margarita. They’re very high on my wish list.
My First Summer Picnic
Even though the weather has been perfect, I’ve been hesitant to picnic because of the crowds. I finally gave it a go this week on L’Esplanade des Invalides and it was wonderful evening with friends and plenty of food. There are so many scenic picnic locations in Paris and it’s always a memorable way to spend a summer night.
I filled my basket with French staples: cheese, sausage, baguettes, cherry tomatoes, rosé and a couple of bonus American extras. Romain requested ranch dip from Hidden Valley packets and a batch of margaritas to beat the heat.
Wagyu Brisket (And Texas BBQ) in Paris
Speaking of American food in Paris, I walked past Rosie’s BBQ Smokehouse last week and noticed they had Wagyu Brisket on the menu. All I had to do was say “wagyu” and Romain was ready to head to Rosie’s.
We had a super healthy Sunday lunch filled with Wagyu brisket (and burnt ends), ribs, pulled pork, mac and cheese, and fries. There are a few good Texas BBQ restaurants in Paris, but I think Rosie’s has the most options. It’s definitely a good place to get a BBQ fix!
I hope you enjoyed this week’s Five Friday Finds from France. Check back for tomorrow’s edition of Weekend Links and stay tuned for future posts from more recently reopened museums in Paris.
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