Le Pantruche restaurant in Paris

Le Pantruche is a gourmet “bistro” (a bistro is an old-style Parisian café) in Paris. I had lunch there last Summer and it was very good.

Smoked fish and avocado starter

Smoked fish and avocado starter

Franck Baranger, le Pantruche chef favours products that are in season and from Paris Region. Here are the pros and cons of the restaurant in my opinion:

Watercress soup with croutons

Watercress soup with croutons

+ The most important: the meal was delicious, the dishes were original tasty
+ The pleasant café atmosphere
+ At the end of the meal, I was sated without feeling heavy
+ The restaurant service was very good.
+ The food was fresh and traceable. The waiter was able to tell us exactly where the products came from.

Saithe with artichoke mousse

Saithe with artichoke mousse

– The tables are very close. But at the same time it contributes to the convivial atmosphere.
– The restaurant is only open weekdays

Grand Marnier Soufflé with caramel

Grand Marnier Soufflé with caramel

We spent 28€ per person for a starter, a main dish and a dessert. It’s more expensive than a café but cheaper than a gourmet restaurant. My advice: the lunch fixed-price menu is more economical than à la carte dishes. Our waiter translated the menu for English-speaking clients but a dictionary could be useful if you don’t speak French. Also I would advise to book as the restaurant is quite popular.

Roasted figs, gingerbread crumble, almond ice cream

Roasted figs, gingerbread crumble, almond ice cream

My opinion:
I enjoyed the gourmet cuisine, the bistro atmosphere and the fresh products. I would be happy to go back to Le Pantruche if I have the chance.

The address :
Le Pantruche
3, rue Victor Massé
75009 Paris
+33 1 48 78 55 60

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November 2014 favorites

My November 2014 favorites :

* Simplify the Holidays

a must read for a more zen Christmas season (in pdf format)

* Livia Firth wearing a blue cape-dress by Stella McCartney at the German Sustainability Awards

Livia Firth en robe-cape bleue signée Stella McCartney aux Prix  Allemands du Développement Durable

Photo Hans-Juergen Bauer for RP Online

*My favorites ethical shops in Paris in my guest post on Consciously Sartorial

* A picture of sea

A view of sea with a sailing boat in Malta

* A Winter look in black and white

* A Minimalist Gift Guide

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Slow Streetstyle look in black and white

In my October favorites, I wrote about the #SlowStreetStyle Challenge initiated by Consciously Sartorial and So Good So Cute blogs. To take up this challenge, you have to create a complete look using ethical clothes. So here is a black and white look I have imagined with the Winter clothes I have spotted.

drawing of a woman wearing a shaded white to grey jumper, black trousers and white sneakers

Slow streetstyle look: shaded white to grey jumper, black handbag, black trousers and white sneakers

(1) Misericordia jumper in alpaga, shaded white to grey. Ethically made in Peru.

(2) Pampa & Pop leather handbag. Ethically made in Argentina. Tannery wastewater is recycled.

I have recently discovered Pampa & Pop colorful bags. This black handbag is more plain but it still has a fancy printed lining.

(3) Ekyog black trousers. 98% organic cotton, 2% elastane. Ethically made in Madagascar.

(4) Veja white sneakers in eco-tanned leather. Ethically made in Brazil.

In real life I would take Veja black sneakers but here I have chosen the white ones as nobody will step on my drawing’s feet ^^

You can create a look and join the #SlowStreetStyle Challenge until November 30th. Everything is explained on Consciously Sartorial blog.

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October 2014 favorites

My October 2014 favorites :

* Charlotte Aleman’s flower street posters

Photographer Charlotte Aleman has hung her street posters inspired by botanical illustration on the streets of Strasbourg, France. I wish I could see her flower posters on my way because I find that they bring serenity to the city.

Flower street poster. Photo by Charlotte Aleman

Photo (c) Charlotte Aleman

* The girl with blue leopard print trousers

* Fairphone, the first ethical smartphone


photo Fairphone (under Creative Commons license)

It costs 300€, is manufactured using conflict-free minerals and is meant to be repaired. Fairphone manufacturers are required to ensure worker representation, safe working conditions and fair pay.

* Anaïs and her heavy wheelbarrow

* Looking back on Fashion Revolution Day

* Everyone has a calling. Follow your (own) passion by Chris Guillebeau

* The #SlowStreetStyle Challenge organised by Consciously Sartorial and SoGoodSoCute

You can join this Fashion Challenge until November 30th by creating a look from ethical and sustainable fashion brands.

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Anaïs and her heavy wheelbarrow

Anaïs is the main character of “Anaïs s’en va-t-en guerre” (Anaïs is at war), a French documentary film by Marion Gervais. I like the story of this young woman who dreams of cultivating her own aromatic plants farm in Brittany. She does everything she can to make her dream come true and faces difficulties but she doesn’t give up.

illustration of a young woman who removes som plants from her wheelbarrow

I keep in mind a scene of the film when Anaïs moves all her plants alone. Imagine a frail young woman trying to push a big wheelbarrow full of soil and plants. The wheelbarrow is clearly too heavy for her. So Anaïs takes gently some plants and put them on the floor. She lightens the wheelbarrow until she is able to push it. Then she continues on her way as if nothing had happened. I think it’s a nice metaphor for the way she handles obstacles.

You can watch “Anaïs s’en va-t-en guerre” (in French) on here. I have seen an interview with the director who said the film may be translated into English in the future. I hope so.

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September 2014 favorites

Here are my September 2014 favorites:

* Pescalune twitter page

Pescalune shares the latest news about Nature and Biodiversity on her twitter account. Thanks to her, I’m the first to know what’s happening in Malta regarding birdlife! You can follow her also for her gorgeos pictures of Camargue region in France and for her pieces of advice on essential oils (Pescalune is also the owner of la cabane aux arômes essential oils online shop).

Black-winged Stilt chicks. Photo by Pescalune

Black-winged Stilt chicks (c) Pescalune Photo

* London Fashion Week review by Sabina

* Elodie Bouchez Saint Laurent trapeze dress at 2014 Venice Film Festival

Elodie Bouchez Saint Laurent black and gold trapeze dress at 2014 Venice Film Festival

Photo Tony Gentile for l’Express Style

* 7 Strategies for Facing Your Internet/TV/social media Addiction on Zen Habits blog

* Some Fifties day outfits

* A blue jumper and an orange top from Marks & Spencer’s ‘Best of British’ collection (that is made in Britain)

A blue jumper from Marks & Spencer's Best of British collection

An orange top from Marks & Spencer's Best of British collection

* Some pictures of magnificent colorful hummingbirds

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Fifties day outfits

I have drawn several fifties outfits at the 50s Fashion exhibition in palais Galliera in Paris. This article gathers my drawings of day outfits. There will be an article with evening dresses illustrations later.

In the fifties, cinched waist and calf-length were fashionable. This ‘New Look’ began with Christian Dior first fashion show in 1947. At the show, models were wearing full skirts but at that time women also used to wear pencil skirts such as the ones I have drawn.

illustration of a black day suit by Balenciage. 1950 Spring-Summer collection

On the first drawing, a woman is wearing a 1950 black day suit by Balenciaga with a calf-length pencil skirt. The jacket has a small waist and round hips.

illustration of a fifties lime green coat by Madeleine Vramant

This lime green coat by Madeleine Vramant widens from waist like a full skirt.

illustration af a black afternoon dress by Jacques Fath. 1954 Fall-Winter collection

This is a 1954 black afternoon dress by Jacques Fath with a pleated top front. I’m still wondering what could be the difference between a morning dress and an afternoon dress ^^

coloring picture of a woman wearing a New Look coat

I have also drawn a coloring picture of the New Look coat by Madeleine Vramant. Click on the picture to enlarge and print it.

Finally, my review of the 50s exhibition in palais Galliera in Paris :

(The exhibition runs until November 2, 2014)

I liked the exhibition. The Haute Couture outfits are magnificent, in good condition and classified by theme: day outfits, beach outfits, evening wear, cocktail dresses… Some period videos show women wearing fifties outfits and there are drawings by designers or Fashion illustrators such as René Gruau.

It’s good to know that the exhibition is not big. I recommend it to you if you are interested in Fashion or History.

Fore more information, visit Palais Galliera Fashion Museum website

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August 2014 favorites

A new article to share what I have liked in August:

* Jill Biden’s custom-designed dress from Kinshasa at United States–Africa Leaders Summit

Jill Biden's custom-designed dress from Kinshasa at United States–Africa Leaders Summit

Official White House Photo by David Lienemann

I like her outfit because it has a nice story and also because the wife of the U.S. vice president is radiant in this colorful and original dress.

* Sabina shares her best addresses in London

* A new shopping bag

I received it when I bought some Une Beauty products. I like it (well… especially the plain side ^^) because it’s more elegant than my usual shopping bags.

Une Beauty tote bag

* Some beautiful trees

* Paris in August

I like to visit Paris in August, when Parisians are on holidays and everything slows down. This summer was very rainy but between showers, people appreciate outdoor cafés and parks.

jardin du Luxembourg in Paris in Summer

So now I’m preparing some articles about Paris.

* An article about motivation on Zen Habits blog

Jusk ask yourself: How will I feel about this when today is over?

* Gisele Bündchen green Prophetik dress at Rainforest Alliance gala

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Gisele Bündchen green Prophetik dress at Rainforest Alliance gala

As a Rainforest Alliance board member, model Gisele Bündchen was invited to the Rainforest Alliance gala in May 2014. Rainforest Alliance is a non-governmental organization whose goal is the protection of biodiversity and forests (you may have noticed their certified seal, a green frog, on some products).

For this occasion, Gisele Bündchen wore a magic mint strapless gown by Prophetik.

drawing of Gisele Bündchen wearing a hemp green Prophetik strapless gown at 2014 Rainforest Alliance gala

Surprisingly this satiny dress is made of hemp. It’s the first time I see a hemp evening gown. I already knew that hemp is ecological because it needs little water, no pesticides and it absorbs carbon dioxide. Now I can add that hemp is chic.

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