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Yeah yeah yeah.  I’m guilty of falling into the trap of the latest vegan tendance. But Café Pinson is bright, airy, and open.  It’s a perfect Friday afternoon workplace and haven for any veggie lover, especially for the stir crazy freelancer in continual pursuit of good coffee and reliable wifi.

Café Pinson 6 Rue du Forez  75003 Paris

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6SSS Chloé

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This concludes 6 second street style™.  As fashionistas say, “See you next season!”  I whipped up these sketches at the Chloé show on a very sunny day in the Tuileries yesterday.  And it was total madness.  It was if Michael Jackson were reincarnated in Times Square right before the ball dropped on New Years Eve.  But instead of Michael Jackson, the fuss was over a hoard of Russian wannabes with see-through purses.

Nevertheless, I did the unimaginable.  I approached Garance Doré.  As I was sketching her little red riding hood red jacket, she smiled at me, an open invitation to attack.  “Garance?” I shouted in French.  “Oui, bonjour”, she replied but not in her characteristically smiley way. “My-name-is-Jessie!  I-am-an-illustrator!  I-follow-your-blog!  You’re-an-inspiration-to-me.  I’m doing street style sketches, look!”  “Oh wow, what app do you use?” Seconds before I could plug thefrancofly.com, a camera crew butted into our conversation.  “Sorry, but I cannot talk. I’m working.” She was annoyed.  As she walked away, I thanked her gracefully while sketching her back.

Bref, bonne journée!

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A colorful year in review

Life in France has its peculiarities.  Everything is judged on a sliding scale between pas mauvais (not bad) and pas terrible (not terrible).  In the same vain, I can confirm that 2012 was “pas mal du tout”.

Discoveries were made.

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© Jessie Kanelos Weiner

As were friends.

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© Jessie Kanelos Weiner

Some friends grew closer.

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© Jessie Kanelos Weiner

Dreaming was free.

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© Jessie Kanelos Weiner

And some dreams came true.

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© Jessie Kanelos Weiner

As did others.  Merci, mon mari.

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© Jessie Kanelos Weiner

Thanks for sharing 2012 with me.

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zeste + thefrancofly

Zeste cuisinons simple et bon

Thefrancofly does print!  Find my first illustrated editorial in the latest Zeste, in stores in France and Belgium on Friday, November 23.  No fret friends stateside; I will put up some images soon.

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Remember how I had an abundance of tropical fruit on my hands?  (Professional leftovers, a tale of two extremes)  The editorial uncovers the unusual suspects, showcasing them in fabulously festive holiday desserts.

Happy Thanksgiving Eve.  In the meantime, here is my ambitious plan for t-day…Do or Dinde: A Very French Thanksgiving in Paris.

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Oh my darling…

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A few years before I had Paris as my backdrop, I studied abroad in London for three short months.  Rationing all of my weak dollars for pints and their resulting kebabs, the only thing I could afford from the Portabello Market was my very first clementine.  I plucked off its leaves and the skin snapped open, spritzing the air with its parfum.  Each segment took me to a sunnier place.  I had my first clementine of the season this weekend.  And it instantly transported me back to my very first, a little taste of sunshine in an equally grey place.

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Professional leftovers, a tale of two extremes

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I have got a lot on my mind these days.  My two big projects for la rentrée include one with a popular potato crisp which comes in a cylindrical can and the other is an illustrated editorial on the wonders of tropical fruit.  Fruit is fleeting, but Pringles are forever.  I’ve got enough Pringles cans in the kitchen to set up an artificially flavored bowling alley.  It is too bad cantaloupe is not a tropical fruit; I’m in need of a bowling ball.  When life gives you Pringles, what do you do?  Pringles-ade was regrettable attempt in molecular gastronomy.

Bref, to be continued…

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