Mona Khalife

Our wine specialist & resident sommelier, Mona Khalife tells us that she did not come from a family into food & wine. Her interest in the industry particularly in catering when she started waitressing as a Summer job. She decided to pursue a catering degree at a well-known Lycée Alexandre Dumas in Alsace. It was here, during a tasting of Munster cheese paired with Gewurztraminer wine that she had an epiphany. She was going to become a sommelier. Following her course work to complete her degree, with a new passion begun, she first worked in fine dining restaurants with  a World Best sommelier in Paris. Our half-German, half-Lebanese wine enthusiast next wanted to continue her adventures abroad. Off she went to England where she worked as a head sommelier for a Hotel du Vin which focused on wine and a fine wine shop. She continued working as a wine specialist alongside world renowned sommelier Philippe Faure-Brac once she returned to France and has now decided to share her take on food & wine pairing by offering classes and tours to other wine enthusiasts.



FROM OUR PARIS BLOG

by Emily Dilling

Vegetarian Food in Paris

A few years ago, you could count the number of vegetarian restaurants in the city on one hand. All that has changed in recent years: vegetarians no longer have to settle for veggie side dishes or a basket of bread when eating out in Paris and they can even have full on gastronomic experiences thanks to a growing number of plant-minded restaurants and cafés that have opened their doors.


by Preston Mohr

Reservations in Paris – How to dine successfully

Nothing worse than spending your vacation and constantly trying to figure out where to eat. While sometimes you’ll get lucky and walk into a place right away for a meal and score not only a great table but a great meal. Get a foodie’s tip on how to dine successfully when traveling to Paris.


by Emily Dilling

Walking in Paris

There is no better way to explore a city than doing it the old-fashioned way: on foot. Whether enjoying a leisurely walk or going on an off-the-beaten-path adventure, here are some guidelines to help Parisian pedestrians get the maximum from their “flâneur” experience.


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