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.
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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.
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.
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.