Saturday, May 28, 2011

Indie Guide to Paris Eating: I Love Burger

Importing a Little Piece of America
Rad Diner, American Prices at I Love Burger

 "I love it because its' because it's cheap, and amazing."- Big P

You know that (hungover) feeling when you want a juicy burger and fries or say a casual burrito but then you realize you're in Paris and poor? Anyways, I know that feeling (um, right now). Ten euros is the minimum you'll pay at the American burger joints in Paris like Breakfast in America, and that's why my mind exploded when I discovered I Love Burger. I had heard it was the "best place ever" but since I heard it from Big P and he tends to say that every other day..I wasn't convinced. Until now.

This is a new joint in Paris that is a mix of American style diner, bakery and tex-mex all in a cozy and intimate setting. You can get a burger and fries for 5 euros, tacos for 3 euros and all sorts of (North) American awesomeness like donuts and milkshakes (try the cookies and cream!). The service is friendly and pretty efficient and they have a giant screen television with a Playstation hooked up! Radical! I Love Burger is open late (for Paris anyway) which is midnight during the week and 1 am on weekends, so depending on your intoxication and the certain cravings you may get, I Love Burger is the perfect place to go and chill (I personally think if they have short movies playing it would make it the ultimate place ever). If you have too much of la flemme to bouger from your various vices they even deliver! Legends.

How to explain this anomaly in Paris with cheap and good quality and not McDonalds? Well it's not a magical business model or anything. They've just accepted to have lower profit margins per customer by keeping the prices dirt cheap and counting on mega high overall sales. Although the space is small (part of its charm) they have many delivery orders, and that keeps them going. It must be going well because after having chatted with them, or rather, having Big P speak in French with them and him translate for me, they are also planning to open another location and start a similar delivery service with wine at reasonable prices (I guess like dial-a-bottle in Canada). Anyways, as an expat who craves a dose of North America sometimes and loves small cozy establishments with good prices, this is one of the most exciting finds and is certainly going to become HUGE. Enjoy !

I Love Burgers
Address: 20, rue des boulangers, 75005

Metro: 7-Jussieu, 10-Lemoine
Mon - Fri: 11:00 am-3:00 pm
 6:00 pm-12:00 am
Sat - Sun: 11:00 am-4:00 pm
 6:00 pm-1:00 am

I See London, I see France..
Update: So like, two months here and I'm still absolutely not sick of Paris. The thing is, I have two interviews coming up, one in London and one in Paris and both for jobs that seem pretty damn cool. If I have the luck of succeeding both of them I DO NOT KNOW WHERE I WILL CHOOSE. Which city is preferable? My north american friends all dig Paris but those Euros all say London is da place to be. "European New York" they call it. *Perplexed decision face. Anyways, below is a little bit of chillin' along the Seine before we headed to I Love Burger.

Spring in the city.. as you you've seen before is just magnifique. Pont de la Tournelle

Canadian red tuque represent. P sporting some Toronto Vintage as well.

Colonel Sanders? God?

Kind of Useful Paris Stuff...

Complete Cool As Restaurant Guide

Hype Nightlife in Paris

A Day in the Life of..

A Night in Paris or How I Tried to Interview Kavinsky

Sometimes I'm obsessed. Right now it's by this song by Jai Paul, a 21 year old English guy. It's smooth, soft, and sexy.

Download: Jai Paul- BTSU.mp3

Monday, May 9, 2011

Indie Guide to Paris Clubbing: Le Truskel

My Latest Crush

I have developed a major crush on the ambiguously oriented Truskel. It describes itself as an "Indie Pop Bar" but once you give her a feel you'll know she's more of a club.  It's this ambivalent disposition that has got my knickers in a knot.  I've been there twice in one week (considering the weekend has only 2's a lot) and yet I'm yearning for more. What is it about this little ladybar that has captured my heart?

Finishing off some pre-game drinks before heading inside. 

True Fact: There are a billion clubs and bars in Paris yet this one is different. It has a cozy dancefloor upstairs which creates an intimate and friendly atmosphere as well as a large smoking area/lounge in the basement. The smallness is cool because if you see a bird you fancy you can exchange hungry eyes all night from across the bar until you inevitably exchange numbers/saliva/dancemoves/political views whatever. It also manages to ward off extremist dickhead factions with the ultimate weapon: A synthesized Anti-Guestlist-Covercharge-Dresscode-Minimalmusic Laser Beam! Eat it, dickheads.

Pretension is left at the door (or at Social Club) and the music is fun and eclectic ranging anywhere from Abba to Snoop to Daft Punk. The crowd is still somehow awesome infused with trendy Parisians and excuse me from the gender-neutral table for a second..there are a ridiculous amount of men there (the odds are in your favour) plus they are all very cute in that slender, scruffy Parisian way. Winning!

Last but hella not least the best part is the Rock n Roll dancing. I was told by my lovely Parisian girlfriend Clara that this bar is notorious for dancing "le Rock," French swing like dancing of the youth (see video here) when it is not too busy. I went there on a Tuesday night and as soon as we walked in I was pulled on to the dance floor and being swung around in a billion different directions. By the end of it all I was sweating from all the twirling and twisting and even had one guy try to flip me over! Heart beats faster = love.  On a Thursday night it was much more busy so there was no room for Rock dancing (in theory), that didn't mean people didn't try.

 In general if you're looking to wear your heels or best shirt for a chic night out, save Truskel for another time, it's way too chill for that. Come here when you're jonesin' for a laid back atmosphere, good crowd and lots of dancing for the ultimate fun fest! Think Le Tigre (another fav) but without the hipster Olympics there. For you tourist or expats, Truskel is as Parisian and authentic as you can get and definitely in my Top Three bar/club things in Paris at the moment. Anyhoo, let me know what your experience has been there and if you have more suggestions, don't hesitate to share !

One word of warning! Be careful about leaving your stuff unattended. Friend had her jacket stolen off the bench we were dancing right in front of! 

Truskel Indie Pop Bar
12, rue Feydeau
75002 Paris 

Metro: Bourse
Entry: Free

Musique from France
One of the best French indie rock bands on the rise. Seriously, drink happiness in while you listen to this upbeat and joy infusing song. You may just be tempted to run outside, throw your head back to the cloudless Parisian sky (or wherever you are in the world) and just sing and cry your heart out to the Bewitched Hands. Wonderful, I've probably hyped it up too much now.

Download: Bewitched Hands-Work.mp3

More on Partying in Paris

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One Night in Paris or How I Tried to Get an Interview with Kavinsky