Paris Wine Museum


Dr. Oz says that drinking a daily glass of red wine is excellent for one's health. Why? because resveratrol, which is a powerful antioxidant that comes from the skins of grapes, "turns on a system in your body that prevents your cells from aging". Enough said, where do I sign up?

Well, with good health in mind, I recommend that the next time you visit Paris, you head straight for The Paris Wine Museum. Why? Well because you will be killing two birds with one shot - You'll have a glass of red wine, for your health of course, and you'll learn a bit of history while you're at it. Call it "healthy learning" if you wish.

The Wine Museum of Paris is conveniently located right across the Bir Hakeim Bridge, over the river Seine, near our layover hotel. Take the metro from the Bir Hakeim station, one stop down (over the river) to the Passy Metro station. Then, just walk down the Metro stairs, around the corner once, than again - to the right both times - and at the end of that very short street, you will find the museum in a cul-de-sac (dead end street) almost right below the Metro station (on the right side of it, if facing the river Seine).

I'm enclosing a map with the exact location for the museum and the museum's address below. for additional directions, speak to the hotel's concierge before you leave your hotel.

The Paris Wine Museum is housed in a historic building from the XV Century. Filled with ambiance, the building has vaulted ceilings and aged stone walls. The museum also houses a wonderful collection of quirky, ancient wine memorabilia and a quaint restaurant in the premises. Lunch is served from Tuesday to Sunday from 12am to 3pm via three set lunch menus. All these menus include, of course, some delicious wine. But wait, there's more! The museum also holds wine tasting classes on Saturdays. Please check their website in the (blue) link below for schedules and prices if interested.

FYI, if you choose to have lunch at the museum, you will get free admission to the museum. On the other hand, if you pay for admission, you will get a free glass of wine (or any beverage) included with the price of admission. Either way, you will get a chance to be healthy! Which is why you came here in the first place right?

So there you go my friends. You say "to health" and I say "Salud"!

Musée du Vin Paris
5/7 Square Charles Dickens
Rue des Eaux
75016 PARIS

Tél : +33 (0)1 45 25 63 26
Fax : +33 (0)1 40 50 91 22

The Wine Museum's Restaurant
Tuesday to Saturday - lunch only
(12 am to 3 pm)

(The restaurant is closed from December 24th
to January 4th)

To make reservations call : +33 (0)1 45 25 63 26

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Moscow - Cafe Margarita - Beer, Blinis and Fantastic Live Music


The Cafe Margarita in Moscow. Ahhh, The Cafe Margarita...what can I say about this wonderful, tiny Russian music venue? ...Well, for starters it packs a lot of punch for a tiny space. It's the size of your grandmothers TV room or library (and it looks like it too) and it's located in a corner, right across Patriarch's Pond (not very far from our hotel in downtown Moscow). The cafe comes alive in the evenings, when a trio of young, virtuoso musicians - two violinists and one pianist - begin their music sessions by playing beautiful soulful tunes for the audience to sing along.

If you go, don't forget to partake in the singing or in the "marraca" playing. Marracas, in this case, are home made percussion instruments made up of plastic bottles filled with beans. These are handed out to customers, so they can follow along with the musicians as they play. Participation, is part of the fun, so jump right in. You'll have a magical evening that you'll never forget, even long after your gone.

The cafe itself, is an adorable, small and intimate space that attracts a casual crowd. It's so small in fact, that you'd best make a reservation before you go, just in case it fills up before you make it there. The Cafe Margarita only takes cash, so do bring your rubles! In addition, they offer a simple menu of typical Russian food. I've sampled their strawberry blinis (crepes filled with fruit) and they were amazing! I would recommend them to anyone. I've also consumed a so, so fresh salad and a pretty tasty Russian soup. In the Russian tradition, the cafe also serves local and Check beers, aromatic teas, mixed drinks, and of course, vodka! Nastrovia!!! But it's the music show what you're here to experience, so sit back and enjoy.

The Cafe Margarita is an excellent choice for a late night snack or if you just want an adult beverage or some delicious hot tea to warm you up from the cold. Getting there is part of the fun. It's a very pretty walk from our hotel to the Cafe. Along the way, you'll pass some very high end residential neighborhoods that surround Patriarch's Pond. There are also a series of exclusive European boutiques (photos enclosed), French cafes, expensive and modern looking restaurants plus a Wine bar and a lovely looking Viennese pastry shop along the way making you feel as if you were walking the streets of Soho in New York, rather than a neighborhood in downtown Moscow.

Before going into The Cafe Margarita, be sure to take a stroll around Patriarchs Pond right across the street. It's like a miniature Central Park with a pond in the middle and a bench lined walk path that surrounds the water. The pond is a popular ice skating destination for the kids in the neighborhood. If there's ice and/or snow on the ground, they will be there "en force". The last time I visited Patriarch's Pond, there was an impressive ice sculpture exhibit along the water (photo enclosed). There was also an art exhibit of super large format photographs by the walking paths. Once you're done visiting the park (and pond), head to the Cafe Margarita and enjoy the experience.

By the way, The Cafe Margarita is a must experience if you visit Moscow. It is also, one of the top five recommendations of "things to do while in Moscow", posted by the New York Times's Travel Section. For additional information on the Margarita Cafe, Google it. Be sure to put Moscow in the end of the name. There are many individual posts and reviews about the place from previous Moscow visitors.

For more information on The Cafe Margarita's history, please click on the following link: http://www.passportmagazine.ru/restaurants/1073/ The cafe has gone through many re-incarnations since it's initial opening. Read it's history and laugh, it's actually pretty humorous. The name of the cafe is based on a famous Russian book authored by Mikhail Bulgakov (1891-1940), The Master and Margarita. Sadly, Bulgakov's brilliant literary work was suppressed by the Stalinist regime for over forty years.

If interested in reading this book, Amazon sells several English translations. You can also visit The Master and Margarita's official website at: http://www.masterandmargarita.eu/en/. By the way, The Master and Margarita's story takes place, not surprisingly, around Patriarch's Pond.

Cafe Margarita
Address: Malaya Bronnaya ul. 28
Metro: Mayakovskaya or Pushkinskaya
Phone: 699 6534
Open until midnight

Moscow - New Cool eating Diggs!


Just flew Moscow this past month and I found two new restaurants steps away from our layover hotel. Yes, they have English translated menus! What a relief! and one cafe is right next to the other, so here it goes.

The first one is The Icebox Cafe. This is a very modern, Starbucks type cafe with free wi-fi, modern decor, and a relaxing atmosphere where one can linger for hours cruising the net, with out causing a stir. They specialize in pastries, coffees, and simple pre-made salads and sandwiches that you can eat while you are there or you can take back to your room.

The second place is called Biskotti Cafe and you wouldn't know this by reading the sign in the street that reads BNCKOTTN (photo enclosed), but your clue to find this restaurant will be the red bench that sits out in the street, right in front of the place. This is a reasonably priced, western style restaurant, that serves a large variety of international dishes. It also has free wi-fi and offers a relaxing dining atmosphere with hip, modern decor and great music in the background. I had a delicious mozzarella and tomato salad, plus a wonderful shrimp risotto during my first visit. On my second visit, I had a yummy Beef Strogonoff served with wild mushroom over creamy, home-made mashed potatoes. Not bad at all, I promise. Prices are reasonable - About ten dollars per entree and lots of options on the menu.

The location of these places is as follows. Make a right from the front door of the hotel, walk to the corner. Make a right as if you were going to the food market. Walk past the market to the next block on the same side, and just past the fancy men's clothing store (you're still on the same side as the food market), you will see first the Icebox Cafe, and right past it, the Biskotti Cafe. Remember, look for the red bench.

Enjoy these two new, nice eating options nearby the hotel in Moscow. They are really perfect spots to get nice snacks and meals while you're on a short stay in Moscow.

Do you have any favorite watering holes or eating spots in Moscow? Let us know, so we can share them with everyone. Send pictures too, so we can see what you are talking about and don't forget to share this with your flying partners. That's how we grow!

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