In my harried, over scheduled week last week I realized it was the 7th anniversary of Eye Prefer Paris.
On June 27, 2006 I wrote my first post, a simple declaration of who I was and going to be in the then, less crowded blogosphere.
Here is what I wrote:
About This blog
This blog is about how a native New Yorker dreamed of moving to Paris …… and what he discovered once he got there. Come live this Paris dream vicariously through the eyes (and ears) of Richard Nahem. He writes his blog from his 18th century apartment overlooking tree-lined Place St. Paul in the fashionable Marais district of Paris.
I had no idea where it was going to go, what form it would take, who or if anyone would read it. I just knew that I had things to share about the great city I was living in and maybe other like-minded people would enjoy what I had to say.
Seven years, 1368 posts, and 8,251 subscribers later, I am still writing my posts from the same Marais apartment.
I owe my success and longevity to you. Without you taking the time from your busy schedule to read my four time weekly posts, I would have no one to write for. So I profusely thank you for doing that and for your support, comments, endearing emails, knowledge and personal stories you shared with me in the last seven years. Many of you have become my e-mail/blog friends over the years and some of you I have become personal friends with.
Enough of the serious stuff, let’s get to the fun celebration part of my lucky seventh anniversary.
Please pop the Champagne cork with me and let’s toast a glass. To add to the fun, I have created a quiz to challenge my die-hard fans and newcomers are welcome to take a stab too.
There are seven questions spanning seven years of my blog and to help you just a little bit, I put the year the story was posted after each question. Subscribers, an easy way to access my postings is to go directly to the blog http://www.ipreferparis.net. From there, look on the right sidebar under archives, and you will find archives from every month since July 2006. Another shortcut is to go to the categories list and access postings from there. For example, for a question about a Parisian of the Month, click on Parisian of the Month and all of them will come up. You can email the answers to firstname.lastname@example.org and the deadline is Sunday, July 7, 2013, 3PM Eastern Standard Time . Contest winners will be announced next Monday, July 8, 2013. Please note contest is only avaialble to residents of the continental U.S.
Before I list the questions, here are some of the prizes for the winners. The first person who answers the questions correctly will win a copy of the new cookbook The French Market Cookbook: Vegetarian Recipes from My Parisian Kitchen by Clotilde Dusoulier from the food blog Chocolate and Zucchini, who was my Parisian of the Month last month.
Click here to see the book on Amazon
The second person who answers the questions correctly will win a copy of the delightful new book Quiet Paris by Siobhan Wall. I received a copy last week and it is a terrific resource for off-the beaten track Paris.
Click here to see book on Amazon
Good luck and I look forward to your answers.
What celebrity did I have drinks with at the Plaza Athenee? (2007)
a. Eva Longoria
b. Brad Pitt
c. Raquel Welch
Which was the Dessert of the Month from Portugal? (2012)
a. Pateis de nata
c. coconut macaroon
What fashion store does the owner make and design all the clothes? (2011)
2. Zadig & Voltaire
3. The Gap
Which Parisian of the Month lives between Paris and Los Angeles? (2011)
1. Susan Shup
2. Sally Perrin
3. Adrian Moore
4. Louis Vuitton
What was the first restaurant with Lunch with Lynn/Under 20 Eats ? (2009)
2. Le Reminet
3. Burger King
What Champagne bar is located near the Arch de Triomphe and has a location in New York also? (2008)
Where was Eye Prefer Paris fifth anniversary celebration party? (2011)
I am pleased as punch to announce the launch of Eye Prefer Paris Tours, which are 3-hour walking tours I will personally be leading. The Eye Prefer Paris Tour includes many of the places I have written about such as small museums & galleries, restaurants, cafes & food markets, secret addresses, fashion & home boutiques, parks, and much more.
Tours cost 210 euros for up to 3 people, and 70 euros for each additional person. I look forward to meeting you on my tours and it will be my pleasure and delight to show you my insiders Paris.
Check it out at www.eyepreferparistours.com
Click here to watch a video of our famous Marais tour
New! Eye Prefer Paris Cooking Classes
I am happy to announce the launch of Eye Prefer Paris Cooking Classes. Come take an ethnic culinary journey with me and chef and caterer Charlotte Puckette, co-author of the bestseller The Ethnic Paris Cookbook (with Olivia Kiang-Snaije). First we will shop at a Paris green-market for the freshest ingredients and then return to Charlotte's professional kitchen near the Eiffel Tower to cook a three-course lunch. After, we will indulge in the delicious feast we prepared along with hand-selected wines.
Cost: 185 euros per person (about $240)
Time: 9:30AM- 2PM (approximately 4 1/2 hours)
Location: We will meet by a metro station close to the market
Class days: Tuesday,Wednesday, Thursday,Friday, Saturday, and Sunday
Minimum of 2 students, maximum 6 students.
Click here to sign up for the next class or for more info.
I am happy to announce the sale of a new set of prints of my Eye Prefer Paris Photos. I am offering 20 of my most popular and iconic images for sale including my doors, architectural details, statues, and monuments. They will make great gifts for all your Francophile friends, relatives, and colleagues but don't forget to buy some for yourself.
Click here to see photos and for full details including sizes, prices, and shipping. Here is a sample of some of the photos.