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5 Must Haves for a busy traveller

Bonjour folks! Even though it doesn’t seem like it, Christmas is just around the corner. After a tough year of stress, frustration, and fear, it’s finally time for some little sparkles in our lives. As an active expat, you might feel like you often run out of  inspiration or time to spoil your love ones (or yourself). But dear, pas de panique: Apéros Frenchies decided to give you a hand this year. So look no further, these are your top 5 Must haves for a busy traveller!
 

5 must haves for busy travellers

 

 

1 – Suitcase organiser

 

Although travelling for leisure has come to a bit of a standstill, essential Business travel is still taking place! This suitcase arranger is just the last piece an active traveller would need.  Straight from your suitcase to the wardrobe (and vice versa) this portable wardrobe takes away the stress of packing and unpacking and save you a lot of time!

Price: 24,95€

 

2 – Minipresso

What is worse than starting a day without a good coffee?  We know that while traveling we can easily not have good coffee at hand.. But not anymore! With this Minipresso, you can enjoy a delicious espresso whenever, wherever. Minipresso is an espresso machine that doesn’t need batteries. It was designed for people with an active lifestyle, but its quality design and user-friendliness make it a great machine for all caffeine lovers to get their coffee kick!

Price: 59,95€



3 –  Portable electric blender 

Whether you are a work out buff or you just love a fresh, healthy juice at work, you can make all kinds of smoothies with this magic portable blender! Vegetables, fresh fruits, spices: fill up the bottle with whatever you llike, turn it on and enjoy!

Price : 29,95€

 

4 – Foot Massager

 

After a hard day’s work, can you think of anything better than a good foot massage to unwind? Now, instead of having to bribe your loved ones, this foot massager can knead, roll, and even apply air pressure. There’s sure to be a few green-eyed monsters. Hop on the good foot and do the… good thing! 

Price: 129,95€

 5 – Bala Bangles Wearable Weight

Have you spent your time working from your home office, eating chocolate and heavy winter food,is this making you feel guilty? Add a constant but comfortable resistance to your workout with the one pound Bala Bangles wrist and ankle weights, helping to burn fat and build muscle. For yoga, running, aerobics, pilates, walking, traveling, home workouts, core training. You name it! Bala Bangles are made of the highest quality fitness materials and come in a range of colours! Allez, 3, 2, 1.. C’est parti!

Price 59,95€

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That’s it for our  5 must haves  but find out more ideas on the website L’Avant Gardiste !

Since we are on the topic of travel, perhaps you need to plan a trip somewhere in Europe? Either for business or to return home for Christmas? Why not check out our partner Trainline! Make sure to check out this platform and save time and money! 🙂

Perhaps, if you have not seen our website yet, feel to have a look at our latest articles and recommendations! 😉

 

 

Our top spots for summer in Paris

Apéros Frenchies events are up and running in Paris, and we are very excited, to say the least! There’s still a few months of summer sunshine to go, so have a look at where we’ve been partying, and we hope to see you there next time. Whether you prefer courtyards, terraces, or even boat parties.. we’ve selected only the best for you. So here it is, our top summer spots in Paris!

Off En Seine

86 Quai d’Austerlitz, 75013 Paris, France

We wouldn’t do summer without a boat party and we are glad to have Off en Seine on our list! The infinity pool and immense views over the river Seine gave this year’s boat party a special edge. Moored at the foot of Austerlitz station, Off en Seine is Paris’ first hotel and bar that is located directly on the water.
There was a DJ Set, awesome people, and special cocktails by Citadelle and Sense of Spirits, served just for you. What a great place to party!

Check out  the pictures on Instagram!

We will be back at Off en Seine soon! Stay tuned!

If you prefer to go solo, and enjoy a quiet atmosphere,   the restaurant offers some tapas & really good cocktails every day from 5:00 pm! 

 

 

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Flow le Roof

4 Port des Invalides, 75007 Paris, France

Who doesn’t love a rooftop party whilst the sun sets over Paris? This trendy location is the perfect place for our Apéros Frenchies’ events. Tell a friend to tell a friend, it’s going to be amazing, and we are looking forward to seeing you there next time!

Thought about trying a new cocktail? We’ve got your back, just check out this post: Our top refreshing cocktails for summer!

If you cannot make it for our Afterwork, have a look while it is still sunny and warm! Flow le Roof is open everyday from Monday to Friday (5:00pm – 02:00am) and Friday- Sunday (03:00pm- 02:00am). And Le Quai is open everyday (09:00am to 02:00 am). 

 

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Kube Hotel

1 Passage Ruelle, 75018 Paris

Fancy a city escape to the jungle? Just a few steps away from Canal St Martin, this 4 star hotel offers an enjoyable evening with new and old friends, whilst surrounded by nature’s greenery. If you weren’t able to join us, you can always stop by as it’s one of our top locations in Paris, and have a drink (or two?)

Kube

Keep an eye on our events page, and we’ll see you next time!

Our Top Refreshing Cocktails for Summer!

We often mention cocktails and we’ve tasted a few ourselves! So we’ve put together some tips on the top cocktails for you to taste this summer.

 

Drink responsibly. You must be of legal drinking and buying age to read this article.

 


1 – Citadelle Gin

Do we still need to introduce you to this French Gin Brand from Maison Ferrand?

Simply garnish with a fresh lemon peel and voilà, you’re set. The size and shape of the peel, straight or twisted, large or small, does not matter as long as it’s fresh. Just mix Citadelle and a high quality tonic water, and you’ll have crafted the perfect drink in no time.

Once served, it emanates herbaceous notes of juniper and anise. Then, the spicy cinnamon side softens the nose, bringing a very gourmand dimension to the gin.



2 – Sense of Spirits – Cognac

Firstly, we introduced you to this new brand, during lockdown, showing you some DIY cocktails at home. See post: The Perfect Cognac Cocktail for Apéro – Sense of Spirits. Secondly, our Parisian community had the chance to finally test the cocktails during two of our events, and the brand itself has been very well received!

Sweet from the grape but keeping the intensity from the Cognac, those ready-to-sip cocktails sparkle up your summer evenings! Sense of Spirits create inspiring and timeless lifestyle drinks and strive themselves to introduce new ways to let people enjoy cognac differently!

Check out their website and get 15€ off with our promo code APEROSFRENCHIES for any order up to 75€.

Find more about our recipes here or on IGTV.


3 – Lillet Tonic 

Lillet is an aperitif wine, made from Bordeaux grapes along with macerated fruit liqueurs, which gives it a pleasantly fruity, but not overly sweet, character.

You had the chance to discover this brand during many of our events in Europe, and during the lockdown too. Let’s stick to fresh long drinks that are easy to do at home. No need to be a professional, it’s easy as 1, 2, 3 and your guests’ reactions will be priceless.

Pour 5cl of Lillet Blanc into a glass full of ice cubes. Add 10cl of tonic water and a slice of cucumber. Decorate with one strawberry and a mint leaf. Et voilà!

Preparing a wedding or a private event? Lillet is our personal recommendation. Their univers fit perfectly with the dreamy and magical atmosphere of such an occasion. Don’t hesitate to contact us for  any requests.

 

 

Ricard Plantes fraiches

 4 – Ricard

Going to the south of France this summer? If so, add “taste the pastison” to your to-do list , one of the most refreshing drinks for hot summer days. The name pastis originally comes from the Provençal  and means ‘mix’. It now refers to the French aniseed-flavored liqueur with an alcoholic strength of 40% or 45%, for a pastis from Marseille.

How to drink a Ricard? Pour 2,5cl  of Ricard into a glass. Add cold water to dilute it. The water will instantly and magically transform your pastis from a clear amber color to a milky greenish-yellow.

Sip slowly on a sunny terrace at the end of the afternoon. Although, if you are not a big fan of the classical pastis, check out their new edition Ricard Plantes fraiches, made with anise exclusively from fresh plants grown on the Valensole plateau in Haute-Provence (France).

We hope we helped you planning your summer Apéros! Don’t forget to feature @aperos_frenchies on your Instagram stories or posts, we can’t wait to share them! Santé!

Take a Breather – Gerbermüle Hotel & Restaurant, Frankfurt

 

The Gerbermüle is part of the city’s heritage and is probably one of the most atypic hotels in Frankfurt.  Just by the main river,  it is surrounded with a large,  beautiful and very traditional German Beer Garden. However, from the outside, you might never guess the fully refurbished and creatively designed interior. Take a breather – discover the Gerbermühle hotel & restaurant.

 

 

 

RESTAURANT & DRINK

If  you are looking for  a nice/ quiet place to  enjoy the sunset on the skyline,  we’ve  probably found THE spot for a drink, or for  diner.  The chestnut trees and the Main river make you forget about your stressful routine or the urban noises. Take a breather with friends, or colleagues and  just enjoy  the moment. The restaurant offer a large choice of tasteful and simple food, wines and if you need it,  great recommendations from the staff.

 

Skyline view, Gerbermühle
beer Garden, Gerbermühle

 

HOTEL

If your  planing to stay  few days, for a get away or a business trip in Frankfurt we totally recommend this hotel. Although located outside the city center, you can however access there within 10-15mn by car from the Central station.

Select materials, a modern interior and luxuriously appointed bathrooms offer a stylish comfort. 

Forget about earplugs, you won’t need it. At the Gerbermühle, the only neighbors you might have  are some little ones living in the chestnuts of the garden!

The kindness and simplicity of the the staff, the quality of the service, and the confort of the stay make you feel like staying forever!

 

 

BAR

Maybe not the first place you will think about regarding a birthday bash or corporate events, but most probably one of the best in town.

Send us an email for any request, we will be happy to  help you organise it!

 

Don’t forget to check out our reco in our different cities, and follow us on our social media Facebook & Instagram 

 

 

 

 

Paris From a Whole New Perspective: a Summer Exhibition by Jeanne Varaldi

What is happening in Paris? Her digital paintings also aroused your curiosity? Let us introduce you to this young french artist: Jeanne Varaldi!

 

Parisian abstract painter, she explores the manufacture of gesture, and the fauvist color palette. Similar to sundials, her canvases play with the sunshine and luminosity of their environment . Find our more about her universe through her summer exhibition and discover Paris from a really different perspective! 

Jeanne gradually projects her work onto urban space: through her digital paintings, she reinvents the roads, sidewalks and walls of her neighborhood. Check out the Place de la République, rue du Faubourg du temple and many other parisian streets..

Her compositions blur the landmarks of the city to give another reading, playful and colorful. She also targets areas under construction, urban spaces whose uses are not clearly defined, doors and interfaces. Her research invites us to imagine other uses and behaviors in connection with an evolving environment.  

Also, if you are in Paris this summer, don’t miss her exhibition and the chance to meet her ! You will discover her splendid digital paintings  from the 2nd of July until the end of August,  at “Le Pavillon des Canaux”. (19e) 

You can find more information regarding the exhibition here.

But above all,  have a drink and say Hi at her launching cocktail this week!

 

Thursday, July 2nd  from 7:00 pm

Le pavillon des Canaux

39 quai de Loire,

75019 Paris, France

 

Jeanne Varaldi, French visual artist- Digital painting 2020

 

Follow her work on Instagram

Find our more on her Website : https://jeannevaraldi.com/

St. Germain Spritz – the Perfect Cocktail for Summer

The St. Germain Spritz  has become a crowd favorite at Apéros Frenchies event, and was featured as the welcome drink of choice at several of our events!
The Liqueur is crafted from elderflower blossoms harvested in late spring, making it the ideal summer drink. You all know by now however that while summer may be our favorite season, we’re hosting International Afterwork events year-round. Luckily, there’s a St. Germain cocktail for any occasion. Next time you’re at one of our events feel free to try a St. Germain Spritz! Or if you’re one of our lucky  Frenchies, maybe its time you brought along a bottle of this authentic French liqueur to your next Apéro and put your twist on the welcome drink?  Here a recipe to make your own St Germain Spritz; the perfect cocktail for summer!
 4cl  St~Germain liqueur
 6cl  Dry Sparkling Wine

 6cl  Sparkling Water

Combine all of the ingredients over ice in your favorite glass. Stir gently. Garnish with a lemon twist!

Enjoy your St Germain Spritz! Santé

Any other recipes? Check out ou  DIY Cocktails with Sense of Spirits Cognac,
or a refreshing long drink of  Lillet Tonic  and if you need some inspirations of  “accompagnements”, we’ve got your back!

Feel free to like us on Facebook, follow us on  Instagram, and subscribe to our newsletter to keep up to date with all the Apéros Frenchies events to stay in touch with all your new expat friends? We look forward to seeing you all at our next event!

Liqueur St Germain

The Perfect Cognac Cocktail for Apéro – Sense of Spirits

​Reading, working out, and cooking… a lot of us have discovered some new skills during this – what we could call – a “suspended time”. Even if your days are similar, your Apéro beverage doesn’t have to be! It’s time to try new evening saveurs with Sense of Spirit! Allow your mind to escape to the French countryside, with this a cognac cocktail for Apéro!

 

Quarantine, week 5. Facing those last daily rays of sunlight, we take time to check on our loves ones more than never. We talk about our daily routines, about those empty streets that we can see all day from our balconies, and gossip about those ones breaking the rules. We try to guess what is coming next, we exchange some tips, and most of the time we virtually cheer together. Now, it’s time to break your routine.

Cognac lovers? Wine lovers? We found the perfect combine for your next apéro! Sweet from the grape but keeping the intensity from the Cognac, those ready-to-sip cocktails might sparkle up your quarantine evenings! Be ready to enjoy  your cognac cocktail for the Apéro, from your favorite home spot : balcony/ kitchen/ or  living room.

This new french brand: Sense of Spirits  sets a new paradigm to taste and enjoy the subtleties of cognac. Their premium products come in different flavours to meet today´s generation desire for refinement, delicacy and French finesse. They create inspiring and timeless lifestyle drinks and strive themselves to introduce new ways to let people enjoy cognac differently!

Various arts are conveyed through Sense of Spirits including the art of producing Cognac, the “Haute cuisine” and painting. Sense of Spirits artworks are created by a reknown artist, Francois Fressinier, from Martin Lawrence Galleries.

Ready to discover fresh and fruity aromas from the grape balanced with an elegant twist of cognac?

Great news, apply 15€ off to orders over 75€ with our promo code APEROSFRENCHIES on their website Sense of Spirits 

Also, we prepared you a DIY recipe to make your own cocktail at home: Cognac Café frappé. Check out our Instagram page to find more about the tutorial. 

Pssst,  If you need inspiration for the perfect Apéro plate while sipping your cognac cocktails, we have got your back! Now it’s time to enjoy  your cognac cocktail for the Apéro!

Die Fromagerie finished board

More Cheese? Please! – Die Fromagerie, Frankfurt Am Main

Hey Frenchies! Have you been joining our weekly live streams over on Instagram these past couple of weeks? If not you’re missing out on some great music and masterclasses from some of our favorite partners. This week we were happy to feature Die Fromagerie in Frankfurt. Not only is it one of our teams’ favorites, it is an apéro hotspot for many of our Frankfurt Frenchies!

Before we get into their recommendations, we’d like to thank all of you who tuned in to join us for the At Home Apéro! Special shout out to Michel.Music for keeping the live stream going with some great music, you can find his Soundcloud if you’re looking for more. 

Be sure to tag @aperos_frenchies and use #shareyourapero for a chance to be featured in our Instagram story after the live broadcast.

We have fantastic news for our Frankfurt Frenchies as Die Fromagerie is still open through the ongoing situation. Everything you need to make the charcuterie board of your dreams is available to be ordered and picked up*.

Be sure to call them at +49 173 6684608 or write them on Instagram to place an order.

*Please be advised that if you intend to stop by the store to place or pick up your order that you should follow all local health guidelines as to protective actions that must be taken. Stay Safe!

The Guide to the Perfect Charcuterie Board

We were able to have a quick chat with our Frankfurt Ambassador Alicia and Die Fromagerie Owner Alexandre Allemany. Alex was full of recommendations for us:

The first thing to consider is the Five kinds of cheese, “5 kinds of cheese are necessary to every cheese board, at a minimum, this is what you need to ensure a variety of tastes” says Alex, “Once you have this, you have a great base”.

  • The main key is to have a variety, from a variety of regions.
  • 24-Month-old Comte a favorite and popular in every region of France
  • A smooth cheese like a brie or camembert
  • A Goat cheese, “Herbed from the south of France is best, and it really pulls the plate together” 
  • Don’t forget the blue cheese, “I know some people don’t like its strong flavor, but its too delicious for me to leave off the plate!”

Don’t be afraid to experiment with local tastes! Die Fromagerie will include frischkäse for its German customers as it is a popular option all over the country. 

Add something sweet to balance the flavors on your tongue, and don’t forget the extras!
  • Don’t be afraid to add some fruit, ” Try something in season or pick a regional favorite that pairs well with the cheeses already on the platter”
  • Peanuts, “They are a popular snack when drinking for a reason, but feel free to add some to the apéro”
  • Almonds, “Almonds are the perfect complement so feel free to add them to the plate even if they are less popular”
  • Olives, “Do not forget to add the olives to create a well-rounded plate!”
The Saucisson: DON’T BE CHEAP!
  • Rosette de Lyon, ” We have a rule here about no CHEAP SAUCISSON. This particular variety has a low fat content, and is absolutely delicious”
  • Jambon de Bayonne, “Is a regional favorite from the French Southwest. It is similar to the very famous Spanish aged ham, it is often sold cut very thin” 
  • Pro-Tip: ” Feel free to experiment with specialties from each region. You know you will get a good pairing when you feature cheese and wine from a similar region, so do not be afraid to do the same when considering the meat” 
Be Creative.
  • You can do a regional-specific apéro, but if you do this, focus on the specific regions, “I’d recommend a Rosé from Provence, and a piece of goat cheese from the same region” 
  • Of course don’t forget the drinks, ” Protip: Sparkling wines are also a good option to try out if you want to change up your apéro.”

Thank you again to Alicia, Alex, and the whole Die Fromagerie team for taking the time out to passing along their tips!

We are looking forward to gathering with all of you again soon, but until then be sure to keep up with us on social media! Follow us on Instagram and like us on Facebook to stay up to date on everything Apéros Frenchies. By the way, have you checked out our Apéro At Home Series yet? Catch the first article here, and be sure to subscribe now to never miss an update

 

Redefining Your Stay – Frankfurt Marriott Hotel

Welcome to Frankfurt! Known as Europe’s banking capital, it welcomes business travelers from around the globe. Whether you are here for a short business trip or a fair, the city and the Frankfurt Marriott Hotel  are ready to welcome you!

Located just a few steps away from the world-renowned Messe Frankfurt,  the hotel is the perfect place to make you fall in love with Frankfurt from above! Holding a reputation as the tallest hotel in Germany, you can enjoy an incredible view of the city skyline from your room! The Frankfurt Marriott goes beyond a traditional hotel, it is an experience you indulge in from the moment you arrive. So drop your bags, kick off your shoes, and relax…

Good news for the fitness-minded! The 1st floor offers a fitness center with a deluxe range of sports equipment for any workout. Plus, a sauna, exclusive for women, for that post-workout relaxation! Also known for its chic sports bar, Champions – Bar & Restaurant is the classy hangout for sports fans alike. Be sure to try one of their many cocktails and enjoy a diner with good vibes!

Selected rooms include exclusive access to the new, stylish M Club Lounge… It’s the perfect place to work or catch up on your reading. The Lounge provides complimentary refreshments throughout the day. With M Club Lounge access, you can enjoy a free breakfast buffet in the morning and wine, yummy cheese & snacks in the evening. What else could you ask for.

Late bird? 5 minutes walking from the hotel, you will find another Frankfurt institution open until 4 am:   Jimmy’s bar.  This speak- easy transports you through time:  dimmed mood lighting, leather armchairs, dark wood panelling, live piano music and cigar smoke.Welcome to the golden age.     Whether you prefer chilled, freshly made cocktails, aged whisky or bubbly champagne, this also bar offers an extensive bar menu.

 

Photo Credit: Frankfurt Marriott Hotel & Instagram @aperos_frenchies.

Normandy Le Chantier Reflection

CBD? Password Please… – Normandy Le Chantier, Paris

The legendary Normandy Le Chantier’s location in the 1ere Arrondissement has put it in the middle of all the action in Paris since 1877 but if you know where to look, you might just find one of Paris’ best kept secrets…

 

 

Paris is full of beautiful Haussamanian architecture and enough history to amaze even the most well-traveled explorers.  However, this newest addition to the Machefert hotels, Normandy Le Chantier, might just be in the most dreamy Parisian quarter. Going there is already an experience of its own, it is just moments walk from the Louvre and other popular tourist attractions. However, don’t let the history and imposing architecture put you off! The Normandy is anything but a conventional hotel located in the Paris city center. Don’t expect the conventional experience here, the front-desk is replaced by employees wearing post-war work overalls, who will welcome you with a large smile.

Like its name “Le Chantier” suggests, the hotel is undergoing extensive renovations but remains open to offer you an immersive experience. The cherry on top could be the plant-based canteen and pâtisserie, “Le Comptoir du Chantier”. You can enjoy a delicious buffet-style meal at any time of the day that is centered on natural ingredients and goodness.

If you’re looking for a nightlife option, however, Normandy Le Chantier welcomes you to come and find their hidden speakeasy! If you can find the entrance, follow the spiral metal staircase down into the Belle-Epoque style boudoir room and enjoy the REHAB bar. It is one of the first cocktail bars of its kind offering CBD-based and alcohol-free cocktails. Relax in the dim light, and immerse yourself in decor from a different time. Good luck and happy hunting….

Need a hint? The door is hidden behind the answer to this riddle. DM us on Instagram and check out their page here!

When you look at this
You see perfection
Because what you see
Is your reflection

 

 

Normandy Hotel
7, rue De l’échelle
75001 Paris Metro 1