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Terrance Gelenter-Le Baron of Brooklyn

Full of food, wine and good cheer, we stepped out into the cool, misty Paris night air.  He bid us farewell with a kiss and a hug and we watched as he descended into the deep caverns of the Metro. I turned to my companions and asked “Who was that masked man?”….behind us from the shadows a tall, dark figure emerged, his trench coat pulled high about him, the brim of his hat so low we could barely see his features but for the red hot glow of his cigarette through the swirling mist under the flickering street lamp…then in a deep, rich voice he said, “Why Monsieur, you did not know? That was none other than Le Baron de Brooklyn et de Parriee”.  Stunned, we turned to catch another glimpse of Le Baron, but he was gone….from the depths of the Metro rose the screech of metal against metal as the train pulled to a stop, and as the doors rolled shut we heard his strong voice sing out “I love Paris every moment, every moment of the year….Hi Ho Metro….Away.” We turned back to the tall stranger…but he too was gone.

Suddenly out of the darkness a muscular figure breathlessly ran up to us, clad in buckskin, with braided black hair held in place by a wide head ban with a single white feather. He turned and said “Need find Le Baron Pronto! Where he?” We pointed to the Metro stairs…he started down then stopped, turned back and said “Ugh, hate Metro, heap many stairs!” He let out a loud cry, waived his feather three times and a white Uber Mercedes with Pinto markings pulled up to a stop…he leapt in, entered “Le Baron” on the GPS and through the smell of burning rubber pealed off down the narrow street. I looked at our group and said, “Was that who I think it was? No….no way…but then again, this is Paris.”    And that dear family and friends is the true — well almost — story of our first meeting with Terrance Gelenter, “Your  American Friend in Paris.”

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Betty Werther-La Grand Dame of Paris Journalism

I first met Betty Werther at a dinner party chez Naomi Barry, herself a legend at Gourmet magazine, in 2009. I am proud to call her a good friend.

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Naomi Barry

Ma Nuit Chez Naomi excerpted from Paris par Hasard. S, the “London Art Dealer,” was in town and we met at Chez Francis on the Place d’Alma for a view of the illuminated Eiffel Tower and champagne. After catching up on our lives we strolled across the Pont d’Alma onto the Quai d’Orsay and headed for dinner chez Naomi Barry.

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This Thanksgiving

This Thanksgiving will be the second time in my life I will not be with family. The first was in college some 60 years ago, and now, alone in Paris….but alas, perhaps I can struggle through! Thinking of this I initially felt sad, but then I realized how fortunate we all are to be able to be in different parts of the world for whatever reasons...

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Dinner with Terrance & Alec in the Sahara

Alec Lobrano and I were delighted to host seven readers for an insider dinner at one of our favorite bistros, ASTIER. It was nearly too hot to breathe at 5PM when the temperature approached 100 degrees farenheit but by 7:30PM when our guess arrived it had cooled off just enough to make the evening bearable.

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No one should have a bad meal in Paris! Whether a 2-star restaurant or a local bistro there should always be an excellent rapport qualité prix– relationship between price and quality. At my favorites you will be treated as a regular and have a satisfying experience. Just tell them  “Terrance sent you.”


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Regularly scheduled literary salons with guest writers, private dinners, restaurant openings, wine tastings,market visits and cooking classes attract a discerning, sophisticated crowd who love to have a good time while they learn. Our cadre of Paris–based colleagues happily share their passion for this magical city.