Angie Niles Shares Her "Best of France"

  • Angie Niles, author of 'Bright Lights Paris'

    Angie Niles, author of 'Bright Lights Paris'

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  • Come meet Angie at her Best of France book signing on September 26th!

    Come meet Angie at her Best of France book signing on September 26th!

    © Angie Niles

  • The gastronomical wonders of Jean-Francois Piege

    The gastronomical wonders of Jean-Francois Piege

    © Angie Niles

  • The gardens of Chateau Richeux in Brittany

    The gardens of Chateau Richeux in Brittany

    © Angie Niles

  • Maison Francois Kurkdjian, Paris

    Maison Francois Kurkdjian, Paris

    © Angie Niles

  • Versailles

    Versailles

    © Angie Niles

  • Wine 'en terrasse' in Montmartre

    Wine 'en terrasse' in Montmartre

    © Angie Niles

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In honor of Best of France, which will be taking over Times Square September 26-27, 2015, we've asked a few of our favorite bloggers to weigh in on their "Best of France!"  For a chance to meet Angie Niles and pick up a signed copy of her new book Bright Lights Paris, come to her Best of France signing on September 27th from 4 to 5 PM! #BestofFrance2015

 

1. What is the best meal you have ever had in France? From which restaurant or French region was it from? Why is it your favorite?

There is so much amazing food in France, from falafels on the streets of Le Marais to fresh seafood on the Brittany Coast and pastries on the corners of every city and village.  If I must choose a favorite meal, it was at Chef Jean-Francois Piege's Gastronomique in Paris. Not just my favorite meal in France, but so far anywhere in the world.  His menu of signature dishes takes you {and your tastebuds} on a journey through unforgettable flavor profiles where you can taste his magical combinations with each bite. I still dream about Chef Piege's Blanc a Manger.  One bite of his creme anglaise filled pillowy dessert and I was hooked for life.

Jean-Francois Piege Le Grand Restaurant
7 rue d'Auguesseau 
75008 Paris 

 

2. If you are looking for a place to relax while you are in France where is your go to spot? Is it a beautiful beach or a tranquil spa? Where in France is it located and why is it your favorite?

My favorite place to relax in France is the best of both; a tranquil chateau right on the beach. Just a few hours from Paris, Chateau Richeux near the town of Cancale on the Brittany Coast is heavenly. Opened by Chef Olivier Roellinger and his wife Jane, the chateau overlooks the English Channel and provides guests with cosy rooms named after exotic spices.  They have lush gardens to roam, a delicious restaurant, and terrace to enjoy your morning coffee or evening wine.  In low tide, take a peaceful walk along the beach right into the quaint harbor town of Cancale.  Enjoy fresh oysters shucked straight from the sea and adorable shops with local delicacies and the famous Brittany striped shirts.  In the center of town, visit the Roellinger’s incredible spice shop Epices Roellinger, where they sell exotic spice blends masterfully created by the talented chef. Take a breat at their Salon de The, Grain de Vanille, or take a course at their cooking school.  

 

3. Where is your favorite place to shop in France? What are your “must- haves” or a favorite item you have purchased? Where did you get it?

Even with beautiful flagships from favorites like Chanel and Christian Louboutin in Paris, I prefer to bring home items from my favorite specialty boutiques that carry items difficult to find and some not available in the US.   A few of my “must-haves” include a heavenly perfume from Maison Francis Kurkdjian, an exotic candle from Cire Trudon, intimates from Sabbia Rosa, spice infused honey from Le Maison du Miel, and other gourmet delicacies at Le Grand Epicerie de Paris.  I love to bring home spices, aged vanilla, and when I have room in my suitcase, I’ve been known to bring home pink toilet paper from the neighborhood grocery.  

 

4. What is your favorite site to visit when you are in France? Why? Where in France is it?

There are still so many sites in France that I have yet to explore so I’m sure my current favorite may change.  For now, nothing beats the grandeur and beauty of Versailles. Sure, it doesn’t help that I’m obsessed with the life of Marie Antoinette but that aside the incredible details in the great lawn, gardens, fountains, and chateau are all so breathtaking.   In warm months, I love to bring a baguette, some cheese, and charcuterie. 

 

5. What is your favorite bar/club/music venue in France? Where do you like to go out at night? Why?

Most nights in Paris you can find me sitting outside at a café with friends, and a few bottles of wine.  Whether we’re up in Montmartre on the Place du Tertre, dining on rue Montorgueil, or enjoying a relaxing night along Canal Saint Martin; it’s one of my favorite ways to enjoy Paris.  On nights when I’m craving a good cocktail, my go-to is Prescription Cocktail Club and when I’d like a romantic night with my beau, we head to L’Hotel; both in Saint Germain.  On the right bank I enjoy learning about and tasting a variety of wines at O Chateau. Some of my favorite nights include meeting friends at Café des Flores, enjoying bottles of wine and a late night croque monsieur.   Life really doesn’t get much better than that. 

 

 

Angie Niles is a brand consultant, and voice behind La Vie Ann Rose.  Her first book, Bright Lights Paris debuts September 8th and takes readers on a journey through the City of Lights highlighting the life and style of Parisian woman, and tips on how to infuse the Parisian spirit into your life at home.  As a fashion publicist, Angie has worked with some of the biggest names in style— planning red carpet events and fashion shows, international print campaigns, and even dressing some of the world’s chicest stars for the Golden Globes and Oscars.  She has lived on both the Left and Right Banks of Paris and now currently resides in Brooklyn, or as Vogue magazine calls it, “the Left Bank of New York.” To learn more about Angie, you connect with her on InstagramFacebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Google+. For a full list of Angie's upcoming book signings and events, please click here.

 

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