Saturday, June 11, 2011

VIP (Very Important Parisian) Interview: Cara Black

Black is back -- back in Paris, that is. And I'm not talking about every Parisienne's go-to color. 

It's La Mom's blog buddy Cara Black, author of the popular Aimée Leduc Paris murder mysteries. 

In honor of her reading today at Penelope's Marais English-language literary oasis,  
 The Red Wheelbarrow, here's what makes Cara's heart beat faster in Paris when she's not plotting whodunit.

Favorite French writers/singer/actor? 
Romain Gary, Fred Vargas and so many more writers but for actors the late great icon Phillipe Noiret and bad boy Vincent Cassell.
Mariages Frères or Ladurée? Ladurée.
Favorite museum in Paris? Victor Hugo museum on Place des Vosges.
Favorite restaurant in Paris? Right now it's La Marine on Canal Saint Martin.
Favorite neighborhood in Paris? Le Marais feels like home but very partial to Batignolles.
Left Bank or Right Bank? Right bank!
Favorite blogs?  La Mom, of course, Chocolate and Zucchini, the Bookslut.
Who's hotter - Dominique de Villepin or Nicolas Sarkozy? Oooh please, not them again...maybe BHL (Bernard Henri Levi) of the hair and open shirt fame? Rémi Féraud, the Mayor of the 10th arrondissement is definitely hot. 
Baby name recommendations for Carla Bruni & Daddy Sarkozy? Napoleon IV. 
Evian or Badoit? Badoit is a must.
Macarons or cupcakes? Macarons.
Espresso or café crème? Espresso serré. 
Amelie Poulain or Carrie Bradshaw? Jean Seberg in Breathless because I'm on a Goddard kick.
Paris or Provence? Paris -- then the countryside in le Drome, unspoiled and gorgeous.
Métro, taxi, or Vélib? Vélib if I'm not walking, walking, walking.
Book or Kindle? Book.
Vin rouge or vin blanc? La Veuve Clicquot Champagne.
Café Costes or the bistro du coin? Bistro du coin where I am right now.
iPhone or iPad? iPhone.
Le Figaro or Le Monde? Le Parisien.

Check out Cara's latest novel, Murder in Passy - An Aimée Leduc Investigation in Paris, out now!

Need some tips for your Paris vacation with les p'tits? Don't miss La Mom Stephanie's interview with parenting expert and columnist Kathy Buckworth!

Check in next week for your guide to spotting Frenchies outside of their natural habitat. Hint: they're not the ones slathering on sunscreen.


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