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C'est Coquin!

What's a boyfriend to do when his girlfriend is celebrating her one year mark of being over her ex-fiancé? Does he celebrate it too? Does he even acknowledge it? Does he take her out for a fancy shmancy dinner? I admit the circumstance was shall I say, a bit unique. 

Aurel being the amazing person that he is, did what any perfect boyfriend would do; took his broad out for drinks and got her liquored up. He didn't just take her anywhere, but to a bar/restaurant that was practically designed for her. 

This was a magical place where...


...complimentary homemade chips, tzatziki sauce, and water with floating fresh cucumbers, are brought to the table after ordering.
 Said bar has happy hour of 7 euros cocktails, instead of 15. 15 euros for a drink!? That's outrageous, Ella! I agree, I agree, but when....


...the cocktails are large enough to share, are infused with vanilla bean, spices, and fresh fruit, are strong enough to have you dancing on the table after just one, and come in these vintage glasses, 
it's so worth it!


What about the ambiance? 

Great question. Thank you for asking. There were the giraffe table cloths, leopard print banquettes and framed photos of Marilyn, and I could almost hear Brigitte Bardot, Françoise Hardy and France Gall playing as if we time warped back to Paris in the 60's. The fabulous owner, who was in head-to-toe leopard print, and fashioned a fire engine red bouffant might still think we are in fact, in the 60's. My kind of gal!


So it's about to get more intense in here...
Are you ready?

 The decor.
Like for real.
This is what my thought process must look like.

et voilà!
A little bit gaudy? Yes.
A little bit bordel? Totally.
A lot amazing? YES. 
C'est tellement moi!

The Shake n' Smash Cocktail Bar by Le Temple is now the official bar of Ella Coquine. I've been wanting to come here for over two years, but MF never wanted to sit in a room with feather boas draped over gold framed photos of Marilyn, and sit on over stuffed leopard print couches. Tant pis pour lui! I guess it takes a real man to do that! Kudos to Aurelb for reading my mind, toughing it out, and picking the absolute perfect place to celebrate my blogaversary!

If you can handle the kitch, Happy Hour is from 15h to 20h, 7 days a week. You know where I'll be this summer. Cheers!

Shake n' Smash at Le Temple
87, rue Turbigo
Le Marais (of course)

What was going on a year ago today? This!

25 comments:

  1. AnonymousMay 23, 2012

    Wow you definitely want to keepahold of that man! What an amazing place - definitely you! GM x

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    1. Totally! He's not going anywhere! He's perfect...and so is this bar for me!

      I was really pleased with my experience here. I highly recommend it!

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  2. AnonymousMay 23, 2012

    Oh yeah! That place looks like fun. Am craving chips now!

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    1. It's soooooo fun!!! I'm craving chips now too....the wine must be kicking in. : )

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  3. WHY have we never gone here? This place looks amazing!!! Next time please (during happy hour bien sûr). x

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    1. I was thinking of you when we were there! It's one of those places that just slipped my mind when we were planning our girl dates. We will DEFINITELY go for Happy Hour one of these days. You'd get a kick out of it.

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  4. This is exactly what my dream apartment looks like in my head! Animal print and Marilyn!? 60s vintage decor!? As if I needed even MORE of a reason to visit Paris? I am sold!

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    1. YES! Visit!!!! I'll show you all the super Coquine places that you will just adore!

      This bar is for the ultimate champagne girl! So us!

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  5. I can't believe it took over two years to visit this outrageous find! So jealous this is in your neighborhood.

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    1. I know, really. Every time I suggested it to MF, he looked at me like I asked him to have dinner at Jules Vernes, which made me feel like a dumb tourist. And I never went alone because this is a place to go to with someone. It's not exactly a "have a glass of red in the corner" type of place, you know?

      I'm glad that I finally scratched my Le Temple itch. It was everything that I hoped and dreamed it would be!

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  6. So original!!! As usual....

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    1. The bar is certainly original! I've never seen anything like it in Paris. What an experience!

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  7. Le Temple looks wonderful. Three cheers for Seb for taking you to such a magical place for your blogiversary!

    I'm sitting in a funky coffee shop at Cape Cod (Coffee Obsession) and suffering from an identity crisis right now. Surrounded by friendly Americans in shorts with a laid back attitude, it's hard to believe that I'll be back roaming the streets of Paris where cool places like Le Temple exist.

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    1. I kind of wish that me, you and kbh went here that night we all went out. This is the ultimate girl's night out place! We must make it a date at some point this summer!

      Enjoy your next few days back in the States...and since we're on my blog, I can say it..you're son is a fox. : )
      His girlfriend is lucky!

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    2. Ha! Thanks for the compliment about my son - he's a good guy!

      A girls' night out at Le Temple is a fabulous idea. Maybe returning to Paris won't be so difficult after all!

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  8. Holy crap I love this place! If only I lived in Paris.

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    1. Isn't it great?! I was sold when the cucumber water came out. That kind of service only exists at the super high-end spots, not at a little dive in the Marais. I was impressed.

      Come visit one of these days and check out the madness that is Paris! : )

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  9. A dive bar with crazy character like that is quite a find. I'm glad Seb is celebrating with you and isn't weirded out about your blog. To me this blog isn't about MF or any of the other people you met in Paris. It's about you and your big girl panties sucking it up and moving on.

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    1. Seb is definitely not freaked out by the blog, but at first, I wasn't sure.

      You know Seb's father and sisters read the blog. I get nervous that something will get lost in translation and they will think I'm a lunatic. I'm crazy in English, I can only imagine how I'm perceived in French!

      But you're right..the blog isn't about him, MF, or people that I have encountered, it's about me and making the best of things even when the chips are stacked against me! Thanks for getting me, Emily! : )

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  10. I would have never guessed that something like this would exist in Paris! I can't wait to visit, using your blog as the ultimate tour guide! It's impressive how well you know this city.

    Thank you for blogging!

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    1. Thanks so much Alex! I've been here for a while, so I know a thing or two, but there is still SO MUCH MORE to learn! Trust me! I look forward to another year of new discoveries.

      Thanks for commenting!

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  11. OMG! I love that place! I wish we had one that was its equivalent here in SF! Yet another reason to love (and visit) sweet Paris!

    xo

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    1. Yes! Visit! This is a little gem on the outskirts of "Boys Town" that will most certainly be a Paris staple for years to come!

      I melted when I walked in...and the cocktails are fabulous!

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  12. FABULOUS!!
    LOVE yr pics! just great

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