Paris: Exclusive Pop-Up Royal Mansour Takes over Le Bristol Dazzling Dining!

In Marrakech, one of my go to divine lunch locations is the gardens of the elegant and chic Royal Mansour Hotel. Several options at this pleasure palace, their fine dining restaurant, La Grande Table Marocaine, conjures all the magic of Arabian nights.

During five exceptional days, Royal Mansour Chef Karim Ben Baba, comes to Paris to inspire and delight. Hospitality is rooted in fine local traditions. To mark its tenth year as a Michelin starred establishment, Le Bristol Paris will host an exclusive weeklong residency at 114 Faubourg by Royal Mansour Marrakech’s signature restaurant, La Grande Table Marocaine.

114 Faubourg at Le Bristol Paris

The legendary traditions of French and Moroccan art de vivre are preparing to reach their fullest expression under the same roof at Le Bristol Paris come November.

To celebrate their first decade as a Michelin starred brasserie, 114 Faubourg’s Chef Loïc Dantec and his team will hang up their aprons from November 21-25, 2022, to allow Chef Karim Ben Baba of Royal Mansour Marrakech to dazzle Paris with his award-winning cuisine.

Chef Karim Ben Baba presides over the culinary team at La Grande Table Marocaine, the signature restaurant at Royal Mansour, voted Marrakechs’ best restaurant in Africa and among the 100 best restaurants in the world. The young chef’s outsized talent has helped shape the ancestral culinary traditions of Morocco in the contemporary image of haute cuisine, turning the iconic palace that is Royal Mansour into the country’s leading interpreter of Moroccan gastronomy.

Throughout his five days as chef-in-residence at 114 Faubourg, Karim Ben Baba will present a comprehensive à la carte menu showcasing his refined approach to the nuances of Moroccan flavors. In the gold and orange decor of 114 Faubourg, reminiscent of the palaces of the medina, to the sound of Berber music, the delicate Briouates with chicken, honey and roasted almonds are refreshed with a heart of orange sucrine. The Tangia reinvents itself in the delicate flesh of a sea bream, the lobster explodes under the flavors of a Chermoula and the Couscous with beef cheeks and seven vegetables is as flamboyant as the velvety dunes of Merzouga.

With a décor rich in warm colors and featuring lavish, embroidery-trimmed banquettes, 114 Faubourg’s atmosphere lends itself perfectly to this takeover by Morocco’s most majestic restaurant to enhance the authenticity, the rhythms of a playlist specially curated for the week will coax diners further along the sensorial journey.

Couscous Couscous Friday!  Morocco’s traditional Friday lunch of an abundant couscous at lunchtime will be given the highest honor reinterpreted through a unique dish. Chef Karim Ben Baba is planning an exclusive variation of this most beloved dish for Friday November 25th — a suitably grand finale capping the week’s sublime immersion into the very best of Marrakech. The Kingdom envelops diners in all its delights.

From Monday 21 to Friday 25 November 2022. Lunch service – from 12:00 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. Dinner from 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Reservation required at 114 Faubourg.

Oh, what I would give to enjoy the elegant combination of Le Bristol and the Magic of Marrakech in Paris!

Summer Sojourns 2022 Looking Forward !

Many of our clients have already spirited themselves to the South of France and returned from delightful à la française seashore jaunts. Italy, Rome has hosted a flock of peeps from our Travel Tribe. One adventurous sea going client has chartered our favorite yacht for multiple experiences: Greenland, the Canary Islands, Sicily, and multiple turquoise sea Caribbean jaunts. On the horizon for fall and the holidays: Cheval Blanc in the Maldives and Le Meurice, Paris. Istanbul is hot again! My recent holiday reminded me of why all our original clients visited, we are reserving the Four Seasons in Istanbul, they still love our clients! Nothing better than a sunset yacht cruise up the Bosporus and docking at Four Seasons Aqua Terrace for a divine dinner! Did you know Aman has launched a chic outpost in New York City?

Havana, Cuba

Morocco is said to be the hottest scene for 2023, I am besotted with the country and the charming friendly people. Several clients have visited and more arrive in November for a Camel Caravan.

Morocco, embraced by the darling locals!

I once told a magazine writer I’m certain I was born with the DNA of a gypsy. For my 8th grade graduation, I coveted a small leather suitcase – at that age I never went further than my best friend’s house 4 blocks away or maybe to my grandparent’s home which was only 15 miles away. My parents surprised me with a hard-sided, stitched baby blue suitcase, lined in silky pale blue satin; a small lock and a gold key on a narrow blue ribbon guaranteed the safety of my valuables! I treasured it for my overnight getaways.

High school graduation yielded a trifecta prezzie: a full set of luggage, including a lady’s leather travel cosmetic case. I didn’t have an itinerary, in my heart, I knew adventure lay beyond the

Beatrice Wood

Avant-Garde artist and potter Beatrice Wood lived in Ojai; as a young girl, I was mesmerized by her stacks of shimmering wrist bangles, enormous ethnic silver necklaces and riotously decorated costumes – a mysterious bohemian gypsy – she truly represented uncharted territory – a different realm, somewhere far from the little burb of Ojai. Had I known she had spent time with Duchamp and lived in Paris, I might have worked up a petite bit of pluck and uttered a few words to her; but sometimes mystery is better than reality; don’t you sometimes find that to be true about people you meet?

but sometimes mystery is better than reality; don’t you sometimes find that to be true about people you meet?

Travel creates a teaching environment, we learn, we are challenged; I find travel the absolute essential antidote to everyday routines. When I pack my suitcase, I am usually completely pre-occupied with all the tasks that must be accomplished before I can escape. The ever-growing list of must do prior to departure creates some stress; slowly each item is crossed off. Lock the gates and off to the airport. On arrival at the airport lounge, I let out a sigh of relief and let the pure sense of excitement wash over me.

“To get away from one’s working environment is, in a sense, to get away from oneself; and this is often the chief advantage of travel and change.” ~Charles Horton Cooley

My comfortable routines are dismissed, and the anticipation of a new far-off destination begins to sink in. Fresh vistas, foreign languages, interesting foods, curious customs, and people in indigenous dress – seeing places I’ve never seen before. A pleasing adventure of searching new locales for client travel, the pursuit never gets old.


There are times certainly that the luxury of my soft little pillow is missed, the paradox of travel – the comfy reminders of home – while enjoying the adventure at hand. Certainly, the brave seafaring explorers in tall, masted ships, civilizations crossing boundless lands and seas to explore new countryside felt the tug of home. The spark of curiosity about uncharted territory overruled the dilemma experienced by all civilizations that left their comfort zones to search the world.

Chefchaouen, The Blue Pearl City of Morocco

Travel means edging out of your habitat, traversing new pathways, being alive in an unknown place, a Journey.

Wonderful to be out in the world meeting my business colleagues again!