The best February weekend in Paris (vidéo & podcast)


Umbert joins Paris after participating in the International Comic Strip Festival in Angoulême (France).

His favorites were: Batman celebrating his 80th birthday and the Taiyo Matsumoto retrospective devoted to childhood.

It is now time to spend a festive weekend with his best friends in Paris.

Benefits of this coaching :

  • Best methodology to become irresistible
  • An innovative technique to unleash your charisma
  • Learn the new etiquette & manners
  • A better lifestyle

« The trip is the part of the dream. », Xavier Roy Photographer.

« Le voyage c’est la part du rêve. », Xavier Roy Photographe.

In this article :

1) Day 1

  • Check-in: Le Pavillon de la Reine
  • Brunch: Café des Musées
  • Shopping: Isaac Reina, Le Slip Français, Saint James, Pied de Biche, Bonne Gueule, Merci
  • Organic cosmetic shop: Huygens
  • Hairdresser: Kare Hair Stylist
  • Diner: Le Train Bleu
  • Cocktail: Danico

2) Day 2

  • Coffee & Croissants: Le Pavillon de la Reine
  • Exhibition: Japon-Japonisme-Objects Inspired
  • Brunch: Chez Monsieur-Royal Madeleine
  • City tour: Champs-Elysées
  • Diner: L’Ambroisie
  • Show & Cocktail: 38 RIV

3) Day 3

  • Brunch: Georges
  • Exhibition: The Cubism
  • High tea: Le Dali

4) The cool stuff

  • A.L.K Atelier Lytfa Kujawski

1) Day 1

  • Check-in
Le Pavillon de la Reine 28 Place des Vosges, 75003 Paris

In the heart of the Marais district, Umbert chose this address to appreciate the charm and the discretion of this place, full of history, on the oldest site of Paris. Umbert and his friends like to chat in the living room of the restored hotel, in front of the big fireplace, forgetting the time.

Le Pavillon de la Reine 28 Place des Vosges, 75003 Paris

  • Brunch 14:00-15:00
Café des Musées 49 Rue de Turenne, 75003 Paris 

The best beef bourguignon in Paris! Umbert doesn’t hesitate to recommend this dish to his friends. The dish simmers 5 hours according to a traditional recipe: a real bistro and a family kitchen.

Café des Musées 49 Rue de Turenne, 75003 Paris

  • Shopping 15:00-17:00
Isaac Reina 12 Rue de Thorigny, 75003 Paris 

The motto of Isaac Reina is: “Keeping the essentials: the function” Umbert finds that by choosing men’s bags of pure and natural beauty. He likes Model Number 909, the perfect bag for the weekend.

Isaac Reina 12 Rue de Thorigny, 75003 Paris

Le Slip Français 137 Rue Vieille du Temple, 75003 Paris 

All underwear for men gathers in this fantastic shop: underpants, boxers, pajamas, socks. The choice is vast, the colors and the motifs are inventive. Umbert chooses boxers “Marius Quatro.»

Le Slip Français 137 Rue Vieille du Temple, 75003 Paris

Saint James 116 Rue Vieille du Temple, 75003 Paris, France 

You will be sexy and so trendy with a striped sweater and a hat like sailors.

Saint James 116 Rue Vieille du Temple, 75003 Paris, France

Pied de Biche 5 Rue Commines, 75003 Paris 

For comfort and elegance, Umbert loves to put on shoes with city sneakers. The model with leather upper is perfect for walking on pavers, or in the countryside, and combines with many types of pants.

Pied de Biche 5 Rue Commines, 75003 Paris

Bonne Gueule 15 Rue Commines, 75003 Paris 

The line “Bonne Gueule” offers casual clothes, adapted to the current lifestyle. Humbert also looks at the Hast brand for shirts and also recommends this shop for the advice of the vendors.

Bonne Gueule 15 Rue Commines, 75003 Paris

Merci 111 Boulevard Beaumarchais, 75003 Paris 

Umbert likes the idea that this concept store gives back some of the benefits to support the cause of Malagasy women and children. In addition to the decorative objects and clothes, there are various rare and exclusive pieces.

Merci 111 Boulevard Beaumarchais, 75003 Paris

  • Organic cosmetic shop 17:00-18:00
Huygens 24 Rue du Temple, 75004 Paris 

The commitment of the brand is to respect the man and the environment according to very demanding criteria — no tests on animals, biodegradable or recyclable packaging. Umbert particularly appreciates the possibility of choosing its tailor-made products, prepared for you according to your choices. The range “Belle Gueule” for men is lovely.

Huygens 24 Rue du Temple, 75004 Paris

  • Hairdresser 18:00 – 19:00
Kare Hair Stylist 4 bis Rue Saint-Sauveur, 75002 Paris

Umbert practices sporting activities in the magnificent “Le Klay” room and goes to the “Kare” hairdressing salon, which opened in this prestigious setting. It is a “bubble where to relax” as Jérémy Fromentin, the manager, rightly says.

Kare Hair Stylist 4 bis Rue Saint-Sauveur, 75002 Paris

  • Diner 20:00 – 23:00
Le Train Bleu Gare de Lyon Place Louis-Armand, 75012 Paris 

A real palace that was built for the Universal Exhibition of 1900. In 1963, the restaurant took the name “The Blue Train” in tribute to the famous train of the same color that went from Paris to Ventimiglia in Italy and the very chic French Riviera. Salvator Dali, Jean Cocteau, and Brigitte Bardot have breathed these magical places. Umbert has selected: home-cooked foie gras, leg of lamb, rum baba.

Le Train Bleu Gare de Lyon Place Louis-Armand, 75012 Paris  

  • Cocktail 23:00
Danico 6 Rue Vivienne, 75002 Paris

After crossing the Daroco restaurant, Umbert and his friends sip delirious cocktails listening to the rhythm of the 80s funk. Jean likes the “Kota Termate,” a mix of 3 rums. “Camille” is a cocktail without alcohol composed of beet juice and coconut water. Umbert is tempted by “For You Barman.”

Danico 6 Rue Vivienne, 75002 Paris

2) Day 2

  • Coffee & Croissants (at the hotel) 10:00 – 12:00
Le Pavillon de la Reine 28 Place des Vosges, 75003 Paris

Discreet and elegant, steeped in history, the breakfast corner invites you to the relaxation and indulgence. The pancakes are amazing, the scrambled eggs too, the jams and the honey are delicious — what an excellent time to start an intense Parisian day.

Le Pavillon de la Reine 28 Place des Vosges, 75003 Paris

  • Exhibition 12:00-14:00
Japon-Japonisme-Objets Inspirés, 1867-2018. 107 Rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris (until 15/03/2019) 

In 1867, Japan participated for the first time in a world exhibition. Japanism became an artistic movement in Europe. The Musée des Arts Décoratifs is dedicating this exhibition to more than 1500 objects during 150 years of history. Umbert appreciated the mix of tradition and modernity that inspires the presentation of objects.

Japon-Japonisme-Objets Inspirés, 1867-2018. 107 Rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris (until 15/03/2019)

  • Brunch 14:00 – 16:00
Chez Monsieur-Royal Madeleine 11 Rue du Chevalier de Saint-George, 75008 Paris 

Umbert trains his friend Alexandre in this chic bistro to discover the Provencal frog legs or veal blanquette casserole. For dessert the crêpes sauées Suzette. A stop of happiness for gourmands.

Chez Monsieur-Royal Madeleine 11 Rue du Chevalier de Saint-George, 75008 Paris

  • City tour 16:00-18:00

“In the Champs-Elysees, in the sun, in the rain, at midday or midnight, there is everything you want at the Champs-Elysees” sang Joe Dassin (French singer).

An architecture-oriented walk will allow you to discover “the most beautiful avenue in the world. »

Umbert recommends admiring the 19th-century facades:

Guerlain House

At number 68, the Guerlain House: you have to enter to discover a magical world of luxury and tradition. Why not be tempted by a traditional “Habit Rouge” eau de toilette or the perfume “L’Homme Idéal L’Intense. »

At number 74, the Claridge Gallery.

Cartier House

At number 154, the Cartier House is in a beautiful mansion; you will admire the interior decoration and crystal chandeliers.

Arc de Triomphe

A visit to the Arc de Triomphe allows to see all Paris and to have an unforgettable souvenir.

At number 133, a historic address, the Drugstore-Publicis, commercial space symbolic of the years 1958. You will find there everything you need.

Louis Vuitton store

At number 101, the largest Louis Vuitton store in the world. The art-deco facade and the interior structure of the store are an invitation to travel and discoveries.

Artcurial building

At the Champs Elysées roundabout, stop in front of the Artcurial building, and take the time to admire the details.

Umbert hopes that this Parisian and fantastic walk seduces you.

  • Diner 19:00 – 20:00
L’Ambroisie 9 Place des Vosges, 75004 Paris 

This private address is a place steeped in history and traditional cuisine. Umbert advises langoustines with sesame, wild turbot with shallots and for dessert a light tart with bitter cocoa.

L’Ambroisie 9 Place des Vosges, 75004 Paris

  • Show & Cocktail 20:00 – 23:00
38 RIV 38 Rue de Rivoli, 75004 Paris 

In a 12th century cellar is an intimate jazz club. The program is varied and eclectic, and it changes every week. While sipping a cocktail, it’s the soul of the music that you have to discover. Paris is famous for its jazz cellars.

38 RIV 38 Rue de Rivoli, 75004 Paris

3) Day 3

  • Brunch 11:00 – 13:00
Georges 6th floor Centre Pompidou Place Georges Pompidou, 75004 Paris 

From the Eiffel Tower to Montmartre you will have an incredible view of Paris. Enjoy snails and spicy lobster pasta in this theatrical setting.

Georges 6th floor Centre Pompidou Place Georges Pompidou, 75004 Paris

  • Exhibition 13:00 – 16:00
Le Cubisme. Le Centre Pompidou Place Georges-Pompidou, 75004 Paris (until 25/02/2019) 

Cubism is a decisive moment in the history of modern art. John Golding, an art historian, defines it as “a way of approaching the new world.” Braque, Picasso, Juan Gris, Fernand Léger, lead us into this universe that will change modern painting.

Le Cubisme. Le Centre Pompidou Place Georges-Pompidou, 75004 Paris (until 25/02/2019)

  • High tea 16:00
Le Dali at hotel Meurice 228 Rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris 

Cédric Grolet, elected “Best Pastry Chef in the World 2018” offers unique and delicate creations. Umbert enjoyed the pepper sandwich and his friend Astrid the “Paris-Brest” absolutely divine.

Le Dali at hotel Meurice 228 Rue de Rivoli, 75001 Paris

4) The cool stuff: learn how to draw with a French artist

A.L.K Atelier Lytfa Kujawski 18 rue de Thorigny, 75003Paris all@lytfa.net

“I’ve spent my life learning how to draw like a child” Pablo Picasso.
Beginner or advanced, Lytfa teaches you the art of drawing according to your personality. She provides all that you need, and you can choose a theme or let Lytfa guide you. Classes are with a group or private, contact Lytfa for an appointment. Dare to draw and create like a child!

A.L.K Atelier Lytfa Kujawski 18 rue de Thorigny, 75003Paris all@lytfa.net

Umbert hopes you will enjoy this beautiful weekend in Paris.

Next month he will make you discover other amazing places in this fantastic capital.

What you must remember: It is essential to know some rules of life, especially in France, to adopt a chic attitude. Umbert’s advice helps you all year long.

How to become irresistible? Download now the free eBook available on this blog.

Bon voyage!

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Umbert De Paris anniversary

It’s Umbert De Paris anniversary this month.

Thank you all from the bottom of my heart for your support.

How to become irresistible? Download now the free eBook available on this blog.

Bon voyage !

Umbert De Paris

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The next big thing to become irresistible is the French beret (video & podcast)

This winter, during the fashion week in Paris, Umbert was able to discover the famous French beret present notably at Dior.

He now wonders how men should wear it?

Benefits of this coaching :

  • Best methodology to become irresistible
  • An innovative technique to unleash your charisma
  • Learn the new etiquette & manners
  • A better lifestyle

“Fashion is what we wear. What is out of date is what others are wearing. “, Oscar Wilde

« La mode est ce que l’on porte. Ce qui est démodé, c’est ce que portent les autres.”, Oscar Wilde

Synonymous with French elegance since haute couture, and especially Dior, has put it in the spotlight during a fashion show.

The beret was born in Béarn, in the south-west of France, a long time ago, when shepherds accompanied sheep in the mountains. On the way back, the women of the village made this hat, with the wool of the sheep, to keep warm in the head in winter, and to protect from the sun in summer.

They are still made in Béarn by the Laulhère plant in Oloron-Sainte-Marie. The beret is manufactured 80% by hand. It is made of wool, with a silk lining, making it, therefore, an exceptional product, local and natural.

Anthony Quinn, Alain Delon, and Che Guevara immortalized him.

Alain Delon, Anthony Quinn – The next big thing to become irresistible is the French beret

It can sometimes be a little military, but the choice of models is vast and can adapt to his personality: classic, military, artist or poet.

Che Guevara – The next big thing to become irresistible is the French beret

The length of your hair will also determine the choice of model, color, and how to wear it.

With long hair, leave a few strands of hair on the forehead, neck or sides. You can also pull them back. The beret can then be tilted to the side to give a romantic look.

With short hair, wear the straightest on the head for a tighter look.

Black, red, in summer or winter, be chic, a little impertinent, always irresistible, dare the French beret.

So here is the French beret that returns to the front of the stage for men.

You will be able to buy the French beret everywhere in the south-west of France, especially in the Basque Country.

But also in Paris: Maison Laulhere, 14-16 rue du Faubourg Saint Honore 75008 Paris

What to remember: the French beret protects from cold and heat. Right French product, it can be worn in a chic way, depending on your haircut.

How to become irresistible? Download now the free eBook available on this blog.

Bon voyage !

Umbert De Paris

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Happy New Year

Dear All, 

I would like to thank you for all the joy and experiences you have made in my life. 

You will always be special for me. 

This year, my only goal is to make people happier. 

A new year is like a blank book, and the pen is in our hands. It’s a chance to write a beautiful story for ourselves. 

Happy New Year

Umbert De Paris

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Happy Holidays !

Umbert wishes you Happy Holidays.

It has been a great pleasure to be with you in 2018 !

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Bon voyage !

Umbert De Paris

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Dos & Don’ts for a great table conversation (video & podcast)


Tonight Umbert is invited to an amazing dinner at Ducasse sur Seine.

Other guests will be some friends but also famous people from the arts and business Parisian scene.

What are the Dos & Don’ts for a great table conversation ?

Umbert gives you the basics so you won’t have a bad experience at your next party. The more you practice, the better you will be.

Benefits of this coaching :

  • Best methodology to become irresistible
  • Innovative technique to unleash your charisma
  • Learn the new etiquette & manners
  • A better lifestyle

« During a conversation, be sure to not have the last word, the first. », Sacha Guitry, French actor

“Dans la conversation, gardez-vous bien d’avoir le dernier mot, le premier.”, Sacha Guitry, acteur Français

In this article :

1) General rules

2) Do not monopolize the conversation

3) Do not be “hypochondriac”

4)Topics to avoid

5) The problem of the « silent” person

6) When can you talk & what can you say

1) General rules

When speaking, just bend your head in the direction of the other person, and not your shoulders, to not turn your back to the other neighbor.

Share your conversation equally between your neighbors on the right and on the left.

Men, besides serving wine, must also speak to their female neighbors.

Try to find out what topics interest them and ask questions. Great speakers open their mind and the conversation. They open the door.

If your neighbors do not speak to you, do not show your boredom (think of your weekend!). If the situation becomes troublesome, ask them with a smile.

Do not argue with a guest at the other end of the table.

Never interrupt, except if the other is rudeness or vulgar. On the opposite, always listen a lot, you will learn something for sure, and the other will feel listened.

Do not say what has to be done or not done. You can argue, but always consider the other point of view.

Do not gossip or criticize on anyone.

Congratulate the hostess for her amazing party.

Warning: if you make a mistake, if the other guests feel offended, this could ruin the party.

2) Do not monopolize the conversation

Whoever speaks only of his work, in addition with technical terms, can quickly become boring. Try to tell a funny anecdote instead.

The sports enthusiast: do not comment on your 18 holes of golf in front of non players.

If this happens, the host must react at the right time, by skillfully hooking up a more general topic : eg Rugby ⇒ travel.

The “Me, I”: The one who interrupts all the time by “me-I”. The host must react and after a while return to the one that was cut “Charles do not finish, tell us Charles stp”.

3) Do not be “hypochondriac”

This is hell for the one who has asked for your news, and for those who are hearing the details of your treatments and operations.

The host must quickly reorient it. Example: “François, you look great, how was your last vacation?”

4) Topics to avoid

Policy

Religion

Money

The recipe: Shut up or moderate your opinions.

Disagreements can appear. Always start to calm down, listen to the other, agree with him in a way, and tell your argument with moderation.

5) The problem of the « silent” person

If you do not like talking or if you feel strange in this dinner:

Make a very big effort to find a general subject or compliment the hostess.

If necessary, prepare some discussion topics in advance.

6) When can you talk & what can you say

Yes, knowing how to express yourself is an art.

During a dinner, do not monopolize the conversation. It must be an exchange.

You must never interupt.

If you are shy, and someone asks you some questions or invites you to express yourself: go ahead and answer.

If you have to make a speech:

  • Prepare your speech. You’ll feel more relaxed and will avoid any drama. Few good improvisers! 
  • Tell the person organizing the reception. 
  • The speech must be: personal, original, simple, clear and brief.
  • Start with « Ladies & Gentlemen. » If a personality is in the room: Start with its title.
  • Do not stay away from the subject.
  • Stay positive even if it’s about a disaster.
  • Do not talk about yourself.

Umbert remembers you the Dos & Don’ts for a great table conversation.

Tonight he will have once again an amazing time in Paris, especially because the dinner will on a boat, watching all the sparkling illuminations of Paris.

What you must remember : If all the guests feel and stay confortable, the party will be a success. A drama would ruin everything. Stay on general topics, and always give your best original and positive comments.

How to become irresistible ? Download now the free eBook, chapter Behave (only available this month).

Bon voyage !

Umbert De Paris

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How to offer the most beautiful flowers (video & podcast)

To listen to the podcast click here :  http://media.blubrry.com/umbertdeparis/content.blubrry.com/umbertdeparis/P9ClU4Yp6KJfwQASxDN1.mp3

Umbert is invited at his best friend Victoria. He always bring a very chic bouquet.

Everyone can offer flowers: children, women, men.

But if the rule is easy, nothing is more difficult than knowing how to apply it.

Umbert is gonna help you about How to offer the most beautiful flowers.

Benefits of this coaching :

  • Best methodology to become irresistible
  • Innovative technique to unleash your charisma
  • Learn the new etiquette & manners
  • A better lifestyle

« The flowers of spring are the dreams of winter, told, in the morning, at the table of angels », Gibran Khalil Gibran, poet

« Les fleurs du printemps sont les rêves de l’hiver, racontés, le matin, à la table des anges », Gibran Khalil Gibran, poètes

In this article :

1) Who are flowers offered to?

2) How to offer them?

3) The choice of flowers

1) Who are flowers offered to?

A child can offer some flowers to all the women of his family (do not forget the grandmother). Rarely to a teacher.

A woman offers flowers to married or single women. But a girl can give it to her father or one of her parents. Also an employee at her employer.

A man to a girl, preferably by handing them himself. He can also send them to a single or to a married woman. A son to his father. An employee to his female employer.

2) How to offer them?

Either send them.

Either bring them yourself.

It depends on how you relation with the other is. If you bring them you will seem closer to the other.

For a dinner or lunch, you can send them the day before, the morning or the next day to thank. Exception: for a cocktail we bring neither flowers nor chocolates but a word written the next day to thank.

3) The choice of flowers

The choice varies according to the personality of the hostess, the circumstances, the decor.

We must remain classic: avoid paper and plastic decoration.

Ask for a transparent packaging, it’s more chic.

The label is proscribed for potted flowers.

Waterproof paper bouquets with water are allowed.

Do not offer gladioli and carnations.

Offer by odd number except for the dozens.

Staple a business card to the bouquet.

There is a language of flowers. The best is to ask the florist for advices.

Here are some easy rules to follow if you want to say chic, but offer the most beautiful flowers.

Umbert is famous for always bringing the best ones.

He chooses his flowers in the best flower shops of Paris. They are some of the best in the world, always very chic.

What you must remember : always keep it classic and chic. Follow the seller advices  regarding the langage of flowers, and don’t forget to staple a card to the bouquet.

How to become irresistible ? Download now the free eBook, chapter Behave (only available this month).

Bon voyage !

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Table manners for your holiday party, Gentlemen only ! (video & podcast)

To listen to the podcast click here : http://media.blubrry.com/umbertdeparis/content.blubrry.com/umbertdeparis/YHH0bmKGXxXkdDEEoJxg.mp3

 

 

Today Umbert helps his friend Georges coming from Cape Town in South Africa. 

Georges needs an update about the table manners for the holiday party.

A very fun moment for both of us, cause they will do role play.

 

Benefits of this coaching :

  • Best methodology to become irresistible
  • Innovative technique to unleash your charisma
  • Learn the new etiquette & manners
  • A better lifestyle

 

« If you do not know good manners, pray for good reflexes … », Billy Crystal, American Actor

Si vous ne connaissez pas les bonnes manières, priez pour avoir de bons réflexes…“, Billy Crystal, Acteur Américain

 

In this article :

1) Going to the table

2) At the table

3) Table service

4) The toast

5) How to eat some dishes

 

1) Going to the table

About 1 hour after the beginning of the aperitif it is time to sit down at the table.

Here is the timeline :

  1. The host gets up and offers the guests to sit down at the table. He does not hurry the guests who have the courtesy not to hang out too much.
  2. He places the guests or the guests look for the place cards. Do not change the order.
  3. The men help their neighbors to sit down behind the chair and back to the table once the woman sits.
  4. Men sit after women.

If a woman gets up during the meal, all the men get up too (optional, this for a very formal dinner).

If a new guest arrives late, the men get up, the women do not (optional, this for a very formal dinner).

If a woman arrives late at the table, the men stay up until she sits (optional, this for a very formal dinner).

Never forget that you aren’t the host who should handle the party.

Do not take any initiative (turn down the lights, install the guests, go to the kitchen) without asking permission.

2) At the table

Attention: The good education is judged now …

If you hesitate, look and imitate the other guests or the host.

Only sit down after the host.

Do not stick to the table. Stay 50 cm away.

Stand upright without leaning against the chair.

Put your hands on the table.

Do not put your belongings on the table.

It is very impolite to take medicines at the table.

Carefully unfold the towel and put it on your knees. Never put it in the collar. If it is very large, keep it folded in half on your knees.

Take the piece that is in front of you when you are presented with a dish. Think about testing a bit of everything.

Wait for the house host to start eating.

Use cutlery in order: from the outside to the inside.

The cutlery must be held so that the fingers touch only the handle: a few centimeters above the blade of the knife or the fork. Do not gesticulate with the cutlery while talking.

Never eat with your elbows on the table. If you prick red meat with your right hand, do not put your left elbow on the table. The elbows must remain stuck to the body. Even to cut the meat.

To push the food in your plate: in France use bread, in England the knife.

Do not lean towards your plate. Raise the fork or spoon to the mouth while standing upright.

Do not bite into the bread. Delicately cut eat with your fingers if it is not already cut.

Eat without noise. If a soup is served, do not vacuum it or blow on it if it is too hot. Wait a few seconds for it to cool down.

Your mouth must be shut when eating.

Never lick your knife.

Never eat the sauce with bread. Exception: if the host prides you the sauce and invites you to taste it, then yes. In this case sauce by putting a piece of bread at the end of your fork. Never with your fingers.

If you want the salt and pepper, or whatever, ask your neighbor. You never reach out to someone.

The glasses are placed in order.

Remember to serve wine or water to your female neighbors.

Wipe your mouth gently before drinking and after drinking. Do not lift your little finger to drink.

If you do not want wine, gently touch the glass with 2 fingers, expressing your refusal.

If you need to lay your cutlery while you are eating a dish, put them on the inverted V in your plate (/ \); the handle should never touch the table, cutlery are almost entirely on the plate.

It is polite to finish your plate, it shows that you’ve really appreciate the dinner.

Do not spread your leftovers on the plate.

At the end of a dish, place the cutlery next to each other at “quarter past four” and not “quarter past nine.” The fork teeth in the air.

At the end of the meal, put your towel lightly on the left of the plate. Exception: if you stay with at someone’s, either fold it or get a towel ring.

The house host gets up first.

3) Table service

All dishes are presented on the left.

The wines are presented on the right.

The plate and cutlery are removed from the left. They are replaced (if possible at the same time) by the right.

Never serve by stacking plates or, worse, dragging leftovers.

Only the salad can be served on the same plate as the main course. The ideal is to provide another plate for this purpose that you will place on the left of the large plate.

The service without butler:

  1. Serve first the lady sitting to the right of the master of the house.
  2. Then the one to his left.
  3. Then opposite, the one sitting to the right of the hostess.
  4. Then the one on the left.
  5. Then the 2nd in the same order, etc …
  6. The host is served last.
  7. For men, same principle from the one to the right of the hostess then left …
  8. The last served is the master of the house.

For a meal with friends: the first woman served passes to her neighbor on the right, who will serve his female neighbor, or,  if the host ask, will serve himself before.

Option: The host serves the guests who tend their plates.

4) The toast

If you are toasted, you must answer it.

  1. Raise your glass, no higher than the chin, holding it by the foot.
  2. Toast yourself by taking a sip.
  3. Finally, look the person in front of you in the eyes and make a kind head sign.
  4. A toast is never done with a glass of water, even if you do not drink alcohol.
  5. It is elegant not to address only the one who initiated the toast, but also to your neighbors on the right and left, with the glass, eyes and smile, without necessarily drinking.

5) How to eat some dishes

For the dishes bellow, you can read the article on the blog.: https://umbert-de-paris.com/how-to-eat-etiquette-manners/

  1. Soup
  2. Asparagus
  3. Artichoke
  4. Salad
  5. Caviar
  6. Oysters
  7. Mussels
  8. Lobsters
  9. Sushis
  10. Foie gras
  11. Escargots
  12. Omelet
  13. Spaghetti
  14. Fishes 
  15. Poultries
  16. Sandwiches
  17. Tacos 
  18. French fries
  19. Cheese
  20. Fruit pies
  21. Chocolate cake
  22. Orange
  23. Pear/apple
  24. Ice-cream

 

Umbert and Georges had so much fun playing table manners for their holiday party.

The gentlemen will impress the other guests for sure, especially the ladies.

What you must remember : tables manners seem to be very complicated, but they are not when assimilated. The best is to role play with a friend. If you you feel trapped in a dinner party, just imitate the others discreetly.

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Bon voyage !

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How to welcome your guests to your dinner party at home ? (video & podcast)

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Umbert is planning his holiday invitations at home.

He will be so happy to welcome his friends and family in his sumptuous apartment in Paris.

He wants to help you remember some simple rules on How to welcome your guests to your dinner party at home.

 

Benefits of this coaching :

  • Best methodology to become irresistible
  • Innovative technique to unleash your charisma
  • Learn the new etiquette & manners
  • A better lifestyle

 

“We do not arrive at people home empty-handed”, French proverb

“ On n’arrive pas chez les gens qui nous invitent les mains vides”, proverbe Français 

 

In this article :

1) Welcoming guests

2) The présentations

3) The hand kissing (optional)

 

1) Welcoming guests

Forget about the fatigue, nervousness, worries …

The host must imperatively be ready to welcome his guests. Umbert likes to dress, perfume, to make sure that his style is impeccable.

Everyone is greeted with a kind word that express the joy of receiving.

If the guests have sent flowers or chocolates before, thank them warmly, but discreetly to not bother those who would not have brought anything.

If there are few guests, open the package in front of them. If it is chocolates or candies, offer them at the end of the dinner.

If there are many guests, open them afterwards, and call or write the next day to thank.

It is necessary to provide vases with the water for the flowers offered. Arrange the flowers in it and highlight the bouquet.

If someone bring wine that does not fit the menu, say that you keep it to share it with them at the next dinner.

If one bring fresh champagne, serve it as an aperitif or dessert.

Toasting can bring fun and make your party special. The host proposes it to celebrate this night, to welcome everyone or a special guest. The host should stand up, raise his glass, make a short speech and have fun ! Don’t forget to watch everyone, then look at the special guest, if there is one, who will say a polite thank you.

When the aperitif is finished (1 hour maximum) the host gets up and places the guests.

If a guest is very late, do not wait for him to eat.

 

2) The présentations

The presentations are the first act of interaction with the other guests.

The first impression being the one that counts the most, Umbert reminds you of the basic rules of the New Etiquette and manners.

Immediately giving the best self-image is a difficult art, so Umbert offers you those general advices that are easy to follow anywhere :

  1. First you have to stand-up to meet the guests.
  2. Keep your arms loosely at your side, ready to shake hands.
  3. Smile to give the image of a person at ease, happy to know those that are presented to you.
  4. Do maintain eye contact to prove your sincerity and confidence, do not keep your sunglasses if you are outside.
  5. Speak clearly to avoid having the caller repeat, especially your name, so never chew gum, or eat while talking.

If you are shy or uncomfortable, have someone introduce you.

If you meet a celebrity, do not stare at her, and take a picture only with her permission, especially if she has a bodyguard !!

The presentations rules :

  • Three criteria must be respected : the age, the sex and the social status.
  • The youngest person is presented to the oldest, the man to the woman, an employee to his employer, the least “graded” to the most “graded”.
  • The persons to reach out first are : the women, the hosts, older people and people of high social standing.

The presentation process :

  1. State your name first, then your second name: “Good evening, Umbert De Paris ». Never say : the name first, or Mr Umbert De Paris, or I am Umbert De Paris. Only use Mr or Mrs when you make an appointment, for example, at the hairdresser. You can say « Mr », « Sir », « Mrs » or « Madam » only for an older person.
  2. How should the handshake be ? Be careful, it reveals your personality ! Too strong : proof of self-confidence, but also of authoritarianism. Not strong enough : proof of indifference, of boredom. Too long : loving intention or strong affection. Strong enough, not too long : this is the proper way to do it. If you wear gloves, remove them, but a woman can keep them in the street. The man must propose to the woman to keep them. If you enter a room where there are many people : it is not necessary to shake hands, you must shake the host hand, and smile to all saying a general hello.
  3. Once the interlocutor knows your name, you can add “How are you? ». Never starts with “How are you?” which is reserved for intimates.  You can say “I am delighted to meet you” or” I am delighted to know you “or” I am very happy to meet you “. Never say “delighted” or “I am happy” or “very happy.”. If you are introduced to a young boy or girl : “Hello” can be followed by the first name. This formula is warmer.
  4. If someone forget to introduce you, do not hesitate to introduce yourself by saying “Good evening, I think we have forgotten to introduce ourselves, my name is (First name and last name) ».

Exemple :

Diane introduces Umbert to her friends.

They first meet Emma in conversation with Charles. Diane says “Umbert, ​​Iet me introduce you to Emma ».

Then they meet Charles :  « Charles, this is Umbert ».

Umbert « How are you ? », shaking hands.

Kiss or no kiss :

  • If you want to be introduced to a woman : bow a little and introduce yourself and wait for the woman to give her hand.
  • Do not kiss the people you meet for the first time.
  • Never force someone to kiss you.
  • You can kiss if the person who is introduced to you bends over to kiss you.
  • You can kiss a very young child.
  • If a person blush while kissing him, act as if you have not noticed anything.

Umbert hopes that you’ve learned some tips to know How to introduce yourself according to the New Etiquette.

Depends on the country, greetings rituals may change, especially in Asia. Follow Umbert on his next adventures and weekends to learn about international New Etiquette advices.

 

3) The hand kissing (optional)

You can read this article about the hand-kissing : https://umbert-de-paris.com/hand-kissing-manners-etiquette/

 

How to welcome your guests to your dinner party at home ? Welcoming guests and the aperitif are an exiting moment for Umbert.

He loves to check if the beginning of the party is full of joy and great talking, which is a sign that the night will be a complete success.

What you must remember : always smile and great guest warmly, to make them confortable. This will assure a great party. Do the presentations properly no no ones feel disrespected. Keep the hand-kissing for a very formal ceremony.

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After Thanksgiving, Umbert has now enough time to think about the holidays season.

He’s gonna invite his best friends and family for a dinner at home.

Umbert loves the holiday season. This is, with summer, the best time of the year. It is very relaxing, full of emotions and love.

He gives you 7 advices to choose the dishes and wine for your dinner party at home.

 

Benefits of this coaching :

  • Best methodology to become irresistible
  • Innovative technique to unleash your charisma
  • Learn the new etiquette & manners
  • A better lifestyle

 

« Real cooking is a form of art, a gift to share », Oprah Winfrey, American producer

“La vraie cuisine est une forme d’art, un cadeau à partager », Oprah Winfrey, productrice Américaine

 

In this article :

1) The aperitif

2) The entrance

3) The main course

4) The cheese / salad

5) The bread

6) Dessert

7) Wines

 

Think about  your meal several days in advance to be relaxed.

Privilege a menu and seasonal, local and organic products.

Remember to consider the nationality and religion of the guests. You cannot impose foods proscribed by religion.

1) The aperitif

The aperitif is usually taken outside the table, in the living room or own the garden terrasse.

It’s a good idea to make a homemade cocktail, but also to offer a range of classic alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages.

2) The entrance

The entrance must be light. It can be presented on plates when sitting at the table to avoid clutter.

3) The main course

The main course, fish or meat, must be light. Avoid some dishes that are too heavy or have a very particular taste.

4) The cheese / salad

Here is the ideal cheese plate:

  • Hard dough (Gruyère, Comté, Beaufort).
  • Soft dough (Camembert, Brie, Munster).
  • Goat cheese.
  • A marbled paste (Blue, Roquefort, to serve with a little butter).

The cheese must be served at home temperature.

If you serve salad and cheese at the same time, plan a large plate.

5) The bread

Cut it into large chunks and slanted.

Present two baskets on the table with a matching towel at the bottom.

6) The dessert

It is inversely proportional to the heaviness of the meal.

7) The wines

Here we give only a few basic tips.

Every wine has its type of glass.

During a meal consisting of several dishes, two kinds of wine are in principle offered from the lightest to the strongest.

Taste:

  • White wines before the reds.
  • Dry wines before mellowness.
  • The youngest before the older ones.

The more meat is raised, the more powerful the wine. The finer it is, the lighter it is.

Decantation: it is linked to the grape, the vintage, the region and the wine grower.

If you are not a connoisseur, ask the wine merchant.

Champagne :

  • Keep it cool 48 hours before opening.
  • The younger it is, the more it must be drunk cold, in a 2/3 flute.
  • Avoid blowing the cap.
  • Connoisseurs turn the bottle and not the cap until the carbon dioxide escapes whistling.

With those easy 7 advices to choose the dishes and wine for your dinner party at home, Umbert can handle any invitation at home.

He loves having his friends and family at home.

In December in Paris, the City Of Lights, where the holiday season is magic !

What you should remember : just follow those 7 advices, and take it easy. The simplest the better. Always match the food with the wines, and don’t forget to create your home cocktail to impress your guest, it will be fun !

How to become irresistible ? Download now the free eBook, chapter Behave (only available this month).

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