Author: thetruebleu

Jim Jarmusch and the Humanity of the Mundane

by Kevin Pellegrinelli Since his 1980 directorial debut Permanent Vacation, no director has marched (or, in his case, strutted like a badass) to the beat of their own drummer like Jim Jarmusch. One of independent cinema’s crown jewels, Jarmusch has made a point to hop genres and tones without ever sacrificing the elements that make his films quintessentially and absolutely his own. His style, his humor, and his attention to the human condition are rare, eccentric, and extremely moving, but also personal and specific enough to the point where larger audiences may find his work inaccessible at first. With the recent release of The Dead Don’t Die, his zombie comedy starring the likes of Billy Murray, Adam Driver, Tilda Swinton, Selena Gomez, and an insane amount of other great actors, Jarmusch finally finds himself facing the mass market, and even noted himself that this is the first time one of his films has been given any kind of significant advertising push (likely thanks to the presence of Driver and Gomez). While the response to Jarmusch’s …

Alison Mosshart’s Killer Rock Style

The Kills rocker is a stylish force to be reckoned with Alison Mosshart is cooler than me, but I don’t mind. Mosshart is cooler than cool itself. Messy, sexy and impossibly cool, her style is an ecstatic blend of modern grunge with modern chic sensibilities. Mosshart is one half of Indie Rock group The Kills, along with Jamie Hince (aka Mr. Kate Moss) and formed super group The Dead Weather along with Jack White, Dean Fertita and Jack Lawrence. She has also collaborated with Alex Turner, Cage the Elephant and Placebo. So basically, she’s an indie rock goddess—nay—Queen! And she has the style to match. While not touring, Mosshart can likely be seen kicking it with cool kids across the world, or in the front row at a major fashion show. No matter where she goes, her signature style remains intact: Skinny jeans, silk shirts, sweaters, leather jackets and ankle boots. I tend to think of her a modern-day Joan Jett, but at the same time, wonderfully unique. Mosshart has admitted in the past that she avoids fashion magazines, but is an ardent supporter of her dear friend Hedi Slimane, who …

Patti Smith: Punk Chic for Everyday Wear

Style icon continues to inspire runway looks Patti Smith, Godmother of Punk and Goddess of My Heart, cemented her status as Rock N’ Roll legend with her 1975 album “Horses.” But Smith had already been making her mark for years. Smith was a fixture in the post-folk-pre-punk counterculture scene cultivated by 1970s Manhattan. She and then-partner – the famously controversial photographer Robert Mapplethorpe – frequently haunted Max’s Kansas City (RIP) and CBGB (RIP) with the likes of David Bowie, Iggy Pop, Lou Reed, William S. Burroughs, Allen Ginsberg and oh my, the fabulous list goes on and on. Smith’s style has always been as mystifying and exhilarating as her raw, poetic music. She was once told by Salvador Dalí: You are like a gothic crow. When you’re that good of an artist, you don’t need a façade or gimmick. This is punk … Or I should say, this is real punk (which [in my opinion] is dead). Her style initially came from necessity. When she first moved to New York in 1967, she lived in extreme poverty; options were limited. It is easy to glamorous punk, but hunger is hunger. She and Mapplethorpe often swapped clothes, further …

Sicilian Ricotta

In my family, ricotta is omnipresent. My Sicilian grandma puts it on pretty much everything. It’s creamy, comforting and affordable. This is bar far the best homemade ricotta you’ll ever have. And it’s deceivingly simple too! Ingredients:8 cups whole milk1 1/2 cups heavy cream2 teaspoons coarse salt1/4 cup fresh lemon juice, strained (about 2 lemons) You will also need:Cheese clothCandy thermometerLarge sauce potColander Instructions:Pour milk and cream to a large pot. Add salt. Warm slowly over a medium/high heat. Stir every few minutes with a wooden spoon. Once the mixture reaches 190°F / 88°C, immediately turn the heat off. It should take about 15-20 minutes. Add lemon juice, gently incorporate with spoon. Let it rest for 5 minutes. The acid and heat will allow the dairy to curdle. The curds will separate from the whey. Line colander with two layers of cheese cloth. Let is slowly strain. For a creamier result, let is strain for about 20 minutes. If you are using the ricotta for cooking, let is strain for an hour, for a firmer …

Swing into Summer at the Best Parisian Pop-Ups

by Lianna Bass Ah, summertime in Paris is a magical affair. After a long winter, it’s almost time to break out the sunglasses and head over to one of the city’s best hot spots. Every year, pop-up terrace bars take center stage in city’s nightlife and hangout scenes. This summer, we all have a lot to look forward to with these fabulous and diverse pop-up bars and venues. Monsieur MoucheIt’s back! The brainchild of Benjamin Roussel in cooperation with the Compagnie des Bateaux Mouches, this exciting rooftop cocktail bar can be found floating on the Seine in the 8th arrondissement. Monsieur Mouche pays tribute to famous Parisian ship owner and philanthropist Alphonse Gaston Mouche, who explored the globe in search of the world’s rarest alcohol. The spirit of adventure and debauchery is alive and well. Monsieur Mouche promises you refreshing cocktails, a welcoming spirit and incredible views of the Seine and Eiffel Tower.  Port de la Conférence, Pont de l’Alma, 75008 Paris Ground ControlGround Control is back and more impressive than ever before. A major …

How to Actually Enjoy Tequila

There is something special about the ritualistic nature of drinking tequila. Licking your hand, sprinkling little grains of crunchy salt in anticipation. Again and again we throw back shots, wince, and repeat. The flavor hits your tongue like a sudden bolt of either magic or poison, depending on your taste buds. Maybe you suck on a lime wedge to instantly singe out the taste of the drink. That being said, many of us don’t know how to truly appreciate the drink. Many don’t know how to sip, savour and appreciate the complex distillery process or they don’t know how to process the aromatics and depth of flavor. Here is the best ways to enjoy tequila! A Brief HistoryMany people are drinking nail polish remover-grade tequila, which is often why it gets a bad rap. It’s good to know the history and production process of the drink to have a better appreciation. The spirit we now know as tequila is over 200-years-old, but similar spirits have been around for a lot longer. A similar concoction was …

Prosecco in Paris: Top 15 Bars for Bubbly

Sometimes regarded as the poor man’s champagne, prosecco is finally getting its due. The sparkling white’s popularity has surged exponentially across the globe over the last five years, extending far beyond its Veneto, Italy origins. While it has popped up in countless bars across the city of lights, these are the top 15 bars to enjoy prosecco in Paris. 1. Bar à ChampagneThe absolutely perfect location for those who “big or go home.” This bar is situated at the top of the Eiffel Tower. While on the pricier side, it is an experience of a lifetime. Sip on an exquisite glass of prosecco as you breathe in the best view of one of the most beautiful cities in the world.  5 Avenue Anatole France, 75007 Paris 2. Chez GeorgesSince 1952, Chez Georges in Odéon has been an institution. Brimming with charm, you can enjoy a lovely glass of prosecco and a wide variety of other wines. In the day, immerse yourself in classic French ambiance and take part in a game of chess. Boogie the …

The 7 Best Spots for Coffee Cocktails in Paris

While famous for cafés, Paris has never been known for its thriving coffee house culture. Thankfully, the city has finally embraced the artisanal coffee movement, and bars are taking notice. These venues are serving up standout cocktail experiences, infusing java flavour into amazing drinks. Here are the 7 best places for coffee cocktails in Paris. 1. Les Fauves, MontparnasseLes Fauves, a néo-bistrot nestled in Montparnasse, makes a killer cup of coffee. Finish off a decadent meal – like a juice cheeseburger and chocolate lava cake – with their luscious Espresso Martini. Made with Skyy Vodka, Bolivian espresso and cane sugar syrup, it’s a knockout. 33 Boulevard Edgar Quinet, 75014 Paris 2. Park Hyatt Vendome Bar, Le LouvreA short walk from the Louvre, this sleek bar is tucked inside of the [Park Hyatt Paris-Vendôme Hotel. Sweet with some heat, their Tijuana Sizzle is a tangy Mezcal-based drink. The cocktail boasts subtle coffee notes which flow beautifully with pepper syrup, apricot, ginger and lime. 5 rue de la Paix, 75002 Paris 3. Candelaria, Le MaraisCandelaria is a …

Lulu White: New Orleans Flare in Pigalle

Lulu White stands out from the other line of bars on the increasingly trendy Rue Frochot in Pigalle. The bar is inspired by real life New Orleans legend, the madame of notorious brothel Mahogany Hall during Louisiana’s Storyville period at the turn of the 20th century. Like its sister Little Red Door, you won’t find a sign on the door here. Its dark, discrete façade hints at its old-school speakeasy theme. As soon as you walk in, you are greeted by a neon light depicting Lulu White herself. You turn the corner are instantly struck by how surprisingly elegant this tiny treasure is. But don’t worry, despite its killer cool vibes, the staff is nothing but friendly and unpretentious. They take their time to help you pick out the best cocktail based on your taste. An ode to New Orleans, jazz musicians play live almost every night. They do switch it up, however, with an eclectic playlist. Expect the likes of everything from The Strokes and Howlin’ Wolf to French electronic. The jazzy backdrop adds flavour …

Top 8 Beer Gardens in Paris

You don’t have to venture to Germany for a great beer garden experience. The city of lights is giving Oktoberfest a run for its money. There are plenty of outdoor venues where you can enjoy hundreds of varieties of beers from across the globe. Here are the top 8 beer gardens in Paris. 1. KIEZ BiergartenTransport yourself to good ole’ Deutschland at this house of delectable delights. In addition to the large, creative space, they serve up frothy beers by the stein at reasonable rates. Located in the increasingly popular 17th near Guy Môquet, the also have a great menu of German classics such as curry wurst, pretzels and apple strudel.  24 Rue Vauvenargues, 75018 Paris 2. In the GardenA great array of craft beers and their cheaper alternatives, In The Garden is an exciting Roquette bar located a short walk from the famous Père Lachaise Cemetery. Great rock music and cool clientele gives it a slight anarchist vibe. Stop on in for a pint and a laugh. 39 Rue Saint-Maur, 75011 Paris 3. Point …