Gwyneth defends Goop

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  • Gwyneth Paltrow hits back at Goop critics and tells us where to eat and stay in Paris

    Gwyneth Paltrow has defended her lifestyle website Goop – saying that people who are criticising it ‘just don’t get it’.

    The online site, which has the tagline ‘Nourish the Inner Aspect‘, offers an insight into Gwynnie’s world, and gives her advice on everything from dieting to which restaurants to eat at.

    But the site has not gone down well with everyone (although we’re addicted!).

    At a charity event in NY, Bent On Learning, hosted by Gwyneth, she said: ‘I think the people who are criticizing it or criticizing the idea of it, don’t really get it, because if they did, they would like it…’

    Paltrow said she believes some of the barbs simply stem from the fact that she’s doing something new and different.

    ‘I think that people like people to stay in their ‘box’ – they like people to stay how they are comfortable seeing them.’

    She also explained why she set up the site, revealing it was ‘because I felt like I had a lot of really useful information that I was privileged enough to get, because I have this amazing, super, fortunate life.’

    Therein may well lie the problem, Gwyneth!

    But we can’t get enough of her updates, and the latest newsletter details which cafés in Paris should be on your must-eat-at list.

    Here’s a snippet:

    l’Ami Louis
32, rue du Vertbois
+33 1 48 87 77 48
    There are two schools of thought regarding l’Ami Louis: one is that it is an overpriced place for tourists and the other is that it is one of the best, most venerable bistros in Paris. I am firmly in the school of the latter. It is small and wood paneled with an ancient oven and a sicko wine list. Every time I go, I see a former French president or the like, and I leave so full that I walk back to the hotel.

    Le Voltaire
27, Quai Voltaire
+33 1 42 61 17 49
    Le Voltaire is a lovely place on the river with a lighter type of French fare (grapefruit and avocado salad). It is one of my favorite spots to go for lunch.

15, Avenue Matignon
+33 1 56 43 40 90
    From superchef Jean-Georges, this restaurant serves Asian/nouvelle French cuisine done wonderfully and served in a clean, contemporary space.

9, rue du Mont-Thabor
+33 1 42 60 65 07
    After a couple of days in Paris when I need to lay off the butter and goose fat, I head to Kinugawa for a Japanese lunch. After a lovely bowl of miso soup, some beautiful sashimi and a seaweed salad, I am ready to partake in all things French once more.

    T’CHA La Maison de Thé
6, rue du Pont de Lodi
+33 1 43 29 61 31
    This is a little teahouse off the beaten track in the sixth arrondissement. It is a great place for a light lunch or a perfect cup of sencha.

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