By Fifi La Boom
he buzz around town is all about the new Cafe "Le Metropole", so I thought I better go check it out myself. Stepping into the Cafe I sensed the vibrant energy created by the colorful paintings of Alain Despert. I knew then that this was "the chic place to be". Confirming my intuitive thoughts, I was then greeted by the maitre'd who quietly informed me that it was possible to get seated this time, but because of the enormous popularity, the Cafe would soon have to be "for members only" . I decided to indulge in all I could get and little did I know of the Grande Feast that awaited me.

When presented with "Le Menu" my appetite skyrocketed and I was overwhelmed by the interesting and intellectually stimulating choices.

So I decided to bounce around a bit from table to table. I can't even begin to tell you how much I learned from the ingenious commentary of the economic dream team, "The Minds of Le Metropole". Where do they get this illuminative information and come up with these provocative ideas?

I was soon feasting in knowledge as I listened to the intriguing conversations about the U.S. Financial Markets, the World Financial Markets and Asia. Even Midas du Metropole had something insightful to say about the Gold Market...ooh la la!



And, I was able to post my own opinions on these subjects and follow the thoughts and ideas of other very interesting individuals like myself from all over the world.

My appetite continued to be delightfully satisfied when I visited the "Special Guest Forum" table and found that the speaker was posting commentary on literature.

How refreshing to find this presentation in a financially oriented arena. For a scrumptious desert, I popped over to the Potpourri forum, what an interesting array of subjects.

And mes amis... make sure to stop in "La Boutique" for gifts and souvenirs of an utterly fascinating experience.

Fifi's Food For Thought: A "Le Metropole" membership is an absolute must as an innovative way to stay intellectually and financially informed. They will even keep you updated of the analysts current postings via personalized e-mails!

I'll see you there......

Fifi La Boom

L'Artiste du Cafe
Alain Despert
(b. 1943, Brittany, France)


We are proud to feature the "Le Metropole" series of paintings created exclusively for the Cafe by artist Alain Despert. You will notice his bright and colorful paintings as you browse through the Cafe. Alain Despert's work was discovered by Town & Country Magazine while he was living and painting on the French Polynesian island of Bora Bora. Shortly after he arrived in New York in 1990, he was commissioned to be one of the Absolut Vodka artists for the renowned advertising campaign. Despert's work has been featured in numerous publications such as Arts & Antiques and Connoisseur. His work is exhibited in the United States and Europe and is collected internationally.

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"Le Metropole" Series, copyright 1997 Alain Despert, all rights reserved.

Celebrities from the famous Paris Cafes

Toulouse-Lautrec, Henri de (1864-1901), French postimpressionist painter who documented the bohemian nightlife of late 19th century Paris. He frequented the Moulin Rouge and other cabarets of the Montmartre district where his wit attracted a large group of artists and intellectuals. He also frequented the theater, circus, and Parisian brothels. He preserved his impressions of these places and their celebrities in his paintings.

Joyce, James Augustine Aloysius (1882-1941), Irish novelist and poet. Joyce spent twenty years in Paris where he gathered frequently with the intellectuals and artists in the cafes to express his psychological perceptions and innovative ideas. He is considered by many as one of the most influential writers of the 20th century.

Hemingway, Ernest Miller (1899-1961), American novelist and short-story writer, winner of the Pulitzer Prize in fiction (1953) and the Nobel Prize in literature (1954). After he served as a volunteer ambulance driver in Italy during World War I, Hemingway settled in Paris. His adventurous spirit quickly led him to the cafes where he became one of the leading characters in the non-conformist nightlife. His book, A Moveable Feast (1964) is an account of his early years in Paris.

Kiki of Montparnasse (1901-1953), French model, singer, actress, painter. The queen of 1920s Paris has appeared in virtually every book from the era. The star attraction at the artists' nightclub, The Jockey, Kiki was the most renowed and beloved woman of the period. She was friend and model of many artists, particularly Man Ray. Her book, Kiki's Memoirs (1996), includes an introduction by Ernest Hemingway and photographs by Man Ray.

Ray, Man (1890-1976), American painter, photographer, and leading figure in the artistic avant-garde Paris of the 1920s. Some of his most renowned photographs are of Kiki, who was obsessed with the likes of Man Ray and modeled for him frequently. In his later years in France he published an autobiography, Self Portrait (1963).

Dos Passos, John Roderigo (1896-1970), American writer, educated at Harvard University. His wartime experience as an ambulance driver in France led Dos Passos to the Paris cafes, his forum for expressing ideas about the hypocrisy and materialism of the United States in the 1920s and 30s. His writings are considered to have influenced several generations of Americans and European novelists.