| ||AN ONGOING NEWSLETTER||August 2006|
The upper crust can't eat at the 'Barfs', at least not all the time. For them, there is fine French cuisine.
I found a discarded 'jewelry' box, the bottom half of which looked like, well, a Chinese Restaurant. So I decided to build 'CHAO'S'. (A pun stolen from The Simpsons.)
Imagine my joy when driving through small-town Manitoba, when I found an actual 'Cafe Paris' with a banner proclaiming 'Chinese Smorg'.
For those of you not 'in the know' a 'smorgasbord' is a Scandinavian-styled all-you-can-eat buffet.
Thus, a French Cafe offering a Scandinavian buffet of Chinese delicacies. What could be more perfect?
Why a Chinese-themed French Cafe offering a Scandinavian-themed Italian and Ukrainian buffet! Thus was born the Cafe Parisien.
I must say, for a single joke, this took a lot of work. The walls of the box are 3/8 on an inch thick, so cutting the door opening was not easy.
The door was a simple wire and plastic piece, and opens to reveal a big empty box. The planters are craft wood, and the greenery from artificial flowers.
The building is not so lopsided as it appears: My camera seems to curve and distort things in close-ups.
The outer walls are decorated with wooden disks, each with a Chinese maze symbol printed on my computer. The door is framed with popsicle sticks.
The roof is the base of the box, and has an A/C unit attached as a lifting handle. As an extra touch, the wooden pieces that align the roof on the walls are lengths of chopstick.