THE SOUPTERVIEW: KIM LAIDLAW, FREELANCE WRITER
AND FOUNDER OF THE CITY GUIDE "UNLOCK PARIS",
LUPA FIASCO, FULL-TIME DOG,
What makes you happy?
Kim: Little things: lie-ins with my man, my dog and the newspaper; walks with my dog on crisp sunny days; cuddles with my dog (are you spotting a theme?)
Lupa: Jumping in leaves and jumping on the human bed.
What is your best quality?
Kim: I’m hilarious.
Lupa: I’m incredibly affectionate
Your best flaw?
Kim: I do love a good moan.
Lupa: Ooh, me too!
What is your favorite food? Drink?
Kim: I love an Ispahan from Pierre Hermé, washed down with cold champagne or a nice smoky tea (a pot of lapsang suchong would do the trick). Also partial to a matcha latte but that makes me sound like a dick.
Lupa: Peanut butter and banana—it’s like canine crack.
How would you define your personal style?
Kim: Contemporary Classic, which is my way of saying boring and making it sound chic.
Lupa: I’m going to say Contemporary Classic, too.
What are you addicted to?
Kim: Avocadoes, the BBC (but mostly for EastEnders so don’t get any ideas about me being highbrow), tea, my dog and—I’ll admit it—my sodding iPhone!
What supernatural talent would you like to be gifted with?
Kim: Teleportation. Then I could travel all round the world in the blink of an eye.
Lupa: The power of speech. Which I do actually have but all you hear is “woof, woof, woof”.
Your favorite soup recipe:
Kim: I like to whack whatever veggies I have in a saucepan, let them sweat it out a bit, then add stock and maybe some lentils, spices or some herbs from the balcony and then let it all simmer away… That’s what’s so great about soup: it’s versatile, easy and restorative—and it’s different every time (or at least it is when I make it!). My current favourite is carrot and red lentil with a pinch of curry powder. Served with lots of multi-grain bread slathered in salted butter. Souper douper! (sorry).
Lupa: I do like it when my dog biscuits fall in my water bowl—does that count?
YOUR IDEA OF SLOWNESS
Kim: Taking a day off and savouring every second.
Lupa: I like to stand completely still in a ray of sunshine.
Follow Kim: @unlockparis
Follow Lupa: @lupa_fiasco
Photos © Vianney Tisseau