Paris Locavore

Anyone with locavore leanings will love Yannick Alleno’s modern new bistro Terroir Parisien, which pays homage to the agriculture of Ile de France, the department surrounding Paris, and the somewhat forgotten cuisine of the region. Alleno, a three-star Michelin chef, is known for championing local farmers and ingredients, first with his ¨Terroir Parisien¨menu at the [...]

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  I spent last Saturday at the Comptoir General unloading boxes of the last of summer’s tomatoes and the first of fall’s harvest: bundles of swiss chard, carrots, yellow onions, wrinkled savoy and bright purple cabbages, potatoes, herbs, apples, and pears.  We carried jars of ratatouille, home-made tomato sauce and brown paper sacks filled with [...]

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Eating Local in Paris

by phyllisflick on March 16, 2011

People ask if my eating habits have changed since moving to France, assuming that Americans live off processed junk and shop in giant supermarkets.  Thankfully my upbringing was nothing like that and not all that different from how I eat in France. My mother worked full time, but managed to make a home-cooked dinner for [...]

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Buying Local Vegetables in Paris from Terroirs d’Avenir

by phyllisflick on September 24, 2010

Alexandre Drouard and Samuel Nahon of Terroirs d’Avenir, are back selling their beautiful local vegetables, this time in front of my favorite neighborhood bakery-Du Pain et Des Ideés, who makes one of the best baguettes in Paris. Terroirs d’Avenir is a Paris- based company which sources artisan products in France–often local and hard to find.  Normally they [...]

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Asafumi Yamashita’s Three Star Vegetables

by phyllisflick on July 14, 2010

I’ve wanted to go to Le Kolo, Asafumi Yamashita’s vegetable garden and table d’hôte, located about 45 minutes from Paris in the Yvelines, ever since I read about it in Wasabi, sometime last year.  For someone who goes out of their way to find interesting local products, Yamashita’s garden sounded fascinating. He grows remarkable Japanese [...]

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