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 […]


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 […]


French Fast Food, Michel Bras Style

by phyllisflick on August 19, 2010

It’s August, which means like most Parisians I’m en vacances and writing from the sunny Côte Vermeille along the Mediterranean. When I first arrived in France, I felt no need to flee the city in the summer months, however, I soon tired of explaining to literally everyone—from the bus driver to the baker—that no, I […]


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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Mary, Authentic Italian Ice Cream in Paris

by phyllisflick on June 16, 2010

I never intended to write about ice cream.  As summer approaches, everyone writes about ice cream in Paris, but aside from Grom, the Italian gelato maker who moved on to the rue de Seine earlier this year, the ice cream scene hasn’t changed all that much in years.  With nothing new to add, I didn’t feel very inspired. That is, […]


Photo Credit: Esteban Cavrico Exceptional cooking requires outstanding products and even in a city like Paris where markets abound, they are not always easy to find. Even worse, the products often used in three-star kitchens like Le Meurice and Astrance are just not available to the public. Luckily this weekend, you have the chance to […]


The Best Baguette in Paris 2010

by phyllisflick on March 22, 2010

Today marked the 17th “Grand Prix de la Baguette de Tradition Française de la Ville de Paris” which translates to the “Best Baguette in Paris” contest. By luck of the draw, I managed to be selected as one of the jury members and spent an incredible 4 hours sitting next to Ghislaine Arabian tasting close to 150 baguettes.


Macarons at MacDo?

by phyllisflick on February 23, 2010

McCafés are popping up all over France, serving 25 different specialty hot drinks and macarons, those chic, bite-sized, cream-filled cakes which are apparently taking the US by storm. Photo Credit:  McDonalds They’re no Pierre Hermé or Ladurée you might say, but rumor has it that all of the macarons and cakes are provided by Holder, the same […]


La Tête dans Les Olives

by phyllisflick on January 31, 2010

  Tucked into a funky street in a seldomly visited part of the 10th, not too far from the Canal, you’ll find La Tête dans Les Olives, where Cédric Casanova, a former tight-rope walker,  sells amazing hand-picked Sicilian olive oil and other seasonal products.  The shop itself is miniscule, with shiny metal vats lining the walls, […]


Urban Honey

by phyllisflick on December 29, 2009

Strangely, it appears that honey bees the world over are suffering from a mysterious illness named Colony Collapse Disorder and are disappearing at a rather alarming rate. Bee keepers are finding their bee hives disserted and speculate that pesticides may be destroying the bee’s natural homing powers leaving them unable to find their way home. […]

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