The Best Baguette in Paris 2011

May 3, 2011

Today marked the 18th “Grand Prix de la Baguette de Tradition Française de la Ville de Paris”, the annual competition to select the best baguette in Paris.  Every year a panel of judges—mostly bakers and a few food celebrities—gather on the Ile Saint Louis to deliberate over who makes the best baguette in Paris, not [...]

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Vivant, Pierre Jancou’s new restaurant in the 10th

April 29, 2011

It was no surprise that Pierre Jancou’s latest restaurant would be beautiful—his last two spots, Racines in the Passage des Panoramas and La Crémerie on the rue Quatre Vents in the 6th —are both stunning. Even so, I was still struck upon entering by Jancou’s knack for uncovering hidden gems.  This one, located on the [...]

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Eating Local in Paris

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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Le Floréal, the best burger in Paris?

January 23, 2011

Update 25 July 2011: Retraction: Unfortunately my last meal at Le Floréal was a big letdown. They obviously spent a lot of effort on the renovations but would do well to spend more time thinking about the food. The burger, which I loved on my first visit, had a strange texture and was average at [...]

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Le Dauphin, Inaki Aizpitarte’s new tapas place in Paris

January 9, 2011

Inaki Aizpitarte is not a chef whose cooking leaves you indifferent.  To some he’s a culinary genius and one of Paris’s most interesting chefs, to others his reputation is overrated, inflated by adoring fans*. I’m not sure that I would consider myself a fan, but I do like Aizpitarte’s cooking. Aizpitarte got started in the [...]

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Olivier Roellinger’s Spice Shop Opens in Paris

December 20, 2010

I was craving udon soup this weekend and headed towards one of my favourite noodle places on rue Sainte Anne, a street where you’ll find a plethora of restaurants serving ramen and other noodle dishes.  After lunch, as I headed north on rue Sainte-Anne, I discovered that in addition to Japanese noodle bars and grocers [...]

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Le Bal Café

November 23, 2010

With two women in the kitchen, an Irishman in the dining room and an American barrista, it’s clear from the onset that this former 1920′s cabaret turned art space is anything but typical. Located just a short walk from the Place de Clichy, on a surprisingly charming impasse, it turned out to be the perfect [...]

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Atelier Guy Martin, Cooking Classes in Paris

October 17, 2010

Cooking has become very popular in Paris in the past few years and the number of classes has increased tenfold since I’ve been here, leaving a dizzying number of courses to choose from.  I’ve taken several classes and love to cook, so when invited to attend a cooking class at Guy Martin’s Atelier with a [...]

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Buying Local Vegetables in Paris from Terroirs d’Avenir

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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Restaurant Saturne, a New Restaurant/Wine Bar in Paris

September 19, 2010

Sven Chartier and Ewen Lemoigne have taken the concept of cave à manger to a new level with Saturne, a beautiful, spacious wine bar and restaurant located steps from the Bourse in Paris’s 2nd arrondissement.  Both were most recently at Racines, a wine bar in the Passage de Panorama known for its almost militant adherence to [...]

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