Archive for the 'Food & Dining' Category

Season for Savories

Americans aren’t used to seeing huge pork legs in the window, but many epiceries in Paris sell the highly prized Iberian Ham now officially known as Jambon Pata Negra (an appellation created by Spanish Royal Decree in January 2014). My favorite is the newly-opened hole in the wall in the Passage des Panoramas, Les Grands […]

Best Steak in Paris?

I don’t see the point in ingesting a steak unless its fatty, well aged and worth the calories. Like everything now, sourcing the very best gets you 90% of the way there. And by accident I stumbled the other night into the best steak in Paris that I’ve ever had. It was with no expectations […]

Where There Is Will…

William Pradeleix, the chef, loves combining French traditional flavors with more exotic ones. Our meal at Will was a true ode to fusion food and an original on the Paris dining scene. We started off with a reinvention of the classic French tartare, seasoned with sesame seeds, white truffle and green mango. The sesame added […]

A Gourmet Holiday Tradition

Nearly 30 of France’s top pastry chefs and 26 Bûches de Noël make for one indulgent afternoon well spent. As an insatiable gourmande, I jump at the chance to meet and speak with pastry chefs so you can imagine my excitement when the country’s top talents are together in one room. My blogging pal Carol Gillott […]

Bit o’Britain

The return to Paris of the British store Marks & Spencer has been so successful (food and clothing shops on the Champs Elysées and the Beaugrenelle Commercial Center in the 15th), that now they are rolling out a bunch of food-only convenience shops, M&S Food, currently at 35 blvd St-Michel in the 5th, 6 rue […]

A New Neo-Bistro in the 10th

Porte 12, a new 32-seat neo-bistrot in the 10th arrondissement, is just a few blocks over from other standouts in the restaurant category – Albion, Abri, Le Richer and L’Office. Chef Vincent Crepel presides over the narrow open kitchen where he inventively plays up seasonal produce in a style greatly informed both by his travels […]

Something Special in Saint-Paul

Le Métropolitain opened two years ago by a talented French chef, Paul Arthur Berlan. It is located in Saint-Paul, one of the most charming Parisian neighborhoods, not far from the Marais. Every dish we had the night we went was perfectly executed, and the service was very attentive. Things started off well with the marinated […]

Pre-Mixed Bliss

La Cave a Cocktail is a new breed of bottle shop that just opened doors and sells a variety of bottled cocktails. This is strictly a shop, not a bar. The basic range includes standards like a Cosmo, familiars like the Pornstar martini and unusuals like Duc o’Lada (Cachaca-based). They also offer a Prestige selection […]

Crowded, Noisy and Recommended!

Le Petit Marché is on rue Béarn, a small street just north and directly off of the Place des Vosges. Le Petit Marché is not for those who want a quiet, romantic dinner. It’s busy, noisy, jam-packed café perfect for a quick lunch and people-watching. Most of the staff speak English. Start with the Chinese […]

Le Food Fad

Went out for dinner tonight to a nice place in the 16th arrondissement and was surprised to see that since the last time I was there, they have added cheeseburgers to the menu. They are now officially fashionable in Paris. But not cheap. That’s $33 a cheeseburger.

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