On the markets of Paris, chanterelles are sold under the name girolles and both are quite different kinds of mushroom. The latter are firm and fleshy with thick stems, almost golden and snow-white on the inside, the former are softer, skinny guys, more on the brownish side and clearly less classy. A nice pan of girolles counts among the great pleasures of this late summer/early fall season. I used a chunk of the excellent pancetta I drove home from Italy to spice up […]
The street markets in Paris will ruin me sooner or later, financially. But this morning, I couldn’t resist to a perfect daurade that I turned into a simple and noble French dish.
…require substantial investments, unfortunately, but then there are hardly meals more satisfying, more festive, more splendid. In Paris, you’ll go Rive Gauche to hunt down your perfect, wild seafood and sooner or later you’ll end up buying your fish and shellfish at Poissonnerie du Dome close to Tour Montparnasse where they sell fare that is normally reserved to the best restaurants in town. Over the weekend I had such a feast, consisting of a giant spider crab, oysters and the […]
…that’s what I sadly have to offer today. Had around 40 friends at home to celebrate on Saturday, we’ve killed 18 bottles of champagne, 12 bottles of Pic St. Loup, 6 bottles of Pommard, we’ve been eating lots of sushi, a beef fillet cooked in a salt crust, a real foie gras with fig chutney, a huge pot of Thai-style chicken, a tray of gratinated daurades (guiltheads), a big French cheese selection complete with Beaufort, Camembert de Normandie, Epoisses, Selles-sur-Cher, […]
…from Du Pain et des Idées for instance, a quite famous bakery at the crossing of Rue de Marseille and Rue Yves Toudic, only a stone’s throw from Place de la République. I didn’t know it, actually, I just walked by the other day and the beautiful things on display caught my attention. Have a look: That looks promising, doesn’t it? Strange discs and special snakes and snails and rolls. And it gets even better when you enter the boutique. There’s […]
…on a Chinese day weatherwise, it was cloudy but steaming hot in Paris today and I had to change my shirt three times. First time came this morning after I came back from the street market on Boulevard Richard Lenoir (you know it already, don’t you?). Have a look, it’s a weird selection: Seems, I had winter dreams while shopping (I mean: celery?). I’ll show you soon what I do with the cucumbers in the center, they’re of a special kind […]
…that’s what French people say when they sit down in a bistro like Astier in Paris, a picturesque little restaurant complete with chequered tablecloth, l’ardoise (that’s a chalkboard) and even original Laguiole knives on display tucked on the wall. The experienced traveller could shy away and with good reason: beware, this could be a tourist trap as well! But don’t fear: here, at Astier, in a street named after Jean-Pierre Timbaud (who was a unionist and a freedom fighter once) you’re […]
…to make customers feel good and open their wallets. That’s what they really understand perfectly at La Grande Epicerie on the left bank of the Seine river next to Bon Marché: to stage food, and to let even simple staples look like precious goods or even art. The Epicerie is kind of a Parisian brother of Harrod’s in London or KaDeWe in Berlin, a highly over-priced food store in the end, yet a very beautiful one. I’m sure they have […]