There are few people I trust more on the subject of French cuisine, and in particular the institution known as the Bistro than my friend and fellow blogger Pim. Her blog, Chez Pim, is the envy of many an epicure, filled as it is with her frequent trips to Paris and infallible knowledge of the dining scene there. As a Christmas gift to all of us, Pim has succumbed to popular demands and posted a list of what she considers to be the best inexpensive meals in Paris. These include both her favorite Bistros, as well as some ethnic restaurants,... continue reading03.03.2004
Like wine, food has a terrior. We tend to forget this in America, kings and queens of cultural melange that we are. Everything is mixed up here, whether it's pan-pacific fusion, or just the American influence on the taco shop down the street. It's often only when we travel to foreign countries, especially to small towns, we remember that food and all of its flavors are originally rooted in a place -- a place where certain types of produce, meats, spices, and flavors were born and still remain, inseparable from a town, or even a specific person. My experience with... continue reading02.27.2004
Do you ever have that dream -- you know -- the one where you are sitting in a restaurant decorated with chandeliers and murals of pigs, and seemingly in slow motion, tuxedo-ed waiters bring plate after plate of scintillatingly fresh, delicious seafood -- oysters, clams, lobster, mussels. No? Neither do I. But why bother with surreal dreams when you can dine like a king amidst all the pigs (and oysters) at Au Pied de Cochon in the center of Paris? This multi-story restaurant is open 24 hours a day, and before you balk at a restaurant that keeps the same... continue reading02.25.2004
Quintessential. Archetypal. Epitome. These are all words that come to mind when trying to describe the dining experience at Laurent, a classic French Chateau situated in the gardens of the Champs-Elysees. Laurent represents the essence of what overrated San Francisco restaurants like Fleur-de-Lys are trying (too hard) to achieve. My first impression when I walked into the restaurant was that I was very, very, under-dressed. This is the type of place that is so romantic you would feel the most comfortable dining in an 18th century vintage evening gown or top hat and tails. Never fear, however, if you happen... continue reading02.19.2004
The last time I went to Paris (over 10 years ago), I had a particularly non memorable time, mostly because I was a starving student who knew very little about good wine and food, and couldn't afford it even if I did know something. This past weekend I returned with more knowledge, not to mention the desire and the means to experience everything good about France. Ruth and I had basically three goals: eat, drink, walk. After having a wonderful time in Italy using a similar guide, we opted to use Patricial Wells' book, The Food Lovers guide to Paris... continue reading
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The Best Bistros in Paris Restaurant Review: La Table D'Aude, Paris Restaurant Review: Au Pied de Cochon, Paris Restaurant Review: Laurent, Paris Restaurant Review: The Best Pastry Shops (Patisseries) in Paris*
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