Cuisine & Gastronomy

The croissant, a European story

Since the middle of the 20th century, the croissant has been one of the most emblematic elements of French breakfasts. However few may know that this national symbol has a foreign origin.
The ancestor of the croissant, the Kipferl, can be traced back to the 13th century in Eastern Europe. As early as the year […]

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A taste of Paris gastronomy event

In May 2017, the third edition of a grand cuisine and pastry exhibition will take place at the Grand Palais in Paris. “A taste of Paris” is a gathering of 21 major figures of the French Cuisine world, organized around workshops, tastings and demonstrations. Ten regular names are joined by eleven chefs who are new […]

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An institution of its own: the Auberge du Terroir in Servon

Auberge du Terroir, 3 Place Saint Martin, 50170 SERVON.
Phone: 0(0 33) 2 33 60 17 92
There are many fine restaurants in France, as everybody knows. It is one of the highlight places for gastronomy worldwide. Some might argue that the best places are the most luxurious ones, and that often is true. But […]

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The First Restaurants

Prior to the French Revolution, if you lived in Europe and wanted a meal away from home, you sought what was available at a local inn. There you could participate in what was called the table d’hôte, the owner’s table. If he was having chicken, that was what you ate, whether you liked chicken […]

By |December 6th, 2016|Cuisine & Gastronomy, Daily life, Paris, Restaurants, Brasseries, Bistrots, Cafés, Bars & Inns|Comments Off on The First Restaurants|

A glimpse of great pastry in Paris

For most food lovers, France is an unfathomable source of delight. Even though most of the focus is on “Grande Cuisine,” we often forget that the country is one of the best places in the world when it comes to bread and pastry. The French capital is more than any other place filled with […]

By |October 23rd, 2016|Cuisine & Gastronomy, Paris|Comments Off on A glimpse of great pastry in Paris|

L’Arôme, Paris

Despite its warm colors, I will not say that I find its modern décor (à la Jacques Garcia) particularly inviting, and I was not happy being relegated downstairs in the basement (the result of our late booking), but I am happy to say that the welcome, service, cuisine and the wine cellar at this […]

By |February 6th, 2014|Cuisine & Gastronomy, Paris, Restaurants, Brasseries, Bistrots, Cafés, Bars & Inns|Comments Off on L’Arôme, Paris|

Sa Qua Na restaurant, Honfleur

I had long heard praise of the culinary talent of chef Alexandre Bourdas, owner of the Michelin twin-starred restaurant Sa Qua Na in Honfleur (and what he calls his canteen/inn, the Pascade, in Paris). Several of my attempts to dine at Sa Qua Na fell victim to his success: fully booked. At last I […]

By |December 3rd, 2013|Cuisine & Gastronomy, Lower Normandy, Restaurants, Brasseries, Bistrots, Cafés, Bars & Inns|Comments Off on Sa Qua Na restaurant, Honfleur|

Restaurant Les Fougeres

Tucked away in a quiet street (10, rue Villebois Mareuil) in the 17th district of Paris, just north of the avenue des Ternes, you will be delighted to find a haven of refined cuisine, warm hospitality and tranquility. Chef Stephane Duchiron’s approach to classic French cuisine draws on the marriage of complex flavors and […]

By |January 27th, 2013|Cuisine & Gastronomy, Paris, Restaurants, Brasseries, Bistrots, Cafés, Bars & Inns|Comments Off on Restaurant Les Fougeres|

Les Tablettes

It is a bit off the beaten track, in the west side of Paris, between the places Victor Hugo and Dauphine, and a bit pricey, but the cuisine offered by Jean-Louis Nomicos at Les Tablettes, 16 avenue Bugeaud in the 16th district, is sensationally worth the detour. The warm and subtle flavors of his […]

Outstanding Restaurants in the 16th district of Paris

Residing near the Arc de Triomphe, just inside the 16th district, has much to recommend it, even if it is a bit far from the historic city center that I consider the most attractive part of Paris. One of its greatest rewards is an impressive selection of superb places to dine. That includes a […]

By |February 24th, 2011|Cuisine & Gastronomy, Paris, Restaurants, Brasseries, Bistrots, Cafés, Bars & Inns|Comments Off on Outstanding Restaurants in the 16th district of Paris|