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Dec

  • pinitbutton What is 40 Pounds of Recipes?

by Sophie Gayot

It is 18 kilos of a 1,200-page cookbook containing 500 recipes and illustrated by 1,500 photos; 1,000 copies of this book are being sold at € 1,500 by a chef who started in the kitchen at 15, and has been cooking for 25 years. From peeling potatoes at his debut, Yannick Alléno worked his way up to fine dining gastronomy when he took the helm at Le Meurice restaurant in Paris.

 

The best way to discover this soon-to-become iconic cookbook, Ma Cuisine Française, is to do it with Alléno himself with the video above. Also listen closely to how Alléno wants to redefine French cuisine in this exclusive one-on-one discussion.

 

To buy the book, you can only do so at http://macuisinefrancaise.com/

 

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  • pinitbutton When the Hôtel Plaza Athénée Closes Its Doors
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François Delahaye, Hôtel Plaza Athénée general manager, chef Alain Ducasse with Sophie Gayot


by Sophie Gayot


Although I missed the 100th-anniversary celebration of Hôtel Plaza Athénée in Paris in April of this year, I was there last night for its “unofficial” closing ceremony. Yes, you read that correctly, the Plaza’s last day was September 30th. Rest assured, it is closing for a good cause: to reopen with even more grandeur (if that is even possible).

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  • pinitbutton The Little Bookroom Guide to Paris with Children    Review
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The Little Bookroom Guide to Paris with Children by Kim Horton Levesque


All too often, the difference between the fantasy of traveling with children (wee ones skipping along in wonder against a majestic European backdrop) and the reality (jet-lagged children who won’t leave the hotel) can be vast. Thanks to The Little Bookroom Guide to Paris with Children, you don’t have to wait until your kids are in college to visit Paris.


Paris with Children guides you through visiting Paris’ most important sights in a child-friendly way.  Organized around places to play, eat, shop and stay, the book allows you to plan your day around activities that both you and your children will love.

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  • pinitbutton Foie Gras Under the Splendor of Baccarat Chandeliers
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Foie gras de canard des Landes, cuit en cocotte lutée – Pot-roasted duck liver from the Landes

by Sophie Gayot

UPDATE 10/30/12: The Crillon will close its doors for its renovation end of March 2013. That will leave you more time to try chef Christophe Hache’s cuisine.

After a recent dinner I experienced at Les Ambassadeurs at the Hôtel de Crillon in Paris, we awarded the restaurant a new rating of 17/20 which means the food is “Excellent”. You have a few more days to discover or rediscover chef Christopher Hache’s cuisine, as the hotel is about to close its doors for a two-year renovation.

 

Under light emitted by majestic Baccarat chandeliers, wall and side table lamps, diners can indulge in his good value dinner menus priced at € 150 or € 180, tax and service included. You can see below the photos of the dishes that composed my dinner. Le Foie Gras de Canard des Landes, cooked in a glass “cocotte”, is a Hache classic and requires a table side ceremony not to be missed in the magnificent eighteenth century dining room decorated by marble marquetry, paintings and mirrors, with views of the Place de la Concorde. For Californian foie gras lovers, this is a spectacular way to enjoy the delicacy, which has been illegal to sell in the Golden State since July 1st.

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Fruits de Mer in Paris

on October 20th, 2012
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Oct

  • pinitbutton Fruits de Mer in Paris

by Sophie Gayot


The InterContinental Paris Le Grand is celebrating its 150th birthday. Famous for its shellfish platter, the hotel’s restaurant Le Café de la Paix is offering its monster “le plateau de fruits de mer” at a price of €150 for two until the end of November.


Brush up on your culinary French or start practicing it by watching my exclusive video interview with executive chef Christophe Raoux. You will discover the wonders of the sea that will come to your table, and even get a lesson on how to open clams!

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Sep

  • pinitbutton Brunch: Le Dernier Cris à Paris
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Parisians are beginning to embrace the distinctly American concept of brunch

Parisian Bobos Discover Brunch at Bread & Roses and Claus


The one-stop-shop meal of the weekend, brunch — the melding of breakfast and lunch — is an all-American invention. This common habit traveled to Britain at the end of the nineteenth century. A hundred years later it crossed the Channel and is now the rage among French Bobos. The term Bobo applies to a class of young, hip Bourgeois who are open-minded and quick to jump on new fads. Les Bobos put aside the traditional family Sunday lunch leg of lamb and vote for brunch: sweet or salty, eggs Benedict or brioche, brunch offers the liberty to enjoy all of the above.


Bread & Roses, the former Hermès canteen, has been transformed into a tea lounge, bakery and épicerie, and stylish Parisians nibble on quiche, smoked salmon and delicious pies. Brunch is served daily (30 euros). 25, rue Boissy-d’Anglas, 8th arrondissement, 01 47 42 40 00, www.breadandroses.fr

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12

Sep

  • pinitbutton When in Paris, Do As the Romans Do
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Divinamente Italiano restaurant in Paris

by Andre Gayot


Craving Italian food while in Paris? Why not? And forget the old adage “When in Rome…” or “… in Paris.”


Italian chow is the preferred foreign cuisine of the French, who admit that since the conquest of the Gauls by Julius Caesar, Italians are not really foreigners. The French have embraced Italian cuisine as well as Italian art, culture and social organization, and hired Leonardo da Vinci to build palaces for their kings who married powerful or beautiful women — the latest being Carla, the spouse of Sarkozy. They also learned from them to eat with forks. It’s no surprise that there’s no dearth of Italian eateries in Paris.


Our friend Jean-Claude Ribaud, one of the most respected food critics in France, has visited — or revisited — a fistful of old and new Parisian Italian restaurants. For more on Italian cuisine at large, read John Mariani’s How Italian Food Conquered the World.

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  • pinitbutton Should France sell the Eiffel Tower?
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Eiffel Tower in Paris, France

A globalization-trotter asks: Should France sell the Eiffel Tower?


by Andre Gayot


A Chinese billionaire has just purchased the most glamorous Burgundy wine estate, Gevrey-Chambertin, which was owned by the same French family for more than 150 years, at an astronomical price. Why not? The problem, though, may be that there are more Chinese billionaires eager to buy vineyards in France than there are glamorous wine estates in the hills of Burgundy and on the banks of the Garonne. Some fear that, in the future, top French wines will exhibit a too-strong Mandarin accent.

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13

Jun

  • pinitbutton Long Live Hôtel de Crillon

by Sophie Gayot


The historic Hôtel de Crillon, located right on the Place de la Concorde in Paris, will be closing its doors around autumn 2012. But there is a happy ending, as it will reopen about two years later completely renovated from top to bottom, every corner and space. It will also include the addition of a new spa.


The façade just recently received a facelift. To hide the scaffolding — and help preserve the grandeur of the Place de la Concorde — the outside of the building was covered for a year with a tarpaulin printed with a reproduction of the exterior. (The recycled cloth has since been turned into hand bags, each one-of-a-kind, which are available at the hotel gift shop.)


Now we must talk about one very important part of the hotel: the restaurant Les Ambassadeurs, orchestrated by 30-year-old chef Christopher Hache. This former ballroom, with views of the Place de la Concorde, was restored a few years ago making it an even more stunning setting for an unforgettable lunch or dinner.

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The Global Bistro

on December 09th, 2011
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A bust of Lenin on the bar at Pravda in Wellington, New Zealand

by André Gayot


Installed in a former butcher shop, where not much has changed since the nineteenth century except for a few recently added scars on the wall to render it even more authentic, Bistrot Paul Bert in Paris must be one of the most bistro-ish bistros of the world and possibly one of the most emblematic. The bistrot — with a ’t’ or without — is now a part of our lifestyle and an indispensible component of a gastronomically civilized city. We are well used to its format: the zinc bar, banquettes, white marble top tables, chalkboard menu, waiters clad in black aprons, steak frites and blanquette de veau, and the house red wine.


A similar setting, and may we say philosophy of joie de vivre and conviviality, reigns in New York’s Millesime, Chicago’s Bistrot Zinc, San Francisco’s Chez Papa Bistrot and Los Angeles’ Bouchon. Traveling on the bistro trail around the world is one way to avoid feeling like a stranger far from home.

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