Food, In the News

Monkey on menus in France

PARIS: The traders sell an array of bush meat: monkey carcasses, smoked anteater, even preserved porcupine.

But it isn't a jungle market in Africa - it's the heart of Paris, where a new study has found more than five tonnes of bush meat slips through the city's main airport each week.

Researchers suspect similar amounts are arriving in other European cities in an illegal trade raising concerns about diseases ranging from monkeypox to Ebola, and is another twist in the struggle to integrate a growing African immigrant population.

[From Monkey on menus in France]
Food, Restaurants, Travel, Understand France and the French

A Moveable Feast

Newly launched, The Paris Supper Club promises to replace both outdated guidebooks and raves from nostalgic friends when it comes to searching out some of the best and truest places to eat in the French capital. The club is a project of former Gourmet European correspondent Alexander Lobrano, author of a book and blog called "Hungry for Paris" (, and…read more
Food, Restaurants

Tokyo is the new Paris, says Michelin

So say the revered gastronomes at the Michelin Guide, who have awarded three stars to 11 restaurants in the Japanese capital, one more than in Paris. Yesterday's announcement, made days before the launch of the Michelin Guide Tokyo 2010, cements the city's deserved reputation as a spectacular place to dine. "Tokyo has become the world culinary capital, ahead of Paris," gushed Jean-Luc Naret, the guide's director general.

... But, I guess if they are giving the title of Paris to the city with the most 3-star restaurants, it might as well be Tokyo. ... I still would rather live, eat, and breathe in Paris for everyday eating than anywhere else in the world, even Northern California, where we live.

Apartment neighborhood, Food

Touring “The macarons of Europe”

Again the Patisserie AOKI below our apartment gets the highest marks: Patisserie Sadaharu AOKI 35 rue de Vaugirard 75006 PARIS. €16 for 12 macarons approx AUD$2.60 each. ... They were a bit too crispy on the day we bought them, but by the time they travelled home to Australia – they were pretty perfect texture-wise. ... It’s around the corner from Pierre Hermé so we went there at about 10:30, but all I got was a photo of the outside of the shop. ... Luckily, we ended up back in the 6th later on in the day and I was able to pop in for my fix. I was told off for trying to take photographs in the shop though so you’ll have to trust me when I say that it was full of beautiful chocolates and dainties.

Food, In the News, Museums and Monuments, Restaurants

McDonald’s restaurant to be placed inside food court at Carrousel du Louvre

The first is that the Louvre, in a situation they can't control, will have to co-exist with the odeurs of a MacDo in its midst. ... PARIS — French culture and American convenience will come together in December — thanks to plans by the McDonald’s restaurant chain to hang its shingle in the shadow of the Louvre. ... The McDonald’s will be installed in the food court of the underground mall adjoining the museum, known as the Carrousel du Louvre, as the fast food chain fetes its 30th anniversary in France, McDonald’s France said.


The decline of French cuisine in Seattle Times Newspaper

We are just back after 14 days in France, and after having read this article in the Seattle Times, I quizzed everyone I know about the supposed "decline" in French food. ... Elsewhere, it's caveat emptor though the odds are still higher in Paris than in San Francisco for good that tastes like the primary ingredients, rather than slop reconstituted from a can off the Sysco Food Services truck. ... It's nice to kick the French off their high horse, and real data trends seem to indicate that the French are eating more fast food including McDonald's.

Books, Food, Restaurants

First foray into cooking was through Silver Palate Cookbook

I read today that Sheila Lufkin, the author of "Silver Palate Cookbook 25th Anniversary Edition" (Julee Rosso, Sheila Lukins) had passed away. I was struck that her cookbook got me started cooking when i was just out of college, some 25 years ago. During my weekends to NYC from Boston where I attended college, many people were talking about her…read more