Bastille Day Tribute: The New Wine Bars of Paris

Having a glass of wine in France is like having water in the US (unless you’re in California). In fact, you’ll rarely be offered water when dining in Paris. On this Bastille Day, I thought it was fitting to finally finish my last post on Paris and write about the French tradition of wine consumption,…

Paris Restaurant Round-Up

Here’s my long-awaited list of other places to try in Paris: Spring The first buzzed about NY-style restaurant goes back to the limited seating that was started at Spring.  Though Daniel Rose, an American born in Chicago, never cooked in the U.S., his style of cooking is arguably very New York. My meal at Spring was…

Paris Markets on Display and Under Cover

Rows of ripe tomatoes, pink radishes, ginger and chanterelles beckon hungry shoppers.  Dungeness crabs occasionally move, alluding to the freshness of the nearby turbot. Or as you stroll through the market, perhaps a fresh chicken or pig’s head or feet for dinner? And to start, there’s a myriad of terrines and pates to choose from,…

Exploring The Importance Of Bread In France

Bread has long been a staple of society.  Yet it is much more than a means of sustenance.  In its various forms, we now view bread as a means to define certain cultures.  There’s pita in Middle Eastern cuisine, naan accompanies Indian curry, and a basic baguette in France. As my usual low-carb eating self…

The New Gardens Of Paris

For a city that was planned to attract tourists, the gardens of Paris have been a pubic display of its grandeur. The well-manicured Jardin du Luxembourg and Jardin des Tuileries invite locals and tourists to sit and take in the breadth of the city and reflect on all that it has to offer. But there…