Wednesday, December 31, 2014

An Edible Ephiphany Of Delicious Proportions in St. Germain des Prés

Mark the date:
For the 10th year gourmets can rendez-vous with top chefs who are members of the The Disciples of Escoffier  and buy their Galettes des Rois, that special Ephiphany cake.  Notable participants include Pierre Gagnaire, Eric Kayser, Michel Troisgros, Alain Dutournier, Guy Savoy, Sucré & Cacao  Le Moulin de la Vierge, Potel & Chabot, Helene Darroze, La Grand Epicerie, Saint Clair le Traiteur, Le George V, Michel Rostang, Lucas Carton, Les Bistronomes, Thierry Burlot, William Ledeuil, La Closerie des Lilas, Jean-François Rouquette,  Jérôme Gengneux, Boulangerie, and Thierry Senlis.
Visitors can taste and buy the very best Galettes des Rois, made by these culinary wizards, all to benefit a children’s charity; Les POIC Pseudo-Obstructions Intestinales Chroniques. In 2013 the chefs raised 10,500 euros.
Where’s the feve? Iraeli artist Mona Oren has designed 300 precious gold leaf good luck beans that will be hidden in the galettes and guarantee a good and healthy year for the finder. A great start for your year.   Bonne Année!
Where?  Place St. Germain des Pres 6th.  Metro : St. Germain des Pres
When?  Saturday 10 January, 2015,  9 a.m. to Noon.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Spicy City. Finding hot and spicy in Paris.
This is my latest article for Bonjour Paris.  Enjoying finding your spice in Paris!

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

New option for great chocolat in Paris!

Le Chocolat de Alain Ducasse is the first bean to bar chocolate shop in Paris. Ducasse is partnering with pastry chef and chocolatier Nicolas Berger to bring the art of chocolate making to a new level. After six years searching for the perfect location in Paris with enough room for a gorgeous shop, plus adequate room for the massive roasting machines and climatically correct storage for large sacks of cacao beans. Voila, a site which was a factory located in a courtyard in the heart of the Bastille neighborhood is the place. The result, after Monsieur Berger perfecting his unique recipes, is a beautiful shop with chocolates as lovely to regard as to taste. And, of course, the packaging of those chocolate gems is exquisite too! Great for gifts, great for you.

And, a new location in the heart of St. Germain des Prés has recently opened for those on the left bank.

Le Chocolat de Alain Ducasse.  40 rue de la Roquette in the llth.  Metro: Bastille
or, 26 rue Saint Benoit in the 6th, Metro: St. Germain

Saturday, December 6, 2014

Restaurants open during the Christmas holidays in Paris

Many restaurants close for part of the Christmas holiday season in Paris.  Here is a helpful link from the excellent 'Paris By Mouth' website that lists their recommended restaurants that are open on particular days. Don't forget to visit a Christmas market in Paris for atmospheric shopping. Or, you can go ice skating inside the Grand Palais (!) or at Hotel de Ville with that glorious view of the Seine and the left and right banks.  Department stores in Paris are open, exceptionally, on Sundays in the run up to Christmas.