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Sunday, February 23, 2014

My village in the 15th Arrondisment of Paris


Daydreaming has been a big pastime for me these days. It's springtime in central California - the weather is gorgeous - and I am homesick. So I daydream about shopping on Rue de Commerce. I daydream of a Steak Tartare at the friendly Café du 15eme  around the corner. I daydream about the Farmer's Market on Sunday mornings underneath the metro line at La Motte Piquet-GrenelleI daydream because it makes me feel at home.  "Home" is our uncommon Parisian quartier that has managed to maintain it's original village charm while the rest of Paris was busy changing.

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Traditional Cooking of Michoacán, A Food Festival


Who would have guessed, two years ago in Paris, that meeting Christina Potter and her wife, Judith McKnight, would lead to one of the most outstanding food festivals of my life?  (Well, Cristina and Judith did) Having never been to Mexico, the temptation of traveling to a warmer climate only grew as the weather in Central California got damper.  It didn't take much convincing to book a ticket to Mexico City when Cristina told me the food festival (last year) fell the 3rd week of October Reservations were made, tickets purchased and licktey-split, we were off on another 'culinary extravaganza' adventure...

Sunday, September 8, 2013

Flower Shopping at Rungis


It's Saturday afternoon. The weather report says it's raining but in fact, from where I'm sitting, it's a glorious day and my little corner of Paris is hopping! There is live music in the park, free organic ice cream and about 8 booths in the park across the street from where I am sitting at Le Commerce (one of my local haunts where they tu-toi me and kiss me on both cheeks a whole bunch).  It is an annual event where residents can find out exactly what their mayor has done for them lately.

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Carmel Belle and the Hashi Hotto Ramen Pop-Up

 

Everything was ready. The Tonkotsu broth was made from organic, free range pork bones simmered for three days and nights. Brown, green, blue and beige eggs immersion poached in a big transparent vat...  ramen noodles were cut practically to order before our hungry eyes. The Kimchi and pickled cucumber were handmade just days before being served from large glass jars. Organic. Handmade. Homemade. The $8.00 question was... who (and how many) would actually come?

Sunday, July 7, 2013

Lunch at Sierra Mar in Big Sur, California


It is very easy to take the breathtaking beauty of the Central Coast of California for granted when one is living here.  This last week however, with Carmel filled to the gills with Texans and Arizonians fleeing the heat, I was reminded of Steinbeck's reference to this area as the "Pastures of Heaven".  While I'm pretty sure he was referring to the more inland areas of these parts, there is just no denying that the Big Sur coastline is among the most heavenly on earth.