meta name="p:domain_verify" content="8b08da541f8a920e6 Marie Z Johnston: February 2010

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

The Apples of Nouveu Verger

The line is long and her stand overflows with apples, pears and a variety of products lovingly handmade at homes.  The 'Apple Lady', Eveleine, is actually quite shy and blushes when spoken to... unless she is being asked for advise about which apple is best for a tarte, or tatin, apple sauce or just plain eating.

Friday, February 19, 2010

15 Vendors Likely To Be At A French Market

Not all markets are created equal.  Some are more interesting than others, some more Organic, more ethnic or more 'flea market' than food. There are, however, certain types of vendors you can count on at most every market from the center of Paris to the little square of the teeniest village in France.  This list  explains the 15 vendors you are sure to find at most markets - though not in any particular order.

1) The Cheese Vendor: Traditionally, there were some 300 regional cheeses made in France.  Now the number is well over 1000.  Many are protected by the AOC designation (Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée) meaning that  they have a specific French geographical origin. (This tradition BTW, dates back to the 15th century and began with Roquefort cheese)  Some cheese stands are exclusively French, while others have branched out to Italian and English. Keep your eyes open for the small producers too. These fellows generally feature one type of cheese - say goat - made from the milk of their own flock. There is plenty to choose from, you can ask for a taste, so don't be shy! 

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Good to know: Free wifi in Paris

France is a country that prides itself on relationship building over a four course meal and regional wines.
While the French may spend more time eating than any other nation on the planet, they also recognize the value of free internet access for all.

Thursday, February 4, 2010

Marché Grenelle and a Roast Chicken

The Marché Grenelle is one of the biggest of Parisian markets. It also happens to be a few blocks up the street from my home. Every Sunday and Wednesday, with red cart in tow, I make my way to the market without fail - rain, shine or snow!

The stands sit protected from the weather under the metro tracks between La Motte Piquet Grenelle and Dupleix, making it the perfect place to shop in any weather.