Love the look and sound of this. (And need to figure out how Edd Kimber did that amazing cocktail-pouring GIF!)
I remember Bette's before Fourth Street in Berkeley turned into a shopping center. It was a little place near the freeway that was always packed. Great food (and lines!)
I found myself with a big bunch of watercress and realized it's been a while since I made this soup. It's super-simple (the active time prepping the ingredients takes maybe 10 minutes?) and the result is a peppery, deeply flavored soup, perfect during these colder months. And perfect if you find a bunch of watercress in your refrigerator!
I've found some of the lengthy chef's shows ponderous after the first thirty minutes. But Chef's Table is always excellent. I especially enjoyed the episodes with Alex Atala, Dominique Crenn, Nancy Silverton, Ivan Orkin, and Jeong Kwan, a Korean monk who cooks for (and with) the other monks in her temple.
My "office" today.
Best news of the day!
Stressed? Need to get some work done? Need to sleep? Or to stop panicking? Moby just released 4 hours of free calming music sounds. Putting my (noise-cancelling) headphones on now...
There are a lot of shops in Paris selling everything from great cheese to exotic spices (and breads, and charcuterie, and fruits, and...) but these 5 really stand out for offering something special, from locally sourced vegetables to artisan smoked sausages, dark honeys, French liqueurs, and even elusive Middle Eastern ingredients. Check out 5 of my favorites in Paris! Click link to read=>
Has European beer lost its hold in America?
There was a demonstration last weekend in Paris, which isn't unusual (!) and a reader asked me about how safe it was. When I Googled it, the top 2 sites showed something that looked like a full-on riot accompanied by a headline that made it seem like the city was under siege. One of the two sites is spending a huge amount of money to have a presence in France. If you want to read news about France, including news about the upcoming Presidential election, it's best to get it from a trusted news source.
I don't know. I've seen some pretty egregious examples of salade Niçoise in France, which included canned corn, and rice. Maybe it's time to give it "protected" status, to prevent future infractions?
I'm so out of the loop. I thought porridge was something different than oatmeal, which it doesn't seem to be. Who knew it could be so complicated? (I'm a brown sugar and butter, or maple syrup kinda guy, with a few flecks of sea salt. #simplicity)
Starting this week, the Salon International de l'Agriculture 2017 in Paris. It's HUGE!
Sorry, but ne'er the two shall meet...
I kind of agree. (And not necessarily because it's in English...) But what does "Made for Sharing" mean? Maybe they could have come up with a slogan in French that used words that were similar, or the same, as in English, to make it more globally recognizable. Just my 2¢...
Just saw this new book from pastry chef Christophe Adam of L' Eclair de Génie in Paris which promises to make his intricate éclairs easy - looking forward to checking it out!
This is a great episode on one of my favorite bakers (and a friend) and it captures how obsessive she is about quality, and getting things right. I remember the bread in Los Angeles before La Brea bakery, which was usually bagged up in plastic. All of that changed because of her.
I love(d) the thimble! Because you could put your pinky finger in it, and when you pulled it out at an angle, it made a sharp snapping noise...
French humor :)
If you're interested in food photography (accompanied by amazing food), this upcoming workshop with Kate Hill and Tim Clinch might be of interest. I took Tim's food photography class in Spain, which was excellent, and there is nothing more photogenic than Kate's kitchen, as well as the local butchers and fabulous outdoor markets in Gascony. A great chance to experience France through the lens of Tim, and the Gascon foods from Kate's kitchen.
"After produce, seafood is the second-most-wasted food; about half of it ends up in the trash."
Looks more like dessert, than coffee...
Ice skate on the roof of Montparnasse Tower this winter!
Wow. A letter from Julia Child to a publisher, encouraging them to promote Paula Wolfert's book: Couscous and Other Good Food from Morocco, which was instrumental for introducing Moroccan cooking to America.
A friend of mine (bravely) tried the hot chocolate with oysters (I'd heard about it, too, but passed...), and the other two I'm wary of as well...
I love going to shops like this. I always buy stuff in jars, like chili and shrimp paste, palm sugars, etc - that I'm not sure what to do with. But I get them anyways. (And I have a drawful to prove it!) via Andy Ricker
Yup. That persimmon was really ripe...
These are The Big Kahuna of chocolate chip cookies, loaded with an overload of chocolate and chocolate chips. Meltingly soft in the center with crisp edges (like your favorite brownie) these cookies have it all. I've been eating more than my share of them, although I finally gave a few to friends as well. But they were hard to let go. Get the recipe on my site=>
I didn't know there was still a sleeper car from Paris to Nice.
Worlds largest bottle of Chartreuse? At Le Bon Georges
Hmmm, maybe I should sell my still-unopened multi cooker, and try one of these?
Macron for the win (at least in English...) - !
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