London, first things first

So, it has taken over a month to get around to creating a post about the grad student experience offered by London partly out of paralysing procrastination and partly because I’ve felt the need to have a little bit of credible experience of the city and overcome my prejudices about London. In short, I’ve tried…

Franco-Spanish on a Thursday night

Grateful Graduate Project: Reason to be Grateful 10 of 365 The nature of Paris as a global city is aptly reflected in the culinary diversity offered throughout the city, at an equally diverse range of prices. Paris has not yet been completely taken over by the globalisation of tastes – that is, taste has not…

Tasting Paris through film & 2-for-1 haute cuisine

The association between Paris and ‘haute cuisine’ is intricate, deeply entrenched and etched into the sub-consciences of savants and lay persons (like myself) alike. The reputation of France and Paris for its culinary prowess endures long after Louis XIV worked to establish the reputation of France as a centre for luxury, decadence and as a…

Moroccan Pastilla in Paris : Recipe (and Restaurant?)

It has been almost a month since I returned from a short break to Morocco but I dearly miss the food.I would return to Morocco simply to eat. And, in particular, to eat Bastiya/ Pastilla, the dish that I gorged upon in obscene quantities. Until my next trip to Morocco, I will have to bring…

La Bonbonnière

Authentic with a dash of kitsch, La Bonbonnière has the atmosphere of a French country brasserie. Yet despite its down-to-earth, rustic-ness it sits at a very sweet location with a view of streets that have featured in the great episodes of the city of Paris and France. Mont Saint Genevieve that bears the name of…

Hôtel Daniel for decadent 4 o’clock tea/gôuter

Hôtel Daniel, 8 rue Frédéric-Bastiat, Paris 8eme is apparently a ‘bonne addresse’ to treat oneself to tea and divine tasting pastries. For those lucky enough to have rapid metabolism, it looks like a must visit. For the rest, it is more than enough to look longingly at what Hôtel Daniel has to offer (see video…

new restaurant in the 11ème

Just heard about “Septime”, a new restaurant in the 11th at 80, rue du Charonne. The concept behind the establishment is interesting, ingredients are sourced locally and significant effort seems to have gone into creating an inviting space. It definitely seems to be worth a visit, especially given its lack of pretentiousness.

The real Salade Niçoise, apparently…

The sun is out and while it is premature to do so, it is difd it also stimulates the temptation to put together summer-y, French salad for dinner. One of my favourites has always been ‘Salade Niçoise’. Recently, I stumbled upon a recipe that is supposed to be one for ‘le vraie salade niçoise’. I’ll…

Salade De Mâche Au Pâté En Croûte

From the blog “Le Coin des Délice” – (click here), this is a recipe that can be adapted to include a foie gras filling and other variations such as the addition of pistachio nuts. It makes for a great starter/entrée. Pour 1 personne Ingrédients : – 80/100 grammes de Mâche – 5 tranches de pâté…