November 2006 archives

‘Tis

‘Tis The Season Again For Xmas in Frisco ‘Tis the absolute best thing about this time of year, the annual return of Xmas in Frisko. (Warning: Not for the easily offended.) New Mailing List The new mailing list ’tis up-and-running, thanks to all your feedback. If you’re not on the list, you’re a loser. Sign up to the right, in the sidebar, and be a…

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Here on the site, we talk about food. A lot. Especially when it comes to Chocolate Rum Cake. But seriously, I was fortunate to be born in a country with lots of food. And living in Paris, I’m doubly-lucky and there’s plenty around for me to eat whenever I want. And believe me, I do. Unfortunately that’s a priviledge that I take for granted. Like…

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I had planned to write up my post-Thanksgiving report, but I decided to wait until the smoke cleared before I tell ‘The Tale’ of what really happened that night…which involved a high-speed car chase through Paris, a few hypodermic needles, and a couple of user-unfriendly hors. In the meantime, I thought I’d write a bit about what’s been baking around here, which I assure you…

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While most of you are probably scrambling around looking for ways to use up the leftovers from Thanksgiving, I am slightly jealous, since I have nothing here to use up. Unlike some American holidays, which have been modestly successful in France, Thanksgiving is still uniquely American and it’s hard to explain the appeal of a day committed to overeating mediocre food that’s often, frankly, a…

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No Thanks?

Don’t be a turkey! (Or a pig…) Be sure to give thanks—no matter what you’re stuck with… Have a Happy Thanksgiving everyone! (More to come…)

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I got a very cute message lately from a couple who had come to Paris and followed some of my restaurant suggestions. But it got to the point one evening here they were undecided where to go one night, and her husband said, “I don’t care. Let’s just go anywhere that chocolate-guy says to go!” I was glad to be of service, but I like…

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One of the fundamental differences between here (France) and there (the US) is that here, they don’t have to help you. It’s not that there’s no customer service, but unlike the US where they’re supposed to (and expected to) be nice and helpful to customers, the onus here is on the salesperson, or the person behind the desk: They alone can decide if they want…

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What f I told you that there was a caviar you can buy for around 3 bucks per pound? You might say, “David, you’re crazy!” Well call me fou…(which wouldn’t be the first time) but lentilles du Puy, the French green lentils from the Auvergne, are not called ‘the caviar of lentils’ for nothing. I’m sure many of your out there might lie awake at…

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Incroyable

First I read this… “These broads are millionaires…reveling in their status as celebrities and stalked by griefparrazies. I have never seen people enjoying their husbands death so much.” -Ann Coulter talking about the women who lost their husbands on 9/11. Her books are national best-sellers. Then I heard this… “He’s moving all around and shaking and it’s purely an act…This is really shameless of Michael…

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