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Most people when they think of France, they think of only two places: Paris and Provence. While I’ll admit both are lovely spots for a visit (or in the case of Paris, to live in), there’s a lot more to this country than those two destinations. I suppose the romance of lavender in everything and hoards of tourists does have its appeal, but to me,…

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I’m at Camp Cassoulet this weekend! (More pictures on my Flickr page.)

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Since I originally wrote this post, I’ve updated it several times (most recently in 2015) since Paris has become much more gluten-free friendly. For those who need to avoid gluten, France may present more of a challenge than other countries. But recently gluten-free eating has gained a more visibility and in Paris, it’s not necessarily the obstacle that it once was. That’s not to say…

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I think I need to move to New York City for a whole year to eat at all the places that were on my list to try. Although, honestly…I could certainly just go to Zabar’s everyday and die a happy man. And for all the scoffing that Whole Foods gets, I’d be thrilled to have a store with the range of fine products that they…

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Who says New Yorkers are pushy? Although I couldn’t convince him to cut in line, watch me teach Adam Roberts how to Shop Like A Parisian in New York City. (And yes, the camera does add 10 pounds…either that, or I seem to be sporting a Pinkberry-Belly.)

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Pinkberry

must have more Pinkberry

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One of the best markets anywhere, and a great place to start a whirlwind culinary week in New York, is the Greenmarket, which takes place a few times a week in Union Square. New York’s Greenmarket is a colorful riot of fresh corn, technicolor heirloom tomatoes, fresh-made Ronnybrook ice cream (which I didn’t get to try since my consorts put a damper on things and…

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Last time I was in Chicago, it was a few weeks before Christmas and I joined the queue for Garrett’s Caramel Corn. The line wasn’t that long…or so it seemed, and when people told me the wait was two hours I didn’t believe them. That is, until after I’d waited for 20 minutes and barely moved three steps forward. So I left and decided to…

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Zabar’s

I’m always complaining that in Paris, you can never find what you’re looking for. Let’s say you need shoelaces that are 110 cm. You’ll go to the shoelace department at the enormous BHV department store and on the wall of shoelaces, they’ll be 90cm…100cm…105cm…109cm…111cm. But 110cm? Of course not. So here I am in New York presumably the greatest shopping city in the world. And…

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