I had an Epiphany this weekend… 140 140, rue de Belleville M: Jourdain

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Dada

Today was the final day of the exhibition simply titled Dada at the Centre Pompidou. Paris is a city that doesn’t really embrace modern art. I mean, when your history is thousands of years old, the last 100 years are nothing but a ripple. But the Pompidou Center proudly holds it’s place in the center of the spiral of Paris, the famous inside-out building which…

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Sandra Purins is the lucky winner of an autographed copy of The Great Book of Chocolate. The Menu For Hope II raffle raised over $17,000 for UNICEF to aid the people of Pakistan. Big thanks to the many generous people, like Sandra, who contributed in our effort. I’m thrilled to be able to take you (wherever you are!) to my favorite ice cream place in…

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Yes, that’s a few slices of my pain aux ceriales from Le Grenier à Pain paired with some delightful cheeses that I discovered when visiting one of my absolute favorite fromagers here in Paris this morning. Disclaimer: I confess to a secret and unfulfilled ambition. Except for working outside in the icy-cold winter and freezing my bourse off, getting up at a godawful hour, and…

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News Flash! This blog has been named one of the Top 10 Food Blogs Good Enough To Eat by About.com, a division of The New York Times.

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One of the great things to do in Paris is to wander. I’ll often catch a film, search for a monument, of just mètro to a far-off neighborhood…then walk. The 13th arrondissement of Paris is a real cross-cultural quartier. Part of it is the quartier Chinois, where there’s huge and small shops selling exotic Asian fruits and vegetables, as well as unidentifiable cuts of meat…

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Sometimes I feel like I must be walking around with a sign on me that says… “Even though it’s obvious from the way I’m holding it, I’m carrying a fragile dessert that I’ve spent hours making… …But please feel free to walk right into me anyways.” Yes, that was me trying to navigate Paris, tranversing the sidewalks and mètros of Paris, hoping to make it…

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Sleepy-eyed after a very long night of wining & dining, I crawl out of bed and pour myself a steaming hot bowl of café au lait and toast slices of pain au levain… The beginning of another year in Paris. I bring the bowl to my lips and take a comforting sip. MMmmm… I slather butter on my warm toast. It melts and forms little…

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I wish you all a wonderful New Year and Bonne Année. My New Year’s Eve celebration will be filled with fresh oysters from Brittany accompanied by slices of fresh rye bread smeared with salted butter, a coupe (or two..) of rosé Champagne, and a nice wedge of caramelized Almond Tart for dessert, a delicious reminder of my days at Chez Panisse. It’s bubbling nicely now…

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