Links Du Jour

People are going nuts over Ici ice cream, in Berkeley. Mary Canales rocks. Go eat her ice cream.
Tell her I said hi.

Not to upstage the timely importance of baby Suri, a reader sends me a link to this (a bit too) juicy history of Chez Panisse from Vanity Fair.
Um, thanks for sharing, JT.

Spend a week in Gascony, without leavin’ your laptop.

A chocolatier, looking at the comments to a recent interview, announces to me he’s single…and looking.
David fears making the announcement on his blog will cause his traffic to spike, and cause his server to crash.
(Chocolatier offers to send chocolate bars studded with bacon bits. David accepts.)

Zagat Guide to Paris restaurants for 2006-2007 is released. Big party at George V with lots of free Champagne and mingling with top Paris chefs. Taillevent is still #1.
David wonders why French web sites always have that God-awful music, and waits for invitation to lunch.

Homemade ginger ale wows Paris.

Skype announces that all calls to fixed phone lines in France for SkypeOut users will be free through the end of 2006.

KitchenAid offers blenders for just $39. Also announces ice cream making-attachment for European-model KitchenAid mixers.

Louisa shows how to turn espresso upside-down. Then eat it.

Amazon tell me,“Go build yer own store!

Adam & Family get shafted by the Powers That Be at Le Cirque.
Owner’s son writes a tearful response….which fails to elicit sympathy.

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  • Judith in Umbria
    September 14, 2006 3:22am

    Whoa! Davide! You are a font of info all over the map today. Is the cooler weather revving your engines?

  • eg
    September 14, 2006 8:34am

    I think it is the caramels….

  • Judith in Umbria
    September 14, 2006 9:13am

    David, meet eg, my sprog.

  • September 14, 2006 10:28am

    David, Frederick *is* very attractive, but he’s not a lot of good to me if he’s in America. France I could manage, but America is useless to me.

  • September 14, 2006 11:52am

    Curse you David — you’ve kept me in front of my computer for an hour, following your (delicious) links.

  • September 14, 2006 12:52pm

    Hey, thanks for the link(s)! I’d better go buy something from Amazon, to thank you…!

  • Jinxie
    September 15, 2006 12:24am

    Good god! Chocolate with bacon bits?! I’ve dreamed of such a combination…Knowing nothing about Mystery Chocolatier aside from his single status and genius ideas…I know enough to know he’s my dream man.
    I’m only half joking, you know.

  • September 15, 2006 1:29pm

    Tell Frederick Schilling I said “hi.” :)

  • September 15, 2006 1:59pm

    I’ll pass on all of your comments to Frederick when I see him later one. He’s on his way over now…

  • September 15, 2006 2:10pm

    Fun mix of stuff David. I’m sorry to have missed Ici, I once had an idea of opening a homemade pickle joint on College Ave-ice cream definitely is more friendly. I too thought Frederick was adoreable, but it was his mind that impressed me the most- Lastly, I did happen to catch the Le Cirque write-up. Wow, the power of the blogger. Oh, so sorry about the fruitcake! I was just thinking of starting some now…and that moldy fruit fly image is haunting me.

  • Mark
    September 15, 2006 3:29pm

    I caught the inclusion of the search engine friendly baby Suri. LOL.

  • Sarah
    September 15, 2006 6:33pm

    Ahhh, lots of interesting links today. Much thanks for the link to Ici Ice Cream. You are one of the whopping TWO food blogs I read, and I would hate to miss out on good ice cream in Berkeley. Vanity Fair article was also interesting. I may just end up dragging my entire dorm floor down to Ici. We’re always up for ice cream :)

  • September 17, 2006 5:10am

    you mean frederick is on his way to paris?? i’ll fly over if he is! lol…

  • September 17, 2006 1:50pm

    I get the subtle (?!) hint…. Hey, next time I can get away from my Hawaiian paradise to beautiful Paris, let’s say we do Taillevent for dejeuner. Dinner there is delightful and memorable, I can only imagine lunch to be the same. I am sure it will be a “hosted” lunch, but by whom is the question.

    FYI, I think I will pass on the fruitcake this year. The HUGE loaves you send last a good long time.

  • Belle
    September 18, 2006 12:34am

    So you’re employing your matchmaking services in exchange for chocolate? I’d never dream you were so easy!

    Speaking of dreams, you must be careful,David, about mentioning Frederick + caramel spread in such close proximity to one another;what’s a girl to think?


  • September 18, 2006 7:48am

    Too bad I missed Ici Ice cream… next time round.
    Interesting article about Alice Waters and Chez Panisse. I met her a week ago and had a nice chat with her. She didn’t come across anything like the article described. I have to agree that having fresh food or reasonable portions isn’t an Alice Waters invention. It’s common sense!

  • September 18, 2006 9:02am

    LPC: I can’t wait to go to Ici…too bad you missed it!~

    Alice is often portrayed a bit differently than she actually is, but when you’re well-known, everyone comes out of the woodwork with stories. Hopefully no one will talk about what I did 25 years ago. I mean, didn’t we all do stuff way back when, that we perhaps wish we didn’t? I hope my biographers are a bit kinder to me than they have been to others…

    Belle: I wish I could start a matchmaking service. I would begin with Frederick and Caramel, and go from there. I’d be rich!

    Cliff: A-ha! Now I’ve got it in writing. When should I reserve for?

    Mark: Oh no! Does that mean people searching for Tucker Carlson and Suri are going to find me as well?

  • September 18, 2006 2:48pm

    holy cow, Frederick is SINGLE??? i’m single and looking, i love Ashland and i love chocolate! we’re a perfect match!

  • Alphonse the Noble
    September 18, 2006 3:27pm

    A perfect match indeed! Hands off sister – I saw Frederick Schilling first!

  • a dear, dear friend
    September 18, 2006 3:40pm

    DAvid and Cliff – Taillevent for lunch at 70 euros a head (booze extra) is cheap at the price. And Cliff is hoping to find “someone” to host the lunch? Don’t be a cheapskate dear Cliff – take David to lunch – he needs a square meal. BUT! If you’re really lucky I’ll come to Paris for the day and take you both!! There now!