I’ve been out of Paris over the week-end, we’ve visited a dog breeder’s farm in the Sologne region to find us a new flat coated retriever but our short trip happened to turn into a culinary excursion, too. We roamed close to Aubigny-sur-Nèr, that’s very close to the banks of the Loire, so close, in fact, that we had to fight some inundations on the way.
…in Paris, a plush Grand Hotel only a stone’s throw from the Elysée Palace whose actual occupant Nicolas Sarkozy is said to be a regular costumer. This honour has caused the Bristol‘s chef Eric Fréchon some damage though. In 2009, when the Michelin guide finally awarded him with the maximum 3-star-listing, the decision was instantly blamed as biased, to say the least. François Simon, France’s most influential food critic, harshly rejected Michelin’s pick, claiming that Fréchon’s cooking wasn’t really where it’s at. […]
…in a three-day-event most of you won’t be able to attend, I’m afraid. Yet thanks to French Food Fool (and to Keiko, my generous Japanese colleague who invited me) you’ll get an idea about what will be going on at the restauration temple at Place de la Madeleine. Today, the grand old master Alain Senderens was wandering around in a cook’s jacket, chatting here, shaking hands there, embracing friends, and talking about French and Japanese cuisines, about fusion, about globalisation and […]
…even if Guy Martin’s restaurant has lost its third Michelin-star some time ago. I’ve eaten there when he was still in three-star-heaven but already going down a bit. The ravioli filled with foie gras were nice though, as was the classic Poulet de Bresse. Don’t expect experiments in a restaurant founded in 1760! Here, the menu still reads like a poem of the good old bourgeois days, before the financial crisis, that is: Brittany lobsters, caviar, fat soles and frog […]