Locomotoring

Seven continents, seven seas, seven billion people and seven thousand good eats …

Archive for the ‘France’ Category

Space invader in Edith Piaf’s Paris

with one comment

Edith Piaf is exciting. A guided tour in the neighborhood where Edith Piaf was born, not so. However, it was our only trip to the edges of Paris. An added bonus was Père Lachaise Cemetery. What stood out on the trip, besides graffiti on Oscar Wilde’s tomb, was this odd art work above a specialty food store overlooking one of the oldest churches in the city. Didn’t quite realize what we were looking at until we saw Banksy’s movie “Exit Through the Gift Shop”. If I am not mistaken, this is work of Space Invader. I forgot to take down the name of the church but it is one of the two churches in main Paris with an attached cemetery and only one with everyday public access to the cemetery.

Distant view of the church

Distant view of the church

Church and the epicerie

Church and the epicerie

Space invader art above Epicerie

Space invader art above Epicerie

Behind the church

Behind the church

Written by Som

January 27, 2011 at 8:22 pm

36 Views of Paris

leave a comment »

For a slideshow, click here.

Written by locomotoring

January 24, 2011 at 12:01 am

Posted in Europe, France, Paris

Tagged with ,

Le timbre, French tranditional cuisine by an English Chef

leave a comment »

Mackerel with beet puree

Mackerel with beet puree

Blood sausage with mashed potatoes

Blood sausage with mashed potatoes

Fatty pork on a bed of lentils

Fatty pork on a bed of lentils

Outside Le Timbre

Outside Le Timbre

Located near Jardin du Luxembourg, Le Timbre is another small and delightful bistro serving traditional cuisine. Yet another place where I had to restrain myself from eating a big block of foie gras with a bottle of wine and loaf of white bread.

Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Som

January 20, 2011 at 9:01 pm

Posted in Europe, France, Paris

Tagged with ,

A traditional Parisian lunch at Le Comptoir

leave a comment »

Le Comptoir Bar

Le Comptoir Bar

Outside seating at Le Comptoir

Outside seating at Le Comptoir

Californians eat lunch early, what with getting up early in the morning for the 5 mile jog or an hour of hot yoga or both. A Californian tourist in Paris arrives early at restaurants during the lunchtime and gets a seat. An hour later would typically mean an hour long wait. Except for one or two of the trendiest restaurants, a reservation thankfully is not needed. Most places in Paris, one gets by with a few words in English, a few in French and lots of energetic hand gestures and facial expressions. Try doing that on the phone. So yes, I am grateful for the no reservation needed situation.

Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Som

January 14, 2011 at 8:46 pm

Posted in Europe, France, Paris

Tagged with , ,

Chocolatiers and pâtisseries of Paris

with one comment

Macaroons from Pierre Hermé

Macaroons from Pierre Hermé

Living a block away from Pierre Hermé and being restrained was perhaps the hardest thing I had to do in Paris. The first thing we tried was a small box of macaroons – jasmine, vanilla, cassis, rose, various chocolates, balsamic vinegar, pistachio, orange – if I had to recommend one, it would be cassis. Each was a bit sized piece but even in that single bite sized piece, there were three distinct textures and flavors, one that of the soft cookie on the outside, the second that of the tart jelly on the foot of the macaroon and third that of the rich, sweet and soft cream filling.

Mille-feuille (napoleon) was the one we just had to go back for the second time. It is a layered pastry with rich layers of soft chocolate and flaky layers of puff pastry – if you a need a reason to believe in Pierre Hermé’s genius, then this is it. They also had a bread advertised as chocolate bread but really was a chocolate croissant – a perfect take out lunch accompaniment.

Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Som

December 25, 2010 at 11:51 pm

Lady in the Lake, hardboiled crime in Paris

leave a comment »

Hot chocolate slurry

Tea House at Passage Christine

Of course in all great cities you walk and walk and walk. In Paris, you like me, perhaps choose to walk in good looking shoes. So, by the time evening rolls around, you are left sitting somewhere with very tired feet.

Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Som

December 18, 2010 at 7:53 pm

Le Reminet, a perfect Californian meal in Paris

with one comment

Le Reminet and neighboring wine bar

Le Reminet and neighboring wine bar

Le Reminet, Cozy interiors

Le Reminet, Cozy interiors

Food in Paris can be overwhelming. Particularly after a week of breakfasting on croissants, lunching on baguette and pâtés, and dining on delicious cuts of game birds, and pigs cooked in clarified butter and fortified with bacon jus. And crème fraiche topped pastries in between meals. How can you not eat well in Paris? But you can be also be overwhelmed by the craft – thousand layers in Pierre Hermes’ mille-feuille, minced pig’s feet stuffed in small potatoes at Christian Constants’ Les Cocottes, Joël Robuchon’s langoustini ravioli with truffle sauce to name a few. Le Reminet by Seine, near Notre Dame, is a tiny restaurant where we ate one of the most delicious meals this Paris trip. And we could have been eating in San Francisco.

Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Som

December 3, 2010 at 8:54 pm