What’s Open in August? Our 2015 Calendar of Restaurant Closures

For years, we’ve been assembling a calendar to show you who will be staying open during the summer holidays, based on information that we’ve confirmed directly with the restaurants.  This year, we’ve added a Google calendar that you can can bookmark or even import into your own calendar.  Continue reading What’s Open in August? Our 2015 Calendar of Restaurant Closures

The World’s 50 Best Restaurants for 2015 are…

The annual ranking of the World’s 50 Best Restaurants has just been announced. El Cellar de Can Roca in Girona (Spain) now wears the crown and Copenhagen’s Noma has fallen to #3 with Osteria Francescana in Modena (Italy) sneaking up to grab second place. Here’s a look at where Paris ranks among the best in the world, according to this jury. Continue reading The World’s 50 Best Restaurants for 2015 are…


Following their success with Verjus, where the more elaborate formula of dégustation + wine pairings has drawn a loyal following of happy locals and visiting celebrities, Braden Perkins and Laura Adrian have decided to open something more casual. Let’s call it “serious casual” because at Ellsworth (named for Perkins’ grandfather), foods that you might see at a county fair are elevated through careful sourcing and a sincere spirit of DIY. Corn dogs are thus filled with house-made rabbit sausage and paired with bitter mustard greens. Potato skins are topped with melted tomme and enlivened by crunchy chicken skin instead of crumbled bacon.

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Five Great Paris-Brest

The Paris-Brest is traditionally a wheel of choux pastry sliced in half, filled with hazelnut praline cream, and topped with a crispy crust of slivered almonds and powdered sugar. It was invented in 1910 by pastry chef Louis Durand to celebrate the Paris-Brest bicycle race that pedaled from the city center past his shop in the western suburb of Maisons Laffitte and out to Brittany each year. Since then, the dessert has become a classic and is found in pastry shops all over Paris. But who makes the best?

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Le Grenier à Pain in Montmartre wins 2015 Best Baguette Contest

Félicitations to Djibril Bodian of Le Grenier à Pain Abbesses for winning First Prize in the 2015 Grand Prix de la Baguette de Tradition Française de la Ville de Paris,  a.k.a. The Best Baguette in Paris Competition. If Bodian’s name sounds familiar, it’s because the Senegalese born, second generation baker also won the top prize five years ago. His bakery will be providing bread for President Hollande and the Elysées Palace for an entire year, just as he did for Sarkozy back in 2010.  Continue reading Le Grenier à Pain in Montmartre wins 2015 Best Baguette Contest

Our Favorite Three Star Restaurants in Paris

In discussing the three-star restaurant L’Ambroisie, which ranks among the most expensive in the world, people often bring up a quote by chef Bernard Pacaud. “Someone’s first meal here is never their best,” he once said. “It takes at least two or three meals for us to learn the customer and for the customer to learn us.”

This was true for food blogger Adam Goldberg, who wrote a scathing report of his first meal at L’Ambroisie. After returning more than twenty times, however, he declared “I am now certain that this is the finest French restaurant in the world.” Continue reading Our Favorite Three Star Restaurants in Paris

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