Monthly Archives: November 2013

Ordering Coffee in Paris

It can be a struggle to decipher the coffee menu before you’ve actually had your coffee. We get it. We’re here to help you understand how to order exactly what you want in a corner café or specialty coffee shop.

Gâteaux Thoumieux

A mint green & marble pastry palace from Jean-François Piège, whose rue Saint-Dominique mini empire includes Brasserie Thoumieux, Restaurant Jean-François Piège, and Hôtel Thoumieux. The salted butter and pear tart was particularly pleasing, but skip the disappointing and aggressively chewy macarons.

Angry Farmers Blockade Paris Today

Tired of getting taxed till the cows come home, belligerent farmers are protesting with a plan to blockade major routes in and out of the city this Thursday. Those venturing beyond the peripherique (shudder) will want to plan ahead and leave extra time to avoid cows, tractors, trucks and angry men with pitchforks.

Akrame Opens in Hong Kong

Akrame Benallal, the chef behind the restaurants Akrame and L’Atelier Vivanda in Paris’ 16th arrondissement, has just opened a restaurant in Hong Kong. Who else is there now? Joël Robuchon, Alain Ducasse, Pierre Gagnaire.

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Des Gateaux et du Pain Opens on the Rue du Bac

Des Gateaux et du Pain has just opened a new location at 89 rue du Bac. That’s two doors down from Pâtisserie des Rêves, a short amble from the chocolate mousse bar at Patrice Chapon, and a few steps away from prune Armagnac ice cream at Le Bac à Glaces.

Eating & Drinking in Pigalle

A recent editorial in the New York Times claims that hipsters have ruined Pigalle. However, the author’s withering references to good coffee and gourmet hot dogs lacked the concrete details necessary to procure these delicious items. We’ve compiled our own guide to eating & drinking in Pigalle, filled with recommendations from the very people Chatterton Williams holds responsible for ruining Paris. Go forth and destroy.

Le Fooding Awards 2014 Palmarès

The newly updated Le Fooding Guide has just announced its annual awards with a focus on relaxed and affordable joints: Fooding d’honneur: la bande des Bars Populaires, Au Passage (11th), Bones (11th), l’Orillon Bar (11th), les Pères Populaires (20th) Meilleur pizzaiolo: Salvatore Rototori, Il Brigante (18th). Fooding d’amour: Buvette (9th) Meilleur bar à délices: Le Mary Celeste (3rd) Meilleur lèche-doigts (Best

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Costco is Coming to France

The American behemoth Costco announced that it will be setting up its shop in the Parisian suburbs in spring 2015. This will be the first of 25 shops they hope to open over the next two decades. We don’t expect this to make much of

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Daniel Rose Publishes a Cookbook

Chef Daniel Rose of Spring restaurant has just published a cookbook. He drew the pictures himself, wrote recipes with Sophie Brissaud, and even included a few short stories (whah?). In Paris, Spring Book is available at the restaurant (6 rue Bailleul 75001, 01 45 96 05 72) and at the Librairie

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Costes Puts (ugly) Baby in the Corner

In what will come as a surprise to no one, looks matter in a Costes establishment. According to accounts collected by Le Canard enchaîné and republished by Le Monde, servers are required to be young and to dress sexy. One former waitress recounts being told that they

Review: Lazare

Lazare is not an open and friendly haven for travelers or gastronomes. It is a club masquerading as a restaurant, employing the sort of velvet rope snobbery that one expects to find at Le Montana or a Costes establishment. There is nothing Eric Fréchon’s kitchen could have produced which could have salvaged the worst service I’ve received in nine years of writing about Paris restaurants.

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Celebrating Beaujolais Nouveau In Paris 2013

Wednesday November 20, 2013 (night before) La Robe et le Palais (13 Rue des Lavandières Sainte-Opportune, 75001) Owner Olivier Schvirtz and sommelier Loic Mougene throw what is possibly Paris’ last remaining quality-conscious midnight-release party for Beaujolais Nouveau on Wednesday the 20th November. The multi-faceted event will run

Bouillon at Les Enfants Rouges restaurant in Paris |

Les Enfants Rouges

Practical information Address: 9 rue de Beauce, 75003 Nearest transport: Filles du Calvaire (8) Hours: Closed Tuesday and Wednesday; Open Thursday-Monday for lunch and dinner Reservations: Book a few weeks in advance Telephone: 01 48 87 80 61 Average price for lunch: 20-39€ Average price for dinner: 20-39€

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French Oysters Have the Herp

A nasty case of oyster herpes is compromising French stocks, and English oyster farmers are accusing French oyster pirates of coming over to raid their beds. Insert cold sore joke here. (via The Independent)  

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