There are a lot of inflammatory stories in the media about how Europe is trying to bully the US in trade talks into “giving back” its cheese names. Should producers in Vermont be able to name their cheese after a French or Italian village? Are
For the second year in a row, the winner of the Best Baguette in Paris competition comes from the 14th arrondissement. Congratulations to Antonio Teixeira from the Délices du Palais for placing first in the annual Grand Prix de la Baguette de Tradition Française de la Ville de
Well, not exactly… but the Michelin starred chef will moving in when the Molitor swimming pool reopens next Spring as a splashy (sorry) new hotel. The Art Deco landmark near the Bois de Boulogne will be transformed into a hotel with all 124 rooms (hopefully
The Latin Quarter gets a bad rap from those who only know the tourist-clogged rues de la Huchette or Pot de Fer. If you haven’t been back in a few years, you’ve missed the food and wine renaissance that’s taken place amid the Roman and
The Michelin Guide has just released its 2014 designations. Here’s a quick summary, for those who are still following the Red Guide, plus links to the reactions from local and foreign critics.
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.
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.
Appearing on Charlie Rose last week, the chef of Spring Restaurant joked with his interviewer about hosting a dinner for people who share the name, or a connection with the name Daniel Rose. At the time, the American chef was unaware that a new restaurant had
How many baguettes does the jury of this venerable competition actually taste? And do they swallow?
Tarte citron? Paris-Brest? Éclair au chocolat? Gone, gone and gone.
Spring Boutique, the shop run by Daniel Rose and Spring Restaurant, has effectively closed.
Chef David Toutain, along with nearly the entire kitchen staff, have left Agapé Substance.
After being outed in nearly every French media outlet, Marie-Claire boss Jean-Paul Ludot is forced to apologize for his “clumsy” free meal request.
James Henry, the Australian chef who made a name for himself at Au Passage, will open Bones in early December.
Beginning this week, chefs from The Fat Radish on Manhattan’s Lower East Side will be cooking a series of pop-up dinners for the Fashion Week crowd.
If Kristen Beddard has her way, kale will soon be widely available in Parisian markets and restaurants. The revolution starts this Thursday at Verjus.
The rumors are true: Eric Kayser has opened on the Upper East Side, serving seven days per week and until 11:00 at night. How very New York…
PbM readers slam Les Fines Gueules for rotten service and segregated seating.
Frenchie Wine Bar will soon double in size and be joined on the rue de Nil by the first-ever retail outpost of Terroirs d’Avenir.
After the summer holiday, Pierre Jancou will reopen Vivant Table with a new chef and more serious culinary aspirations. Vivant Cave will open next door around September 15, offering small plates, sandwiches, plats du jour, and plenty of natural wines.
According to the newspaper Le Parisien, three Paris restaurant were recently busted for trafficking in cocaine. The historic L’Escargot Montorgueil, which has been serving the namesake gastropods for more than a century, has in more recent times been serving rails as well as snails.
Iñaki tumbles from the Top 10, Ducasse gets booted from the list entirely, Robuchon continues to climb, and Septime stakes a claim at the far end of the list.
After the wild success of Le Camion Qui Fume, Paris now has a second food truck to stalk. The Cantine California opened for business on Saturday April 1st, selling burgers, carnitas, and red velvet cupcakes at the Marché Saint-Honoré.
It’s truffle season in Paris, and the knobby tubers are turning up on restaurant menus all over town. Many people, however, don’t know their Alba from their elbow, and can’t understand why a kilo of fungus might sell for thousands of euros. Are are some basics, with a little help from truffle maven Patricia Wells.
Our coverage of the (largely uncovered) 2011 Salon du Chocolat, including the all-chocolate lingerie show.
Gail Simmons recently returned to Paris for the first time in a decade and (helped in part by your Twitter suggestions) ate her way through the city. She named the sweetbreads at Spring and Frenchie’s cod with smoked eggplant as two of her favorite Paris tastes. But what else did she put in her mouth?
For the 4th year in a row (see past results below), a bakery in Montmartre has taken home the top prize. Congratulations to Pascal Barillon of Au Levain d’Antan! We’ll report on the remaining top 10 results as they are revealed later tonight. You can click on any of the links to see these bakeries on our Google map, and you can visit Our Guide to Paris Bakeries for practical information and reviews.
- Le Chateaubriand – #9 in 2011, up from #11 in 2010, #40 in 2009
- L’Astrance – #13 in 2011, #16 in 2010, #11 in 2009, #11 in 2008
- L’Atelier Saint-Germain de Joël Robuchon #14 in 2011, #29 in 2010, #18 in 2009, #14 in 2008
- Pierre Gagnaire – #16 in 2011, down from #13 in 2010, #9 in 2009 #3 in 2008
- L’Arpège – #19 in 2011, not ranked in 2010 or 2009, #46 in 2008
- Alain Ducasse at the Plaza Athénée – #45 in 2011, down from #41 in 2010, not ranked in 2009, #18 in 2008
Photo Bruno Verjus (Food Intelligence)
Michelin Guide France 2011
The Michelin Guide has just announced its annual star shower, with the following changes for Paris restos:
- New 3* designations: none. This is the first year since 1992 without any new three-star restaurants. Le Cinq was rumored to be a contender, but will remain a 2* for at least one more year.
- New 2* designations: Passage 53, L’Atelier Etoile de Joël Robuchon, and Jean-François Piège.
- New 1* designations: Frédéric Simonin, Les Ambassadeurs, Le Baudelaire, Sensing, Antoine, and Le Fourchette de Printemps.
- Deletions: La Table de Joël Robuchon (now closed) and Montparnasse 25.
Score: the kind people at Omnivore have just provided 10 free passes for us to give away to readers who want to attend their three-day food & wine festival in Deauville (Feb 20-22). More on how to win these tickets below, but first a few