All posts by Meg Zimbeck

Much Ado About Munster: Cheese Names Do Matter

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

2014 Winner for Paris’ Best Baguette

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

Yannick Alleno to Cook in Swimming Pool

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

Edible Latin Quarter

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

2014 Michelin Results for Paris

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.

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.

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.

Pierre Jancou to open a new wine bar

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.

Cantine California by Grant Rosenberg

Another food truck hits Paris

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.

Truffles – Black Diamond Basics

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.

The Best Baguettes in Paris are again in Montmartre

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.

Paris Rankings Among the World’s 50 Best Restos

Paris Results

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New Michelin Guide promotes Piège & Passage 53


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:

Get OFF for free

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