Results from the annual competition to name the city’s best baguette – the Grand prix de la baguette de tradition française de la Ville de Paris – have just been announced. This year’s winning baguette was made by bakers Mickaël Reydellet and Florian Charles from La Parisienne at 48 rue Madame in Saint-Germain.
The Michelin Guide has just released its 2016 designations, and for the first year in a while there’s actually something to discuss. Here’s a quick summary of the wins and losses, with a few choice words about Ducasse and links to reactions from other writers.
First hamburgers arrived, then Tex-Mex. But never before has the Americanization of French food culture been more evident than on January 1, 2016, when the Union of Hospitality Trades and Industries handed a down a “strong recommendation” to restaurants serving 150-200 covers per day that they make doggy bags available to their customers.
Despite some breathless early coverage, there is no obligation enshrined in law. This misreporting seems to arise from the fact that the recommendation is part of a larger law targeting food waste. Nonetheless, the move is an important one for a country that throws away a reported 7 million tonnes of food waste per year – and where, up until now, there was no expectation that a restaurant would allow its customers to take their leftovers home.
Giovanni Passerini, the Roman chef behind the beloved and now-closed Rino, has today opened a fresh pasta shop near the Marché d’Aligre at 65 rue Traversière, 75012.
Pastificio Passerini will make fresh pasta daily to cook at home and sell everything needed to make it into a meal, including various jarred ragus and sauces, fresh herbs to infuse into butter, Parmigiano Reggiano cheese, cured meat, and a handful of high-end Italian grocery products.
On opening day, the chef had fresh pappardelle, taglioni, and tagliatelle (fresh and buckwheat), plus three stuffed pastas including Taleggio cheese and seaweed ravioli, ravioli with pumpkin, brown butter, pistachios, and bergamot ricotta, and an agnolotti with mortadella, chicory, pork and veal. Prices for the fresh pasta are astoundingly low for the quality, with plain versions selling for €1.90 per 150 grams and stuffed pastas for €3.90, with roughly 150 grams suggested per person.
The heirloom produce purveyor is branching out into bread.
Diners can expect simple, seasonal, small plates and excellent wines, per usual. Fourmont says that the bar, also called Le Pigalle, “will be more about assembly than cooking, like a kitchen where most of the preparation is done beforehand. The jam may have been made last summer, and the evening menu this morning.”
For hours and practical info, check out our guide page for Le Pigalle.
He seeks out and photographs a different edible masterpiece each day, and his color and pattern combos are a feast for the eyes.
This weekend, Brooklyn Brewery is loving the city right back.
There’s nothing new at A l’Étoile d’Or, and that’s perfect.
Rarely is “it’s just like it always was” a compliment, but a delighted customer at the shop’s re-opening this week meant it as high praise. The iconoclastic and historic candy shop, which features hard-to-find, old-fashioned sweets from throughout France, had been a fixture in Pigalle for over 40 years when, in February 2014, an accidental nearby explosion destroyed the shop and forced its closure. Sweet lovers mourned the loss of unusual candies like the bars of Bernachon chocolates from Lyon (the only spot in Paris to get them) or blackcurrant jellies from Dijon with a liquid center.
French food magazine Fulgurances has just opened L’Adresse in the trendy neighborhood off the 11th and will be serving dinner four nights a week (Wednesday-Saturday) as part of their new culinary residency program. During a six month stint, partnering guests chefs will have the opportunity to try out running their own restaurant.
Chez la Vieille occupies an unassuming corner at the intersection of two quiet streets, Bailleul and l’Arbre Sec, between the Louvre and what’s left of Les Halles. It was opened by the formidable Adrienne Biasin back in 1960 and catered – like most restaurants in this neighborhood – to a clientele of workers from the nearby Les Halles market. When the towering iron and glass pavillions were torn down in 1971 and the market was transferred to the sanitary suburb of Rungis, the “old lady’s” place remained as a comfort for locals who were (and still are) mourning the loss of “the belly of Paris.”
Foul play is suspected with the fowl at La Recyclerie, the sprawling restaurant/urban farm/flea market/bar in the 18th arrondissement. Six of the sixteen chickens were stolen during the night of September 8th from their urban farm alongside the railway tracks, they reported on Facebook.
According to La Recyclerie, the birds are a valuable part of the restaurant team who help maintain the gardens, participate in their anti-waste and recycling efforts, and serve an important function in their farm’s educational efforts.
Hovering fifty feet above the corner of Sèvres and Babylone is the image of a hipster eating a hot dog. The waxed tips of his mustache curl up as he gazes down upon the sidewalk scene below: an elegant woman wearing a camel trench coat is loading her shopping into a car. This is the line for valet parking at the city’s most expensive department store, and madame’s bags are bursting with jars of bacon jam.
Between now and October 17, Le Bon Marché (LBM) is celebrating New York’s most populous borough with their Brooklyn Rive Gauche festival. Throughout the department store and their next-door food hall La Grande Épicerie, black water tower display stands direct shoppers to kale chips, artisanal matchsticks, and beard cream.
There will be twice the spice this Fall in Paris when Szechuan restaurant Deux Fois Plus de Piment opens a second branch called Trois Fois.
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.
The universally beloved Franco-Chinois restaurant from Adeline Grattard has been closed for months as the team prepared to move to a new location.
The new spot at 121 rue Saint Honoré isn’t open quite yet, but François Simon announced that tickets will be available today for 20 of his readers to attend a pre-launch party.
There’s no set date for the actual launch, but their website promises the same fusion fare, just in a larger space.
Rooms will start at 200€ and guests will have the option to be chauffeured around town to any of the group’s other establishments – Beef Club, Fish Club, Prescription Cocktail Club and Curio Parlour – in a vintage DS Citroen 1973. For those who prefer to stay and stumble closer to home, the rue Victor Massé features plenty of other cocktail destinations – L’Entrée des Artistes, Lulu White, Glass, and Dirty Dick, to name a few.
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.
Have you ever wanted to eat a few hundred baguettes in a few hours? Are you free on Thursday, March 26th?
Enter to win one of six spots on the jury for the Grand Prix de la Baguette 2015.
France, the last winner and host of the Bocuse d’Or, failed to take home a single award in the international culinary competition. Norway beat out 24 countries/competitors for the gold, and the United States, in second place, had their best showing ever.
The reliably cynical Fox News network has been broadcasting an interview with Nolan Peterson (photo at right), a supposed security expert and confirmed bozo who has declared Paris to be dotted with “No-Go Zones” where “in just a ten-minute cab ride from the Eiffel Tower, you can be walking through streets that feel just like Baghdad.”
Baghdad, eh? How wonderful for Baghdad if their streets are also filled, as these districts are, with modern bistros, craft breweries, natural wine haunts, vegan cafés, and spots for Philly cheesesteak. Not to mention a place that ranks among the World’s 50 Best Restaurants and a bakery that won the Best Baguette in Paris competition.
Inspired by a rebuttal by Sened Dhab, we decided to plot all of the wonderful restaurants, bars and shops that fall within these unterrorized borders. They are some of the most vibrant quarters in Paris and you shouldn’t hesitate for a single moment to visit.
Due to the ongoing hostage situation at a kosher supermarket near Porte de Vincennes, Le Figaro reports that police ordered the closure of shops and restaurants along the rue des Rosiers in the historically Jewish neighborhood of the Marais today.
Most of the shops normally close for the sabbath on Friday evenings and all-day Saturday, but were forced to take extra precautions and shutter early this afternoon.
We have just learned that there has been a mass shooting at Charlie Hebdo, a long-running satirical magazine. Speaking at the newspaper’s offices in the 11th arrondissement this morning, President François Hollande characterized it as “undoubtedly a terrorist attack” and an “act of exceptional barbarism”.
According to Le Monde, two masked men entered the newspaper’s offices with automatic rifles at 11:30 am, killing 12, and injuring at least 10 others.
Read more on France 24 (English) : “Live: ‘Terrorists’ in deadly shooting at Paris HQ of French magazine”