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.
Congratulations to Sébastien Mauvieux, whose baguette de tradition won the 2012 Grand Prix de la Baguette de la Ville de Paris. Bravo!
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.
Nominations for the annual Saveur Best Food Blog Awards have just been announced, and we’re a contender in the category of Best Culinary Travel Blog. How cool is that? Other Paris nominations in 2012: The delightful Dorie Greenspan and the hilarious David Lebovitz are both nominated for Best
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.
Free macarons from top Paris pastry chefs all day long on March 20!
Paris’ first food truck has been sitting idle for nearly two weeks as they try to untangle some administrative red tape, but they’ll be smoking once again this Saturday as part of the Colette Carnaval.
The Michelin Guide has just released its 2012 designations. Here’s a quick summary, for those who care.
In anticipation of the February release of its Red Guide, Michelin has announced its Palmarès Bib Gourmand for 2012.
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.