Terroir Parisien Dining Room II
Anyone with locavore leanings will love Yannick Alleno’s modern new bistro Terroir Parisien, which pays homage to the agriculture of Ile de France, the department surrounding Paris, and the somewhat forgotten cuisine of the region.

Alleno, a three-star Michelin chef, is known for championing local farmers and ingredients, first with his ¨Terroir Parisien¨menu at the Meurice and then with a beautiful book by the same name, which showcases his favorite producers in Ile de France and recipes from the region. [click to continue…]


 Patrice Gelbart  in the kitchen
After leaving his Aux Berges du Cerou in Salles, a tiny village (50 habitants) near Toulouse, and spending some time at the Verre Volé, Patrice Gelbart has opened Youpi et Voilà, a modern French bistro on a nondescript side street in Paris’s 10th arrondissement.

The restaurant is small and the decor simple with stone walls, a handful of dark wood tables, cherry-red leather banquettes, industrial lights, and an open kitchen where 5 lucky customers can dine while watching the chef perform.

Gelbart, a self-taught chef, is passionate about working with small local producers and the best seasonal products, many of which are organic. His cooking is subtle and creative, using generous amounts of fresh herbs and plants with a mix of textures and flavors. There are no heavy sauces, and little fat-just clean bright flavors. [click to continue…]


Gyoza Bar–Japanese Dumplings in Paris

by phyllisflick on January 29, 2012

I am a big fan of gyoza, those crescent-shaped pan-fried Japanese dumplings, and would be happy to make a meal of them, if I could manage to do so without seeming like a glutton.

Guillaume Guedj and Shinichi Sato have solved this dilemma with the newly opened Gyoza Bar located a few doors down from Passage 53, the restaurant which earned them two Michelin stars, in the beautiful Passage Panorama.

The space felt more like New York than Paris with hushed zen surroundings, counter seating and an open kitchen–if you could call it a kitchen since there’s not much cooking going on. [click to continue…]


Is There a Chef in the Kitchen? What some restaurateurs in France don’t want you to know.

January 16, 2012

If Fernand Siré has his way, menus in French restaurants will soon have to disclose if a particular dish is made in-house and whether it was prepared with fresh, frozen or canned products. Sadly, in a country known for its gastronomic heritage, more and more restaurants in France are relying on prepackaged, industrially made products […]

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Le Galopin: Creative, Market-based Cooking in the 10th

December 10, 2011

I was excited to hear that Romain Tischenko, Top Chef winner and Ze Kitchen alumuni, had recently taken over Le Galopin, a neighborhood bistro just a short walk from my apartment on the colorful rue Sainte Marthe. The Rue Sainte Marthe, if you don’t know it, is worth seeking out.  It’s an interesting street lined […]

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Le Camion Qui Fume, Burgers at Paris’s first food truck*

December 5, 2011

Like most American Expats in Paris, there are times when I crave things you can only get back home. BBQ, buffalo wings, a corn beef special, and a great burger all come to mind. You can get burgers in Paris of course and will find them on just about every menu, but they’re usually average […]

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Le Fooding’s Cambuse Effervescente

October 26, 2011

The 2012 edition of Le Fooding Guide appears in newsstands on November 17th, and will list 900 of their favorite addresses, 450 of which are in Paris.  It will also include the 11 winners of this year’s Prix Fooding for best chef, best bistro, best kept secret, amongst others, which will be announced on Monday […]

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La Ruche Qui Dit Oui, Bringing Farmers and Consumers Together in Paris

October 16, 2011

  I spent last Saturday at the Comptoir General unloading boxes of the last of summer’s tomatoes and the first of fall’s harvest: bundles of swiss chard, carrots, yellow onions, wrinkled savoy and bright purple cabbages, potatoes, herbs, apples, and pears.  We carried jars of ratatouille, home-made tomato sauce and brown paper sacks filled with […]

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Voy Alimento, Vegan Cuisine in Paris

October 10, 2011

My eating habits might strike you as strange. On most days of the week I try to eat vegetarian but then will cross town to buy something like this.  Luckily, I see nothing hypocritical about a person who advocates a healthy diet but still likes to eat a good burger now and then. After reading books […]

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July 17, 2011

One of the trends in cooking this year has been an emphasis on well-sourced products—often local, sometimes wild—and cooking techniques that bring out the best of an ingredient’s natural flavour; at his recently opened Septime, Bertrand Grébaut reminds us that in expert hands, French cooking can transform the best ingredients into something even better. After […]

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