Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Tuesday Tidbit: Knife care in Paris - Les Remouleurs

"A kitchen without a knife is not a kitchen" - Chef Masaharu Morimoto. Well I couldn't agree more but going even further, I would say, a kitchen without a sharp knife is a kitchen waiting for disaster. That was one of the first things I learned about at my cooking school. A dull knife will do you a lot more harm than a well sharpened knife logical really when you consider that you need to use more force to make the most basic of cuts.

Till sometime between the two world wars, the career of the rémouleur (knife sharpener) was very common throughout France. Off they went with the chariots equipped with a whet stone, ringing their bell as they crossed the streets of Paris thus signaling to the inhabitants in the surrounding buildings that they could come down with the knives & scissors for proper care. By 2007 however,  there were only about 6 or 7 in the city of Paris. A sad sort for all good knives.

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Eating like the Queen in Paris

I was greeted by a gentleman who took my hand, held it up near his chin, and bowed ever so slightly – you know, the way all the princes and dukes do it in the movies. It may surprise you to know that I was not time-traveling to a royal past, just visiting a restaurant in the 16th called Paul Chêne.

My friend and I blushed and giggled girlishly (when was the last time someone greeted you like that?) and we were whisked to a white-clothed table on the quiet street outside the restaurant, where we were immediately served champagne and the menu. Owner Harold Audouin explained - in perfect English - a bit about the specialties (such as the goose served in a sauce made from the family’s vineyard) and the restaurant itself.



Tuesday, August 27, 2013

A NEW MONTHLY HUB FOR AFRO-PARISIANS

In this Tuesday's Tidbit, we've turned the mic over to Qudus Onikeku, of YKProjects to tell us all about a new open association in Paris Afro Parisian who will be hosting their very first even this coming September in Paris. Now don't go thinking this is only for Africans in Paris. No way! This is for anyone interested in African culture and by no means limited to those of African descent. An open mic and a great way to meet some fascinating people. So mark your calendars for this September 27th!



Thursday, August 22, 2013

Jeanne B - Bistro Rostisserie and Table d'Hôtes in Montmartre

A recently opened restaurant on rue Lepic in Montmartre is making waves and creating some loyal patrons. Since I saw this spot open, I had been meaning to go try it out but time did not permit till just recently (so many restaurants, so little time). Jeanne B which is the second restaurant from these owners (the first being Jeanne A in the 11th), is a lot of things wrapped in one, a bistro, a rotisserie and table hôtes but doesn't lose you in too many concepts.


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