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 21, 2013

Le Beaujolais est arrivé! Beaujolais Nouveau is here!

What's all the fuss about every 3rd Thursday of the month of November? Why its' the Beaujolais Nouveau of course. The French take on this worldwide well-known wine is a bit different than in the US for example and wine connoisseurs have their say on whether its worth the fuss or not. This year's release which comes out today. Preston Mohr of Paris by the Glass shares a bit of background on the craze and offers up some advise. Will you be trying some? 

Le Beaujolais Nouveau Est Arrivé- By Preston Mohr

Growing up in the States, I always remember seeing these funny signs written in an incomprehensible language (even after several years of junior-high French) hanging about the supermarkets and liquor stores around Thanksgiving. What was this purplish-red elixir disguised in the gaudy colorful labelled bottles? And what was all the commotion about?

Beaujolais Nouveau has worldwide appeal

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


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!

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