Brunching, Birthdays and Twinkies

4 April 2010

There’s nothing better than knowing that Sunday isn’t the end of the weekend. I love what I do for work, but sometimes it’s nice to have a 3 day weekend to decompress and come back fresh and recharged, or at least that’s what is supposed to happen. This weekend was not unlike many weekends, complete with brunches, overeating and friends. Saturday may have been gray and rainy, but the day was filled with good eats and good people. I met a friend for brunch at Twinkie which is like a bohemian hybrid of British, American and French breakfast/brunches spots. Breakfast fare of bagels, muffins, fresh fruit juices, eggs, club sandwiches, savory tarts, cheesecake, scones, sausage and beans and a gluten & lactose-free menu, is served all day from 10am-6pm. The decor was minimalist yet inviting and somewhat resembled what I would imagine a Scandinavian canteen would look like. The service was efficient and pleasant and they were even accommodating, allowing me to substitute matzah for the bread basket that came with my menu. Luckily there was nutella and jam to make up for the cardboard-like consistency of the matzah. And while there were boxes of twinkies on the shelves decorating […]…

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Taking pleasure in no self-control: Chocolate Peanut-Butter & Banana Tartlets

22 March 2010

I don’t know if I mentioned this, but I was supposed to be off dessert for lent. You ask, but aren’t you Jewish? Yes I am. But I thought that by giving up something in solidarity with my Catholic friends I’d be more likely to exercise self-control. Well, that’s gone out the window. Between cupcakes, tiramisu, milano cookies and bits of chocolate here and there over the last couple of weeks, this test of self-restraint was an epic fail. Giving up foods does not work unless you’re Catholic and then somehow you’re able to for at least 40 days a year. I just don’t have it in me. This weekend was no exception. I went to my friend’s daughter’s first birthday party (the first of my friends to have a baby, I might add) where, in true mommy fashion, there was enough food for an army. Little Miss Cupcake provided the Baby Einstein themed cupcakes and Pizza Hut provided… well you know. To top off a weekend of gluttony, I wanted to make the recipe for Chocolate Peanut Butter and Banana Tartlets that I saw on Serve it Forth. An easy recipe in theory, but my mishap with the tartlet […]…

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Food Porn Vol. III: Italian Edition

14 March 2010

There is by no means a shortage of Italian restaurants in Paris but finding the treasure among a myriad of duds is not always easy. I had heard about Fulvio a month ago and thought a dinner with friends was the perfect occasion to test it out. Fulvio, named after the jovial Sardinian owner, is cozy and unpretentious with an original menu. If it isn’t Fulvio himself that comes to your table to read you the menu it is one of the pleasant servers who reads off each dish one by one explaining when necessary. We got an order of bresaola and shredded parmesan and marinated vegetables as an appetizer, copious enough for 5 people to share. For the main dish, I was tempted by the ravioli au chèvre et miel (goat cheese and honey raviolio) but I ended up opting for the escalope de veau au citron (lemon veal escalope) with a side of creamy pasta. It was excellent. Cédric had the penne au speck et au broccoli in some kind of vodka and cream sauce.  But the most memorable dish of the evening was dessert – one of the best Tiramisu I’ve had in a long time. It […]…

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Pomze: The Pleasure is in the Apple

6 March 2010

Where do you go for an inventive, high quality meal in Paris that doesn’t leave you feeling like you need to unbutton your pants halfway through the meal? On Boulevard Haussmann, two minutes from the Saint Augustin Church, is a real gastronomical treasure. Pomze (the word for apple in French is pomme)is original and innovative, built entirely around the theme of apples. From the deco of the restaurant and the gourmet shop on the bottom floor right down to the  cider cellar and dishes proposed on the menu, everything is inspired by the Daniel Dayan’s passion for apples.  With restaurant experience in Vienna, Tokyo, Prague, he fell in love with a fruit that is often ignored on menus. The 100+ varieties of apples in France allow him to develop countless ways to include it in each of his dishes. 600kg of apples are delivered each week to satisfy client demand. “The idea is not to serve a baked apple with each dish…” says the founder. Indeed, he goes far beyond using apples as side dishes. The presentation of the dishes as well as the ways in which apples are incorporated is both refined and elegant. I was astounded by the […]…

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