Saturday, October 30, 2010

l'Atelier de Joël Robuchon

I had lunch there last week before I went to Italy, and it was pretty amazing.  The space is interesting but the decor is totally bizarre and a little distracting.  I must say, though, it was the best food I've had yet in Paris.
I had an eggplant confit-zucchini-tomate confite-mozzarella 'millefeuille' that had possibly the best mozzarella I've ever eaten; it was somehow fluffy.  I then had veal sweetbreads with a little chard leaf folded around an onion-bacon saute, and a perfectly-reduced jus; it was so good I cried.  And for dessert I had an incredible coffee-chicory affair.  At the bottom was an unsweetened coffee gelee, sprinkled with hazelnut crunch.  On top of that was a scoop of perfect coffee-chicory ice cream, and the whole thing was covered in coffee whipped cream, which was the exact same color as the ice cream.  I hardly could tell where the ice cream stopped and the whipped cream started.  Then there were these paper-thin, melting, bubbly waves of chicory wedged in the top - they were very delicate, crisp, and melted instantly on my tongue.
Highly recommended.

Saturday, October 23, 2010

These are not potatoes,

Donato with one of his treasures.

Jared, the fantastic Canadian sous-chef.

Tartufi bianchi d'Alba: 
I think there may not be anything more delicious or intoxicating on the whole planet.

Monday, October 11, 2010


front of the house

      view from my window                  study leading into my room

view down the original 16th-century staircase

more church from my room

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Auchan, a giant supermarket

We arrived in Noyers yesterday, a too-cute-for-words medieval village near Chablis, to hang at Rod and Marco's house - more to come on this place, we'll be here for 10 days.
After Rod picked us up at the Tonnerre train station, we stopped at the crazy Safeway-style supermarket called Auchan. Kind of awful, but kind of rad, because it's in France and everything is so fascinatingly different.
I loved these cans... (do we have canned potatoes in the US?)

And these baskets of mussels with seaweed around them were on their own sailboat display stand near the fish counter; the boom box in the back was playing the sound of waves crashing.  For real.

Possibly the best, and most bizarre, were these sets of bottles of wine in slippers.  Strange, but I kind of get it; pop the cork, get the slippers on, relax... but then there was a giant slipper with a magnum in it.  If you know anyone with only one foot, size 22, Auchan has it covered.  

Monday, October 4, 2010

Lost in Translation

While waiting in line at the rue de Buci 'Carrefour' grocery store the other day, I found myself checking out all the sugary breakfast cereals. Herewith, three entertaining choices...
Electro' Choc
Miel Pops Cracks (!)
my personal fave, Croc Bizz