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Catching Up: Paris
Posted By doriegreenspan On July 30, 2012 10:08 AM In At Home in Paris, Markets & Boutiques, Out and About in Paris, Paris, Restaurants, Chefs, & Artisans | 44 Comments
There have been so many moments over the past month or so that I've wanted to post a photo and just share a tidbit with you, but ... And so, here's a hodge-podge of stuff, in no particular order and for no reason other than fun.
Six people, 17 cheeses, crisp white wine, good conversation and lots and lots of great information from smart, funny Meg Zimbeck, our cheese tour leader from Paris by Mouth. Meg is a friend and Paris by Mouth (to which I am an occasional contributor) is one of my go-to sites for information on Paris restaurants and food shops. Now it's the site I send people to when they tell me they're interested in taking a food tour of my favorite city. Meg does great chocolate and pastry tours, but one Wednesday, cheese was on the agenda and I happily became part of the group. We toured Androuet on rue du Bac, Barthelemy on rue de Grenelle and Saunders in the St Germain des Pres covered market, buying perfectly aged or pristinely fresh cheese at each stop. And then we filed into Bacchus et Ariane in the covered market, told Georges Casellato, the proprietor, that we wanted white wine that would be both right for the cheese and for the 90 degrees F weather, pulled up a table outside the shop and tasted and tasted and tasted and tasted. This was learning at its best.
I told you this would be random. Here's Michael, my husband, neatly pitting cherries without a cherry-pitter. His homemade technique: He pushed the pits out with a chopstick ... gently, of course. All in aid of my making streusel-topped cherry tartlets with whole cherries.
Even more random, but not wholly unrelated to food is this hat from the whimsical and wildly talented Marie Mercie. Her shop is on the rue Saint Sulpice, near my apartment, and I always stop to see what new hats she has. While Paris was having a heat wave, this snail hat remained cool.
And here's the vegetable plate from Le Comptoir. Those of you who know me, know my rule: If there's an empty table at Le Comptoir, grab it. Usually following this rule means having lunch after 3 pm, but one afternoon, Michael and I returned by the market at about noon and there was a table on the terrace, the two-top that immediately became ours. When this dish arrived, a woman two tables down looked at my plate and exclaimed: I should have had that! I passed her a small plate of vegetables and, in return, she sent over a piece of her terrific tuna. (And yes, she was French. I add this because it surprised one of my French friends.)
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