Monday, January 26, 2015

Maison Objet 2015

After Solli and I ate ourselves silly at the Fete de la Coquille a Montmartre on Saturday, on Sunday we met up to 'do' Maison Objet 2015.
Here's a mere smattering of what we encountered.

All the insane picture-taking. :)

This dame drew lots of shots.

Clever home décor Spanish Guardarte went pink flamingo-flamenco for MO.

Spanish Desigual offered us solace 'from the maddening crowds' with
Sparkling Cava, Manchego cheese, Clemintines

And harp playing to 'soothe our ruffles' souls.

Brand new 'cool' Greek epicerie KILI KIO, gave us olives and showed off their take out lunch(13 euros) at their new Republique boutique.  34 rue ND de Nazareth 75003

A fab Spanish VMW on display.

Loved this handsome spice vials from Le Monde 100% Epices en tube.

Like the millions of candles on display.

How candles are made. Who knew?

I was ready for a chocolate egg by the time we got to Monbano. No chance. You have to wait for Pacques/Easter.

Stacked Glass cubes embossed on the inside.

The best stacks of all at MO - new seating arrangements. Just flop down anywhere and relax.

Colorful balls/bowls on the wall from BIBOL made of thin bamboo in Vietnam.

We both flipped for new ceramic pots from Belgian GREEN PAN

Sooo much better than Teflon and so much healthier. And you can fry a square egg!

I loved this heating blender that also cooks! your soup.

From Scott with recipes designed by top Lyonaise chef Georges Blanc.

Mad about this mat Japanese-style casserole. Sometimes a pot just rings your bell doesn't it?

These all rang my bell in fact from new mark Terre Etoilee in collaboration with Habitat (but formerly the renown Staub in Alsace.

Raphael was explaining that Pierre Herme's factory is just 10 meters from theirs in Soufflenheim.
I said we would be visiting Very soon!

Just what we all need now since we're perpetually glued to our iphones, ipads, tablets, what have you.
Just make an announcement with this china.

Sunday, January 25, 2015

La Fete de la Coquille a Montmartre

This weekend my favorite Parisian foodie celebration is taking place !!

A definite DON'T MISS if you're in town.

Celebrating one of my favorite foods, the lovely scallop (coquille) from Brittany.

Everything and everyone is from the Bretagne, l'Armor area.
The REAL thing! Authentique. These are smoked scallops btw.

I went with blogger Solli. We shared 1 brochette (7 euros) fresh off the grill.

No sharing the oysters though.

Just 7 euros for a half doz. fresh, icy, super brinie oysters(huitres).

Solli slurps.

Then on to the soup guys, there every year from L'Ile Bleue. A big bowl is 2,50 but a good sized bottle is 3,50. I shlept 2 home and may go back for more. So delish.
To go with your huitres and soupe - cidre or sparkling apple juice. I got one to take home. I was loaded.

A big variety of Brittany beers and ciders.

On to dessert!

The ineffable kouign Amann, made with Brittany caramelized salted butter. We were told to toast in the oven for 10-15 minutes. I do mine in a pan on top.
I ran the other way when I saw the wonderful crepes

With salted caramel. I overdid it 2 years ago eating two crepes with caramel + scallops, oysters, soup, Kouign amman. Lecon learned.

Always the Armor-Luxe stripped Ts and all butter cookies.

The Brittany band played on...many bands.

Just take Line 12 to ABBESSES, the elevator up et voila!
The fete is right in front of you at Place des Abbesses
Do wear something red please.

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Paris (Hot) Dogs!

Heavy duty research of The New York hot dog in Paris has kept us very busy at PB HQ.

Bear and I were near moved to tears when we spotted Jeff Koons' dog at the musée Pompidou last week. Memories of New York hot dogs past came to mind in a whoosh of emotion and knocked us flat. The hot pursuit was on.

Head honcho of Serious Eats, Ed Levine picked Frenchie To Go for the best hot dog of  Paris and best taste of 2014. He waxes poetic..
'The hot dog in its brioche bun is a work of art, maybe not deserving a place in the permanent spot in the Louvre, but worthy of a gallery showing on the Left Bank for sure. I took a bite. The memory of Nathan's flooded back to me. It had that snap, the grind gave it a perfect, just chewy enough texture, it had been properly smoked, and the garlic and salt that seasoned the hot dog were perfectly proportioned. 
*And it even had a surprise, an innovation that US hot dog sellers should take note of: the housemade sauerkraut, redolent of juniper, was beneath the hot dog, nestled in the depths of the brioche bun. It was the hot dog equivalent of finding the surprise gift in the old boxes of Cracker Jacks.'
We went charging off for a dog. Is he talking about the same dog I ate? The bun was not soft. The mustard squiggles got on your hands whilst eating?!(8 euros)
A classic Nathan has the sauerkraut piled up high on top.
Underneath the dog? No way José!

One can see why the French are entranced by the iconic classic NY hot dog.

Doth not the French éclair appear to be a relative? Having perfected the one, they are perhaps driven to perfect the other?

La Mosaique - Pat's Hot Dog 56 rue du Roi de Sicile Marais was buzzing last Saturday.

Could this be Pat? To busy to ask.

You put on the toppings yourself - Relish, hot peppers and tiny fried onions.

I got the 'Alsacien' not noticing it was a chicken dog. This tasted more like a REAL New York hot dog than Frenchie I gotta say. Plus gelatteria Pozzetta is across the street waiting with pistache gelato. What's not to love? The price is right too.

At Les Halles cinema I passed on the so-called Original New York dog. No kraut on offer.

Leonie's Deli is brand new, open just one month 67 rue d'Argout

Everything is bio.
I got the 'Bonnie and Clyde'
pain blanc - saucisse de Strasbourg
cheddar fermier - relish - oignons frits
moutarde douce / ketchup
Did they have any kraut?
No way. Too stinky they said. Hmmm.
Other options:
Paul et Virginie, Jeanne et Serge, Laurel et Hardy, Tristan et Iseult.

This shop LOVES hot dogs and does them proud. Their serving tray has a mission statement printed on it. You won't need a book here.

On to HUTCH 63 rue du Faubourg Saint Denis 75010

This place came the closest to fulfilling our dreams of the REAL New York dog. Their options are simple and right on. All for 4 euros.
Manhattan (cheddar)
Brooklyn (oignon confit)
Coney Island (chilli! a first in Paris)
New York(chou blanc!!)

And they didn't mind a bit putting the sauerkraut on top. Yahoo

Ze dog New Yorkaise parfait at Hutch wins Top Dog in Paris.
For a brief moment I thought I was back in New York.
Will a Sabrett hot dog cart please come to Paris!!
Now back to eclairs.