Tuesday, March 20, 2018

The Paper, dessins d'Israel Sylvestre, Paris map, Jour du macaron, Spring?

Bear is happily back home, king of the Manor, guarding that French watercolor paper you're curious about.
It seems to still exist at Arches (in Arches). Perhaps you'll have better luck procuring some than I did. Contact information is below. I bought my supply 5 years ago at NY Central (closed now) when they stopped distributing it to the US.
It has been sitting in Louise's closet. Time to bring it home.
Plus a chance for a couple of missed Nathan's hotdogs. Food has such a nostalgic pull.
Still I prefer the view coming up out of the Paris Metro than the NY subway even if skies are grey.
And I discovered something worthy at Picard's Hello America promotion - very good stuff.
Last week an exhibit of drawings by 17th century artist, Israel Sylvestre opened at the Louvre.
He's renown for his splendid perspective views of Versailles and vaux le Vicomte.
I especially  love his tiny figures of everyday life. French families relaxing and at play just as they do every weekend along the Seine.
I thought I'd adopt those playful figures for the March macaron map
But after sleeping on it, less figures and more shops looked better to me. Paris maps went in to the mail today!
Colorful March macarons are such a cheerful harbinger of Spring
I couldn't resist the macaron hunt today, first at Pierre Hermé at 72 rue Bonaparte.
Then over to patisserie Arnaud Lahrer on 93 rue de Seine.
I hope macarons never go away. The colors, the flavors are too joyous.
Yesterday we had inches of snow in Paris. And today pink flowers are in the garden!
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Monday, March 12, 2018


A very quick trip to NYC and a quick post...
To pick up my FRENCH watercolor paper I can NOT buy in France
3 days spent cutting it up to fit in my carry-on bag
On Norwegian...great current movies btw
A last blast up to 57th street to see Bergdorf's terrific windows.
I miss you Bergdorf windows. I miss Nathan's
Its nice the guys in the Apple store speak English
But other than that I felt most of the time like an ant.
A lost ant in the canyons of. New York City
Heading home to Paris NOW. Hooray
Cheers Carolg and Bear

Thursday, March 08, 2018

Omnivore Paris etc.

Last sunday OMNIVORE PARIS had their 3-day annual tasting event. Hooray
ALAIN MILLIAT is always there. Love their nectar Fraise(strawberry) and the pommie juice and...
BADOIT is one of the sponsors and has new sparkling fruity waters coming out this Spring
You probably should not drink this divine Canadian maple syrup straight from the bottle but its that good. Pass me the. Mandarin
Taste some Bellota-Bellotta charcuterie..why not?
ALASKA SEAFOOD was there and will soon be available in PICARD. Another Hooray
Copper pot company MAUVIAL 1830 was not giving anything away unfortunately..so beautiful.
But lots of oyster tastes from Cancal, LA FAMILLE BOUTRAIS. THEY THOUGHT i was nuts to take the shell away..
LA BEURRE BORDIER tends to hide behind their mountains of falvored butters. Getting a taste here is like pulling teath...ahem
You can't buy the products at this even. Strictly tasting and best to go the last morning. Less crowds. More, bigger tastes. Most of the time.
Except with jam/confiture. Here you can taste till you drop. Just svp do not double dip!
There are top chef lectures in the grand hall...good practice for your French but no tastes. I did not stay.
A lovely homage to PAUL BOCUSE from his china company. I used to have this bowl- left it in NYC
Speakng of which...by the time you receive this I will be on Norwegian heading back there for 5 days to retrieve a few things and eat a Nathan's. Just when Picard decides to have a US ptomotion too! Ha

Sunday, March 04, 2018

Salon de l'Agriculture 2018

There are a lot of food fairs this weekend in Paris. Yesterday I visited SALON INTERNATIONAL DE L'AGRICULTURE at Porte de Versailles (ligne 12). Today is the last day so get over there vite.
Meet the star of the show, Haute, an Aubrac cow, on most Paris buses and in the Metro this week. She is 6 years old and grew up in Laguiole, Aveyron. Inquiring minds etc.
She's on the Salon's shopping bag of course.
I don't know the numbers of visitors but there are tons of people of all ages visiting SIA. Very well-behaved too.p
I only made it to Halle 3 where 13 regions of France have their products on offer. Plus tourist info for each region.
A huge array of honey.
Maybe they should change the name to Salon de Confiture - so many jam makers. And the variety of flavors: Figue orange, blueberry citron, saffron apricot, apricot lime, strawberry mint..you get the idea.

A giant basket of products from Normandy i would have been happy to take home.
Endless cheeses
The French like their organic vegetables with the dirt left on svp. Proof of terroir?
No dirt on these veggies
Halle 3 has possibly 20-25 regional restaurants inside or just sit down on the floor and munch.
Lavandre from the Provence section.
Violet garlic from Cadours. I picked one up to inhale and was offered free samples to take home. No problem. Corsican stands were selling a kilo of almonds in the shell for 6€. I couldn't pass up their fabulous Clementine jam. Today I'm off to Omnivore Paris food fair, a rather more upscale event with top chef demos and lectures at Maubert-Mutualite. Mer et Vin is on at Champerret.
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Xxx Carolg et Yellow Bird