Friday, December 7, 2012

Arabelle Meirlaen: Cuisine Intuitive

Just opened today's post on Les 5 du Vin and decided I must share it here. Sorry for those who don't read French (try putting it through Google Translate to get the gist). Both her restaurant and her book sound wonderful! Had to share a couple of the photos:

Gorgeous, aren't they?

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Fewer French Drinking a Glass of Wine Every Day!

Mon Dieu! Less than 20 percent of French people drink a glass of wine ever day! Check out the article at:

"Numbers enjoying daily glass of wine on slide"

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Les Incontournables Macarons de Noël de Pierre Hermé!

Les Incontournables Macarons de Noël from Pierre Hermé:
Boîte de 12 macarons composée des saveurs suivantes :
PX - Pedro Ximenez et raisins blonds macérés

One of the macarons in the assortment--the PX:

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Inbound: Part Four

Just over a month since I arrived in Luxor and I'm finally getting around to my final post about the process of arriving! In April of this year I made a small donation to the fundraising campaign for "Trésors du Caire". The project revolved around restoring two treasures for installation in the new "Arts de l'Islam" department of the Louvre: a mashrabiya and a Mamlouk porch. Here is a video from the Louvre that was produced to encourage donations to the two projects:

Here is a another video from the Louvre which discusses the restoration process for the porch (in French, but you'll catch the drift):
For more videos including this one, all with English subtitles, click on the following links:
And in August I received an invitation to visit the Louvre and particularly the new department gratis between it opening date of September 22 and December 15. Well, guess who was going to be in Paris in October and thus able to take advantage of the offer?
Here are the front and back of the invitation:
October 13 was a rainy Paris day, which made it perfect for visiting a museum:
I spent over three hours in the department and I barely scraped the surface of the two levels of extraordinary items. While the layout is a bit confusing, the displays themselves are excellent. And the design of the space really works. Here are just a few examples of both architecture and displays:

And here are photos of the Mamlouk porch which has been installed as a passage between two sections of the display space:

My name on the video display of the list of donors!
Here is the fully restored mashrabiya:
By the end of my visit I was suffering from the MEGO (My Eyes Glaze Over) effect, but I shall return as often as possible to be able to examine individual items and sections more thoroughly.

On my way out of the museum I caught this interesting juxtaposition:
The old encompassing the modern surrounding the recent--an untitled piece in laser-sculpted stainless steel by Belgian artist Wm. Delvoye. The whole a fitting image of the Louvre itself!

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Jardin d'Antan

Oh to be in Paris and visit Pierre Hermé to get a taste of this, the last of his special "Collection Éphémère" macarons--Jardin d'Antan (violette and anis)! Miam miam!!

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Truth in Advertising!

Man cannot live by bread alone, but women can do a pretty good job!
The baguette was warm and we had torn off chunks to devour even before we had left the boulangerie parking lot!

A Day in Paris...

I had one quick and very full day in Paris, before heading to Blois today. Here are some of the highlights!

I got a chance to watch the leaders in the Paris Marathon as they passed my hotel (Hôtel de la Porte Dorée) in the 12th:
And then there were all the others!
By Métro over towards the Musée Jacquemart André with a walk along Boulevard Haussmann. Doors, shop windows and "publicité":

The museum, the exhibition (Le Crépuscule des Pharaons) and lunch in the restaurant were all superb, as usual! The show was a great reminder of how beautiful many of the artifacts from the Egyptian Late Period are. Do go if you're in Paris before July 22.

Then by Métro to the Hôtel de Ville, where I had hoped to see the Doisneau show, forgetting that the Hôtel is closed on Sundays! Not wanting to go underground again quite yet, I strolled along the Seine and up to Bastille where I grabbed another train back to my hotel.

Charming period dresses for little girls
After some R & R back at the hotel, I hopped back on the Métro and rode all the way across Paris to Invalides/Tour-Maubourg because, thanks to the heads-up from my friend Andrea (Merci mille fois!), I had purchased a ticket to the 3D spectacle titled "La nuit aux Invalides" which was running from April 11 to April 18. I had not been to the Hôtel des Invalides since the summer of 1972, during my first visit to France. We had to stand outside the cour d'honneur for almost an hour before we were admitted for the show and I have a few pictures of the exterior of the hôtel:

The spectacular "spectacle" covered its history from its establishment by Louis XIV through the Napoleonic era and into the 20th century. Astonishing images which are quite impossible to describe adequately! Here is a video which demonstrates a little of what we experienced:
I had purchased the ticket which included a "visite" to the dome des Invalides, where Napoleon's tomb is located, after the show. Some images:

Yes, that's liquid nitrogen! Quite atmospheric...

All in all, a full and fulfilling first day in Paris! Also an exhausting one...

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

"Jardin Secret" at Pierre Hermé

Guess where I'll be stopping once I get to Paris this weekend!
Miam-miam! Macaron "Collection Éphémère Jardin Secret" at Pierre Hermé: rose, vanille et clou de girofle!!