Hits and misses at Le Fournil

I really liked my high school French classes because there was a strong emphasis on learning about Francophone culture, besides the standard vocabulary and grammar essential to any language study. We learned about life in French-speaking countries outside of France, popular songs, and movies. And of course we learned about food. I have a lot…

French perfection on the Oregon coast

Last weekend, I visited Oregon’s Cannon Beach, known for its giant sea stacks, including the looming Haystack rock. The beach is another one of the Pacific Northwest’s cold gray ones, not a stereotypical golden tropical getaway, but it’s teeming with animal life, from the birds soaring through the air around the sea stacks to the…

Doing vegan right at Hank Burger

I’ve been valiantly “trying” to eat healthier lately. Because I’m trying to not think about the gumbo, fried pickles, fried shrimp, fried oysters, hushpuppies, coleslaw, catfish, crackers and everything else I ate today, here’s a review pulled out of the past from that one time I had a vegan combo meal! Actually, it was 100% awesome….

Is L’As du Fallafel really the best in Europe?

It appears that I have been the only one not aware of L’As du Fallafel’s staggering reputation before I ate there. But everyone else in Paris seems to know about the place. This was the line: It was Sunday in the Marais, and the Marais is the only area of Paris that doesn’t shut down…

The best katsudon in Paris

Katsudon is one of those iconic dishes of modern Japanese cuisine up there with takoyaki, curry rice, beef bowls and okonomiyaki. These are all comforting dishes and a good katsudon needs to be comforting as well. The term “katsudon” is a mashup of tonkatsu (breaded and fried pork cutlet) and donburi (a dish consisting of…

Ippudo Paris

I never got around to trying Ippudo in New York, although I’d been meaning to go for years, so I quickly said yes when David  from Japan Kyutsu asked if I wanted to go to the newly-opened Paris location. Ippudo Paris is the Japanese chain’s only European location besides Ippudo London. We started with the…

Princess Crêpe

Princess Crêpe is a Lolita/kawaii-themed store in the Marais, a high-end shopping district in the center of Paris. The crêpes here are Japanese style, thinner, less eggy, and with a slightly stiffer, less bouncy texture than French ones. The crêpe batter is lighter than the French kind but Japanese crêpes contain many more fillings, resulting…

Provence eats

I decided to start this blog on the train back to Paris from two days of eating to blissful incapacitation in Provence. I just finished a roll I saved from a restaurant at Pont de Gard, home to a fantastic museum about the Roman aqueducts and famed aqueduct itself. Seeing the aqueduct and walking along…