Japan, Part 3: Tokyo

My self-guided food trip around Japan led me to my final destination, and capital of Japan; Tokyo. Tokyo is an eclectic city, filled with a mix of old and new, high tech gadgets and cartoon mascots. It was even more crowded than Osaka and Kyoto (probably combined) and it’s wackyness never leaves you bored. A … Continue reading

La Tête dans les Olives

La Tête dans Les Olives (meaning head in the olives) is a tiny wooden store in the 10th arrondissement. Here, as the name suggests, you will find all the olive oils in flasks and dark glass bottles brought from Western Sicily by Cédric Casanova. There, Casanova works with local olive growers to produce more than a dozen … Continue reading

Jamón ibérico

Jamón ibérico (Iberian ham), also known as pata negra (black leg) is a type of cured ham produced mostly in Spain, but also in some Portuguese regions where it is called presunto ibérico. Pata negra is at least 75% black Iberian pig. The black pig lives primarily in the southwestern parts of Spain including Salamanca, Seville, Cordoba and Ciudad Real.  The difference between the breeding of pata … Continue reading

Astier and Jeanne A.

When I had dinner at the Hidden Kitchen a couple of months back, I met a couple who raved about Astier and Jeanne A. I remembered the American woman telling me the 3 good reasons to go to Astier: 1. the generous cheese platter plunked on your table where you can eat as much as … Continue reading

First days of Spring

Paris has been blessed with such nice weather during the week. Unfortunately, I had to stay indoors at work. I had my fingers crossed it would continue throughout the weekend. It came true! It was a beautiful day to stroll around Paris and boy did I stroll…from Odeon to the east of Paris near Filles … Continue reading