Épure

Finding a wine bar in Paris isn’t such a hard thing to do, but having a GOOD wine bar, not overpriced, serving great wines, is. I tend to think wine bars, nowadays, sort of pressure you into ordering a full meal, but thankfully at Epure, this is not the case. I’d call Epure more of a … Continue reading

An Ode to Paris

I cannot believe it has been 2 years since I first moved to Paris. I remember arriving in the city of lights full of hope, fear, excitement, joy…well a mixture of feelings really, not knowing what to expect, not knowing where I would be in 6-months time, how would I cope with my new adventure, … Continue reading

French Basque Country

The French Basque Country, also known as “The North Side” (Iparralde” in Basque), is situated within the western part of the French department of the Pyrénées-Atlantiques, and is equally part of the northeastern part of Basque country. Stretching from the border of Bilbao, Spain, French Basque country begins at the border with Spain until Bayonne and Biarritz, both … Continue reading

La Fabrica

7 months of eating pintxos is definitely a challenge, and surely once in a while, you’re up for a restaurant sit-down, serving a 3-course prix fixe meal. Well, that happened to me.  As much as I love the idea of pintxos and getting to taste a little bit of everything, I thought it would be … Continue reading

Txotx! Straight from the Barrel

It’s cider season in Guipúzcoa region! The municipality of Astigarraga, where I currently live (5 km away from San Sebastian centre) is a real point of reference within the cider sector. In Spain it is mainly produced in the Northern areas and they are appreciated for their high quality.The town boasts a 17 sagardotegia (cider houses in Basque … Continue reading

A La Biche au Bois

Where can you find a restaurant in Paris that serves traditional French food, is wallet-friendly and is not bursted with tourists? I know just the place., which is especially great and convenient for the holidays.  Since moving to Paris in September 2010, I have been longing to eat at A La Biche Au Bois. If … Continue reading

Café Constant

Not all great restaurants in Paris open on Sunday evenings so I perused through some local food blogs and found out that Café Constant was open in the 7th. It’s been a while since I have wanted to go and now was my chance, especially since I have visited his other establishments, such as Les Cocottes, which … Continue reading

Pottoka

As you enter Pottoka (“my wild little pony,” loosely translated from the Basque) , you are lead into a narrow car-sized space. The walls are light grey, the lighting is dim but not dark and the tables are tightly packed next to each other; holding up to 45 people. ‘Welcome back to Paris’ I told myself. Unusually … Continue reading

Septime

This new venture from the young Chef Bertrand Grébaut has created a huge buzz and excitement in Paris’ gastronomic scene. Back in the day, gastro-bistros as they were called would be the hottest ticket meals in town as well-known chefs who had closed their fancier places for a smaller dining room serving traditional French food … Continue reading

Café des Musées

Corner bistro with outdoor seating? Check. Open everyday? Check. Honest and wholsome French cooking? Check. Café des Musées is an honest bistro in the heart of the Marais district. One that is open on Sundays. The corner location of the restaurant with its wood paneling and mini outdoor seating area makes it very Parisian. Though … Continue reading