The first two times I went to Passage des Panoramas, only good things happened: L’Arbre a Canelle and Passage 53. My third visit in this landmark passageway still did not fail to please me. This time, I paid a visit to Racines, a tiny narrow wine bar which serves natural wine and market-inspired cuisine. The wine is … Continue reading

Aux Charpentiers

Behind the Marché St. Germain, this old bistro attracts clients from all over the world to fellow Parisians seeking a time of yesteryear. A few steps away from the oldest church in Paris, Aux Charpentiers is equally historic (more than 150 years old). The restaurant resembles any other Parisian bistro except here on the walls are old … Continue reading

L’Arbre à Cannelle – Paris bistros still alive

The origins of the word “bistro” is still under debate. Linguists and historians inform us that the term originated during the Russian occupation of Paris in 1815 where starving Russian soldiers would yell “Bystra” (“Hurry”) to their French counterparts. Consequently, this term was adopted for small eateries where one could sit down for a quick … Continue reading


The chef Benallal Akrame has just opened (6 weeks to be exact) his own restaurant in the heart of Paris, closed to the Arc of Triomphe. Chef Akrame garnered a great CV working at El Bulli with Ferran Adria and then with Pierre Gagnaire before working in the subterranean Konfidential in the 1st district. He now has … 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


Just let go and put yourself in the hands of Pierre Jancou (food-wise and yes wine-wise); formerly from Racines and now proud owner of Vivant, his new venture in the cool and hip 10th arrondissement. Pierre himself greets clients, takes their orders and even has the time for a small chat. He’s very well-versed in … 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

Le Jeu de Quilles

Le Jeu de Quilles, in the 14th arrondissement, is a very special, tiny restaurant holding 18 covers where the chef, Benoit Reix, (formerly of Les Fines Gueules) prepares French comfort food with an interesting twist in an open kitchen among convivial surroundings. We were surrounded by regulars who were constantly chatting away with the very laid-back chef. … Continue reading

Boucherie Roulière

Boucherie Roulière runs through the Roulière family, who has been in the meat business for five generations, opening its first restaurant in Tours in 1877. Jean-Luc Roulière, the fifth generation butcher opened the restaurant in 2006. As the name suggests, it’s mostly about the meat in this small narrow joint of 35 covers where customers feat on … Continue reading

Le Ribouldingue: not for the faint of heart, but for those who want to eat it.

Le Ribouldingue is certainly not for the faint of heart, but for those who want to eat it. Yes, eat…heart that is. And bones. And liver. And kidney. And tongue. Basically it’s all about the offal parts (organs) here. The squeamish luckily can order beef or fish from the menu and be happy with their … Continue reading