Tag: france

Gavin Kaysen’s Stunning French Bistro & Bakery in Wayzata

Bellecour My friend Gavin Kaysen’s latest project, Bellecour, is an absolute stunner. The award-winning chef’s return to the Twin Cities in 2014 to open Spoon and Stable came with unprecedented buzz—a few years later and it’s still near impossible to score prime time reservations—but the announcement of Bellecour sent diners into a frenzy, with more…  Read More

Paris Bistro Favorites

A Few Paris Gems By Bob & Sue In addition to our favorite Michelin 3- and 2-star restaurants (L’Astrance, Le Cinq, L’Ambroisie, Pierre Gagnaire, Jean Francoise Piege, and L’Atelier Robuchon), we enjoyed some exciting meals in smaller venues and bistros:   Chez Georges This old fashioned bistro delivers classic dishes as well as anyone in…  Read More

Georges Blanc in Vonnas, France

Delicious French Comfort Food By Bob & Sue Picking the one greatest comfort food restaurant in the world would be challenging. But in France, naming the best Michelin 3 star comfort food restaurant might quickly focus on George Blanc, east of Macon. This is because of its two great signature dishes known for the simplicity…  Read More

Eating in Beaune, France in the Heart of Burgundy

Where to Eat in the Heart of Burgundy By Bob & Sue The most interesting food is not always found in the Michelin-starred restaurants, but often in the local bistros. During our six days in Burgundy recently, we had many memorable experiences in the city of Beaune and surrounding areas: Le Bistro At the gathering place for many…  Read More

Gilles Verot

Charcuterie from a Master Culinary Craftsman With two charcuterie shops in Paris and chefs from New York to London seeking out his meat arts for their Michelin-starred menus, chef Gilles Verot is the first charcutier to become an international super star. He’s the third generation in a family of charcutiers, bringing traditional country foods onto center stage…  Read More

Morning, Noon & Night in Montmartre

Where to Eat in Paris’ Montmartre Neighborhood By Devan Grimsrud Montmartre, in the north of Paris, has a long history of attracting artists and musicians. Famous painters like Van Gogh, Picasso, and Toulouse-Lautrec flocked to this neighborhood, still a refuge for Parisian bohemians. The area is flooded with a variety of accessible galleries and ateliers…  Read More

5 Questions: Jean-Pierre & Denise Moullé

French Roots French chef Jean-Pierre Moullé ran the kitchen at Berkley landmark Chez Panisse for more than 30 years until his retirement in 2012. His wife, Denise Lurton Moullé, was born into the Lurton family wine-making empire in Bordeaux, which led to her career in wine distribution and now a business leading wine tours through France.…  Read More

David Lebovitz’s Top Picks for Paris

Our Favorite American in Paris A veteran pastry chef who spent more than a decade working at Chez Panisse before moving to Paris and launching a wildly successful blog, David Lebovitz is our go-to guru for Parisian food and cooking. He’s written several cookbooks, including The Perfect Scoop, his best-selling guide to homemade ice cream,…  Read More

L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon

Always Special By Bob & Sue We visited both of Robuchon’s Paris Ateliers and enjoyed many different small plates including langoustine ravioli, foie gras hamburger sliders, iberico pork brochettes and of course the legendary Robuchon potaoes (made with decadent amounts of butter). Our all time most legendary chef appeared at the Champs-Elysees location, and we relived with him the…  Read More

L’Atelier de Joel Robuchon

Always Special By Bob & Sue We visited both of Robuchon’s Paris Ateliers and enjoyed many different small plates including langoustine ravioli, foie gras hamburger sliders, iberico pork brochettes and of course the legendary Robuchon potaoes (made with decadent amounts of butter). Our all time most legendary chef appeared at the Champs-Elysees location, and we relived with him the…  Read More

Paris

Indulge in the City of Light The French take their food very seriously. This is the country that created the tasting menu, doesn’t believe in low fat, and treats pastries as a kind of religion. Here are my favorite restaurants and hotels in Paris, from old school French bistros and Michelin-starred dining to casual spots…  Read More

L’Astrance

Paris’ Most Coveted Reservation By Bob & Sue This 25-seat restaurant is one of Paris’ most desired reservations and special dining experiences. At L’Astrance, Pascal Barbot’s creativity is evident in every course including the langoustine with bone marrow, poached oyster and Kombu jelly, a razor clam and veal tartare with bergamot foam and spring garlic,…  Read More

L’Astrance

Paris’ Most Coveted Reservation By Bob & Sue This 25-seat restaurant is one of Paris’ most desired reservations and special dining experiences. At L’Astrance, Pascal Barbot’s creativity is evident in every course including the langoustine with bone marrow, poached oyster and Kombu jelly, a razor clam and veal tartare with bergamot foam and spring garlic,…  Read More

5 Questions: Daniel Rose

Redefining Haute Cuisine in Paris Chicago-born chef Daniel Rose has made a big impression on Paris’ dining scene with his insanely popular restaurant Spring. Considered part of the bistronomy movement in Paris – where chefs have ditched the Michelin institution, ornate decor and 5-dollar-sign prices for bistros with high-quality food that won’t break the bank…  Read More

Poilâne Bakery

The World’s Best Bread Buried deep under Paris’ ancient streets, you’ll find the baking and proofing rooms of Poilâne Bakery. Since opening in 1932, this place has become a staple in the city and beyond, known for their incredible pain au levain. Frank Sinatra and Lauren Bacall were huge fans in their day, and Salvador Dali…  Read More

Frenchie

A Tough Reservation, But Totally Worth It. After culinary school, French chef Gregory Marchand honed his skills in New York, Hong Kong and Spain. A few years ago, he returned to his homeland and opened Frenchie (a nickname he earned while staging at Jamie Oliver’s Fifteen in London) in an out-of-the-way alley in the second…  Read More

Maison Pic

Doyenne of Fine Dining By Bob & Sue Anne Sophie Pic is hitting her stride as one of France’s finest chefs, fully earning her designation as the only female 3-star Michelin chef in France. Our recent meal there with Burgundy winemaker Alex Gambal was made memorable by a number of stunning courses: poached langoustines in…  Read More

5 Questions: David Lebovitz

Living the Sweet Life in Paris A veteran pastry chef who spent 13 years working for Alice Waters at Berkley’s famed Chez Panisse, David Lebovitz has written six cookbooks including the best-selling The Perfect Scoop and The Sweet Life in Paris (stay tuned for the upcoming My Paris Kitchen, due out in 2014). After choosing the expat life in Paris…  Read More

Spring

Paris’ Most Sought After Reservation Scoring a reservation at chef Daniel Rose’s Spring is the stuff serious food lovers build a trip around (hundreds of reservation requests pour in daily, and the restaurant has a mere 28 seats – if you didn’t plan months in advance, call in the afternoon for the night’s cancellations). Located…  Read More

Spring

Paris’ Most Sought After Reservation Scoring a reservation at chef Daniel Rose’s Spring is the stuff serious food lovers build a trip around (hundreds of reservation requests pour in daily, and the restaurant has a mere 28 seats – if you didn’t plan months in advance, call in the afternoon for the night’s cancellations). Located…  Read More

Flocons de Sel

An Alpine Retreat By Bob & Sue At France’s newest (2012) Michelin 3 star restaurant located in the French Alps, Emmanuel Renaut offers delicious fresh fish from the local lakes, as well as vegetables and meats seasoned with mountain-grown herbs. The polenta in truffle sauce and Lake Geneva char with pea sauce was followed by quenelles of pike and…  Read More

Flocons de Sel

An Alpine Retreat By Bob & Sue At France’s newest (2012) Michelin 3 star restaurant located in the French Alps, Emmanuel Renaut offers delicious fresh fish from the local lakes, as well as vegetables and meats seasoned with mountain-grown herbs. The polenta in truffle sauce and Lake Geneva char with pea sauce was followed by quenelles of pike and…  Read More

Maison Troisgros

Gastronomic Excellence By Bob & Sue Representing the third generation of Michelin 3 star chefs at this location (the restaurant has held three stars since 1968), Michel Troisgros offers classic dishes such as grilled blue lobster in herb butter and “plin” pasta stuffed with mascarpone and parmesan in a black truffle sauce. He incorporates Asian…  Read More

Maison Troisgros

Gastronomic Excellence By Bob & Sue Representing the third generation of Michelin 3 star chefs at this location (the restaurant has held three stars since 1968), Michel Troisgros offers classic dishes such as grilled blue lobster in herb butter and “plin” pasta stuffed with mascarpone and parmesan in a black truffle sauce. He incorporates Asian…  Read More

Bras

Father & Son Honor Their Terroir By Bob & Sue Long admired as one of the greatest 3-star Michelin chefs in France, Michel Bras has passed the torch to his son Sebastian. We have been enjoying this restaurant’s special dishes from the rustic Aubrac region of central France since 1996. Our most recent meal featured the…  Read More

Bras

Father & Son Honor Their Terroir By Bob & Sue Long admired as one of the greatest 3-star Michelin chefs in France, Michel Bras has passed the torch to his son Sebastian. We have been enjoying this restaurant’s special dishes from the rustic Aubrac region of central France since 1996. Our most recent meal featured the…  Read More

Sa Qua Na

Innovation By Bob & Sue Alexandre Bourdes is turning out some of the most innovative food in Normandy. His Vert Olive Aime course tasting menu features poached monkfish with coriander leaves in a coconut broth, a perfectly cooked steamed salmon with a ravioli of leeks, ginger, pork juice and roasted bacon, cod in an emulsion…  Read More

Sa Qua Na

Innovation By Bob & Sue Alexandre Bourdes is turning out some of the most innovative food in Normandy. His Vert Olive Aime course tasting menu features poached monkfish with coriander leaves in a coconut broth, a perfectly cooked steamed salmon with a ravioli of leeks, ginger, pork juice and roasted bacon, cod in an emulsion…  Read More