Category Archives: Food n’ Grog

Paris Food Adventures: Le Pantruche, South Pigalle

This veal ravioli is a good example of what they do at the bistro Le Pantruche in Pigalle. Nicely plated, a beautiful balance of flavours, and a complex forest of ingredients, the greens and mushrooms, some foam, some sauce and … Continue reading

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Paris Food Adventures: Jeanne B, Montmartre

After living in Montmartre for five weeks, I think we only scratched the surface of all the bistros, restaurants and bars on offer. I’m not sure we were once disappointed, and how could we be with dishes like Croque Homard. … Continue reading

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Paris Food Adventures: East Side Burgers, 11th

Having failed to get into Deux Fois Plus de Piment (on a Friday night, of course this would happen without a reservation), we wandered back past the Boudin Noir on offer at Diablito Latino and decided to see what a … Continue reading

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Madrid Food Adventures: Churros at Chocolatería San Gines

I had churros in Spain! And it was a funny little story to get there, as while I had this very place written down in my travel notes, I didn’t remember at the time when we were searching for it. … Continue reading

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Rome Food Adventures: Glass Hostaria

Now, isn’t that beautiful? This was the the second course of a ten-course dinner from Rome’s Glass Hostaria, a Michelin-starred restaurant in Trastevere, helmed by an Italian chef who did her training in the States (and has the American-sounding name … Continue reading

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Madrid Drinking Adventures: La Venencia

The first time I tried Spanish sherry, fino, sometimes known by one of its famous brand names, Tio Pepe, I found it sharp and dry and slightly unpleasant. This was when I was working at Expo 92 in Seville, in … Continue reading

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Madrid Food Adventures: Baco y Beto, Chueca

A weekend in Madrid, away from Paris, and what a lovely city… a relaxed and chilled atmosphere for eating and drinking and wandering around, and the temperature a few degrees warmer too. My pal Peter moved here about 7 years … Continue reading

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Paris Food Adventures: Restaurant Menelik, 17th

Food and memory is a funny thing. I’m sure we didn’t eat more than two or three times at the Ethiopian restaurant in Vancouver, but I remember the times we did vividly: the slightly sour soft aerated pancake and the … Continue reading

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Paris Food Adventures: Bresse Chicken

There’s nothing more than I like than an interesting food recommendation… it’s perhaps why I offer the same with my food blogs. So, over a fabulous gin cocktail called The Journalist, a new friend Tristan told us that not only … Continue reading

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Paris Drinking Adventures: Le Trou Dans Le Mur, Montmartre

Possibly confusing to some, the name of the area in the back of the wine shop, La Caves des Abbesses, is Le Trou dans le Mur, or the Hole in the Wall. We’d gotten a recommendation to try it out. … Continue reading

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