Category Archives: France

Come dine with me: Dessance, Paris

It’s been a long time since I’ve done a blog post on a restaurant, but for Dessance, I’ll make an exception. With so many exceptional restaurants in Paris, I always recommend that friends treat themselves to at least one very … Continue reading

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Some advice for Paris, particularly FOOD

Because I’ve been lucky enough to live in Paris twice – four months in 2014 to 2015 and three months in early 2016 – I am sometimes asked for advice. And I freely give it. From my Dad, when I … Continue reading

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Book review: David Lebovitz’s Drinking French

Drinking French: The Iconic Cocktails, Apéritifs, and Café Traditions of France, with 160 Recipes by David Lebovitz My rating: 5 of 5 stars I’m a huge fan of Lebovitz’s blog and website, and his regular newsletter, having discovered them around … Continue reading

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Sydney Food Diary: Lavie & Belle Bakery, Surry Hills

I may not be an expert in French croissants but I did spend months chasing down the ones on various best lists in Paris a few years ago. So, what a treat that there are amazing croissants in my own … Continue reading

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Book Review: The Selected Stories of Mavis Gallant

The Selected Stories of Mavis Gallant by Mavis Gallant My rating: 3 of 5 stars A university lecturer named Francine Prose praised Mavis Gallant’s short stories effusively, yet precisely, in this article in the New Yorker.… This article, among … Continue reading

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French food adventures: Gandoyau at La Gargantua, Chinon, Loire Valley

So, we completely adored Chinon, where our dear friend R lived and worked many years ago. He recommended the restaurant at La Gargantua where he worked, and which apparently in his day was a pretty fancy place. Now, it seems … Continue reading

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