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Cities are all alike, especially the cosmopolitans. They are gigantic aggregation of identical components—office and apartment, bar and restaurants, café and nightclub, boutique and shopping mall, square and museum, park and parking lot—New York always has something of Paris, and Berlin has no little of Rome. Even the people in big cities drops but in two categories: everyday encountering and … Continue reading →
It’s hard to make a pastry possessing a well-balanced complexity, harder to make one as a simple delight, harder still to make a universal one that pleases everybody. Galette des Rois cheerfully makes all three, and an ultimate pleasure that worth 1000 calorie. It is called Kings’ Cake outside Francophobic countries, kind of puffy pastry stuffed … Continue reading →
1001 Lièvre à la Royale—winter of 2012 in my belly C’était une époque de construction. Le genre majeur faisait naître au grandiose Châteaux de Vaisselles, les éclairages publics de Paris, et des histoires extraordinaires qui peuvent nourrir des cinéastes hollywoodiens cents ans après. Le grand bâtisseur—le Rois Soleil, gourmet fin, fervent des gibiers (surtout le lièvre), par malheur, avait de … Continue reading →
Giroudaux’s book la guerre de troie n’aura pas lieu (The Trojan War Will Not Take Place), a contemporary interpretation of War of Troy, raised a crucial yet haunted question: what defines a hero? Ulysses and Hector in their archetypes exemplify heroism with glory, laurels, like big tags on the front…but Giraudoux deals not with ideology, but about how a diplomatic individual … Continue reading →
Once Upon a time in American, in a city like a Disneyland on a piece of Crack. I have a perfect dinner with a perfect stranger at only a little bit less perfect restaurant called the Strip. The reasons why it’s not that perfect are, firstly I prefer Paris a bit better than Vegas, secondly, Guy Savoy in Paris is … Continue reading →
There are many itineraries. From cradle to grave, from Chicago to Paris, or a small gastronomic detour. This was mine. And they were just awarded with the first Michelin Star. This reminds me of what happened to Sola last year, they got a star just after my random dropped in and surprised with my good luck. Coincidence or serendipity, … Continue reading →
We like the puzzles that cost enormous efforts to get the right answer, not those conceal the obvious that deserve no effort, nor those get people confused. Art of puzzle hinge on a nimble balance between its crack nature and a mysterious atmosphere casted undetectably. The food at Pierre Gagnaire is such a good puzzle, fun to have and certainly … Continue reading →