English scones – une pause sucrée pour le tea time

english scones - une pause sucrée pour le tea timeJepense avoir essayé de convertir tous mes amis aux English scones, ces petites brioches aux raisins secs, servis avec de la clotted cream et de la confiture en Angleterre, ou simplement avec du beurre salé et de la confiture d’orange en France. Mon premier essai a été à l’occasion d’un voyage linguistique en Angleterre au collège. Cette étape culinaire est pratiquement la seule chose dont je me souvienne et qui avait pu sauver le voyage. Lire la suite de « English scones – une pause sucrée pour le tea time »

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The fig crawl – Douces recettes à la figue

La saison des figues est très courte, mais elle annonce l’automne et toutes ses douceurs. J’avais trouvé des figues au marché, sans vraiment savoir comment les utiliser à part réaliser le classique melon-jambondeparme-figue-porto. J’ai un peu surfé sur le web, et j’ai découvert de nombreuses recettes, notamment celle de cette tarte aux figues dont je me suis inspirée. Encore faut-il que je maîtrise la pâte sablée.
Je vous propose donc une recette salée et une sucrée pour vos dîners d’automne. Lire la suite de « The fig crawl – Douces recettes à la figue »

Filet mignon de porc et polenta crémeuse au lait de coco

Filet mignon de porc et polenta crémeuse au lait de coco

 

Vous l’avez sûrement remarqué, depuis quelques temps je cuisine de plus en plus, quelques rouleaux de printemps, une tatin de magret de canard ou un taboulé de quinoa que j’ai réalisé à maintes reprises pour tous mes diners, et donc je recherche de l’inspiration constamment. Je suis impressionnée par la quantité de blog de cuisine, et par la qualité notamment. L’autre jour je recherchais l’idée d’un plat mijoté à réaliser pour recevoir un ami, et je suis tombée sur cette recette de filet mignon et polenta crémeuse au lait de coco. Je n’ai pas encore vraiment l’habitude des plats de viandes mijotés, mais ça m’a l’air faisable et je vais enfin cuisiner autre chose que du poulet ! Lire la suite de « Filet mignon de porc et polenta crémeuse au lait de coco »

Tatin de magret de canard

Tatin de magret de canard et mangue

Je n’ai pas été très active sur ce blog cette dernière semaine, et pourtant je l’ai été en cuisine, recevant 21 personnes vendredi dernier à l’occasion d’un anniversaire surprise. J’ai parcouru tous les livres de recettes afin de trouver les bonnes idées, et j’ai découvert cette recette de tatin de canard et mangue dans Le Petit Larousse des apéritifs dînatoires, un mélange sucré-salé que j’apprécie particulièrement.

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La recette du jour: le rouleau de printemps

Makis de printempsMardi c’était la rentrée des classes, et pour moi c’est la rentrée à Paris. Après avoir vécu un an à New York, avoir passé les plus longues vacances de ma vie à faire mon tour de France et cuisiner avec mes amis, j’ai eu envie de faire de même en m’installant enfin chez moi sur les toits de Paris. En ce moment j’ai du temps, et réfléchir à mon avenir me donne simplement envie de me mettre aux fourneaux et recevoir dans mon appartement aux murs toujours dénudés et aux couverts en métal en attendant l’argenterie. Alors certes, je suis aussi passée au français, j’espère simplement que mes lecteurs sont bilingues ou que ceux que je fatiguais avec mes fautes de grammaire reprendront goût à la lecture ! Lire la suite de « La recette du jour: le rouleau de printemps »

Recipe of the day – Green Quinoa Tabouli

During summertime, making fresh salad is an easy, healthy meal you can prepare in the morning and store in the fridge while you are at the beach. The problem is that you often want to put too many ingredients that your salads look alike each other day after day. I have decided to make a tabouli, different from the Lebanese version, but using some of the basics. I make mine with quinoa or bulgur, both rich of fibers and proteins. The first time I made a green version, but you can always switch the cucumber for yellow bell peppers. Lire la suite de « Recipe of the day – Green Quinoa Tabouli »

Recipe of the day – Yellow bell pepper gazpacho

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Having time, tools and a great kitchen is the perfect combination to cook again. On the road back from the beach, we drove by a farmer’s market. We bought so many produce the farmer could not believe we were only the two of us. We just did not bother explaining him we were on a diet after having tried all the burgers in NYC for a year. A full bag of sweet yellow bell peppers and 4 kinds of tomatoes suggested me to try to cook a gazpacho, this cold Spanish tomato soup is so refreshing for such a hot weather. I only adjusted the original recipe to a yellow bell pepper gazpacho.

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DIY – How to braid lavender

How to braid lavender

It is summer and I went back to France a month ago, starting my tour of France for vacation. A couple of nights in Paris did not let me the time to explore my city with new eyes yet. Going away and exploring my country was I think a much better way to start this new chapter. I spent my last two weeks in Provence, the other area but Paris tourists know. Life is really sweet over there, trying to figure out which fish you will put on the grill, which rosé wines to blind taste, how to tan when it is not too hot or how to swim a couple of minutes in the pool to remember you still have to work out.

Provence is the country of lavender, and you can smell the perfume everywhere. One of the many things my Mum taught me is how to braid lavender as a “doll” so you can keep if for years in your closet. Only some stores sell them in Provence, as they are made by hand in a traditional way.

So I made some, and detailed you the different steps to achieve one. Aren’t they pretty? So DIY and enjoy!

The Brunch-Crawl

Brunch in NYC is a very big thing. It is all about getting together after a Saturday night party, people watching and drinking again. New Yorkers have the habit to keep drinking on Sunday mornings, mimosas or blody-marys, a trend that none of my French friends was able to follow. Brunch menus look like each other in the city. Since the kale, this green cabage is trendy, it is on every brunch menus, like Brussel sprouts, which is another thing French people cannot bear, synonymous of the cafeteria in middle school. However, like any other trend, it might hit France in a couple of years (months?) and you will see soon our “bobos” eat those veggies reinvented for the French palate.

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The NoMad
The NoMad

The NoMad hotel: If you want to impress your parents or a date, the restaurant in this hotel is the perfect spot. Divided into different areas, you can have brunch in the atrium, or by the fireplace or the parlour… Read more

 

 

Le Philosophe
Le Philosophe

Le Philosophe: Another French restaurant that opened a couple of months ago in NoHo. And the NYC food scene created a buzz about this place. What is so fantastic about this place… Read more

 

 

Raspberry tarte
Raspberry tarte

Eric Kayser: It is a bit the war between Uptown and Downtown people, but some of them are almost crying Eric Kayser takes so much time to open its second location at Gramercy… Read more

 

 

Reynard
Reynard

Reynard: Some places decide to change their name to refresh their image. Last August, Tarlow decided to officially change the name of “Reynards”to… “Reynard”. Since I first came to NY in August 2012… Read more

 

 

Coq-au-vin
Maison Harlem

Maison Harlem: Harlem is more and more having nice restaurants opening. Maison Harlem is one of them. Located in the very quiet West Harlem, this French restaurant is a nice place for brunch once you are done with the traditional Gospel church… Read more

 

The Dutch, Soho
The Dutch, Soho

The Dutch: American Soho restaurant own by the same team than the new Lafayette. The venue is bright, with the same snobby atmosphere you find in these trendy Manhattan spots I talked about in earlier posts… Read more

 

 

Parmesan french toast
L’Apicio

L’Apicio: I usually do not go to Italian restaurant for brunch because what is the point of eating eggs when you can have carbonara? However, since we could get a reservation we ended at L’Apicio… Read more

 

 

Clinton St. Baking
Clinton St. Baking

Clinton St. Baking: You probably don’t understand why New Yorkers are ready to do the line for 2 hours to eat but sometimes you just pass the door and you get it. Clinton St. Bakery opens at 9am on weekends… Read more

 

 

Hundred Acres
Hundred Acres

Hundred Acres: Thanks to Open Table, I hopefully skip the 45 minute line to get the precious table. One of the waitress sulks, I don’t care she is not in charge of our table. Some hipsters at the bar, mostly preppies in the venue… Read more

 

August
August

August is a tiny spot in West Village. If offers only a few tables on the front and the surprise comes when you can be seated in the courtyard since it is covered and open all day long. It is really calm so having brunch on weekends… Read more

 

 

Jojo
Jojo

Jojo: one of Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s restaurants (Chef at ABC Kitchen) in the UES. We go for the $28 three-course brunch with appetizer/entrée/desert, but without the traditional egg benedict or pancakes… Read more

 

 

Café B
Café B

B Café: this traditional Belgium bistro offers excellent dishes like the mussels, the egg benedict with smoked salmon served on English muffins. Try the Egg sandwich, it looks really simple but the combo of fresh baguette, scrambled eggs, avocado and ‘Belgium’ fries is fantastic.

 

 

Alice Tea Cup
Alice Tea Cup

Alice Tea Cup: This UES tea place was my #1 brunch spot for a while. The décor is a bit too kitchy, especially when you are not having tea time with your mother. I came in fall so they had pumpkin scones, which is probably part of the reason why I came so often. The scones are fluffy and look and taste like more an English scone. The egg benedicts are very well one, served with smoked salmon and a buttermilk scone. But the funniest and more typical to order is the afternoon tea presented on a three-tiered stand with scones, sandwiches, desserts, and tea (with a large selection of course). It’s like being in London.

Café d'Alsace
Café d’Alsace

Café d’Alsace: this other UES café is a great neighborhood restaurant. It has an outdoor place that makes you feel being in France. They have classic from American egg benedicts to the traditional Quiche Lorraine.

 

Jane
Jane

Jane: It is not the Jane Hotel, but it is at least as pretentious as the hotel. Try to book a table ahead on Open Table or the snobby waiters will enjoy having you wait for a long time. Once you pass this first welcome at least you can enjoy the meal. Because they have great crab cake egg benedict.

Jojo

Jojo is one of Jean-Georges Vongerichten’s restaurants (Chef at ABC Kitchen) in the UES. We go for the $28 three-course brunch with appetizer/entrée/desert, but without the traditional egg benedict or pancakes you can only choose à la carte.

The exquisite butternut squash soup served with black mushrooms reminds me I never succeeded in having this taste when I cook such a dish. For the entrée, the slaw-baked salmon is perfectly cooked, served with an excellent truffle mashed potatoes and Brussel sprouts. The shrimp-asparagus risotto is to die for as well. For chocolate fanatics, Jojo serves a chocolate cake made with real chocolate that melts when you open it. If you want a calm atmosphere where for once you can hear what your date (or your mother) is saying with a great value brunch, this is the spot.

Jojo
160 E 64th St
New York, NY 10065
(212) 223-5656

The Pizza Crawl

It seems that the best food from every country has met in NYC. And pizza is not an exception. Skip the $1 slice-pizza and all the greasy declinations around Time Square. Unfortunately you can also skip Little Italy that is day after day eaten by Chinatown and offers only two very good Italian delis besides touristic restaurants. The city offers excellent options of the Neapolitan style pizza. Here is the map.

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Roberta’s: my favorite pizza ever, the trip to Bushwick definitely worth it. Here is the full review.

 

 

 

keste

Keste Pizza &Vino: Bleeker Street is the street I whish I could have lived in. Italian waiters welcome you in this small spot and serve you excellent thin pizza with a great selection of toppings and wines. What else?

 

Keste Pizza & Vino
271 Bleecker St
New York, NY 10014
(212) 243-1500

motorino_logoMotorino: they recently opened another location in Brooklyn but I only tried the restaurant in East Village. The atmosphere and decoration seemed a bit cold to me, maybe because I went late in the night. I slightly prefer the dough of Keste but they are very similar to me.
Motorino
349 E 12th St,
New York, NY 10003
(212) 777-2644

forcellaForcella: this big restaurant in Bowery was empty on a Tuesday night, which is sad for such a nice place. Italian waiters welcome you as well; service was #1 in this restaurant. They obviously made me try different wines so I could choose my favorite one. However, they had an issue with the temperature of the pizza. The margarita was served cold in the middle, but they generously made us another one. The white pizza was excellent, but not that hot neither, which is strange since they have a wooden-oven. To apology, they offered us another glass of wine, excellent technique since it made us forget the cool pizza. Not sure the same thing could have happened in France…


Forcella
334 Bowery,
New York, NY 10012
(212) 466-3300

ovestOvest Pizzoteca e Bar: located right in front of the Hotel Americano in Chelsea, this pizzeria offers the aperitivo like in Italy with a choice of appetizer when you order a drink. I came too late to try it but I would love to get some reviews about it. Otherwise they have very decent pizza in a young atmosphere. Try the pizza with arugula on the top, my favorite one.

Ovest Pizzoteca e Bar
513 W 27th St #2,
New York, NY 10001
(212) 967-4392

Good-bye NYC, welcome to Paris

A lot of time has spent since my last post, but my life has recently changed since I had to leave NYC and come back home to Paris.

I have decided not to give up this project, and keep writing about food crawling wherever I go. I have still so many posts to write about NYC that I might mix some with my discoveries in France.

Working in the wine industry was an easy way to talk about recent wine events that happened in the city, but I will try to find other material in my hometown, which should not be that hard.

I went for a walk around Paris to find out that not many things have changed since I left, but it is time for me to re-discover my city with new eyes.

Summer finally hit Paris so I stopped by Berthillon to try again what Parisians say “The Best ice-cream ever”. These are not really my taste, having those ice-cream every year for Christmas as the 10th dessert. I definitely prefer the Italian ice-cream, but I have to say that the wild strawberry, seasonal sorbet, is really delicious.

Keep in touch for the next post…

Berthillon
31 Rue Saint-Louis en l’Île
75004 Paris
+33 1 43 54 31 61

National Lobster Day

America always finds a great excuse to celebrate. While everything starts turning into the colors of the US flag, each day has its national celebration.The East Coast has some local specialties, and the lobster from Maine is one of them. It is a lot easier and cheaper than in France to eat lobster. Order it, they cook it, prepare it, just eat it! One of the local think that actually just hit Paris is the lobster roll. What is it? Lot of lobster meat served hot with melted butter or cold with mayo on a roll (yes the same bread than the one for hot dogs…).

Last Saturday was National Lobster Day and what a better place than the Hamptons to enjoy this day? Montauk is the eastern village on Long Island and we stopped by St Peter’s Catch, a seafod market that has outdoor sitting apart of the road. You can get fish tacos, lobster rolls or fries and salads. However, the best deal was the lobster lunch special made of a full lobster with its butter sauce, mussels, corn, coleslaw and fried potatoes…for $21.
St Peter’s Catch
58 S Erie Ave
Montauk, NY 11954
(631) 668-7100
IMG_0617Even though you will never find the quality and quantity of the lobster roll at Neptune, Boston, two places caught my attention in the city.
Neptune
63 Salem St
Boston, MA 02113
(617) 742-3474

Lobster Joint opened last fall in the LES. As the name says it, it is a joint, but that offers nice options and even has an alcohol license. The lobster roll is served hot with its salad and pickles. It tastes good and is bigger than the Red Hook Lobster Pound. And if you want to try really good fish tacos, head there on Tuesdays where they have the special. This place is rarely packed and should be known since it is a great joint.
Lobster Joint
201 E Houston St
New York, NY 10002
(646) 896-1110

IMG_0913Luke’s Lobster has several joints in the city. The portion is not big but it tastes really good.
Luke’s Lobster
93E 7th Street
New York, NY 10009
(212) 387-8587

 

 

And finally if you are not scared to make a mess, go to The Lobster Place in Chelsea Market. Recently renovated, you can order your size of lobster and eat it directly in the market. And it is so good. They also offer lobster rolls but they are not as great as the two other options above. And it is served with chips, not fries.
Lobster Place in the Chelsea Market
75 9th Avenue
New York, NY 10011
(212) 255-5672

August

August is a tiny spot in West Village. If offers only a few tables on the front and the surprise comes when you can be seated in the courtyard since it is covered and open all day long. It is really calm so having brunch on weekends is very relaxing.

The oeuf cocotte was really tasty, especially when you order the Alsatian option with bacon, onions and cream. And it comes with bread. If you have a big appetite, think of it as an appetizer. They also offer classic egg benedict or even a burger that I unfortunately haven’t tasted.

The food is good without being outstanding, the service is all right without being super friendly, but the relaxing courtyard is the added value to the spot.

August
359 Bleecker St
New York, NY 10014
(212) 929-8727

For desert, stop by the food-truck Van Leeuwen Artisan Ice Cream on Bleeker Street. They offer artisanal ice cream in a nice crunchy cone. The mango chili tasted nice on the first bite, with all the flavor of the fruit flavor, but the use of chili was too intense so it overwhelms the palate. For pistachio fanatics like me, this one was the best I had for a long time. I am not a big fan of ice-cream, but this truck could get me come back faster than usually.

Van Leeuwen Ice Cream

L’Apicio

I usually do not go to Italian restaurant for brunch because what is the point of eating eggs when you can have carbonara? However, since we could get a reservation we ended at L’Apicio. There is a small outdoor space but the décor inside is so outstanding I would not recommend to stay outside. The restaurant has different areas, comfy couches for a drink, a bar to get a cocktail experience, a wine room that made me think they must have a great wine list.

The brunch menu is pretty small but offers from italo-americano dishes like pancakes with ricotta to Italian pasta like the carbonara. The parmesan French toast served with prosciutto and egg is pretty and tasty. The toast is crunchy on the side and melts in the middle, which ads a lot of value to this dish. If you are craving for a side, try the Tuscany fries served with their cold spicy dip.

Another excellent Italian restaurant in Manhattan despite the non-fresh squeezed orange juice…

L’Apicio
13 East 1st St
New York, NY 10003
212-533-7400