L'Ecole des Filles
The surreal extravagance of our last meal in Liguria left us with a quandary: how could any restaurant live up to that experience, which was all the more incredible for having caught us off guard?
Sunday in Liguria
When I want a complete change of scenery, I get in the car and drive for 40 minutes. As soon as we cross the border into Italy, everything is suddenly different: the people, the language, the music, the clothes, the coffee (especially
At home with Art HomeEveryone
has been talking about Nomiya
lately, and I was starting to feel like the only person who can't boast about having eaten at the ultra-cool temporary restaurant on the top floor of the Palais de Tokyo.
La Table de Claire: the aftermath
Becoming a bistro chef for a weekend at La Table de Claire seemed like a brilliant idea until I found myself facing a mountain of vegetables with my back to five flaming burners on one of the most stifling days of the year in Paris.
My restaurant début at La Table de Claire
I have often wondered what it might be like to cook in a restaurant, but until now had never been curious enough to actually try it.
I usually think of pissaladière as one of those dishes that it's best not to toy with too much, so when I saw that it had been reinvented for the Hi Beach by ultra-creative chef Mauro Colagreco of Le Mirazur in Monaco, I couldn't resist ordering it.
My feelings about Le Fooding
It was easy to scoff at Le Fooding when the movement first emerged in Paris ten years ago.
Lunch at the Abbaye de la Celle
I had my first taste of the Hostellerie de l'Abbaye de la Celle a few years ago when Philippe and I, with two-year-old Sam in tow, spent a few days meandering through Provence, stopping at all the country auberges run by Alain Ducasse.
Pizza in Marseille
For most people Marseille means bouillabaisse, the once-humble fisherman's stew that has come to symbolize the city's rich cultural mix. But, as we drove to Marseille, I had one thing on my mind: pizza.
L'Auberge de la Penne
I remember Benoît Poulet telling me that he let his chickens run free in the forest, with the result that some fell prey to hungry foxes. Idealistic you might think, yet it's this very quality that makes his restaurant in the tiny village of La Penne so exceptional.
Rose Bakery II
I like to think I discovered Rose Bakery before just about anyone else.
November on the Italian Riviera
We celebrated Philippe's birthday by returning to Oneglia, on the Italian riviera.
Ten things I love about Paris according to Sam, age six
Seeing Paris through a child's eyes is one of the best ways to rediscover the city.
Lunch in the Loft
The danger of inviting strangers into your home is that they might never want to leave, and it was 5pm by the time we all tore ourselves away, exchanging e-mails and promising to keep in touch.
The best sandwich in ParisJambon-beurre
. They are just two apparently humble ingredients, yet choose them carefully, tuck them into a crunchy-crusted baguette, add a swipe of Dijon mustard and you have one of the world's most extraordinary sandwiches.