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Abri Tonkatsu Sandwich- Paris

Abri’s Tonkatsu sandwich is a satisfying, comforting weekend lunch option for those seeking a Japanese style, Tonkatsu (Pork Cutlet) sandwich with a slight French touch. For only 13 Euros, Abri serves this sandwich exclusively and this sandwich only on Saturdays during lunchtime with a choice of beverage and their complimentary petite dessert at the end. They have a nice selection of organic beverages including a sparkling lemonade which I ordered and very much enjoyed. The vibe is casual, friendly and comfortable for English speakers and Abri is also conveniently located extremely close to the Poisonnière Metro station. Just take exit 1, turn right up the stairs, walk up the street and it’s a minute away on the right side. When you see the blue framed glass entrance, you’ll know you’ve arrived.

Abri’s exterior with its bright blue framed entrance

I’m about to devour this sandwich. And although I’m in France, still not going to use a knife and fork for this one since it’s way more satisfying to taste all the flavors merged together in one big bite.

Perfectly toasted white bread sans crust filled with a meaty portion of pork katsu with cheese, kewpie mayo, mustard, omelette egg and cabbage.

Don’t you just love the way the sauce drips down the sandwich…

A light and spongy piece of Madeleine is served after the sandwich 

Abri’s Interior Space

Poissonière Metro station is only a minute walk away

ABRI 

92 Rue du Faubourg Poissonnière
75010 Paris, France
+33 1 83 97 00 00

*SANDWICH SERVED ONLY ON SATURDAYS FROM 12:00P.M.- 15:00 P.M.

 

Jacques Genin -Paris, France

Paris is full of lovely pastry and dessert shops, but if you’re looking for a sophisticatedly-designed place to relax and unwind with a friend while satisfying your sweet cravings, Jacques Genin is a nice choice. The photos in this post are from his location in the 3rd arrondissement on Rue de Turenne in the Bastille district, but there is also another location on Rue de Varenne in the 7th.

We ordered the Mille-feuille and the Flan. You’ll notice that the flan is different than the ones we think of in other parts of the world including the U.S. where it’s more of a Crème caramel. The French flan is more of a dense custard tart and it’s delicious. The fresh flowers are also a nice touch!

Chocolate at Jacques Genin. You can purchase them individually or choose various flavors for a signature gift box.

A rainbow of Pâtes de fruits

He is also very well known for his Caramels which come in a variety of flavors including raspberry and mango passionfruit.

JACQUES GENIN

jacquesgenin,fr

133 rue de turenne – paris 3ème +33 (0)1 45 77 29 01

27 rue de varenne – paris 7ème +33 (0)1 53 71 72 21

 

Relais & Châteaux GourmetFest 2017 – March 16-19

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It’s approaching that time of year again when a group of highly-celebrated chefs, winemakers and guests from around the globe gather together in the serene, picturesque town of Carmel-by-the-Sea, California for a joyous weekend celebrating the best of gastronomy and wine.

Relais Chateaux GourmetFest

2017 marks the fourth year of the Relais & Châteaux GourmetFest culinary festival, and this year’s event will include more than 18 renowned Relais & Châteaux Chefs from across the globe including Daniel Boulud (Daniel), Michael Tusk (Quince), Justin Cogley (Aubergine), Chris Kajioka (Senia), Shin Takagi (Zeniya), Nathan Rich (Twin Farms), Cassidee Dabney (Blackberry Farm), Per Hallundbaek (Falsely Kro) and more. From the opening night Welcome Party, to the Grand Finale Dinner, and everything in between, the R&C GourmetFest events always provide a unique, high-level experience for their guests. There are many food events and festivals in existence now, and having  been to many of them, I can assure you that GourmetFest is definitely quality and substance over quantity and hype.

Relais Chateaux GourmetFest Wine

In addition to food, there’s an impressive list of Winemakers scheduled to attend include Dominique Lafon (Domaine des Comte Lafon), Aurélien Valance (Château Margaux), Thierry Gasco (Chef de Cave at Champagne Pommery), Philippe Prost (Bouchard Pere & Fils), Dominique Lafon (Domaine des Comte Lafon) and Cyril Chappellet for a special tribute to the late Donn Chappellet and tasting to celebrate 50 years of Chappellet, which includes the ultra-rare and iconic 1969 Chappellet Cabernet Sauvignon. Sommeliers Larry Stone, Raj Parr and Jeff Kellogg will lead tasting panels supported by over 30 of the nation’s top Sommeliers in attendance.

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The four-day festival also includes an online auction which features many luxurious getaways and dining experiences benefitting the Carmel Chamber of Commerce, CSU Monterey Bay hospitality program, Cystic Fibrosis Foundation and Rancho Cielo. You can check out the auction here,

GourmetFest Carmel..

 For more information and to Purchase Tickets, visit: Relais & Châteaux GourmetFest.

 

 

 

Healthy Eating in San Francisco

Food Fashionista Healthy Eating San Francisco

There once was a time when going out and eating healthy meant having to succumb to a feeling of depriving oneself. You either had to skip the good eats on the menu and order that bland and boring salad or had to visit that dated restaurant with the 60’s decor that none of your friends wanted to join you at. Fortunately, this is no longer the reality. With more and more people opting for wellness in their dining choices whether it’s for personal or health reasons, there’s a strong demand for clean-eating out options. You no longer have to be THAT person asking the restaurant to alter to your vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free eating habits. Although not all of these restaurants are strictly plant-based or vegetarian, you’ll find something at several or more of the following to cater to your stricter-dining preferences.

Healthy Eating San Francisco

Greens Restaurant

One of the pioneers of vegetarian and local, organic cuisine in San Francisco, Greens has been around since the first Star Trek motion picture came out – 1979. Located in Fort Mason right along the breezy marina, the dining room offers zen waterfront views while guests can enjoy conversation and a nice selection of first and main-course items reflecting the changing California seasons. Sample entrees include the Mesquite Grilled Brochettes with vegetables and tofu in muhammara sauce or a linguine with Chantrelle mushrooms and slow roasted Juliette tomatoes. For those without time for a full sit-down meal, there is a Greens to Go in the same location where you can order soup, sandwiches, coffee and pastries to take with you.

Visit Greens at: greensrestaurant.com

Nourish Vegan San Francisco

Nourish

The Inner Richmond used to be a place where one would mainly only find tons of MSG and cheap ethnic eats. In the last couple years, the neighborhood, just like the rest of the city has evolved and with those changes has come a welcome addition of new and diverse businesses and dining offerings. Nourish is a tiny cafe in the avenues with an all plant-based menu. Their toast sampler with housemade gluten-free bread is a welcome way to start the day with its choice of ten various toppings. The avocado is a favorite along with the sweet almond milk ricotta with fruit. Nourish is also conveniently located right across the street from a Yoga Tree studio, so it’s a good pre-or post fuel station to enjoy a plant-based bite and drink before or after an hour-plus of downward dogs and planks.

Visit Nourish Cafe at: nourishcafesf.com

Gracias Madre San Francisco

Gracias Madre

It doesn’t matter if you’re a vegetarian or carnivore. Gracias Madre will induce cravings that keep you coming back for more. Organic, vegan Mexican cuisine complemented by a full-service beverage program with an extensive mezcal and tequila list is why you’ll find crowds here every day and night of the week. Start off with the Guacamole and warm house-made tortillas and move on to one of their many flavorful entree choices. Their Uno and Dos bowls are a filling choice and will go well with that extra batch of tortillas that you’ll want to order. If you have a sweet tooth, you won’t want to skip dessert. Their seasonal cobblers are decadently satisfying and are accompanied with a scoop of vanilla bean coconut milk ice cream.

Visit Gracias Madre at: gracias-madre.com

Healthy Eats San Francisco

Little Gem

If I lived in Hayes Valley, I’d probably be here at least five days a week. Opened by TKRG (Thomas Keller Restaurant Group) alums, the restaurant is sleek and modern, yet comfortable. Everything they serve is free of dairy, gluten, and refined-sugar. Chef Dave Cruz has the innate skill of creating comforting dishes that are both aesthetically pleasing while feeding the soul. The Hen of the Woods Mushrooms on Beans & Rice is a dish that you’d like to cozy up with a big warm blanket near a wood-burning fireplace. With all the dishes at Little Gem, you’ll consistently find fresh, seasonal ingredients and farm-raised produce. And although high quality, Little Gem offers a welcoming and affordable menu.

Visit Little Gem at: littlegem.restaurant

Urban Remedy Vegan San Francisco

Urban Remedy

With several locations around the Bay Area and growing, UR has built quite a following for their fresh, cold-pressed juice cleanses and grab and go organic food and snacks which are all certified non-GMO, gluten free, and low glycemic. While most people opt to just grab and go, UR offers a few tables inside to enjoy a healing meal solo or with a friend. The macro bowl with quinoa and roasted cumin sweet potatoes is a fan favorite, and their PB & J meal-in-a-cup with raspberries, almond butter, almond milk, stevia, brown rice protein, coconut sugar, and chia seeds is a quick and easy post-workout boost. The Sour Cream and Chive Kale Chips and the Banana Brittle are so addicting that you’ll second guess if they’re really good for you. Don’t worry, they are.

Visit Urban Remedy at: urbanremedy.com

As Quoted San Francisco

As Quoted

This bright white and minimalist-chic cafe in Presidio Heights offers salads, open-faced sandwiches, pastries, soups, and a multitude of beverage options for those non-seekers of gluten, dairy, nut and soy. Their taco salad is a mound of protein power with jicama, black beans, chicken, romaine lettuce and cumin dressing. Their bone broth by the cup is perfect for those chilly San Francisco days (which are almost every day of the year). As Quoted has become the spot for the stylish neighborhood mom set to meet, eat and catch up. Bring a book and find a seat at the communal tables in the back to enjoy an afternoon latte including their Fresh Turmeric one with fresh ginger, coconut oil, almond milk, sea salt and coconut sugar.

Visit As Quoted at: eatasquoted.com

 

This article, Enjoy Healthy Eating at These San Francisco Spots, originally appeared on Chowhound.

Sanukiya – Japanese Food Cravings Fulfilled in Paris, France

Sanukiya, Paris France

All of us have our certain go-to comfort foods, so it’s no surprise that being originally from Tokyo, whenever I’m on the road or in a different country, I found myself craving Japanese food. I grew up in California so I also often find myself longing for those generously-sized Mexican burritos, but that’s yet to be found here…Thankfully in the world-class city of Paris, there are a multitude of international options if you find yourself in the mood for something other than “typical” French cuisine. One of my favorite Japanese spots for a quick and tasty casual bite is Sanukiya. There are often long queues, so it’s a fantastic spot for travelers who are dining solo, since just like many of the other Japanese restaurants in Paris’ nearby Little Tokyo, there is counter seating and a lone diner can often beat the lines and quickly slip right on in for their meal. Another bonus about Sanukiya, is that they are open straight through lunch and dinner so if you have jet lag or just feel like dining at 15:30 or 3:30 p.m. non-military time, they will be open.

Sanukiya, Paris France

Started off with some Agedashi Tofu

Sanukiya Paris France

After being in France for a while, I can’t even tell you how happy I was to reunite with my beloved katsudon (deep fried pork cutlet with egg over a bowl of steamed rice)

Sanukiya Paris France Food Blog

Japanese Omelette

Udon in Paris France at Sanukiya

Udon noodles are one of their specialities

Sanukiya Restaurant Paris France

View of the Open Kitchen

Tempura Donburi in Paris France Sanukiya

Bowl of Tendon (Tempura over rice)

Sanukiya Japanese Food Paris France

This article, Sanukiya – Japanese Cuisine in Paris, originally appeared on Chowhound.

Sanukiya

Address: Rue d’Argenteuil, 75001 Paris, France

Hours: · 11:30AM–10PM

Phone: +33 1 42 60 52 61

Nobu- Malibu, California

Nobu Malibu - Food Fashionista

Nobu Malibu is located on the picturesque Pacific Coast Highway and offers panoramic views of the Pacific Ocean. On a warm Southern California day (which is quite often), it’s ideal for a relaxing day of lounging on the patio with a table spread of chef Nobu’s signature drinks and dishes. They also offer breakfast on Friday through Sunday.

Nobu Malibu - Food Fashionista

Glasses of Louis Roederer, Brut Champagne

Nobu Malibu - Food Fashionista new style sashimi

Nobu’s famous New Style Sashimi. See the recipe and make at home here: http://bit.ly/1O3Ojo9

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Lobster Shiitake Salad with Spicy Lemon Dressing – a must-order dish.

Nobu Malibu - Food Fashionista Mika Takeuchi

Being fed lobster isn’t a bad way to spend an afternoon. Just remember to bring sun glasses and wear sunblock if you plan on sitting on the patio. Although breezy, it can get toasty out there.

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Ocean view from the patio

 

Nobu Malibu

Address: 22706 Pacific Coast Hwy, Malibu, CA 90265
Phone: (310) 317-9140

Little Gem – San Francisco, California

Little Gem Salad

Little Gem in Hayes Valley is a big, bright neighborhood gem. They’ve only been open since December 2015, but it’s one of those places that makes me wish I lived even closer. I’d be there all the time – breakfast, lunch, dinner. It’s just the kind of vibe that makes you feel welcomed at “home”.

During the day, the contemporary space’s expansive windows shine a glowing natural light upon the entire restaurant interior. You order at the counter and are given a number on a pastel ombré piece of reclaimed wood before choosing a seat at a barstool or table.

The menu is gluten, dairy and sugar free. I tend to mostly cook this way at home, so even before my visit, many friends and colleagues asked me if I had tried Little Gem yet. They knew it was a place that mixed in well with my daily at-home lifestyle and I was pleased when I finally visited. The people and space had a sincere, warm energy and the menu ingredients are all mindfully sourced from local farmers and artisans. It’s always refreshing to have a place that shows healthy, high quality dining options can also be affordable and satisfying.

Founders Eric Lilavois, John DiFazio and Chef Dave Cruz were all physically and presently working at the restaurant behind the counter and in the kitchen during my lunch visit. Lilavois was most recently the Chief Operating Officer for the Thomas Keller Restaurant Group so it’s no surprise that Little Gem, although approachable and casual, had a clear and polished professionalism about it.

Little Gem Hayes Valley - Food Fashionista

Napa Valley Honey Lemonade prepared with local Marshall’s Farm Honey

Little Gem San Francisco Chef Dave Cruz

Window view of Chef Dave Cruz in the Little Gem kitchen. Before this new endeavor, Chef Cruz worked at several restaurants in New York and California including serving as the opening chef for Thomas Keller’s Ad Hoc in Yountville.

Little Gem San Francisco - Food FashionistaGrilled Trumpet Mushrooms on Beans & Rice w Rancho Gordo beans, Tuscan kale,  tomato-bacon stew.

Little Gem Flat Bread - Food Fashionista

Mixed Vegetable Flatbread with caramelized carrots, cauliflower, broccolini, kale, almond-onion puree

Little Gem Salad

Asparagus & Radish Salad with pea shoots, soft boiled egg, romaine lettuce, celery, green goddess dressing and addition of King Salmon

Little Gem Hayes Valley

Little Gem

Address: 400 Grove Street, San Francisco, CA 94102
Phone:    (415) 914-0501

Gyoza Bar – Paris, France

Gyoza Bar, Paris France - Food Fashionista

They focus on one thing and they do it well. Gyoza.

At Gyoza Bar, you’ll find the style of gyoza called yaki gyoza which are pan fried Japanese dumplings filled with ground meat and vegetables. Gyoza Bar gets its ground pork from star butcher Hugo Desnoyer. The exterior bottoms are slightly crispy and chewy while the interior is very hot and juicy, so be careful when taking your first bite. You may want to initially chew off a small bit at the edge and let some of the heat out so you don’t burn your tongue.

Gyoza Bar Paris, France - Food Fashionista

Gyoza Bar’s menu offers a choice of either eight or twelve pieces of Gyoza with a few additional menu items including rice, edamame, nitamago (flavored boiled egg) and soy. They also had two desserts which at the time I visited were from Passage 53 and Patisserie Ciel.

Gyoza Bar Paris France

And speaking of Passage 53, Gyoza Bar was opened by Guillaume Guedj and Chef Shinichi Sato of the Two Michelin-starred restaurant which also happens to just be a few steps down the passage.

Passage des Panoramas - Food Fashionista

Gyoza Bar 

Address: 56 Passage des Panoramas, 75002 Paris, France

Phone: +33 1 44 82 00 62

Website: GyozaBar.com

Alléno Paris by Yannick Alléno, Le Pavillon Ledoyen – Paris, France

Ledoyen Paviilion, Alléno Paris Champagne

Starting off lunch at Alléno Paris with Moët & Chandon, Grand Vintage Collection Rosé 1996 and a Yann Alexandre, Sous les Roses, Blanc de Noirs from  the wonderful Champagne cart. I would’ve been perfectly comfortable if it sat beside our table the entire meal.

Alléno Paris

Amuse Bouche from left to right:

Brioche Beetroot Bahn Bao  with wild black rice, seaweed jam, ponzu

Hibiscus Tuile with sweet onion cream and wild sorrel leaves

Yellow beet ravioli stuffed with mashed carrots and cumin seeds

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Butter at Yannick Alléno Parisand the butter with choice of salted and unsalted.

Alléno Paris Iberico Ham

Iberico ham, iberico jelly, fermented rye bread mousse, kalamata olives

Yannick Alléno Ledoyen Paris Food Fashionista

This next course came in two components – “Unusual fine fish soup w marinated sardines” with a Dulce seaweed mayonnaise, red mullet on crushed ice with lemon zest and olive oil and…

Yannick Alléno Paris Ledoyen Fish Soup

Cappetlletti ravioli with butter and sole milk with dry sole skin salt

Ledoyen, Paris - Langoustine

Plain poached langoustine with bitter almond mousse in a tomato and parsley oil broth

Langoustine Paul Feybesse Ledoyen Alléno Paris

Yannick Alléno Cookbook Paris France

Chef Yannick Alléno’s massive cookbook with 500 recipes, 1,500 photographs, and over 1,200 pages greets you at the Ledoyen entrance

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Pike fine mousse in Vienna bread with celery extract

Ledoyen, Paris - Dining Room View

The view from the main Allenó Paris dining room

Ledoyen, Paris - Lobster

Roasted blue lobster on a peppered olive oil with stewed green cabbage and slightly tangy turnip jelly

Food Fashionista Mika Takeuchi Chef Yannick Alléno Ledoyen

Chef Yannick Alléno during service at Three Michelin Star Alléno Paris at Le Pavillon Ledoyen

Ledoyen, Paris - Duck

Duckling cooked with malt presented tableside before being served in two various preparations…

Yannick Alléno Paris

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Paris mushrooms and liver tart with an eggplant beer

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The duck concludes the last of the savory courses and now on to dessert…

Ledoyen Paviilion, Alléno Paris

Map of Paris adorns the walls in one of the private Pavillon Ledoyen rooms

Chef Paul Feybesse - Alléno Paris

Sous Chef Paul Feybesse was the French regional finalist for S.Pellegrino Young Chef 2015.

Alléno Paris Desserts

Aloe soaked with dates and vanilla, yuzu & jelly, Candied Mango with hay, arabica tuile and Milk Mousse with piemont hazelnut, saffron orange

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Black sesame meringue with strawberries and shiso chlorophyll

Ledoyen, Paris - Coconut Dessert

Surprise coconut in a meringue with strawberries . One of my favorite desserts from 2015. The “shell” was edible and made with chocolate.

Alléno Paris, Ledoyen Mignardises

Coffee, tea and mignardises conclude our meal at the Relais & Châteaux Alléno Paris

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In the kitchen at Alléno Paris at Le Pavillon Ledoyen

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All photos from summer 2015

Alléno Paris – Pavillon Ledoyen 

Address: 1 Avenue Dutuit, 75008 Paris, France

Phone: +33 1 53 05 10 00

Website: yannick-alleno.com

 

Celebrate Grower Champagne Every Monday at 1760 – San Francisco

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1760 Restaurant Wine Director Gianpaolo Paterlini and I share something special in common. We both have an intense passion for bubbles. So fortunately for myself, and everyone else who loves drinking the sparkly stuff, Gianpaolo and the restaurant host Grower Champagne Monday every week in San Francisco,– when all bottles of Champagne are 20% off.

For those of you curious what Grower Champagnes are, they are sparkling wines made in the Champagne region of France. They are produced by the same estate that owns the vineyards from which the grape comes, in contrast to using grapes sourced and blended from a variety of vineyards. Think of Grower Champagnes as the farm-to-table of sparkling wines – rich in terroir, unique and complex.

The evening I was at 1760, the neighborhood Polk Street restaurant’s bar and tables were full of locals and industry folks enjoying dinner with their bottles of bubbly.

Order some bites from Chef Carl Foronda’s menu, and relish in 1760’s eclectic and extensive Champagne list and you’re all set. Mondays in San Francisco just got a whole lot better. Cheers and à votre santé!

Here are a few of the bites and bottles we enjoyed on our 1760 Grower Champagne Monday visit…

imageCôte de Blancs – Veuve Fourny & Fils, Champagne Blanc de Blancs Brut 2008

imageMushroom Tempura. celery root. meyer lemon oil. dill

imageVallée de la Marne – Moussé Fils, Champagne Blanc de Noirs Brut ‘Special Club’ 2009

imageRoasted Baby Carrots. tamarind-lime. crispy mung beans

imageMontagne de Reims – Jean Lallement, Champagne Brut ‘Tradition’ NV

imageCavatelli. mushroom-fennel. charred broccolini

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Vallée de la Marne – Laherte Frères, Champagne Rosé de Saignee Extra Brut Les Beaudiers NV

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“If I could only drink one type of wine for the rest of my life, it would definitely be Champagne. I love Nebbiolo and Riesling and the incredible complexity and diversity they both offer, but for me, Champagne trumps them both. Especially Grower Champagne…” – Gianpaolo Paterlini, 1760 Wine Director

 

For more info, visit Growers Champagne Mondays 

See 1760 Restaurant’s Champagne list HERE

 

(first and last photo credit: Wes Rowe)