Category Archives: France

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

 

Manolo Valdés at Place Vendôme – Paris, France 

You never know what you’ll stumble upon while strolling through the majestic streets of Paris, so it was a delight to turn a corner and run across these huge, magnificent sculptures by Spanish artist Manolo Valdés.

It was a very hot day in Paris approaching 90 degrees Fahrenheit and I was tempted to take shade under the large aluminum hat.

The recently re-opened Ritz Paris sits in the background. And just to note, even when there’s no artwork in this historic square in the 1st arrondisement, the Place Vendôme is awe-inspiring so these stunning works by Valdés were an added bonus. 

This public exhibition of Manolo Valdés’ sculptures lasts from September 8 through October 10, 2016.

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

Frenchie To Go – Paris, France

Frenchie To Go Paris, France

Frenchie To Go is located on rue du Nil – the same charming, cobblestoned block as Frenchie restaurant and the same group’s wine bar. The original Frenchie can be a tough reservation if you don’t plan well ahead, so it’s nice that you can experience the team’s vibe and energy at this drop in, casual, takeaway spot in the 2nd arrondissement.

Frenchie To Go, Paris France - Food Fashionista

Lobster Roll (Pain brioché toasté, homard bleu, beurre blanc nantais, céleri) and Hot Dog (Bun a hot dog de Gontran Cherrier, saucisse maison 100% bœuf shorthorn fumée, choucroute maison, sauce savora)

Frenchie To Go, Paris France - Food Fashionista

Watermelon and burrata salad (this was a seasonal special)

Frenchie To Go Pickle - Paris France

A big ol’ sour pickle

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Order at the counter and either takeout, or dine in on one of the high wooden tables and bar stools.

Frenchie to Go - Food Fashionista

Frenchie To Go

Address: 9 Rue du Nil, 75002 Paris, France
Phone: +33 1 40 26 23 43

Memorable Meals, Dishes & Travel Experiences from Around the World

Food Fashionista Mika Takeuchi Travel Food Blog

Hi Everyone! With social media, client work and travels… I know I haven’t been as good about updating this site as I was back in the days, but I do plan on sharing many of my dining and travel photos with you in the coming months. Be on the lookout for some inspiring meals, sunsets and wanderlust moments.

Food Fashionista Mika Takeuchi Travel Food Blog-

In the meantime, here are just some of the memorable bites from this last year taken on my iPhone. Pictured from top to bottom (left to right):

Pierre Gagnaire, Paris

Lord Stanley, San Francisco

Yannick Alléno, Paris

Untitled, New York City

Sushi-Ya, Tokyo

Tapas 24, Barcelona

Michel Bras

Jia Jia Tang Bao, Shanghai

Saison, San Francisco

Ninebark, Napa Valley

Noma, Copenhagen

Mr and Mrs Bund, Shanghai

Tickets Bar, Barcelona

Geranium, Copenhagen

Ishikawa, Tokyo

Commonwealth, San Francisco

Jean-Georges, New York City

Arpège, Paris

 

Afternoon at Auberge du Jeu de Paume – Chantilly, France

Le Jardin d'Hiver Restaurant

After a 10-plus hour flight from San Francisco, I landed at Charles de Gaulle airport and was starving for some fresh, clean air and food, so headed 30 minutes away to dreamy Chantilly, France. It’s a place rich in history that’s surrounded by a forest that conjures up thoughts of medieval fantasy  and also home to France’s biggest racehorse-training community. And oui, it’s where the name Chantilly cream and Chantilly lace derive from.

Chantilly is ideal for a day trip from nearby Paris or an overnight stay at the Auberge du Jeu de Paume – a Relais & Châteaux property and home to two restaurants by Chef Arnaud Faye. In the property, you’ll find his Two Michelin-Starred La Table du Connétable and the more casual, but still elegant Jardin d’hiver where I enjoyed lunch.

Food Fashionista - Mika Takeuchi, Chantilly, France

Before arriving at the hotel, I stopped to wander through the forest of Chantilly and even without the leaves, the trees and surroundings were majestic.

Château de Chantilly, France - Mika Takeuchi

Whoever said fairy tales don’t exist hasn’t visited Chantilly…or France for that matter.

Chantilly, France Horses Travel - Food Fashionista

Chantilly is know for its connection to the equestrian and horse community and here, you’ll find the famous Chantilly Racecourse, the Great Stables at Domaine de Chantilly and The Living Museum of the Horse (Musée Vivant du Cheval).

Chantilly, France - Food Fashionista

When you enter the town, the Château de Chantilly is awaiting your arrival so have your cameras ready. This historic 19th century castle also houses the second largest collection of oil paintings after Le Louvre.

Auberge du Jeu de Paume, Relais Châteaux France

Entrance of the Auberge du Jeu de Paume

Auberge du Jeu de Paume Relais Chateaux

You’ll find horse memorabilia all around town, including at the Bar at the Jardin d’Hiver

Auberge du Jeu de Paume Chantilly, France

Just after a long flight, a cool glass of Champagne was a wonderful welcome to France.

Le Jardin d'hiver Chantilly, FranceDuring lunch at Le Jardin d’Hiver, chef had an admiring young fan. I loved the openness of the dining space and especially at lunch, all the natural light from the windows from the garden light up the room.

Jardin d'hiver Restaurant Chantilly France

Started with this Torteau émietté et avocet, fine gelée au radio rose (Crumbled crab and avocado with pink radish jelly)

Champagne Le Jardin d'hiver Restaurant Chantilly France

I continued on with Rosé…

Jardin d'hiver Restaurant Chantilly France 2

Another starter included this Tronçon de saumon fumé maison, pomme de terre àla moutarde ( Slabs of homemade smoked salmon and potato with mustard)

Relais and Chateaux Auberge du jeu de paume

Enjoyed a courtyard view while dining at Le Jardin d’Hiver

Chef Arnaud Faye Sea Bream

Dorade en croûte de pain, tombée de tétragone et piquillos ( Sea bream in a crust of bread with Zealand spinach and piquillo  peppers)

Le Jardin d'hiver Restaurant Chantilly France -Saint Jacques poêlée, gnocchi à la pistache, roquette et parmesan (Pan fried scallops, pistachio gnocchi, arugula and Parmesan cheese)

Chef Arnaud Faye Chocolate Dessert

Tarte Chocolate, caramel aux cacahuètes (Chocolate tart with peanuts, caramel and gold leaf)

Auberge du Jeu de Paume Relais et Châteaux

Chantilly is also home to the Concours d’Elegance auto show which will celebrate its third year on September 3-4.

Paris, Food Fashionista Mika Takeuchi

After a lovely afternoon in Chantilly, it’s time to head on to Paris…

Auberge du Jeu de Paume 

Address: 4 Rue du Connétable, 60500 Chantilly

Phone: 03 44 65 50 00

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

Alléno Paris, Ledoyen Bread ServiceBread service at Alléno Paris…

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

Alleno Paris Pike Mousse Food Fashionista

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

Alléno Paris Relais Chateaux Michelin Guide

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

Alléno Paris Ledoyen Kitchen Food Fashionista

In the kitchen at Alléno Paris at Le Pavillon Ledoyen

Ledoyen Paris France

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