When you live in the most visited (and delicious) city in the world, you’re going to get a lot of visitors. May was a month where some days I’d have a morning coffee planned with one friend, lunch with another, apéro with yet another, and dinner plans with others. So it’s no wonder I ended up with a problem with my jaw, which was likely from all that eating.
I read on something you wrote about making your own tonic water, could you please rewrite about the recipe and subject again. I cannot find it now.
Hi David, moelleux is one of my favorite French words! The word I always struggle to pronounce (and hope to never need) is serrurier and the even harder serrurerie. On yogurt pots, in Rennes they accept them for recycling. However, we usually buy them in glass pots at the market and return them to the vendor. I noticed the wild asparagus in one of your photos. I bought a little bundle a few weeks ago. I added it to a fava bean and burrata recipe from the Times and also added it to an asparagus quiche. Do you have any recipes or recommendations for using it?
If you're gifting jalapenos this year, count me in! Living in Paris I miss collard greens and jalapenos the most. You can sometimes find organic jalapenos at the bio marché at Raspail on Sundays. (One of the bigger veggie vendors closer to the metro exit sells them.)
I read in one of your posts that you are growing jalapeños. I live in Mexico part time and make jalapeño jelly. It is delicious served with lamb. Give it a go if you haven’t already😋
Strawberry season will soon arrive in Vermont and I look forward to making your Strawberry Spritzer! Thank you for sharing. 💐
I don't usually subscribe to newsletters but wanted to give this one a try since I have several of your cookbooks. I am really enjoying it. I am not a big fan of French food but this newsletter gives me so many ideas of other things I can make.
I appreciate your thoughtfulness. After I read about Verjus in your newsletter, we booked it for our quick stay in Paris this summer. I also liked your comments about visitors. We live in San Francisco and get a lot of them and I just have to say no to the next cable car ride, but I’m always happy to go to a favorite restaurant.
1st, There are those strawberries again! Man oh man, I wish I had a truckload. 2nd, Dolin has always been and will always be my go-to. I find I use vermouth blanc in my cooking much much more than white wine these days. I saw Jamie Oliver do a nice dish using the rouge with grapes & tarragon which is fun and different. https://www.jamieoliver.com/recipes/chicken-recipes/sweet-chicken-surprise/
Ayothaya in 15ème is very popular with Thais in Paris. It offers lots of authentic dishes that are super hard to find outside Thailand. I personally love Street Bangkok for the crispy pork belly rice with dark soy sauce. I’ve also heard great things about Villa Papillon but haven’t tried it. (I am Thai, btw, and live for your monthly newsletters!)
Thanks for this post. Where was the photo taken? I can’t quite figure out the orientation. Thank you
That Blacker Berry Tart, ooofff, gonna have to make that one when our Washington cherries hit the market stands. Thank you for sharing that recipe.
Do you have a favorite method for making cherry bitters?
Something even better than blackberries is olallieberries. They are grown near where I live in Santa Cruz and they make the best pies and jam. When my son and his family come home from France they want to gorge on them. Yum! I make sure I stock the freezer with them for baking. Sadly the season is short.
David, thank you so much for a wonderful edition! I love all your newsletters but somehow this one seemed particularly excellent. Maybe it’s the excitement of summer approaching. Bon été!
Help! I am currently in Paris (until the 6pm Eurostar tomorrow) and failed to peruse my Drinking French before leaving the USA. What liquors or ingredients in Drinking French do I need that I cannot get in the USA? I know there were a handful mentioned. Tomorrow morning is about gathering salted butter, replenishing my Amora mustard stash and whatever cocktail ingredient I cannot find at home. Can anyone help with any of those ingredients? Currently wishing I had an e-book version of Drinking French 😳😂
We moved to Lisbon last year and haven't had many visitors yet. I wonder what the non-touristy things are - help me with the laundry, go grocery shopping (I love going to grocery stores in other countries). Our son and family visited last year and after a couple of days of sightseeing we happily babysat and sent them on their way. We all had a great time.
Last year I mistakenly bought a bottle of Vermouth Blanc. Your post about Vermouth Blanc appeared about a week later. Hurrah! You saved the day and a bottle of Vermouth. The strawberry spritz was a delightful summertime joy.
Thank you for all the restaurant information. We will be in Paris in mid-June and I will be re-reading your posts for ideas of where to eat.
Congratulations on the successful remodel of your new home. Wishing you many years of happiness.
I agree. However, we go to work outside of our home everyday, so what happens to the non-English speaking individual? Just leave her here? I’ve been through this scenario many times and it doesn’t get easier.