Thursday, September 27, 2012
Thursday, September 13, 2012
Paris – September 2012 I had the opportunity to dine three times at the Christian Constant’s restaurants on rue Saint Dominique in the 7eme. While the food was generally very good, the service was less than consistent. Several years ago a well known breakfast place in south Florida closed. When I asked a serious trencherman why this old establishment closed its doors, he said “they weren’t paying attention”. I’m afraid M. Constant isn’t paying attention. The service was rushed and hurried, dismissive at times with the attitude many people might describe as “Parisienne”. I waited nearly 30 minutes for tarte aux pommes before giving up and asking for the check. Perhaps his success and popularity has taken its toll on the Zone Constant?
Sunday, September 9, 2012
A trip to Paris isn't complete without a walk to Maison Berthillon on the Île Saint-Louis, a short distance from the La Cathédrale de Notre-Dame de Paris. Although there are many 'revendeurs' on the île and in Paris that resell Berthillon , I prefer to get mine directly from makers. Today, I chose pamplemousse (pink grapefruit); fraises des bois, (tiny wild French strawberries) along with noix de coco (coconut). They all tasted like their name. The grapefruit was especially good.
After a medical emergency forced the temporary closing of the beautiful Piscine Keller I decided to rent a "Velo Libe" and head over to Yves Camdeborde's Le Comptoir on rue de l'Odéon just off Boulevard Saint-Germain. I started with a croque monsieur au saumon fumé. Normally I don't like smoked salmon cooked but this was delicious. Perfectly grilled, cheesy, not too greasy. Next I had the tartare de bœuf (his way) which replaced the usually french fries or roasted potatoes with some cold, crispy vegetables. These made it a little bit 'lighter'.