Travels with a Gourmet

a food lover's travels, memorable meals, culinary trials and gastronomic experiences

It’s been raining almost every day for a week here in Singapore and the dark, dreary weather reminds me of Paris in the winter, without the cold of course.  This type of weather makes me feel like having hearty simple food that feeds the hunger and warms the body.  Flashback then to a simple dinner we …

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For all the bistros and scuffed tiles in the numerous bistros and cafes in Paris, therehas been a proliferation of non-hotel restaurants still serving bistro classics but in much more sophisticated setting yet still offering prix-fixe menus.  One of these is the beautiful high-ceiling dining room of the Mini Palais, located in the back corner of the …

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On a cold rainy autumn evening in late November, we met up with friends for a drink at La Societe, St. Germain’s sleek Liaigre-designed Costes-managed bar, while we waited out our reservation at Jean Francois Piege’s year-old farm to table restaurant Clover. Located in a back alley off boulevard St. Germain, where the Parisian brunch institution Coffee Parisien used …

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The Thoumieux is a 15-room boutique hotel, owned by the BeauMarly group of Thierry Costes (son of one of those Costes brothers) and operators of over a dozen hip and happening restaurants and hotels in Paris.  It was a novelty for us since we always stay at Le Saint-Gregoire in the neighboring 6th, our favorite left bank arrondissement and we …

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2011 has been my year of travel.  I have never been on a plane this much ever.  There were trips to new places – Bangkok and Beijing, a trip to my favorite city – Paris, trips to visit family – Buenos Aires and Las Vegas, several trips to see the doctor – Singapore, trips to …

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> On our second to the last day, my mom and I met R for breakfast at Merci – Paris’ newest multi-brand concept store where a percentage of everything on sale goes to charity.  This bright, loft-like space has been converted into a carefully-edited shop showcasing design items: from notebooks to gently-used furniture to cult …

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