Travels with a Gourmet

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

Another day, another neighborhood bistro.  Midi Vins is located on a sunny corner of the rue Cherche-Midi and was recommended to us by the hotel’s manager.  We asked where we could go nearby for a simple lunch and he immediately suggested Midi Vins and told us to look for the owner Christelle.  After a short walk …

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One of the good things about staying in a local neighborhood is that you can pretty much find anything nearby.  Where we stayed, just off Cherche-Midi, in the 6th arrondissement is one such example.  The technical school nearby makes lunchtime busy with lots of students hanging around in cafes and little restaurants.  There’s a fantastic …

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Most neighborhoods in Paris have a cafe at the corner of the main street. It’s where the locals hang out for a morning coffee and a chat while standing by the bar, or where people linger at terrace tables smoking cigarettes, having a drink and people-watching. Cafe culture is one of the things I miss …

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Off to Paris tomorrow afternoon for a short “working” holiday with my mom.  Last time we were there together was in 2009 so it’s been awhile.  We are also going to Cannes for a mini-break to attend the 64th Festival du Cannes as guests of Baron Philippe de Rothschild.  It’ll be a busy week and a bit with …

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When the clock struck midnight on the 31st of December, the first decade of the 21st century ended.  The past ten years have passed so quickly and so many important events have taken place.  I began the noughties with my wedding in Napa, followed by several moves: first to Santiago, then Dubai, then Montreal and now Marbella.  My two …

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No visit of mine to Paris would be complete without a stop at my favorite cafe for people-watching, Cafe de Flore.  I spent an hour or so one afternoon at one of the sidewalk tables, having a Café Liégeois and watching the world go by.  So many memories of drinks and coffees, late nights and early mornings at the …

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