Monday, March 12, 2018


A very quick trip to NYC and a quick post...
To pick up my FRENCH watercolor paper I can NOT buy in France
3 days spent cutting it up to fit in my carry-on bag
On Norwegian...great current movies btw
A last blast up to 57th street to see Bergdorf's terrific windows.
I miss you Bergdorf windows. I miss Nathan's
Its nice the guys in the Apple store speak English
But other than that I felt most of the time like an ant.
A lost ant in the canyons of. New York City
Heading home to Paris NOW. Hooray
Cheers Carolg and Bear

Thursday, March 08, 2018

Omnivore Paris etc.

Last sunday OMNIVORE PARIS had their 3-day annual tasting event. Hooray
ALAIN MILLIAT is always there. Love their nectar Fraise(strawberry) and the pommie juice and...
BADOIT is one of the sponsors and has new sparkling fruity waters coming out this Spring
You probably should not drink this divine Canadian maple syrup straight from the bottle but its that good. Pass me the. Mandarin
Taste some Bellota-Bellotta charcuterie..why not?
ALASKA SEAFOOD was there and will soon be available in PICARD. Another Hooray
Copper pot company MAUVIAL 1830 was not giving anything away beautiful.
But lots of oyster tastes from Cancal, LA FAMILLE BOUTRAIS. THEY THOUGHT i was nuts to take the shell away..
LA BEURRE BORDIER tends to hide behind their mountains of falvored butters. Getting a taste here is like pulling teath...ahem
You can't buy the products at this even. Strictly tasting and best to go the last morning. Less crowds. More, bigger tastes. Most of the time.
Except with jam/confiture. Here you can taste till you drop. Just svp do not double dip!
There are top chef lectures in the grand hall...good practice for your French but no tastes. I did not stay.
A lovely homage to PAUL BOCUSE from his china company. I used to have this bowl- left it in NYC
Speakng of the time you receive this I will be on Norwegian heading back there for 5 days to retrieve a few things and eat a Nathan's. Just when Picard decides to have a US ptomotion too! Ha

Sunday, March 04, 2018

Salon de l'Agriculture 2018

There are a lot of food fairs this weekend in Paris. Yesterday I visited SALON INTERNATIONAL DE L'AGRICULTURE at Porte de Versailles (ligne 12). Today is the last day so get over there vite.
Meet the star of the show, Haute, an Aubrac cow, on most Paris buses and in the Metro this week. She is 6 years old and grew up in Laguiole, Aveyron. Inquiring minds etc.
She's on the Salon's shopping bag of course.
I don't know the numbers of visitors but there are tons of people of all ages visiting SIA. Very well-behaved too.p
I only made it to Halle 3 where 13 regions of France have their products on offer. Plus tourist info for each region.
A huge array of honey.
Maybe they should change the name to Salon de Confiture - so many jam makers. And the variety of flavors: Figue orange, blueberry citron, saffron apricot, apricot lime, strawberry get the idea.

A giant basket of products from Normandy i would have been happy to take home.
Endless cheeses
The French like their organic vegetables with the dirt left on svp. Proof of terroir?
No dirt on these veggies
Halle 3 has possibly 20-25 regional restaurants inside or just sit down on the floor and munch.
Lavandre from the Provence section.
Violet garlic from Cadours. I picked one up to inhale and was offered free samples to take home. No problem. Corsican stands were selling a kilo of almonds in the shell for 6€. I couldn't pass up their fabulous Clementine jam. Today I'm off to Omnivore Paris food fair, a rather more upscale event with top chef demos and lectures at Maubert-Mutualite. Mer et Vin is on at Champerret.
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Xxx Carolg et Yellow Bird

Saturday, March 03, 2018

Brocantes, Vide Greniers, Vanves, etc.

Some of you reading David Lebovitz' book L'APART said you'd love see his renovations. You'll see plenty of inside views if you go to David's INSTAGRAM STORIES + fun recipe videos. By the way you can NOT see any Instagram Stories unless you are signed in. There will be a red ring around the person's avatar. Note that stories stay up only 24 hrs and then disappear. My Stories are usually Paris weather reports or pastry I've seen that day...
I found out about this brocante on David's instagram (David's photo) and ran there last Sunday. More flea info on EVOUS.
No matter how cold out, Parisians will come out to hunt through a flea market.
I could have used this old fur as a blanket last week. Paris reached single digits (18 degrees but feels like 8). Ouch. Ah the joys of living in a chambre de bonne.
Ready-to-wear hats for the cold on sale.
Warm up at the crepe stand in the flea
Or cross the street to Cafe Gaston jam-packed with coffee drinkers.
Blue workman jackets were 55€. I got mine in the Deauville marché for 40€.
Valentino was way too high for me...
Just the ticket. What's more fun than a box of dollar stuff?
Tons of beautiful silverware. I'm always looking for still life material.
Wish I'd taken a closer look at this pile of glassware
Bright art deco tableware from a more high-end dealer.
A couple of Sundays ago there was a street brocante on boulevard Saint Germain.
I jumped off the 86 bus for a look. I really prefer the more casual fleas with simple card tables like this one and no glass cases. You can easily touch and pick up stuff for a closer look.
I found a child's lustre ware tea set for 7.20€ (all that was left in my purse). Now to find the little cups...
This child's 2" cafe au lait bowl (4€) was at La porte de Vanves flea, held every Saturday/Sunday. Take Bus 58 from Odeon and you're there.
The demi tasse cup and saucer I got there for a fiver. Going late around noon at closing time makes bargaining easy. I don't remember which flea had Bear's brother. Too late now. For more tips see David's post on Paris brocantes and flea markets. 
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Xxx Carolg and Bear