Monthly Archives: May 2013

Mon Viel Ami, Paris.

May, 2006. This was a wonderful restaurant, located on Ile Saint-Louis. Arriving late on our first night in town we were seated right next to the kitchen and warned at 8:10 that they would need the table by 9:15. As … Continue reading

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Moulin de Loumarin, Loumarin (France). 2005.

There are two kinds of Michelin two-star restaurants: on the way up and on the way down. A talented young chef with enough money and some early success is bucking for a third star, or an aging veteran has lost … Continue reading

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Helene Darroze, Paris. 2007.

We chose this one from among four or five sought-after up-and-coming Michelin one-star places in Paris.  The reviews we read were universally positive.  The chef and owner is a protege of Alain Ducasse, a great and established three-star French chef, … Continue reading

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L’Ambroisie, Paris. 2006.

Three Michelin Stars!  For 15 years, every time I go to Europe, I can’t resist trying just one of these restaurants.  You know, if it’s the best in France, it will approximate the best in the world.  I’m the fish … Continue reading

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Troisgros, Roanne. 2003.

This is a long-standing culinary monument in Roanne, now operated by the son of its originator, and universally positively reviewed. It boasted when we visited the coveted three Michelin rosettes, but quietly. We drove into town from the North, and followed the signs … Continue reading

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Hawkesworth, Vancouver

December 8, 2012 We were here once before about a year ago, and this outfit also catered a Confrerie summer lunch over two years ago. I remember the food at the lunch being varied, creative, and delicious. The dinner last … Continue reading

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Smitty’s, Gibsons.

May 9, 2013 (NOTE: this place has changed. See October 2015, below). A dockside eatery named after the marine repair shop that used to occupy the premises sounds like it could be the soul of authenticity. But this place is … Continue reading

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Bel Cafe, Vancouver. March 2013.

Replacing “Sen5es” formerly in the same location, this little Café bakery has the location and atmosphere to charm and attract. Unfortunately, it ends there. At lunchtime you have to “Wait to be Seated” at one of the dozen or so … Continue reading

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The Raw and the Cooked. Jim Harrison.

Harrison, Jim. The Raw and the Cooked. Grove Press New York 2001. NF; 03/11. I don’t think I’ve ever had my opinion of a book change so completely from the beginning (where I nearly threw it in the garbage) to … Continue reading

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The Art of the Personal Essay. Philip Lopate ed.

Lopate, Philip ed. The Art of the Personal Essay. Anchor New York 1995. Anthology; 3/11. I bought this after reading the editor’s introduction to Emily Gordon’s book of personal essays (see above). Of course I didn’t know what I was … Continue reading

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