Monthly Archives: May 2013

Book of Days: Personal Essays. Emily Fox Gordon.

Gordon, Emily Fox. Book of Days: Personal Essays. Spiegel & Grau New York 2010. Memoir; 2/11. I learned “personal essay” as the name of this genre, the extended version which is called  memoir. The author (whom I expected for some reason … Continue reading

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Too Much Happiness. Alice Munro.

Munro, Alice. Too Much Happiness. Penguin Canada Toronto 2009. F; 2/11. Another wonderful collection of short stories from Alice Munro. This time, I seemed to find the dreadful things that always happen to her characters predictable. It wasn’t exactly (PLOT … Continue reading

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Thierry, Vancouver.

May 2013. I’ve been going to this bakery for a long time. I have no idea what first led me into the place, it’s definitely affected with an air of false français, including French music and a very French name. … Continue reading

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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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