September 30, 2014
On September 28, 2014, Linda and I joined Steve Plotnicki at La Chèvre d’Or, where he was staying. We have been dining there occasionally for over thirty years, but our meal six years before was very disappointing and we had not been back since. We were looking forward to seeing if Ronan Kervarrec, promoted from sous-chef to top chef last year, had made a difference.
September 23, 2014
The son of a butcher and a traditional French cook, William Ledeuil has been exposed to Asian cuisine on many trips and, early on, in the 13th Arrondissment of Paris with its Chinatown. He worked for Guy Savoy for ten years. Then, in 2001, he opened Ze Kitchen Galerie. His Asian/French fusion cuisine gained a Michelin star in 2008. Jean and Thomas joined Linda and me for dinner at Ze Kitchen Galerie on September 11, 2014. Read the rest of this entry »
September 16, 2014
On September 9, 2014, Jean and his son Thomas invited Linda and me to dinner at Allard. Read the rest of this entry »
July 8, 2014
On June 15, 2014, Linda and I returned to L’Hostellerie Jérôme with Ron and June.
July 1, 2014
Gilles Tournadre began his career at 15 as an apprentice at La Couronne in Rouen. After working in several of the grand restaurants of France, he returned to Rouen in 1984 to open his own restaurant. He earned a Michelin star the following year and a second star in 1990, which he has held for the last 24 years. He has three other restaurants in Rouen and one in Japan, between Osaka and Kobe, which replicates the menu in Rouen. Linda and I went to Gill for dinner the evening of June 6, 2014, the 70th anniversary of the D-Day allied landings on the nearby Normandy coast.
June 24, 2014
A little more than thirty years ago, Linda and I dined at La Couronne, which claims to be the oldest inn in France, dating back to 1345. We sat by an upstairs window looking out on the Place du Vieux Marché, where Joan of Arc had been burned in 1431. We had the specialty of the house, pressed duck, or canard à la rouennaise. It was served with light fresh pommes de terres soufflées and was excellent.
June 10, 2014
One of Keisuke Matsushima’s three restaurants in Nice was transformed earlier this year. He opened Poséidon in March, 2014, in the site of his former Japanese restaurant, Saison. Kei changed the formula to a fish and seafood restaurant. Linda and I went to Poséidon for dinner the evening of May 13, 2014. Read the rest of this entry »