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A new link to a new blog. This is Louisa Chu's Food. France. Now.
The blog explains itself.
Louisa is in Paris, at the center of the gastronomical world, so to speak, having just finished a stint at Restaurant Alain Ducasse au Plaza Athenee. These are insider details.
Heather Stimmler-Hall in her Secrets of Paris Newsletter has posted the link too.
She calls the site "lovely stuff" and adds if you like foodies in Paris you should check out David Lebovitzs site http://www.davidlebovitz.com/ full of good food humor.
And she adds this:
Speaking of Odd Connections, I was just back in the US in January for two weeks, and it seems like everywhere I went everything was "French" (even when it wasn't, like French Vanilla Coffee). Very bizarre, especially considering the whole Freedom Fries thing...
And Louisa comments
I'm still waiting for my contract to go through at the Crillon - and my French working papers. Somehow the Crillon will have to justify hiring me to the French government - kind of a tough sell when we're talking about why I'm a better French cook than a French guy - in a French restaurant. And the Crillon might be one of the Frenchest of French restaurants left in the world - except maybe Japan. And another weird full circle kind of thing - I'll be on an Arte documentary sometime in April - they shot one on ADPA - Restaurant Alain Ducasse au Plaza Athenee. In the meantime, I'm getting ready to go to El Bulli - anyone fluent in Catalan?
Readers? Anyone fluent in Catalan?
I came across this. A live web camera showing Hollywood in real time, with The Eagles' Hotel California playing in the background. If you have a high-speed internet connection you can sort of be here in real time - and in the upper right you can keep an eye on the Hollywood sign. If you're stuck in Detroit in the snow it will make you happy. Or not.
If you have a high-speed internet connection you might want to try this: the two dozen webcams offering live real-time views (streaming video) of Paris. I am fond of Les Champs Elysées depuis "Atelier Renault" - La mairie de Paris depuis la place de l'Hôtel de Ville will give you a live shot of city hall. Les quais de Seine (2) will give you a good view of the traffic across the bridges right in front of the big department store La Samaritaine - there's a nice gift book section on the third or fourth floor.
If you're in Paris and miss California, here's a live camera at Venice beach.
Either way, remember the time difference between here and there.
Full court transcript of the Fox-Franken hearing, as discussed at various places in Just Above Sunset:
A detailed guide to some great restaurants in France:
Rick Brown, whose comments often appear here in Just Above Sunset publishes a website in Atlanta called City-Directory. In it you will find just about everything you need to know about what is going on there, and I believe he updates the site daily. See www.city-directory.com of course.
Now on his site is this week's edition of The Fire & The Hearth billed as "An occasional newsletter devoted to food, wine, and those things that make for a good life" (and named after a short story by William Faulkner), in which host Randy Harber - gourmet chef and globe-trotting bon vivant who, in his spare time, helps run CNN's internal "wire service" - reviews eateries visited during his recent sojourn to Paris and the French (not Texan) countryside.
Here's where: http://city-directory.com/fireandhearth/home.html
Well, Rick and I, and Ric in Paris (editor of MetropoleParis www.metropoleparis.com), have been batting about how to sell website advertising slots to various places, and we were just discussing La Coupole. Now Rick's site has a review of the place.
And as for French women, well, my friends know about Liane. Sigh.
I read The Fire & The Hearth carefully. It's great. I need to get back to Paris, soon. Highly recommended.
On the left, the two general anti-Bush sites that provide daily links to selected commentary on the current issues as seen from that side:
When I want to know what's happening in
two cities I like a lot, one where I visit when I can and one where I live, I consult these links....
Other forums, other audiences...
Reference Links for the Curious