Since curfew at 6 pm has been installed in the whole of France, panic strikes everyone at 5.30 pm. How can we be back by 6 pm when we have so many things to do, buy dinner, pick up the children from school, go swimming, etc… Well everyone seems to react accordingly and lunch is the new dinner and usually lasts until 4 pm. Apologetic friends call to ask you to come at lunch time because not socializing at all is just too depressing. Is a nervous breakdown better than the pandemic? That is the question at the moment. And good food is, as always, the answer in Paris.
Yes there are enough scandals in the press to keep everyone chatty on the phone, Bernard Pivot’s book on his love life while aging is fun enough, and traffic jams at 6.05 pm will not discourage the French from running around. I also have a new light at the end of the tunnel for you: the Lebey guide newsletter, run by Gerald de Roquemaurel and Pierre Yves Chupin, where you find new culinary news every week.
This week it’s truffles by Michel Rostang and Guy Savoy. Not cheap of course but once in a while for a birthday, why not? Michel Rostang creates a truffle sandwich and Guy Savoy a truffle soup. It also gives a list of restaurants which do take out. While they mention online the best food fashions, they give you addresses for Le Sergent Recruteur, Le Clarence, La Réserve but also less expensive bistrots which can give you the illusion of going out while enjoying gourmet food at home.
I tried truffles this week and decided that the best way to eat them, was thinly sliced on a buttered toast grilled in the oven and it worked. My guests seemed to be suddenly very happy.
I recently came down from “un déjeuner très arrosé” (a very alcoholized lunch) in Montmartre and fell upon the most delightful lamp and glass shop, Archi-Noire, at 19 rue Victor Massé, next to rue des Martyrs. I found there two lamps I had been looking for for months and the most charming lady antiquaire, Dorothée Renault who even offered to deliver…
So open your eyes and you will find beauty and fun… And I promise I will start sampling take outs to recommend a few but you can already order from Papillon which has a no nonsense click and collect menu for 30€ from 11 am to 6 pm at 8 rue Meissonier.
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