Episode 17 Paris GOOD food + wine

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Restaurant La Gare, Paris

There’s something to be said, eating lunch with a native Parisian. It’s not just that they’re bred for good taste in food – and other…things – nor is it just that they can help decipher the menu and translate what the waiter just sang to you in French of the day’s Plats du Jour.

Yes, all of these are fine reasons to lunch with a native Parisian, but what’s the most alluring is that they can recount to you stories of having waited on that very platform to board the train as a child, when the restaurant you are at the moment dining in was, indeed, an operating train station.

Such was the case recently when I dined with an old friend at Paris’s Restaurant La Gare. Locals remember it as, indeed, the Passy-La-Muette train station. A stone’s throw from Franck et Fils, the men’s clothing shop, it unabashedly sits ajutting out on the chaussée de la Muette.

I’m well aware of the haute food critics’ unspoken ethic of commenting only on a restaurant’s food, but, quite frankly, the atmosphere at Restaurant La Gare is so chic, so Parisian, so expansively stylish…well, for goodness’ sake, just walking into the place instantly transported me back to my Le Bain Douche days; days when I was much younger and much more carefree!

And if that doesn’t whet your appetite, then, well, mon cheri, I don’t know what will…

The Restaurant La Gare is to Parisian restaurants today what Le Bain Douche was to Parisian nightclubs a few years (ok, decades!) ago.

Now that summer is in full swing, the Terasse, which seats a generous 180 diners, is the place to be, especially for Sunday Brunch. At 33 Euros for brunch, it’s a good deal.

The airy 500 square meter establishment was designed by Francois Lamazerolles. The drama is descending from the cosy bar at the street-level entrance to the restaurant at the garden level below.

Ranked as one of Paris’s trendiest restaurants, it’s that kind of place where, if you sport a baseball cap with NY on it and a pair of sunglasses, people will mistake you for a movie star!

The food, of course, is delicious. As a North American, all food in France is delicious. But lest I be perceived as shirking from my food duties, I recommend the grilled scallops on a bed of creamy, roasted, mashed garlic potatoes. The salad of al dente green beans is light and fragrant. For dessert the three-part roasted pineapple, pineapple compote and fresh pineapple with pineapple sorbet is delightful for a sun-drenched afternoon.

Click on the site Restaurant La Gare for a 360 video view of the place.

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Edible Adventures – Paris Food And Wine

CLOTILDE DUSOULIER lives in Montmartre. Her award-winning blog, Chocolate & Zucchini, was launched in 2003.

by Clotilde DuSoulier

Clotilde’s Edible Adventures in Paris is a book on Paris restaurants and food shops, in which I share recommendations for my favorite spots — everything from neo bistros and salons de thé to bakeries, outdoor markets, wine shops, and much, much more, as they say — plus all you need to know to navigate the City of Light and Good Food, plus a dozen recipes.

You can read more about the book, including reviews and excerpts, on the mini-site I’ve set up, and you should of course feel free to order your very own copy — no, really.

I’ve only just received finished copies myself, and although it is hardly surprising for a young mother to fawn over her newborn, I am particularly pleased with how this book turned out — the way it fits snugly in my hands, the slight grain of the cover, the chic layout, the color photos, and the rounded corners (rounded corners! you know you love them!). So pleased, in fact, that I’ve been tempted to keep a copy under my pillow, but Maxence said no.

The perpetual challenge for books that give real life recommendations is that real life stuff tends to shift and change over time. Thankfully, by the power and grace of the Internet, I will be able to maintain a list of updates, corrections, and bonus addresses on the above-mentioned mini-site — there’s even a “print before you go!” version to slip in the book and take with you to Paris.

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Musee Du Vin

Museum of Wine, Paris

Today you can find the Musée du Vin installed in the old vaulted cellars below the 14th century Abbey of Passey and also below Honoré de Balzac’s house. The ceiling even contains a trap door that he used to escape from his creditors!

Located in the 16th arrondissement of Paris near the Eiffel Tower, this museum is a must for all who enjoy wine and would like to know more about how it is made and the tremendous variety of different types of wine from different wine regions. Today, these cellars that house the Musée du Vin, exhibit old bottles, vats, instruments, objects and tools that all relate to viticulture and wine producing in ancient times.  The exhibits appear to have everything possible connected with wine… from corkscrews to decanters, glasses to barrels, wine presses and so much more; And a section showing old photographs, articles, portraits, and drinking songs. There is even a hymn to Saint Vincent on display, and he is one of the main Patron Saints of wine!

In this historic setting of the Musée du Vin you can also choose to take a two-hour wine tasting class with a wine specialist or by prior arrangement even organise lunches for groups, dinner parties or have lectures on the fascinating subject of “wine.”

By indulging yourself in a tasting class with the aim of providing amateurs with a better understanding of different wines, you will end up knowing what to pick and what not to, to accompany your food choices.  And although most of the tasting sessions are in French, it is also possible to book English wine tasting sessions as well.

There is also a restaurant that is situated in the cellars that has a fantastically cosy atmosphere and there are different menus to choose from, all with traditional food.

Also upon request there is an option of having a wine tasting session of the famous Grand Cru wines and talks by the experts. Guide books in different languages are available for purchase from the museum.


Open from a Tuesday through Sunday from 10am to 6pm. Closed on Mondays and on bank holidays.

Musée du Vin Rue des eaux, 5 Square Charles Dickens 75016 Paris, France

Telephone: 1 45 25 63 26

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