Day of the gourmand and the French dna

Wiki says – A gourmand is a person who either takes great pleasure in food,
a person given to excess in the consumption of food and drink, a greedy eater,
or a ravenous eater.

What I didn’t tell you – on my last visit to France, I endured


Baguette mornings and some evenings,

I worked through these


I suffered these


Come to Mama!

But I need to bring up in today’s blog something of the French dna that I have
observed during my visits to this country. As many of you know, the French is
going through a wake-up call after the events of the past week … the horrific
deaths of the editor and staff of their satirical magazine, Charlie Hebdo,
at the hands of terrorist gunmen.
Their September 11.

I’ve never met a French I didn’t like. A bit of an exaggeration, but …
in my halting, sometimes stammering French, they’ve responded, engaged with me,
in their halting, sometimes stammering English.

The French are a proud people. Proud of their heritage, history, culture, and arts.

The French work. Tirelessly. The proof is in their bread –

Meet Ridha Kadher, the winner of the best baguette for 2013.
Out of 203 Parisian bakers, he won €4,000 and earned the honour of supplying
baguettes to the Elysées Palace, the presidential residence, for a whole year.


When asked for a photo after our chat,
he gladly posed for one but not before asking his wife to join him.



Mr. Kadher, with roots from Tunisia, came to France as a young boy,
and started baking at fifteen, working side by side with his brother.
Indeed, he has come a long way. He now owns his own boulangerie,
Au Paradis du Gourmand.

His secret is « hard work and his mother’s recipe, a 24-hour ‘rest’ to allow the dough
to absorb water and hydrate for his traditional baguette, (5 hours for a regular one) ».

via RKadher

Au Paradis du Gourmand,
156 Rue Raymond Losserand,
75014 Paris France,
+33 9 62 30 47 13

Photos (1)-(7) ©vmanzo-w

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Pasta heaven

Feeling under the weather the past few weeks and culminating
with bed rest for a few days,
I dreamt not of gum drops and icicles, but of pasta! in any shape or form.

Enter 2015, and I find myself at Bar Primi, pasta heaven, for brunch.

Shared order of the day -

To start … Ricotta bruschetta, drippings of italian honey and hazelnuts


Egg crostino, chunky crab meat in garlic crema and arugula


Breakfast spaghetti, with kale, pancetta, topped with poached egg


Very attentive waitstaff in plaid shirts.

Yes, I noticed. Sorry, no photo. Deliberately.

Yes, I’ll be back.


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