Travel in France

Paris Pastry Shops

I’m the kind of person who always needs a goal. I can’t go aimlessly for a walk, or get out of bed without first thinking up some sort of morning project. Sébastien would claim this is part cultural. “Breakfast in France is simple,” he said the other day as I carried a crate-full of food to the table. […]

A New Look

The Tomato Knife’s taken on a whole new look. Revamping my blog has been one of my pre-occupations as of late. Considering I only seem to find time in random spurts, it’s taken me too long to get it looking the way I want. Bear with me as I continue tweaking here and there, and let […]

In Search of Kale at the Marché Gros-la-Fontaine

Last Friday was a miserably gray and rainy day in Paris. Little Buddha and I braved the weather and went to explore the farmer’s market Gros-la-Fontaine. It’s a nice little outdoor market situated between rue Gros and rue Jean-de-la-Fontaine in the 16th. The reason I wanted to check out this particular market was because kale […]

Where to Eat in Paris

There are so many special places to dine in Paris, and I’ve finally gotten around to updating my list of favorite French restaurants.  We recently went walking around Montmartre and passed by some places where we’d eaten in the past. Sadly, the café had been replaced by a chain coffee shop (I don’t think I […]

Sauce au beurre blanc (Recipe)

I was just reading about how sauerkraut is good for your gut. This article is interesting, as is this one. Good to know, though health benefits aren’t the primary reason I eat it. “Real” sauerkraut simply tastes wonderful and reminds me of Alsace. Alsace is a region of France that I find absolutely beautiful, especially in autumn. […]

Heritage Minestrone (Recipe)

The second part of this post is all about the minestrone soup I made after this Sunday’s farmers’ market. First though, I want to tell you about last weekend and the “Journées européennes du patrimoine” (or, European Heritage Days). I had already re-scheduled (note RE-scheduled) an eye appointment for Saturday afternoon, and Sébastien was set […]