Posts Tagged ‘Basque’

Itineraries in France: Basque Country

The amazing thing about France is that each region still truly has its own distinct feel, its own food and its own culture…

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Paris Restaurants: Pottoka

A true rebel when it comes down to both everyday life and even the size of bites I take, I have the annoying tendency to put up….

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Paris Restaurants: Pottoka

Last week I had a date with Kate, a friend who lives between Paris and Texas. Kate can cook and has a much better handle on Paris restaurants than I do, so I let her choose where we’d meet. She chose Abri, which […]

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Fans of Julien Duboué's Paris restaurant Dans Les Landes in the 5th Arrondissement of Paris will enjoy his original outpost for Basque tapas in the 15th Arrondissement, Afaria

Afaria

I love tapas. I don’t know if that means I’m a bit fickle, since I’d rather eat a little bit of everything than one of the same thing in any restaurant in Paris—or in or out of Spain, for that matter. I prefer to think it means I love food so much that I want to sample as many different things as I can. Whether you’re fickle or not, Afaria offers a perfect dining experience with a Basque-inspired tapas menu.

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Château d’Urtubie

Basking in the French Basque Country

Recently I was lucky enough to venture en famille to the glorious Basque region of France. The town in the area that you might have heard of is Biarritz, but having been there previously, and not having loved it, we decided to stay near Saint-Jean-de-Luz. Saint-Jean—or Luz, as some of the locals call it—is just 10 minutes south of the fading glory of Biarritz and infinitely more adorable and charming. It’s a village filled with white stucco buildings with red roofs and red shutters unique to the Basque region. Actually, they are a shade of burned red; you might call the color bordeaux, but we are two hours south of Bordeaux here and on the Atlantic Ocean. Saint-Jean is a wonderful walking town, as most of its key shopping streets are closed off to cars and the harbor is terribly picturesque.

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Take a break from traditional fondue and feast on the raclette fondues of the Alps. Visit the Paris restaurant Les Fondus de la Raclette, with locations all over Paris.

Restaurants in Paris: The Basics

I get lots of requests for Paris restaurant recommendations. Visitors will tell me that they want to try something authentic, but they don’t like heavy sauces, or their travel companion is a picky eater, or they are simply intimidated by French cuisine. Relax, I always say. The most traditional of Parisian dishes is steak frites, quickly followed by poulet roti (roast chicken).

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Cod with Bayonne pork belly at Le Troquet, Christian Etchebest’s Basque-inflected bistro in the 15th Arrondissement of Paris

Le Troquet

I first visited Le Troquet almost two years ago with a couple I knew from New York. At that point, I thought I had visited a fair number of Paris restaurants, but in retrospect I realize that I had barely scratched the surface (I still feel this way, actually). Case in point: I hadn’t been anywhere in the 15th […]

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Le Timbre

I first visited this place with a couple of girlfriends more than three years ago. Our table wasn’t ready, so we waited with a glass of wine at the kitchen counter, where we tried to stay out of the way of the busy serveuse while chatting and watching the chef cook away. I was charmed. The aptly named le Timbre is the size of a postage stamp, a single room with a tiny kitchen in the back. Every inch of space is put to use. There is a banquette along each wall, and you’ll need help getting in and out.

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Le Chateaubriand

This much-lauded restaurant is on every visiting foodie’s to-do list. It was recently named the 11th-best restaurant in the world by the UK’s Restaurant Magazine, in fact, though these kinds of proclamations are best taken with a large grain of fleur du sel.

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