Saturday, May 31, 2008

NYC gourmet shopping

Note: French version is on my other food blog La cuisine de Babeth
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The wait is over! Here's the story of my finds in New York. And thank God my luggage didn't cross into French without a custom officer in sight. They were cousins of the Invisible man and nobody was here to cheer me with a "Welcome home" sign.
Here, just for you, a recap with pictures.

As a tourist with Euros in my pocket, I contributed to US retail sales more than usual but I didn't go extra crazy on shopping, my banker is still polite with me, but I was in a way smart: I didn't keep any of my recipes with me: no proof for the customs CSI ;-)
We started our shopping spree at Century21, not the real estate one but the discounter department store facing Ground zero. We bought the first safety kit for my brother: a pillow, linens, bathroom rug and a nice kitchen cloth for me.
For the weekend we hit the road to visit Cape Cod. We stopped at 2 outlets, always on the look out for great finds. To me, Woodbury's outlets are the best in the US, with brands available at most outlets (RL, Coach, CK, Gap to name a few) and luxury ones (Chanel, Bottega Veneta, Jimmy Choo and much more). Finding Chanel in an outlet is a little disconcerting for a French woman, but I got used to it ;-)

Back in New York after an important visit to the delicate glass cube on 5th avenue, direction Whole Foods: it's the US organic supermarket chain. My brother is very lucky to have one in his neighborhood (East Village), it wasn't my case when I was a Californian. The closest one was in Cupertino far away with way too much traffic. My favorite stores were Trader Joe's and the Milk Pail market with its huge cheese selection, real European yogurts and fresh and seasonal products. Whole Foods is like a toy store for foodies, I wanted to bring back everything home! I picked only 2 items: dried cranberries and dried Goji berries. They may end up in muffins.

I also was nice enough to bring back some gifts: peanut butters for Mathieu (you know, French-Canadian an all) and M&Ms peanut butter for my friends E and C. Those gifts were safe with me: I hate peanut butter.

I also finally got my hands on Angel food cake pan to make cakes for Mathieu (apparently they also make this cake in Quebec), but for some reason this is mostly unknown in France.

And marshmallow fluff: it's a liquid marshmallow loaded with sugar. It's a bit like beaten egg whites with kilos of sugar or like BBQ melted marshmallows. Hmmmm...

We as well find great stuffs at flea markets. Unfortunately we asked UPS to ship and pack our treasures to France and the food chopper arrived smashed :-(

After some recipes, more to come about NY, stay tuned!

Sunday, May 25, 2008

The mailman doesn't like me much!

Note: French version is on my other food blog La cuisine de Babeth
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The mailman doesn't like me much! I got to this conclusion while waiting for my "Elle à table" to arrive in my mailbox many days after it hit the shelves! It was mocking me from all Antibes newspapers stands.
An interruption here to explain to the non-French readers what is Elle à table. I'm sure you all know Elle the fashion magazine, it's available in French, English (US, UK, New Zealand ...), German, Russian, Japanese and so one. In most places it's solely a monthly fashion magazine but in France Elle is actually published weekly, with 4 detachable recipes cards at the end. Our local market also sees every 2 months Elle à table, an Elle sister magazine dedicated to cooking, how lucky are we hum? The magazine is loaded with recipes, articles about chefs and foodies, products and what to eat on vacation.

Anyway, I'm a subscriber to that cooking magazine and typically one of the perks of being a subscriber is to get it before everybody else.
So after hundreds of hours late here it comes with an engaging message on its cover: "all new presentation". But after browsing through it, I wasn't calmed down. The look of the cover is dull. Inside it's all "green". Meaning not a lot of colors in the recipes, only shades of green and then more shades of green. But May and June are great month for colorful grocery shopping. Farmers markets stalls are in full bloom at this time of the year, packed full with fruits and veggies de saison. Green is nice but almost only green recipes ?? Sorry guys but I'm not a rabbit!
I was even more pissed off when I hit the precious recipes cards at the end of my magazine: ads have crept among them. Then they tried to catch up with the web 2.0 and added some blogs' articles. The only major problem is: those articles are only old posts from the blogs. Why paying for a magazine to get old blog post that you got for free weeks ago? Another example of old media trying to be internet cool and getting it way wrong. What's next, clamor the arrival of web 3.0??
I will be waiting for the next issue to make up my mind and give Elle à table another chance if they can stick to seasonal varied recipes and published original materials.
Wait and see.

Update: well, I waited and Elle à table changed! Check out my new review here!

New York, New York

Note: French version is on my other food blog La cuisine de Babeth
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I've been a little long to put the English version of my post about New York. I haven't been trapped in any party in Cannes nor at work. If you've been following me lately you're aware that I lost my job but my MBA-husband found one. It's better than nothing, no? I took my forced free time to meet some other fellow food bloggers (Ana, Murielle, Mickymat, Guillemette) in Paris while shooting a video (more to come about it stay tuned :-)). And last week with Mathieu we took off direction: Venice, Italy. It was my 3rd time there and his first one! Even if I've been there already there's always something to discover in this unique city.

I leave you with some snapshots of my East coast trip.
Lady Liberty:

Gloomy Cape Cod's weather:

And Dunkin' Donuts (where coffee is cheaper and tastier than at fancy Starbucks ...)
More about my trips here.

Thursday, May 15, 2008

And ... we're back! (back in Antibes)

Note: French version is on my other food blog La cuisine de Babeth
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Hi my dear readers! I'm back home in Antibes after more than 10 days at my little brother in NY.
I went to visit him with my Mum. He lives in East Village and works as an intern-architect in Dumbo (Brooklyn).
God I'm tired! Jet-lagged is quite hard to recover from. I just wanted to say hi and let you know that I will be back soon to talk about food of course :-) Cupcakes, black and white cookies, sushi, burgers and grocery shopping of a French girl in the US.
I'm going to Paris tomorrow for a food related food video shoot.
See you very soon!
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