From Too Many Chefs -

July 26, 2008
Top Ten Food Related Things I Will Miss About Paris

kitchen.jpgIn no particular order:

1) M. Allart's amazing sunflower honey.

2) The Batignolles organic market.

3) 365 cheeses and the wonderful, knowledgeable people who sell them to me.

4) Fellow food bloggers in Paris.

5) Moules frites.

6) Raclette (what will I do with my old battered machine now that I have no access to the right cheese?)

7) Baguettes.

8) Our favourite restaurants.

9) The best fries in Paris. (Note to anyone else who would like to experience them: the Mozart has sadly changed owners this summer and so I cannot guarantee the continued quality of the fries. It's still a great place for an after-work beer, though.)

10) My kitchen. The first new kitchen I've ever cooked in, the first I've ever designed. It had a few problems and I'm sure I could have done better. But it was my first kitchen of my own making and I shall miss it. Especially the six gas rings.

What would you miss most if you had to move to a new country?

Posted by Meg in Sussex at July 26, 2008 9:01 AM

surely you will be able to get raclette in london. they have it at the cheese shop here in oak park.

Posted by paul on July 26, 2008 at 7:57 AM

Paul, thanks for the words of hope - I'll send the Critic out for it when I get a craving next fall. We are actually going to be living in the depths of rural Sussex, though. Great for local cheeses, not so great for imports, I'm guessing!

Posted by Meg in Paris on July 26, 2008 at 12:43 PM

Nice food blog, I have a new food blog, wanna ex links.

Posted by Ms Recipe on July 26, 2008 at 9:57 PM

From a man who thinks French cuisine bland and over-rated, there are still many things I will miss:

1. Putting lashings of gloriously hot mustard on pieces of baguette, while waiting for a brasserie meal.

2. Cheese nan - although Indian food is invariably bland in France (the delicate French palate doesn't do spicy food!), their stuffing of nan bread with a "dairylea" type gooey cheese is simply glorious.

3. Fabulous, yet ridiculously cheap, wine...need I say more. On the other hand, it is very difficult to buy New World wines in France.

4. Bottled water at cheap prices (why does the same water retail many times more expensively in the UK?)

5. Cakes at varies boulangeries. Not only are the cakes on display simply beautiful, they are absolutely delicious.

Posted by The Critic on July 27, 2008 at 3:34 AM

Meg, congrats to the Critic on landing an awesome job & sending "smooth move" vibes your way! Looking forward to your take on life across the channel.
Top 7 food things I have missed in the year since we left Paris:
#7: Speculoos cookies
#6: flavorful produce
#5: Baguettes "tradi"
#4: Laduree's macarons
#3: Merguez
#2. Ready-to-serve carpaccio from Monoprix
and the #1 thing I miss: PICARD!

Posted by Taina on July 27, 2008 at 5:27 PM

You don't have to miss your raclette if you take the raclette grill with you! There are quite a few cheeses that work alright with a raclette grill, e.g. Gruyere, Appenzeller, Morbier, Tilsit. Plus, while a raclette grill's main purpose is of course eating the meal of the same name with it (Raclette!, you can do such a whole lot more with it. I recommend a book by Raclette Australia called the Insider's Guide to Raclette which has plenty of recipies and tips and tricks in it. So, don't worry!

Posted by Fanny on July 28, 2008 at 1:53 AM

365 cheeses! No wonder my friends have wine AND CHEESE parties.. haha

Posted by Jake on July 28, 2008 at 11:43 AM

we'll miss you too! xx

Posted by David on July 29, 2008 at 9:07 AM