Archive • May 2009

3 Days Left to Win Free Books: Hachette Book Group Giveaway: Asian Heritage Month

Hachette Book Giveaway

Free Summer Reading. My publisher, Hachette Book Group, is celebrating Asian Heritage Month by offering numerous book giveaways. Here, at, 5 winners will receive a package of all 5 books. Contest rules below. Winners receive: Free Food for Millionaires by Min Jin Lee Trail of Crumbs By Kim Sunée The Fortune Cookie Chronicles By Jennifer Lee Transparency By Frances Hwang Strangers ...

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Friday morning cocktail testing: Prosecco and Rose


Is it too early to test cocktails? It’s 5 p.m. in Paris… I brought back this confit of rose petals–subtly sweet and fragrant–from Montreal. Stir a tablespoon or two into a glass of chilled bubbly…and garnish with a rose petal. What’s your favorite summer cocktail?

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Durham, NC Farmers’ Market

Durham, NC market: Scratch's tarts: Chocolate Sea Salt and Honeysuckle Cream

A few of my favorite things…and some new flavors: chocolate sea salt tart and honeysuckle cream tart…

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Jun I, Montréal: Uni, Funny Maki, and all that Jazz

Chef Jun Ichi (right)

After several days of foie gras and more foie gras, I stopped in at Jun I, a beautiful, simple bar a sushi. Chef Jun Ichi from Kyoto sliced up Salmon with Japanese plum and maple syrup, Kampachi with yuzu miso (a favorite), Artic Char with fresh wasabi and soy, Striped sea bass with ginger, Pernod, ...

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Montréal, Au Pied de Cochon encore…

les asperges au restaurant Au Pied de Cochon, Montreal

I couldn’t help myself…yes, there are so many wonderful restaurants in Montréal, but the giddiness and pure joy that emanates from diners and staff at Au Pied de Cochon is addictive (see previous post). The charming Denis greeted us again and suggested asparagus, and another small portion of poutine (see previous post) as well as ...

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Au Pied de Cochon, Montréal: Poutine, Bites of Sin, and More…

Terrine de foie gras

When I first asked friends where to eat in Montreal, I was told, ordered in fact, to go to Au Pied de Cochon and report back with every drool-worthy detail. The space is abuzz with beautiful people, but, unlike in certain hot spots in Manhattan or L.A., the only ogling was of other people’s plates–foie ...

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Montreal, L’express

Roasted Bone Marrow, gray sea salt, Savoy peek-a-boo cabbage leaves, L'Express, Montreal

First bites at L’Express in Montreal: cornichons and roasted bone marrow

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A New Way with Snail Mail

Snail Mail

I had been lamenting to a friend in California that I never get any interesting snail mail anymore. It’s all electronic. Even friends who have my phone number send me messages via Facebook or Twitter, rather then calling me up so I can hear a real voice. My friend got the hint and sent me ...

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Honeydew Melon with Vanilla Fleur de Sel

morning honeydew with vanilla fleur de sel

When I was a little girl, hot summers in New Orleans always signified outdoor seafood boils and fresh cold watermelon. My grandmother used to take the salt shaker and lavishly sprinkle her wedge of melon. As a child, I found this cruel and unusual. That was before I got to France and discovered fleur de ...

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