Sunday, February 5, 2017

Episode 24 Paris GOOD food + wine - Caviar and Romantic Paris Restaurants for Valentine's Day

Host-producer Paige Donner brings you Episode 24 of Paris GOOD food + wine for February 2017.

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This month we're celebrating St. Valentine's here in the City of Love & Light. Valentine's Day or St. Valentin as they say in French is observed here in France though not to the degree that it is in the U.S. at least insofar as the commercial marketing aspect of the holiday.

Because, anyway, Paris is a city filled with such romance that every day feels like Valentine's Day here...

So, for this February Paris GOOD food + wine show, we're bringing you first person interviews with two of the city's scions from its culinary top shelf.

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Mr. Armen Petrossian

First up we hear from Armen Petrossian. If the name Petrossian rings a bell it's because you're likely familiar with the world's best known, quality caviar. Over the last century, Petrossian has become synonymous with caviar and understandably so – with a global marketshare unrivaled by any other single brand, Petrossian has maintained the strictest quality control over its caviar throughout the generations.

Armen Petrossian is the son and heir to the founder of his family fortune. He discusses with us here the company's history, their philosophy and gives us some inside tips on sourcing excellent caviar.

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Chef Mathieu Pacaud in the kitchens of Le Divellec, Paris 7ème Arrondissement

Next up is our second interview with a family scion, this time with Chef Mathieu Pacaud. This chef is also heir to an iconic family. Namely his father is the 3-star Michelin chef of Ambroisie here in Paris. But that hasn't stopped this young 30-something from boldly and unabashedly earning his own stripes.

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In the past couple of years he opened three restaurants in Paris: Hexagone, now a 1 Michelin star restaurant, L'Histoires, now a 2 Michelin star restaurant and one of Paris's most romantic dining experiences; And most recently, he took on the mantle of Le Divellec, for generations the most famous fish restaurant in Paris, now completely renovated and re-imagined by Chef Pacaud.

So sit back and get ready to be thoroughly charmed and enchanted by our two Parisian scions of great families from France's culinary world.

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Saturday, January 7, 2017

Episode 23: Air, Water and Well-being Hello 2017 with Love, from Paris GOOD food + wine

Paige Donner, host-producer of Paris GOOD food + wine brings you the January '17 episode of the program, the first-ever English language radio show and podcast about French food and wine broadcast from Paris. To contact Paige: paigedonner.info

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In this show we speak to you from Le Centre Element in the Marais, Paris' chic central neighborhood. More than a yoga studio, the Centre Element is a center of well-being. Here we have conversations with Pia LeCannu, a yoga teacher and evolving wellness enthusiast about her approach to good food and healthy eating.

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Next we speak with Xavier Chabeur, the owner of the Centre Element as he explains to us his philosophy behind his center. His emphasis is on plenty of oxygen for the body, structured water and also how important meditating is for our own health and the health of the planet.

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So relax and enjoy another episode of Paris GOOD food + wineParis GOOD food + wine, with me, your host and producer, Paige Donner.

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*NOTE French word of the day:  Curcuma = Turmeric

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December in Paris saw high levels of pollution in our air quality. So much so that for several days during several weeks public transportation was free. It was an attempt to get commuters to leave their cars at home and ride the bus or Metro.

This got me thinking, once again, that there are few things as essential to our daily nutrition as clean air and water. So I contacted a yoga teacher friend of mine and asked her to meet me at the Centre Element in the Marais, a yoga and well-being center. There we arranged to discuss the issues of healthy eating, clean air and clean water. The owner of the Centre Element, Xavier Chabeur, happened to be there that day and so he, too, shares his thoughts about how we can better take care of the basics, air, oxygen and structured water, when it comes to a well-being approach to food and our bodies.

Pia Le Cannu, the yoga teacher who is featured in the first half of this January 2017 show, spends part of her time in Amsterdam and so she can easily compare the air quality between that city and Paris.

According to her, the pollution in our air at times here in Paris is tangible, at least when compared to the pristine air of Amsterdam. Of course, myself, as a transplanted Los Angeleno, remember all too well the eye-burning yellow clouds of smog that would descend on our city of Angels altogether too frequently. Compared to Los Angeles, Paris' air is pristine.

But clean air and clean water should not be a relative issue. Rather it is an absolute – either our air and water are clean and healthy for human consumption or they are not. Is there really an inbetween? And if you, like myself, agree that clean air and clean water are a basic human right, then keep listening to Episode 23 of Paris GOOD food + wine as we start this year 2017 off in the right direction: air, water and well-being.

Le Centre Element  -  7, rue des Guillemites  75004 Paris  Facebook.com/lecentreelement

Restaurant & Patisserie Shop Recommendations (As mentioned in the January Show)

In the interview Pia talks about the golden curcuma (turmeric)latte, that you can find in the nicest spot in Montmartre: Café Tabac https://www.facebook.com/CafetabacFR/

She also mentioned 

Mandoo Bar, Paris 8 http://www.mandoobar.fr/ Corean restaurant that is a delight, with an open kitchen and extremely fresh food. 

Causses, rue notre dame de Lorette, Paris 9 http://www.causses.org/13/nos-restaurants

Season, rue Dupuis, Paris 3 https://www.season-paris.com/ 

and Ze Kitchen Galerie, rue des Grands-Augustins, Paris 6 http://www.zekitchengalerie.fr/

I mention three Patisseries that are either gluten-free, sugar-free or both:

Helmut Newcake, Foucade and Eugène

Those listings, including addresses and reviews, can be found on my 10BEST listing here:

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Monday, December 19, 2016

Gérard Bertrand Wines - Good With Everything

by Paige Donner

Sure, many of them are organic, some are even natural wine. And yes, they consistently offer rich tastes and aromas, balanced with nice acidity where they're supposed to be. 

And, OK, the packaging is attractive, easy to read and clearly explains the wine you're getting. 

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Of course it doesn't hurt that the producer and namesake of these wines is a retired superstar athlete known and loved by all of France and the sports world. That the wines have, for the most part, affordable as a characteristic is only another plus. 

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But, the greatest thing, to me anyway, about Gérard Bertrand wines is that, well...they Go With Everything! 

And sure to please Everyone this holiday season. 

GerardBertrandWines - available widely across North America

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Friday, December 2, 2016

Episode 22 - Paris GOOD food + wine, the Christmas 2016 Show by Paige Donner

by Paige Donner

Happy Holidays to you and yours from Paris!

If you're listening to the show from outside France I'd like to share with you some of the sights and sounds and smells that make up the warm and cheerful holiday season here in the City of Lights.

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Angelo Musa, Exec Pastry Chef, Plaza Athénée Paris & His star pastries for Christmas 2016

First of all, Christmas decorations start going up by about the 3rd week of November, giving us a long run-up to the happiest day of the year.

The Christmas markets on the Champs-Elysées and in Paris' St.-Germain-des-Prés are all up by this time, too. Here you can find mulled wine, that warm, sweet and spicy red wine that is so emblematic of the holidays here in Europe. The savory smells of roasting chestnuts and hot crepes are also wafting in the air.

Christmas trees are outside all the florist's shops and a common site one sees is people walking down the narrow cobble streets carrying one home for their kids.

The churches, like St. Paul on rue St. Antoine in the Marais, have their creches on display, often lit with twinkling candles that invite you to gaze in wonder and reverence on the baby Jesus manger scene, so central to Christmas celebrations.

This year, for our December show, I'm introducing you to a truly marvelous gourmet gift shop that is easy to find in the Les Halles district, Paris' traditional food district. It's called the Boutique Dans Le Noir and is the little shop of specialty food items that is associated with the celebrated restaurant, Dans Le Noir, a restaurant staffed entirely by the blind and nearly blind. Our interviewee for this segment is the boutique's staff intern, Rasmya Hadji, originally from the Comores Islands and perfectly bilingual in both French and English.

Next, I take you to meet the Plaza Athenée's new pastry chef, Angelo Musa. Here in Paris, the Plaza is one of the holiday destinations of choice and always does things up with great Christmas fanfare. This year, in addition to their Dior decorated Christmas tree, they are also featuring, as is custom, a special tea time. There are few more delicious ways to enjoy a cosy December afternoon than with a pot of tea or hot chocolate and a delicate, melt-in-your mouth fine pastry made by Chef Musa.

So curl up by the proverbial fireplace and enjoy our special Christmas 2016 edition of Paris GOOD food + wine.


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Traditional English Christmas song in a Rhythm and Blues instrumental version. The author of this song in unknown, many dates it back to 13th century. The first publications were with the name "The first nowell".

"Ding Dong Merrily on High"

 

One of the most famous and our favorites traditional Christmas song. The lyrics was published in 1924 by George Woodward, while the melody is dated back about to the 15th century and was a popular French carol.

"Silent Night" - Disco edition

 

One of the most famous Christmas carol translated in over 300 languages. Published here in a disco version in honor of the Austrian author of the melody Franz Gruber who has composed it as a sprightly, dance-like song.

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Thursday, November 3, 2016

Episode 21 Paris GOOD food + wine November 2016

Paige Donner, host-producer of Paris GOOD food + wine brings you the November '16 episode of the program, the first-ever English language radio show and podcast about French food and wine broadcast from Paris. To contact Paige for hosting and media offers: paigedonner.info

In this show, Episode 21,  we'll be speaking with the co-founder of the Vendanges Solidaires initiative, Ludovic Dardenay. This is a crowdsourcing platform to help vineyard owners and winemakers who are having a tough year due primarily to climactic conditions. 

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Next we speak with the Director of the Burgundy Wine SchoolBrigitte Houdeline, who talks to us from the school's location in Beaune, France. Lastly, one of the instructors of the Ecole du Vin de BourgogneNicolas Tacquard, offers his insights on the wine and food pairing course offered by the school.

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So relax and enjoy another episode of Paris GOOD food + wine, with me, your host and producer, Paige Donner.

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Tuesday, October 4, 2016

Episode 20 Paris GOOD food + wine by Paige Donner, Host-Producer

Paige Donner, Host-Producer of Paris GOOD food + wine brings you Episode 20 in Season 3 of the show available on Soundcloud, iTunes, Stitcher and TuneIn Radio. Also available on the Podcast Channel Network App (iOS and Android).


Episode 20 features an interview with Ara Starck, renowned French artist living in NYC who spent part of her summer in Bordeaux's Bassin d'Arcachon where this interview took place, namely at Ha(a)itza, the newly opened resort interior designed by her father Philippe Starck featuring exquisite stained glass artwork by Ara.

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The second feature interview is with Arnaud Faugas, an artist and native Bordelais

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whose whimsical illustrations and watercolors of the Bordeaux wine world has made him famous in the region and even further afield such as the US.

Recent showings of his work can be found in Bordeaux's CIVB wine bureau offices and wine tasting room and also at an art gallery in Washington D.C.

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