Friday, February 18, 2005
When we first arrived in Paris, a new book had been published about an expat living here. Adam Gopnik's, Paris To The Moon, was one of my first reads and I took it all very seriously. I visited most of the places he talked about in the book, Deyrolle, L'Oiseau du Paradis and rue de Seine my first year. One place he wrote about a lot... Balzar's Brasserie.... but I never found the time to eat there.
A few months ago my husband and I had dinner there on our date night. After a build up of four years, I was very disappointed with my meal. It was fine, but there are so many more places serving really good food in Paris. I know the owners changed since the time he used to eat there, but could the food have degraded that much? Just one of those things I should have kept pretty in my mind and not actually experienced.
I passed by the Balzar Brasserie, in all it's bright lights and glory, yesterday.
We are off on our ski week today. I will try to post occasionally, but I'm not sure how that will work out. Hope you have a nice week without me. I'll catch up on your blogs when I get back.
-- said Auntie M in Paris
# posted by Jason : 12:58 PM
I'm sure you'll have lots to tell us when you get back
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# posted by veronique : 11:40 PM
Would I reccomend the book to a friend? Yes, but with some hesitation. He is a fine writer. What I will wish with NO hesitation is that you have a glorious ski vacation.
# posted by Michele : 11:53 PM
Fully agree - Gopnik n'a rien compris. He's far too concerned about following in the footsteps of Janet Flanner than about understanding France and the French. The worst part, of course, is that millions of Americans see and judge France through his eyes, thus perpetuating myth and misunderstanding.
Have a great holiday, Auntie !
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# posted by Coquette : 7:22 PM
And then by coincidence, last night, the frog called me from the front bar area of Balzar for an apero before going for dinner elsewhere. So I can tell you they do a great pichet of vin chaud...
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