Hip Guide to France
Paris is one of the most extraordinary cities in the world. An ancient city, it has evolved into the one of the world’s cultural, economic, and gastronomy capitals. A trip to Paris is often a major highlight of many a visitor’s lifetime.
With it’s broad boulevards, grand monuments, wealth of museums, world class shopping and culinary excellence, it’s no wonder legendary Paris embodies the sophistication and joie de’vivre envied around the world.
This site will help you explore all Paris has to offer the visitor including Hotels, restaurants, museums, shopping, an event calendar, Paris and France Forum and a photo gallery.
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Filet of Sole Dieppoise
Visiting northern France is a pleasure, with many villages along the coast offering a variety of fresh seafood. The seaport of Dieppe, captured between high cliffs and the seashore was more of a resort in its heyday, but the fishermen still bring in a catch worthy of your attention, and the local cusine benefits greatly from this treat. Parisians would take the train here, then ferry over to England. The English used to come here to swim, now they have discovered warmer places like Spain… but that’s another story.
There has always been plenty of sole to catch in these waters, and one local offering is “Sole Dieppoise,” a tasty dish that also features another local favorite, mussels. Modern variations also feature shrimps and exotic mushrooms, but locals keep it simple with the sole and mussels swimming in a divine sauce. Here is my own variation of the classic seafood dish from Dieppe; easily made anywhere you can get some fresh filet of sole and mussels.
The classic bread is demystified. If you have the time, here is the secret recipe taught me by a friend. It is not truly authentic unless sourdough yeast is used, but here and there throughout the world, it is simpler and more expedient to use commercial baker’s yeast. I prefer the dried granulated stuff in a big bag, which is put in a sealed jar in the cooler after opening. Don’t rush this, unless you are making it for an audience. Even then, take some time to enjoy the experience. Pound that dough by hand!
6 cups of sifted white flour
2 cups water
3 tablespoons yeast
1 tablespoon salt
1 teaspoon sugar
1 egg white
1 tablespoon cold water
Blue Cheese Onion Pie
Traditionally an onion pie would be made with crumbled bacon bits, and came from the Alsace region of France. My interpretation leaves out the bacon, and replaces that flavor with blue cheese. I prefer to use a bio, or organic cheese made in France. The quality of most ingredients in European foods is far superior to those in America, and you might consider using entirely organic ingredients to achieve the same flavor and satisfaction anywhere you are.
The traditional French omelette is to be admired. Simple, filling, and tasty. Quick and easy to make by following the instructions, make sure you assemble ALL the ingredients, before you start cooking. Having the ingredients at room temperature makes for a fluffier finished product.
You can’t make a great omelette by rushing things out of the frig and dumping them into any old frying pan, you have to put it all together with a bit of care and respect for the food itself.
Of course the pan itself is an issue. A good omelette pan will allow you to slide the creation out and fold it at the same time, a pan with high sides requires a spatula. And a properly seasoned omelette pan is often any chef’s most prized possession.