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Paris Logue - An Insider's View
Posted: May 17, 2007
GourmetStation tries to take you to France with our Parisian menu line. Food travel, so to speak. But let’s face it – there is no substitute for being there…for finally completing the journey as your cruise over de Gaulle Airport and take in the city from a bird’s eye view…for gently rolling into the culture and becoming French, if only for a few days.
Well, I’ve got a resource for you as you make your travel plans to Paris. And even if you don’t have a trip on the books, go anyway. Just go. I recommend you read Paris Logue religiously before departing. Chris Cardfuller will give you a comprehensive look at the city from an American’s perspective. Now there are many blogs and books on travel to France out there. But Chris has a unique perspective. She doesn’t skim the top with fluff touristy topics. She drills down to the heart of the city, it’s people, politics and much more.
I especially enjoyed the post by Chris about the 1st 100 days of Nicolas Sarkozy’s presidency which started on May 16th and the practical effect on tourism with potential labor strikes. There’s also Tips & Tidbits – a fast way to get “in the know” with topics like “how many train stations are in Paris.” The answer is seven, but don’t take my word for it, read the post! (The answer is: Montparnasse, St. Lazare, Gare du Nord, Gare de l’Est, Gare d’Austerlitz, Gare de Lyon, and Gare de Bercy)
Travel & accommodations are also favorite subjects. I won’t spill the beans, but Chris wrote a post on places to eat in Paris. What I like about her list is that she has tried them all and they are neighborhood restaurants – the best in my opinion. Thanks Chris – for giving us a peak at Paris through your eyes and you pen. Keep up the good work!
New Americana Menu - Gourmet Meals Delivered
Posted: May 16, 2007
GourmetStation has enjoyed creating international menus for our gourmet dinners delivered since May 2000. Parisian, Tuscan, Cajun & Fusion – we’ve even taken a dip into the land of Baja. Then one of our associates recommended we think of an Americana menu. Now I guess if you are in Europe, Americana is international. So we were off to the R&D kitchen testing, tasting and having lots of fun.
Both the 3 course & 4 course Americana dinners delivered feature Big Sky Beef Ribs with demi glace sauce, Jack Daniels Pork Chops with granny white apples, Manchester Quail stuffed with cranberries & wild rice and Clear Springs Trout encrusted with pecans.
Selecting the side items for these gourmet meals delivered was equally as fun. We developed a cubed, flame-roasted sweet potato with maple seasoning! Yum. For dessert we’re offering New York Style Cheesecake – simple, elegant and downright delicious.
So if you feel like being a little international – Americana style, check out these 3 & 4 course dinners delivered. A culinary patriot can enjoy more than hot dogs these days!
The Great British Tradition...of Afternoon Tea!
Posted: May 8, 2007
Here in the UK, summer has come early……very early indeed! We are basking in gloriously long, sunny days with temperatures WAY above average. And with this balmy weather come the pleasures and the joy of eating outdoors. Something of a treat for those of us living in “unpredictable” climates which is why we can’t wait to enjoy a lunch on the terrace, picnic in the countryside or afternoon tea in the garden……..gentile English life, at its very best!
Last Sunday, I played host to a dozen or so guests for a most idyllic, lazy afternoon tea – it was quite delightful! And the beauty of hosting an afternoon tea party is that not only is it EASY, but even as the host, you actually get time to enjoy it yourself! But as will all parties, the key to success is down to sound planning. Let me share a few tips with you:
1. Do not invite more guests than you can comfortably cope with. I would personally never attempt to cater an afternoon tea for more than say a dozen guests unless I had some assistance.
As for the food, keep it simple and keep it fresh. A traditional afternoon tea menu should comprise a good and varied selection of dainty, bite-size sandwiches (crusts removed), a choice of cakes and pastries (preferably home made), freshly bakes scones with jam and whipped cream, and ofcourse, an endless supply of properly made tea. Here are my top 10 tips for making a really good cup of tea:
1. Firstly, choose your tea/s. You really do not need more than 2 or perhaps 3 varieties and it’s wise to stick with the popular choices such as Darjeeling, Earl Grey, Assam or Lapsang Souchong.
Finally, I would like to share with you a recipe for my all-time favourite afternoon tea cake……..a classic Victoria Sponge Sandwich. If time permits, for a perfect result, bake the sponge on the same day that you intend to serve it and fill it just at the last moment. Pure heaven!
CLASSIC VICTORIA SPONGE SANDWICH
knob of butter, melted
For this sponge cake recipe, you'll need two 15cm-17.5cm/6in-7in cake tins
1. Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas 4.
Click on this link for more great afternoon tea ideas plus etiquette tips and recipes.
The Other Pinot’s
Posted: May 1, 2007
Pinot Grigio is the common Italian name for the French wine variety Pinot Gris and as such, is probably the name by which the variety is best known to many wine drinkers. Pinot Gris is a mutation of the Pinot Noir grape. If Pinot Noir berries are purplish blue and the berries of the related Pinot Blanc (a white mutation of Pinot Gris) are greenish yellow, Pinot Gris grapes are anything between greyish blue and brownish pink – sometimes on the same bunch. And at one time Pinot Gris habitually grew in among the Pinot Noir of many Burgundian vineyards adding softness and sometimes acidity to the Pinot Noir.
Pinot Gris and Pinot Grigio are actually the same white grape, with two different names. In Italy and California this wine is known as Pinot Grigio, while in Oregon and France it's known as Pinot Gris. Other countries use the terms interchangeably.
Most Pinot Grigio wines are produced in Italy. The Italian version of Pinot Grigio is typically dry (not sweet) and light, with a mineral taste and many times a bitter almond finish. Californian variants of Pinot Grigio tend to be richer in flavor, but still have the mineral taste. Often, they finish with a lemony or citrusy flavor.
French Pinot Gris wines come from the Alsace region. These are more fruity and flowery than their Italian counterparts, though they still have that mineral aroma. Flavors can range from peach to grapefruit to melon.
Pinot Blanc is more about texture and acidity and less about aroma and flavor. While it doesn’t provide much of an aroma, Pinot Blanc will make your mouth water and provide a very viscous or creamy texture. In Italy it is known as Pinot Bianco and is one of the varietals used in Soave, Vin Santo and Spumante.
In Alsace, the best examples of Pinot Blanc are immediately appealing, offering a delightful plumpness, rich, ripe, juicy fruit with apple-y flavors and floral aromas.
In the 1980’s, several California winemakers began using the same techniques in making Pinot Blanc as used to make expensive Chardonnay. So Pinot Blanc became another complex, oaky masterpiece of some California winemakers, rivaling the biggest and best Chardonnay.
Here are some pinot’s to try:
Enjoy! Susan Anderson