Following my February posting about the change of pace with regard to American culinary offerings in the Capital, breaking news on Wendy-Lyn’s ‘The Paris Kitchen‘ caught my eye this morning. Who would have ever imagined that Ralph Lauren, Danny Meyer & Michel Romano would loose beauty sleep to open a state of the art Bugerria at the very heart of Paris’s most chic quartier on the Boulevard Saint Germain ? Well, if Wendy (& Alexander Lobrano) are to be believed, it has happened & the photographic evidence provided is pretty convincing. I am left with the vision of various members of the Chambre des Deputés being caught on UTube, defending a misplaced notion of ‘Savoir Vivre à la Française’ – Bun in hand.
Clearly not simply a desire to sell another pair of slacks, this news is altogether heartening, highlighting that the change from ‘without’ that is very much part of the change from ‘within’. Add to this most recent cocktail of Magnificent Mousquetaires, the almost unnoticed disappearence of the ledgendary ‘Chez Pauline’ in the Rue Viledo, Paris 1er – now an up market Japanese Udonaria – include the observant Michael Steinberger’s book, “Au Revoir to All That”, the busy man at Spring, Daniel Rose – at last poised to launch a further salvo with the much awaited opening of his apropriately named ‘Spring’ – & even ignoring the “Blogettes Parisiennes” generously served ‘Plats du Jour’, one can not escape this new reality.
Obama said it. We have it. ‘Change’ est ici.