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.
A growing number of dynamic ladies are out there in the cyber arrondissements of Paris telling us what’s cooking & popping on an almost hourly basis. The energy & noise they are creating is not far removed from a Fleetwood Mac concert.
Latest & not the least is the original cyber tornado Wendy-Lyn, who has just launched a new & most professional looking blog entitled ‘The Paris Kitchen’covering just about anything a foodie could dream of. Wendy claims to have gone ‘live’ just yesterday, but those of us who know her better are aware of her Parisian performance that has already included many encores.
I have a particular liking for the wonderfully wicked, dry whit of Meg Zimbeck who is hugely entertaining & always ready for a party. Meg has unstoppable energy, writing for a number of reviews besides her own richly furnished, up to the minute blog.
On the wine front is Sharon Bowman who in spite of not liking Riesling finds a good many bottles open in the Capital & elsewhere. Sharon particularly enjoys finding the unexpected in the affordable & astonishing. Something France does better than anyone else. So effortlessly.
No mention of Blogettes would be complete without the ‘Darling’ of this raucous group of ‘ladies who party’. Barbara Austin has made a habit of sticking her finger into just about any corner of the Parisian pie crust available.
With these ladies in town, it is difficult to keep a secret, let alone a macaroon ! I wonder if there will be any nice hidden addresses left next Spring – No, I am not talking about Daniel Rose