March 18, 2010
Dear SOS, My husband and I have breakfast nearly every weekend at La Dijonaise in Culver City. He never orders anything except the croque-madame. It's that good! How fun it'd be to be able to make it for him myself! Sarah Alexander Los Angeles Dear Sarah: La Dijonaise's take on this classic French comfort food sandwiches rich béchamel sauce and ham between two slices of pullman bread, then tops it with cheese, which is melted to gooey perfection. Top the sandwich with a fried egg (this is what distinguishes the "madame" from the "monsieur")
July 23, 2008 |
REVERING la bonne cuisine as they do, many French are still fighting the good fight to hold the line against le fast food. But long gone are the days when the mention of a cheeseburger could earn you a Gallic sneer and protesters drove tractors into a McDonald's; these days, burgers are being served in upscale Paris restaurants. And now, fast food from a Michelin three-star chef?
September 20, 2007 |
So it turns out that French women do get fat. French men also. But most troubling to a country that prides itself on an extraordinary approach to life and eating, French children are getting pudgier too. The problem is nowhere near as bad as it is in the United States, where 65% of the population has serious weight problems, or in parts of southern Europe such as Spain and Portugal, where the vaunted Mediterranean diet hasn't helped the one-third of the children who are more than just plump.
September 7, 2006 |
THESE days, L.A. is a tough place to be if you're a food-loving Francophile. Oh, sure, there's a creperie every fourth freeway exit and Disneyland-style French food at Morels at the Grove. And, yes, if you're Bill or Melinda Gates, you can buy terrific, well-tended French cheeses at any number of fromageries. Well, maybe not any number. Maybe three. But go out looking for charcuterie, and it's just salumi, salumi, salumi as far as the eye can see. Jambon de Bayonne?
July 2, 2006 |
Let's track the French fry's arrival in America. That grease trail, according to food encyclopedias, leads back to Thomas Jefferson, who reportedly snacked on thinly sliced deep-fried potatoes while in the White House in the early 1800s. And we all know what foreign country he'd been traipsing around in. But prove to me the French fry is even French. If my people, the Belgians, didn't invent fries, they certainly took raw potatoes, sliced them up and made deep-fried masterpieces.
July 2, 2006 |
La vie est belle en Californie. Seven years ago, Gilena and Gary Simons honeymooned for a month in a charming cottage in the tiny village of St. Antonin du Var, 30 minutes north of St. Tropez. Surrounded by pine woods and vineyards set amid low rolling hills and the chirping of cigales, they fell in love again--this time with the languorous rhythms of Provence. "Our days were very lazy," recalled Gilena, 36.