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Paris in October – part 3: Food Porn

In part one, I mentioned the orgy of great food I had. Here is proof of the deliciousness to be found in Paris and Chalon-sur-Saone, and nary a Michelin star in sight (or the accompanying heart-stopping bill).
Endive salad, and roasted whole fish:



French onion soup and Coq au Vin:



Salmon in a cream broth with potato purée topped with pesto, and brownies with pistachio crumbles and sauce:



The dining room at the Musee D’Orsay where I ate the aforementioned salmon and brownies:


Endive salad with raw white mushrooms, sautéed onions with sweet red peppers, sprinkled with crumbled egg yolk, grilled pork with a pumpkin casserole topped with a cream sauce and gruyere cheese, and the wildest eclair you’ve ever seen:




The above was from the dining room at the Hotel St. Georges in Chalon-sur-Saone, the birthplace of photography (thus my reason for going there). I can highly recommend the St. Georges hotel and their restaurant- the rooms were brand new, sparkling clean, the service was friendly and impeccable, and the dining room was one of the best restaurants I ate at on the entire trip.

The dining room:


More food:

Boeuf Bourguinon:


Lunch at the take-away counter at Versailles. A ham sandwich and an eclair:

Charcuterie plate:


Steak with potatoes and greens:

Bananas with creme anglaise and powdered cocoa:


Green salad and grilled lamb chops with pumpkin purée:


The only quibble I have with the French is that they seem to have no idea whatever of what to do with pasta. The noodles in the boeuf Bourguinon were way past al dente and somewhere between soft and dissolved. I grabbed a veal Milanese for lunch which was perfectly cooked and delicious, but the pasta side that came with was bare of sauce (a very small cup of marinara was provided to dip the cutlet in) or even butter! It was like, “we know there’s supposed to be pasta with Italian food, but we don’t know what to do with it, so we’ll just stick it over there and hope nobody notices”.

And last but not least, the humble hot dog. The French manage to elevate one of the most humble of foods into gourmet territory by putting it in a baguette slathered with Dijon mustard and topping it with melted cheese.


Fun with the Rollei part 3 – more food

Fruit Shopper, Whole Foods P Street
Fruit Shopper, Whole Foods P Street
Flower stall, Whole Foods Market, P Street
Flower stall, Whole Foods Market, P Street
Lamp, overhead view, Whole Foods P Street
Lamp, overhead view, Whole Foods P Street
Produce Department, Whole Foods P Street
Produce Department, Whole Foods P Street
Tomatoes, Penn Quarter Farmers Market
Tomatoes, Penn Quarter Farmers Market

The last image was taken at the Farmers’ Market and NOT at Whole Foods, but it’s food themed, and I wanted to include it but had to re-scan it from last time, so here is the revised scan.

Fun with the Rollei, Part 1 – DC Food Scene

Some images from the Penn Quarter farmers’ market (7th and D streets NW), and one of the organic food trucks – Cirque Cuisine.

Mixed Squashes, Penn Quarter Farmers' Market
Mixed Squashes, Penn Quarter Farmers’ Market
Bread, Penn Quarter Farmers' Market
Bread, Penn Quarter Farmers’ Market
The Bread Man, Penn Quarter Farmers' Market
The Bread Man, Penn Quarter Farmers’ Market
Cirque Cuisine Food Truck, Franklin Square
Cirque Cuisine Food Truck, Franklin Square

There’s a growing organic and whole/natural food scene here in DC and they have a number of farmers’ markets in various neighborhoods throughout the city. The one at Penn Quarter is special because every vendor there actually grows or makes everything they sell, even the flower vendors and the soap sellers. The beef and bison is raised and butchered by the folks who sell it there, and the bread is sold by the baker. Many other farmers’ markets have vendors who buy their products wholesale and are not responsible for their production.

Although the Cirque Cuisine truck doesn’t work the farmers’ markets, (I usually find them at Franklin Square Park) they do use natural, organic ingredients in their food, and as such they’re part of the healthy organic food movement here. And they also have some really tasty sandwiches!

These shots were part of a test run from my newly renovated Rolleiflex. I’d say it is working great, wouldn’t you? I had a great chat with the bread man about the Rollei – it brought out a bout of nostalgia for him as he remembered people using them in his childhood. I caught him in a candid moment – he’s actually quite animated and friendly, and not depressed like he seems in this shot.

The Rollei is a great conversation-starter because it attracts a lot of attention and people respond positively to it. I don’t know why per se- maybe it is that nostalgia factor, or because it just has that classic look to it.

Food glorious food…

I know I’ve mentioned this once before, but I have to again sing the praises of the DC food truck scene. Today’s lunch was a Wonky Dog from the Eat Wonky truck – a gigantic hotdog topped with home-cut fries (skin on), squeaky cheese (yes, it really does kinda squeak when you chew on it), and gravy. It has been forever since I had gravy on fries, and I had forgotten how good that tastes! It’s amazing how a little lunch can bring back happy childhood memories. It’s comfort food of the best (and worst from a healthy-diet perspective) variety. Wonky also makes a kick-ass whoopie pie. I had one the other day with a nutella-hazelnut filling… heaven.

Something having next to nothing to do with photography…

… other than that I like to take pictures of it with my iPhone.

There’s this awesome and growing DC food truck scene. I had seen and heard a little about it, then when my office location made it possible to find them, I decided I’d give it a try. One bite and I was hooked! I track most of them on Twitter to know when and where they’ll be on any given day. There’s everything from barbecue to savory pies, Latin American to Laotian, pizza to pastries (mostly cupcakes). This has been the first useful thing I’ve found to do with Twitter – now I can plan my lunch outings and find way better food than the skanky Chinese buffet and the food-by-the-pound place within walking distance of the office. I’ve got some definite favorites –

  • Sabor’a Street – Latin American arepas with a gourmet twist. My favorite so far, the shredded barbecue pork arepa on corn cakes.
  • La Gloria Mexicana – cheap, good Mexican food
  • PORC – Purveyors Of Rolling Cuisine – a barbecue sandwich place, with homemade chocolate truffles for dessert.
  • Eat Wonky – hotdogs, sandwiches and mind-blowing homemade whoopie pies.
  • CapMacDC – to die for gourmet macaroni and cheese. I had a goat cheese macaroni with broccoli pesto and breadcrumbs I would expect to pay $15 for in a sit-down restaurant. Theirs? $7.
  • SweetBites – a rolling dessert truck with cupcakes to rival those storefront cupcakes for 25% less.

Did I mention that one of the bennies of the food truck scene is the terrific prices? Most mains are $6-7, and it takes work to spend more than $9 for lunch. There’s some interesting things going on – a significant number of Mexican/Latin food trucks, some rather exotic trucks (the Lobster Truck – home of the $13 lobster sandwich and the 1 1/2 hour line), and some experiments in fusion cuisine that don’t always fire on all cylinders. No matter, it beats the stuffing out of McDonalds!