A lazy summer lunch on the French riviera isn’t quite complete without a glass (or,usually, more) of cold rosé wine. Var region is especially famous for rosé wines and my latest coup de coeur comes from Château Barbeyrolles, organic vineyard located near Gassin village. The estate is owned my madame Régine Sumeire, who passionately assures the continuity of the work started by her grandfather Gabriel Sumeire. With it’s harmonious fruity and floral notes, Château Barbeyrolles “Pétale de Rose” clearly stands out from the rest of the rosé wines I’ve tasted (which are often quite boring). 15 euros a bottle if you buy it directly from the producer. Highly recommended.
I am very excited to announce that the international premiere of the Foodies documentary will take place in San Sebastian film festival on the 22nd of September. The documentary will be shown among other food related movies such as The Hundred foot journey starring Helen Mirren or Finding Gaston, a film about Peruvian chef Gaston Acurio. All the “Culinary Zinema 2014 ” selection can be viewed here.
36 year old Arnaud Donckele is one of the youngest chefs to receive three Michelin stars.(at 35) After making a few stops at France’s best restaurants like Michel Guérard’s, Louis XV and Lasserre, the Normandy native has finally settled down at Résidence de La Pinède in Saint Tropez. The classic and serene hotel is antithesis to the general mood of this legendary holiday spot, where champagne is sprayed as often as it is drunk.
Juan ( 144 Rue de la Pompe, 75016 Paris, tel. +33 1 47 27 43 51) is a hidden pearl of Japanese cuisine in the French capital. The pocket size restaurant is typically Japanese. It’s owner- chef Tadahiko Kinjo is the one who chops, slices, cooks and serves. The fare is simple, but perfectly executed and incredibly delicious. One of the best Japanese in Paris that deserves much more attention. (Omakase only. Lunch – 34 euros, dinner – 65 euros)
Different from New York, Los Angeles or some other mega cities outside of Japan,Paris has never been the best place to have top-notch sushi. Here, you will find plenty of unimaginative sushi belt restaurants or takeaways, but usually their quality is poor and they have little in common with Japan. The mediocre sushi trend has been slowly reversing though, and not only thanks to such traditional Japanese cuisine veterans as my favorite,Takara.
With his first international venture called Jin (6 Rue de la Sourdière, 75001 Paris,tel. +33 1 42 61 60 71), chef and Sapporo native Takuya Watanabe replicates the type of high end sushi shop you will find in Japan. Omakase is served from behind a minimalist counter,all designed by Paris based architect Jun Yonekawa.