Jouvence, Paris, France

Jouvence is a Michelin Bib Gourmand selection on Rue de Faubourg St. Antoine, just around the corner from L’Ebauchoir.  Bib Gourmand status means that it is a nice restaurant with very good food in pleasant surroundings, but not up to a Michelin star.  That is, you probably can afford it, at lunch anyway.  A quick internet search (e.g., “Bib Gourmand Lyon”) will reveal the Bib … Continue reading Jouvence, Paris, France

La Criée, Neuilly sur Seine, Paris, France

One of the goals Nancy and I had for this Paris trip was to see an exhibition of Impressionist works from the Courtauld Collection.  The exhibition was at the Fondation Louis Vuitton.  The Foundation is plunked down in the Bois de Boulogne in a building that you have to see to believe, as is often the case with Frank Gehry buildings.  Form ignores function. Nancy and … Continue reading La Criée, Neuilly sur Seine, Paris, France

L’Ebauchoir, Paris, France

What do you do for dinner in Paris when you’ve grabbed a quick nap after staying up all night on an airplane?  Well, you head to one of the hot new restaurants in the now-fashionable 11th Arrondisement.  Unless, of course, you’re staying in the not yet fashionable 2d and you’ve already walked 11 mies that day.  You normally would stumble over to one of the … Continue reading L’Ebauchoir, Paris, France

Where to Eat Near the Louvre: Le Fumoir

What do you do when you arrive in Paris early in the morning, having had no sleep the night before?  That’s what happens when you take a late afternoon flight that lands before your normal bedtime. as Nancy and I did.  Here’s what you do: First, drop your bag at your hotel so that you don’t have to drag it around until check-in.  In our … Continue reading Where to Eat Near the Louvre: Le Fumoir

Heim Barbecue, Fort Worth, Texas

You may remember Heim Barbecue from a baseball kerfuffle a few years ago.  Jose Bautista, then of the Blue Jays, did a high slide into second while Rougned Odor of the Rangers was trying to turn a double play.  One thing led to another, including Odor connecting on a roundhouse right to Bautista.  Odor got an eight game suspension, but also — the ever-present silver … Continue reading Heim Barbecue, Fort Worth, Texas

Sam Jones Barbecue, Winterville, North Carolina

I wound up my 2019 North Carolina Barbecue Tour at Sam Jones Barbecue, having made a considerable dent in the 26 Essential NC Barbecue Places.  I thought about driving home after my good meal at the Hunter Hill Cafe in Rocky Mount, but the idea of getting on I-95 on a beach weekend Sunday is enough to balk stouter hearts than mine.  Instead, I turned east and … Continue reading Sam Jones Barbecue, Winterville, North Carolina

Hunter Hill Cafe, Rocky Mount, North Carolina

The day after the 4th Annual Beer Snob Pig Picking, I started back home to Washington. Realizing that I’d only eaten at seven barbecue places during the trip, I decided to stop for lunch at the Hunter Hill Cafe in Rocky Mount. It’s a fairly new place, and wasn’t on the Our State Magazine’s list of  26 Essential NC Barbecue Places, but it is on … Continue reading Hunter Hill Cafe, Rocky Mount, North Carolina

Morris Barbeque, Hookerton, North Carolina

After my non-barbecue visit with Jim and Cantey, I returned to my attack on the Our State magazine list of 26 Essential NC Barbecue Places.  I earlier had despaired of ever getting to Morris Barbeque because it’s only open on Saturdays, and only for lunch.  Hookerton is off the beaten path, and to try Morris on the way to or from the beach, I would have … Continue reading Morris Barbeque, Hookerton, North Carolina