English translation: pencil
Yes, I still use pencils.
The pencils shown here are from the talented Chef Martin Danilowicz of Martin Cooks in Buffalo NY.
Martin Cooks is a fabulous dining experience brought to you by a team that welcomes you into their restaurant with a unique personal touch. You will enjoy a creative menu that changes weekly, reservations are a must as seating is limited to approximately 20p.
My friends Kevin and Michele make sure they pencil in their next reservation before exiting the restaurant.
Now, please excuse me I must compile my shopping list for tonights menu…. hmmmm…. I misplaced my pencil!
ps- What do you think of my new champagne glasses?
Coller [kuh lay]
English translation: to glue
The origin of collage is from the French word coller an art technique popularized in the early 1900’s by Pablo Picasso and Georges Braque. The collage shown here is one of many designed and produced by my creative consultant, Michele. You can find more examples of her photo and paper/found object collages on her Coller Pinterest board.
Photo courtesy of Chef Grenouille’s creative consultant, Michele L. Moses.
The Promenade du Paillon in Nice, France is a wonderland for children and adults alike with lush gardens, creatively paved walkways, and unique water features. It opened in October 2013 after 3 long years of construction that included the demolition and relocation of the bus station. The promenade was constructed over a river of the same name that was covered over in the 19th century. The river still exists below the promenade and flows from it’s source, Lucéram, in the Alpes Maritimes into the Mediterranean Sea near Nice Old Town (Vieille Ville).
Fête de la Fédération on 14 July 1790 was a celebration to commemorate the first anniversary of the Storming of the Bastille and the unity of the French Nation during the French Revolution. Each year since 1880, celebrations are held all over France on 14 July commemorating the 14 July 1789 storming of the Bastille prison.
The French celebration, La Fête Nationale, is referred to in America as Bastille Day.
This is also the 14th anniversary for my design studio- ARIG DESIGN GROUP LTD.
ps- Chef Grenouille has the day off.
It’s that time of year again!
The 101st Tour de France will be departing from Yorkshire England Saturday July 5th and continuing through Sunday July 27th with the traditional final 21st Stage finish on the picturesque Champs-Élysées, a total distance of 3,664 kilometres!
Mais naturellement—- I will be there handing out Chef G’s ENERGY BARS!
With Bernard Hinault as the last Frenchman to win Le Tour in 1985, it would be a thrill to see a winner among the five French teams competing this year!
Visit the official Le Tour website for updates.
The first McDonald’s opened in France in 1972 in a suburb of Paris. The Champs Élysées in Paris, one of the world’s most famous avenues, became home to a McDonald’s restaurant sixteen years later, in 1988. Fast forward to 2014 and a recent post on NPR’s website confirms what I have been fearing, America’s love for fast-food is quickly overtaking traditional french cuisine. NPR reported that an annual survey conducted by Gira Conseil, a french food consultancy found that 54% of total restaurant sales in France are attributable to fast food restaurants like McDonald’s, Burger King and Subway. Consumption skyrocketed 14% in the past year alone. When I tried to look into these disturbing statistics I found the link to the survey broken. If this day had been April 1st I would have smiled and said this is a very clever April Fool’s joke, but unfortunately it is not.
Fast is convenient, but I am certain it is not better and should not become the norm. I sincerely encourage you to slow down, patronize the local establishments for a unique dining experience. Also, learn to enjoy the art of cooking for yourself and others, explore new recipes, purchase fresh ingredients and make cooking and eating an adventure. Trust me, it will make you happier and healthier when you take charge of your own destiny….. you are what you eat.
Cooking is my life!
Artwork by my Creative Consultant Michele L. Moses
I received this image this morning and it seems spring has finally sprung in Buffalo, New York after a very long, cold winter.
Au revoir for now, I must get back to the kitchen.
Photo courtesy of Michele L. Moses, Chef Grenouille’s Creative Consultant.
English translation: spring
Spring has arrived in the vineyard, I’m busy tending the vines, walking the fields each morning and talking to my new buds. Another vintage year is underway!