4 Seasons

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The iconic Four Seasons restaurant, located in the Mies designed Seagram’s building with a Philip Johnson designed interior of landmark status will be closing July 16th. The restaurant will reopen in a new location within walking distance of the current location. I stopped in last week for lunch and inquired about the new location finding it is a well kept secret, not even the staff have been informed yet! Cheers to the Four Seasons— bonne chance! G-

Le Tour

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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. Enjoy! G-

Grand Big Mac…

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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! G-  

Has Been Under Shower

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Reine and Guy Sammut’s Auberge La Fenière is a wonderful place to stay in the South of France. It also offers two exceptional dining options. The Bistrot La Cour De Ferme, a casual dining experience that frequently combines great food with absolutely fabulous musical entertainment. If you are lucky the featured band will be HBUS, (Has Been Under Shower) with Guy himself for a nostalgic blast back to the 60’s with such hits as the Rolling Stones, “Under my Thumb”. The Great Restaurant, a bit more formal, will delight with Guy’s wife Reine Sammut a Michelin chef with one star. The rooms are equally marvelous and if you choose one of the Bellevue suites you will find a lap pool right outside your patio door that is to die for! Speaking of to die for, the inspiration for my latest book “To Dye For” is drawn from my good friends at the Auberge. No that is not a misspelling. “To Dye For” is a lighthearted, spy thriller about big business and yes, you guessed it—- hair coloring! The illustration above is the band featured in my book under the pseudonym AWHFY or “Are We Having Fun Yet”? Enjoy! G-