France

La Belle Equipe

La Belle Équipe, Paris, October 2015

In October 2015, I stayed just around the corner from La Belle Équipe, and I went there regularly on my Paris trip. One of the waitresses made an impression on me. Not all travel stories are happy ones. A 13 November 2015 remembrance. Content Warning: Violence.
Promenade Plantée

La Promenade Plantée: A Gem of a Park in Paris

La Promenade Plantée (known more formally as the Coulée Verte René-Dumont), a gorgeous, yet under-the-radar, park tops my list of recommendations for unique spots in Paris. This 4.5 km walk along a reclaimed 19th century viaduct inspired New York's Highline. If you've seen Before Sunset, this will look familiar to you.
Julia Child's Mastering the Art of French Cooking and ingredients for marinade simple

Julia Child’s Pork Chops: A Back-Pocket Recipe

Posts on cooking and eating ranked near the top of the recent Wonder & Sundry survey, so, without further ado, here’s a post on one of my favorite back-pocket recipes, Julia Child’s pork chops. Surprisingly simple (and delicious), this was one of my first meat dishes after nearly two decades of vegetarianism. I walk past Julia Child’s Cambridge house most days.