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jeudi 9 février 2012

The Cuban Love of Paris

I know P who is Cuban, who after the many years still has not lost his habanero accent, but he adores the city he has adopted, Paris
He is truly a good anthropological study of how one must love the city in which one has chosen to live, for whatever reason. I always think of him, whenever the unfriendly behaviour of Parisians irritates me.
In his last blog, he had put this:
Le Camion qui Fume ,makes its turn regularly by the  marché Madeleine (8éme), porte Maillot (16éme),and at  Point Éphémère (10éme). Burgers 8 €, 10 € with fries.   Big Ferdinand  55, rue du Faubourg-Poissonnière, 10éme Tél. +33 ( 0) 1 47 70 54 every day except saturdays and sundays, prices  Burgers 12-14 €. Livingstone Steak House 106, rue Saint-Honoré, (1éme). Tel +33  (0) 1 53 40 80 50. open every day. Bacon cheeseburger: 14 €. Fries: 3,50 €. several extras such as coleslaw, and salads): 5 €.

You can ask him about streets in which Proust has trysts and he can tell you. You really have to admire this guy and his love of Paris.
Also it makes me feel good about my love for his hometown, La Habana, where every nook and cranny hold something of interest to me.
I am not a hamburger person, having developed an aversion to it, during my visits to the USA, but meat is of a higher quality in France than the ones served at Fast Food Restaurants because of restrictive laws governing antibiotics, hormones, genetic modification etc.
In reply to a book, criticising American way of bringing up children (the author is an expatriate American with three children living in Paris), some of the offended Americans came up with lame excuses about the dietary practices of American children.
The fact remains; cheap food tends to be unhealthy. Even in a country like Malaysia I have noticed that roadside hawker stall food is mired in grease and undecipherable objects whereas you can have an excellent meal for a good price at Restaurants especially if you have friends who can guide your choice of dishes.
So don't come to Paris expecting to have one of your $1 hamburgers. Be prepared to shell out about $15 for a good hamburger.
On that note, Bon appetite. I have eaten rather well in Paris this past week…with a little bit of help from Picard’s, curry powder and spices from Malaysia and my newly found passion for Coconut Oil!

French Children Don’t Throw Food: Parenting Secrets From Paris. By Pamela Druckerman.
From The Economist:
Like many foreigners living in France, Pamela Druckerman, an American writer and mother of three, found herself struggling to control her toddler in a posh restaurant while small French children around her sat still, ate with cutlery and left their parents to chat calmly to each other. Her Paris flat was overtaken by toys and tricycles; theirs were tidy with no traces of childhood. Her children ate a mono-diet of white pasta; theirs tucked into hearts of palm and tomato salad followed by turkey au basilic with rice in a Provençalcream sauce—and this at the local, state-run crèche. Dumbstruck, she set out to discover why.