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vendredi 30 septembre 2011

Marché du Mois: Marché Couvert Beauvau

I love the Ledru-Rolling neighborhood and I try to make a habit of stopping by. I would advise any hungry visitor of this coin to grab a great croissant at Blé Sucré or to dine at Le Cotte Rôti while strolling this quartier.

Recently I got my hands dirty visiting my friend Terresa's community garden which is just a few blocks away from Ledru-Rolling and the place Aligre, where you'll find this month's marché.

The Marché Couvert Beauvau is the covered market that sits next to the outdoor Marché Aligre, which offers a wide variety of fruits, vegetables and flea market fare. If you're looking for a nice selection of produce, I'd hit up the outdoor market. But don't miss the discoveries that await undercover at Marché Beauvau.

First of all, the seemingly endless cheese counters, stocked with regional artisinal cheeses of all sorts. There is also a wide selection of lovely Italian hard cheeses, like pecorino and parmasean.

Meat lovers will also find their cut of meat at either of the boucheries at the marché and just in time for our late Summer weather, overheated shoppers can pick up some artisinal and all natural ice cream made by Terre Adélice.

My all time favorite find at Marché Beauvau, however, was -in typical drunkard fashion- the beer stand. Stocked with beers from around Europe and the world, this is a great spot to pick up Belgian brews and Germans quaffs of all different styles.

I'm lucky to have a Meilleurs Vins Bio boutique down the right down the street and I'm even luckier that they stock my favorite brewed-in-Brussels beer Cantillon.

This spontaneously fermented beer is an aquired taste which quickly becomes an addiction. Les Meilleurs Vins Bio carries the Gueuze Cantillon variety, but the beer stand at Marché Beauvau also carries their Kreik and Rosé de Grambinus, the raspberry flavored lambic.

All this talk of adult beverages is making me thirsty, and luckily one of my favorite watering holes in Paris is also located in the Aligre area. The Baron Rouge is a wine bar that makes one feel like a kid in a candy shop, it's extensive wine list contains no glasses over 3,50 euro, with most verres hovering around 2,50 euro.

The Baron Rouge is a great spot for an apero, and if you're feeling nippish you cna order an assiette of the fromage from the market next door as well as some charcuterie.

The Baron Rouge gets bustly so get there early because sitting space is limited and they close their doors shortly after the Summer sunset (16h on Sundays and 22h Tues-Sat). If you don't get enough wine sur place the bar has a to-go option: bottles and bulk wine!

Grab anyone of their bottles, many of which are biodynamic, or get a consigned bottle and choose a barrel. Sold by the liter, prices range from 2,80 - 3,60 euro for a reds, whites, and rosés. Just in case you missed it the first time- bulk wine straight from the barrell. To take home with you. That should be a regular part of your life, shouldn't it?

Marché Beauvau
Place d'Aligre 75012
m° Ledru-Rollin (line 8)
8h-13h & 16h-19h30 Tue-Sat
8h-13h Sunday

Le Baron Rouge
1 rue Théophile-Roussel
m° Ledru-Rollin (line 8)
10h-15h & 17h-22h Tue-Fri.
10h-22h Saturday
10h-16h Sunday

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samedi 17 septembre 2011

Paris Paysanne, 5th Arrondissement

Thanks to Marta for this picture of her cherry tomato and coriander balcony garden in the 5th arrondissement! Paris Paysanne salutes your urban gardening efforts!

I still have flags to give away, so if you want to decorate and share your Parisian garden on the blog don't hesitate to get in touch with me!


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mardi 13 septembre 2011

The $5 Challenge

This Saturday, the Slow Food movement is asking eaters everywhere to take the $5 Challenge. In response to the fast food "value meal", Slow Food is asking participants to make meals that cost only $5 per person.

As Slow Food argues, this challenge is important in proving that "slow food shouldn't have to cost more than fast food."

Leading up to the event, the organization is asking people to share and creat $5 food recipes, offering inspiration to the frugal gourmet chefs who will flock together on Saturday the 17th to sit down amongst Slow Foodies to enjoy their own home-made versions of happy meals.

Intrigued by the idea, I decided to take the challenge a little bit early. Keeping in the $5 spirit, I even converted my 5 euro to USD, setting a $3.65 budget for my thrifty, nutritional lunch.

I left my menu to the whims of the coop, making decisions based on what they had in stock. While very veggie-centric, I ended up with a delicious meal that covered the nutritional bases and left me feeling full and satisfied, even after a grueling session of boxing that afternoon!

Here are the euros and centimes of my meal, broken down (all food was purchased at the biocoop in the 17th, rue Legendre):

Heirloom Tomatoes: €1.12
Sweet Potato: €0.87
Lemon: €0.15
Sunflower Seeds: €0.45
Fennel Bulb €0.72
Whole Grain Coucous €0.33

Total: €3.54

And here's what I made:

It was super easy and nice and slow- I roasted the fennel bulb just like my friend Terresa taught me to do (and used the special olive oil brush she gave me just for this very purpose!)

The fennel was accompanied with a lemon juice dressed couscous, heirloom tomato and sunflower seed side and baked sweet potato (this was the slow part). Yum!

It was so good and I couldn't even finish it- I have couscous and a half a sweet potato to spare!

So now it's your turn to take the challenge! What can you make for $5?

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