Diane, A Broad

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  • June 21, 2013

    You all know that I’ve been in love with Frenchie for months. Well now, Chef Marchand has opened his third restaurant on Rue du Nil to help me live the dream of having Frenchie for breakfast, lunch, and dinner.

    Frenchie to Go by Diane, A Broad (dianeabroad.com)

    Frenchie to Go by Diane, A Broad (dianeabroad.com)

    Frenchie To Go is open from early morning to just before the restaurant and bar à vins open for dinner. There’s breakfast all day, consisting of an english muffin sandwich with a pile of maple-smoked bacon (egg is weirdly not automatically included, but can be had for an extra €0.70) as well as various decidedly American pastries such as donuts, muffins, and brownies. No viennoiseries here.

    Frenchie to Go by Diane, A Broad (dianeabroad.com)

    Frenchie to Go by Diane, A Broad (dianeabroad.com)

    Frenchie to Go by Diane, A Broad (dianeabroad.com)

    The lunch menu, served 1-4pm, seems designed for Anglophone expats of various stripes who miss the various iterations of take-out and street foods of their homelands. Think fish and chips, lobster rolls (the biggest-ticket item at €22), and hot dogs. If you’ve eaten at Frenchie bar à vins recently, some of these concoctions will be familiar to you: the pulled pork has been a messy favorite forever, but my go-to has always been the reuben, made with pastrami maison, sharp cheddar, and tangy coleslaw on crusty pain des amis that’s entirely saturated with butter and grilled. There’s really no other way to describe it but daaaaaaang.

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  • June 11, 2013

    There are places I walk into and instantly know I’ll be a regular. Soul Kitchen was one of those places.

    Soul Kitchen by Diane, A Broad (dianeabroad.com)

    Soul Kitchen by Diane, A Broad (dianeabroad.com)

    I first headed to this little behind-the-butte café due to a recommendation from Jackie and I can’t thank her enough. I’m here at least a couple of days a week now, leeching off their wifi and churning out some work while the restaurant bustles around me. I’m sitting in my usual corner seat as I type this, actually, listening to their awesome soundtrack which today includes Alt-J, Rufus Wainwright, Woodkid, and Regina Spektor.

    Soul Kitchen by Diane, A Broad (dianeabroad.com)

    Soul Kitchen by Diane, A Broad (dianeabroad.com)

    Charming without being cutesy, hip without being pretentious, Soul Kitchen is run by the Anzel sisters, the sweetest restaurateurs you’ll ever meet. They serve simple, homemade food that’s often vegetarian, using fresh, seasonal ingredients. I realized last week that I had accidentally been eating vegetarian for three days because of this restaurant — and if you’ve been to Paris, you know what a feat this is.

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  • June 8, 2013

    [Note: No, I didn't give in to the temptation to jump on a plane and head back to Corsica so soon after my trip in May. My computer had a meltdown recently, and I thought I had lost a good portion of my photos from the island. Thanks to the miracle workers at Apple, such turns out not to be the case. So, here we are -- with some out-of-order posts from Corsica. I hope you enjoy them anyway, despite them being a bit later than expected.]

    Chez Vincent [Bastia] by Diane, A Broad (dianeabroad.com)

    I think that there’s an instinct in those who travel frequently to avoid the restaurants with the best views, because we assume that they’re inevitably going to be tourist traps with sub-par food. Or be extraorinarily expensive. Or, likely, both. So it’s always a refreshing surprise to find a restaurant with a stunning view, delicious food, and reasonable prices like Chez Vincent in Bastia.

    Chez Vincent [Bastia] by Diane, A Broad (dianeabroad.com)

    Chez Vincent [Bastia] by Diane, A Broad (dianeabroad.com)

    With an unbeatable view overlooking the old port and food that includes Corsican specialties such as veal stewed with chestnuts (above, served as a savory millefeuille) and a catch of the day served en papillote, as well as a page full of pizzas, Chez Vincent manages to have a dish for every craving, without being sycophantic.

    Chez Vincent [Bastia] by Diane, A Broad (dianeabroad.com)

    Additionally, I will always be grateful to this restaurant for introducing me to my new favorite apéritif: Cap Corse, a fortified wine with a quinine base.

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  • May 8, 2013

    I’ve had a mild obsession with Jamie Oliver for years — I used to come home from school and watch him on Food Network. It’s cooks like him that started me on the road to being the food-obsessed girl I am now. So, I couldn’t go to London without visiting one of his restaurants.

    Barbecoa [London] by Diane, A Broad (dianeabroad.com)

    Barbecoa [London] by Diane, A Broad (dianeabroad.com)

    Barbecoa [London] by Diane, A Broad (dianeabroad.com)

    Barbecoa is on prime real estate with floor-to-ceiling windows that look out on Saint Paul’s Cathedral, specializing in dishes centered around meat and fire, whether it’s steak on grills, chicken roasted in wood-fired ovens, or pit-smoked beef. It’s a testosterone-filled menu, though with the occasional delicate touch like my cocktail: a Death in the Afternoon with a rose petal for garnish.

    Barbecoa [London] by Diane, A Broad (dianeabroad.com)

    Barbecoa [London] by Diane, A Broad (dianeabroad.com)

    Honestly, I felt a bit out-of-place. We went during lunchtime and were quickly surrounded by suits. Not that there’s anything wrong with suits, but the folks around us were clearly more interested in closing the deal than the (quite good) food in front of them.

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