Tasted, Tested

Wine, cheese, beverages, food, preparations and other agricultural products that we've tasted and tested, along with information about how readers can join us for organized tastings.

Savoring Provence: The Charentais of Cavaillon, a Succulent Superstar of a Melon

Every summer, piles of gold are sold in the Provencal town of Cavaillon. The gold in question is not the precious metal measured in...

A Paris Cupcake Diary, Featuring Macaroons, Too

In which the author examines the parallel lives of the cupcake and the Parisian macaroon and opens up his cupcake diary to tell where to get the best cupcakes in Paris.

Street food in Nice–the socca party (5/8)

While Nice is holding its Carnival the pretty Riviera town of Menton, on the other side of Monaco, is holding its Lemon Festival. I went to the Citron festivities on Friday night but I’ll write about that later this week because I want now to tell about a rather gorgeous Sunday I passed in Nice’s Carnival epicenter.

Paris Restaurant Review: Matière à…, A Harmonious Chef’s Table in the Canal Quarter

Matière à…, a delightful restaurant in the canal quarter of Paris’s 10th arrondissement, where owner-chef Anthony Courteille plays host to a 14-seat chef's table.

Crepes, tourtisseaux, groundhogs

Today is Crepe Day in France as well as in other countries with crepe traditions, such as Belgium and Switzerland. Americans think of it as Groundhog Day. Crepes and groundhogs both mark the midpoint between the winter solstice and the spring equinox. The day’s Catholic name is la Chandeleur in France, in recognition of the candles (chandelles) that are/were brought to the church in remembrance of the day when baby Jesus was first brought to the Temple.

Hotel Fouquet’s Barriere in Paris: A Drink at the Bar Le Lucien

At the bar of the 5-star Hotel Fouquet’s Barriere, just off the Champs-Elysees, I met Stephane Ginouves, winner of the first Meilleur Ouvrier de France (Best Craftsman in France) competition for bartenders, and got his recipe for mixing with Singles.

Must-Tastes of the Normandy Landing Zone: 4 Norman Cheeses

Though your primary interest in visiting Lower Normandy may be the Landing Beaches and various sights of the Invasion of Normandy 1944, it’s the...

Drome Provencale: Eat Like a Sixth Grader, Drink Like a Wine Enthusiast, Part 2...

In which the author takes a tasting class at Wine University (Université du Vin) in the medieval castle of Suze-la-Rousse, reflects on whether or not he's a wine enthusiast, and wonders if it's true that "there is no pleasure without knowledge." (This 3-part article received the 2013 GOLD AWARD for best culinary travel article written for the internet, awarded by the North American Travel Journalists Association.)

Tasted, Tested in Le Bourbonnais: Saint Pourcain Wines, Auvergne Cheeses, Charolais Beef

In which the author visits Le Bourbonnais, a little-known area of central France in the department of Allier within the region of Auvergne, encounters local cheeses, Charolais beef and Saint Pourcain wines, and gets smart by sticking his head in a saint's tomb.

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