Monthly Archives: March 2012

Les 2 Abeilles


Located in the middle of the 7th Arrondissement, Les Deux Abeilles started at a tea-room with a tremendous charriot de desserts for sophisticated women/mothers of the Parisian left bank. The quality and variety of options on the menu, made the tiny restaurant of the Rue de l’université a must for a girls’ lunch or quality mother/daughter time.

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

Cooking Demo at the Trident Bookseller Cafe in Boston


On January 29, around 30 people attended the cooking demo I made at the Trident Bookseller Cafe on Newbury Street.

Three recipes where demonstrated from scratch. Every step was showed, described and explained in order to achieve the elaboration of: the Salmon Tartar, the Pasta Salad and the Applesauce.

Here are the not so secret ingredients to accomplish this at home.

SALMON TARTAR made during the demo (slightly different than the recipe of the book as well as the picture shown below)


  • 1 cup of freshly diced salmon
  • 1 avocado 
  • 1/2 cup of chopped fennel
  • A little piece of ginger
  • 1 grapefruit
  • 1/2 a lemon
  • 1 tsp. of mustard 
  • 2 tsp. of olive oil 
  • A pinch of salt


1. Take your piece of salmon, remove the skin and cut the flesh in dices.

2. Chop the peel and chop the ginger and the fennel.

3. Remove the skin of the grapefruit and cut the flesh in small pieces. (Don’t panic if you find difficulty in cutting the grapefruit- it is very juicy.) 

4. In a large bowl stir with a spoon the olive oil, mustard, 1/2 lemon juice, and the pinch of salt

5.  Add the chopped salmon, ginger, fennel and grapefruit to the bowl and use a two large spoons to stir all the ingredients together.

6. Serve very fresh!

PASTA SALAD (Italian Style) 
  • 12 Oz of penne pasta (350gm)   
  • 1.5 cup of diced prosciutto 
  • 1 cup of diced mozzarella 
  • 6 tbs. of olive oil 
  • 1tbs of balsamic vinegar 
  • 1 tbs. of vinegar 
  • 6-8 fresh basil leaves 

1. Fill a large saucepan with water and let it boil with a pinch of salt.

2. When the water starts to quiver pour the pasta in.

3. Stir once in a while to make sure the pasta don’t stick to the bottom of pan.

Remove one minute to the cooking time from what is written on the box and your pasta will be perfectly al dente!

4. Shake the pasta around in a strainer to empty the water and let cold water run on the pasta to cool them down.

5. Put the pasta in a large bowl and add 3 tbs. of olive oil and stir.

6. Let the pasta stay at room temperature for half and hour and put te bowl in the fridge for 3 hours or even a day is fine.

7. Then, take the bowl out of the fridge, add 3 more tbs. of olive oil with a 1tbs. of balsamic vinegar and 1 tbs. of mustard and stir the pasta with a wooden spoon. It is easier to use your fingers – only if they have been cleaned and dried!

8. Add the mozzarella with the prosciutto and cut the basil leaves in the bowl.

9. Stir the pasta all together until it looks uniform.


  • Apples- count 2-3 per person
  • Optional: 1 tbs. of cinnamon powder

1. Peel the apples and cut them in quarters.

2. Put them in a large pan on low heat and cover with a lid.  Do not add any water or sugar: the apples are full of BOTH! 

3.  Cover the pan, and let the apples cook on very low heat.   Make sure to stir every 10-12 minutes.

4. If the apples are very smooth they are good. If they are still hard to pick, let them cook a little more.

5. To finish the recipe you can either mix the apples in a blender or you can use a fork to smash the cooked apples.


Washington, DC – in 48 hours


If you think Washington, DC- you think Capital of the United States, White House,Washington Mall, Smithonian Museums and many other politics- related cultural entertainment options.

Spread out in neighborhoods from the hip and young full of students to the more conservative parts of town, Washington offers a variety of culinary options suitable for any palate.

Day 1 : Lunch at Coppi’s Organic on U Street (Adams Morgan District) 

Atmosphere set in a dim lights with a menu made of organic and healthy food with a mix of cheese, salad and juices. In appetizer portions you leave the restaurant with a taste in your mouth you want to re-discover a few hours a days later.

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

Dinner at Buddha Bar on Massachussets Ave (Dupont Circle/Downtown District) 

In line with every other Buddha Bar, the one is DC is no exception. Trendy music, gigantic restaurant, amazing food, great service, and perfection in cocktails.

Day 2: Lunch at Peacock Caffe in Georgetown 

If you are nice to Mr. Weather, he will make sure the sun is out for you to have brunch at the Terrace of the Peacock Caffe. Bring your sunglasses and empty stomach to have a great time and enjoy pancakes or a lobster roll.

Dinner at the Old Ebbit Grill

Going to Washington and not having dinner at the Old Ebbit Grill is like going to Manhattan and not having a $1 hotdog in the streets.

Founded in 1856, Old Ebbit Grill is Washington’s oldest and most historic saloon where every U.S. President came to eat on a regular basis. Located in front of the White House, one block from the W Hotel, the Old Ebbit Grill is a typical American bistro serving large plates with beer, steaks, hash-brown potatoes, crab cakes…

Not as expensive as one may think, but one advice: book your table in advance!