Category Archives: French Specialties

Vincent – Woollahra

Vincent

Bonjour everyone!

Sorry about the long absence, a lot has happened in the last year, which have kept me away from the blog. I regularly post pictures on Facebook and Instagram though, so feel free to follow me there too!

I’d been dying to visit Vincent (by same owners as nearby Buzo and Wine Library) for ages, as I’d heard a lot about their Comté soufflé and their cheese-making efforts (anyone prepared to make their own cheese gets my full admiration!). The birthday of my partner’s mum proved the perfect occasion to visit!

Wine

The restaurant is located in a boutique hotel right on Queen Street, on the corner of five ways, in Woollahra. After walking through the hotel lobby and the beautiful bar, we were led to our table on the terrace, protected from the elements by translucent plastic covers and heaters. While it got slightly cooler by the end of the night (the heaters might have been turned off at some stage), we were generally quite comfortable. After nibbling on sourdough bread, homemade “Vincent butter” and an assortment of olives, we ordered a few entrees to share, as our friendly waitress had advised us that the portions were quite generous.

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La Maison de l’Eclair – Bondi

Chocolate eclair

After a Macaron frenzy fuelled by pastry wizard Adriano Zumbo, Baroque Bistro (followed by many others), and more recently the arrival of French macaron house Ladurée, get ready for a new pastry trend in Sydney town. Indeed, Eclair is the “new black” of the pastry world, according to La Maison de l’Eclair, the first store in Sydney entirely dedicated to Eclairs which has just opened.

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Interview with Alison Brien – Channel Cheese

PuzzonePuzzone di Moeana cheese, Italy (Trento province)

Saying that I like cheese would be quite an understatement: I simply love it, I grew up wolfing down slabs of Comté and Camembert, eating Cancoillotte and Mont d’Or by the spoon, and later as a young adult was quite happy to just dine on wine, baguette and Picodon (goats cheese).

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Sydney’s Best Croissants

Croissant mashup FW

Bonjour tout le monde!

As some of you might know, I recently wrote a piece for the blog section of The Guardian Australia about croissants. I had to sacrifice myself and taste as many croissants as I could to bring you all this information… lucky you!

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Red Obsession

Chinese Billionaire and his $60m cellarChinese sex-toy billionaire and his $60-million cellar

Last week I went to see a great documentary at the Dendy Newtown about the legendary Bordeaux wines, called: “Red Obsession“, one of Sydney Festival hit films a few months ago. It was directed by Warwick Ross and David Roach, and the latter was present at the Dendy for a Q&A after the projection.

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Souffle class at Patisse Cooking School – Chippendale

Mango Souffle square

Who doesn’t like Soufflés, those light, moist, airy as clouds cakes. Savoury or sweet, they’re bound to impress your guests at dinner parties… that is, if the soufflé doesn’t collapse before reaching the dining table, or worse, never rises. Capricious little things they are…

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Gabriel Gate – Taste le Tour 2013

Gabriel GateGabriel Gaté at the Alliance Française of Sydney

JULY really is the “French month”.

Every food magazine releases their special French issue, all the restaurants prepare their Bastille Day menu, and every night for 21 days, people settle comfortably on their couch to watch Le Tour de France and treat themselves to a bit of vicarious sightseeing via the helicopter shots of gorgeous French regional scenery.

I am still amazed at how much Australians love “Le Tour” and, even though I don’t adore cycling (or sports in general), I have taken to the general enthusiasm surrounding the Tour over the years.

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Le Concours des Vins du NSW – FACCI

flowersWhere NSW Wines meet the French palate…

A few weeks ago I attended the NSW Wines competition organised by the French-Australian Chamber of Commerce at the Doltone House in Pyrmont, and had the opportunity to talk to Master Sommelier Franck Moreau from the Merivale Group, and Florent Bouvier from the Travers Wines. I wrote a little article for the Sydney edition of Le Petit Journal, an online publication in French for expats all over the world.

I’m going to try to adapt it to the blog, in English, in the version below 🙂

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Things to do for Bastille Day 2013 in Sydney

july-wallpaper-1280x800Paper art by Sydney-based French artist Marine Coutroutsios

Have you guys already planned your Bastille Day this year?

More and more exciting things happen in Sydney for the occasion, and it’s great to see Bastille Day so wholeheartedly embraced by Australians & French expats alike every year!

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Four Frogs Creperie – Mosman

Crepe making

It’s not that often that I venture across the Bridge, I know it’s still Sydney, but to me Mosman feels like the other side of the world. However, when one of the Four Frogs owners, Florian Guillemard, invited me to visit their crêperie, the prospect of authentic Breton galettes and crêpes was enough to lure me to that part of town.

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