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Paris' Oldest Kitchen Equipment Shop Popular

It took me several visits to the mythical 200-year-old professional kitchenware shop Dehillerin in Paris before they agreed to sell me the knife I wanted. A unique gastronomic pilgrimage destination if you can swallow the attitude.

Duck Tour d'Argent Very Popular

Probably the most spectacular classical French recipe, le canard à la presse, here made at La Tour d'Argent, a Paris restaurant open since the 16h century.

A Pastry Class at the Paris Lenôtre school Popular

Lenôtre offers high-end non-professional pastry classes in Paris. Are they worth the time and money? Who attends? What do you actually learn? Read my account of a Brioche and Kugelhopf class at Lenôtre's school on the Champs-Elysées.

A Visit to Rungis, The World's Biggest Food Market Very Popular

Rungis, just outside Paris, is a cult place for gourmets. It is so huge you need a car to go from one hall to the next. That is where Parisian chefs buy what they cook. I was able to visit at 4h00 in the morning.

The World's Largest Cookware Market - Kappabashi-Dori in Tokyo Popular

Easily the largest place on earth to buy cookware and restaurant equipment, this huge street in the Asakusa district of Toyko got me busy for an entire day.

Nishiki Ichiba Food Market in Kyoto, Japan

This 400-year-old covered food market in Kyoto is one of the best I've ever visited.

Tsukiji Wholesale Fish Market in Tokyo

Probably the largest fish market in the world. My visit of the first market of 2006 - at 4AM.

A Soba Noodles Class in Tokyo Very Popular

My private lesson at the Soba Academy in Tokyo to make these Japanese buckwheat noodles from scratch.

Truffle-hunting in Paris

It is not easy to find a truffle worth the unreasonable asking price nowadays. I tried my luck at Terre de Truffe and La Maison de la Truffe in Paris. See how it works!

Shopping for Arcane Ingredients and Cookware in Paris

The more you cook, the more you encounter recipes that call for ingredients you just can't find anywhere. You also realize that some culinary operations would be a whole lot easier with the proper tool. Well, if you're in Paris, here is where to go.

Visiting Pierre Hermé's Pastry Shop in Paris Very Popular

Pierre Hermé is the king of French pastry. His tiny boutique in Paris is so successful that people stop to ask why there is queue. See what's inside!

Tuiles à l'orange Lenotre Baking Class

Back at the Lenôtre pastry school in Paris to make tuiles à l'orange - a smart tile-shaped flat cookie served with tea in gastronomic restaurants.

Pistachier at Lenôtre

  • By fx
  • on 20/02/2007
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A pistachio-flavored little cake served with coffee in French gastronomic restaurants. If you get the pistachio paste, you can make it too.

Snails Have Seven Lives at L'Escargot Montorgueil

Just how many lives does a snail have? Seven, at L'Escargot Montorgueil, Paris' premier snail restaurant, where your shell might have served many guests.

Buying Spices in Istanbul's Egyptian Bazaar Popular

This bazar in downtown Istanbul is a cult destination for the spice lover as well as a century-old tourist trap. Find out where to look for the real thing.

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