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Baking naans in my tandoor

My search for the way to bake the very best naans in my home gas-heated tandoor.

The Chef is Naked

Most people seem to assume that celebrity chefs have great gastronomic restaurants. Not the case with Bocuse, apparently the King of the French Cuisine is naked.

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.

The meal is on the house

I've never asked not to pay for my lunch in any restaurant. And yet two restaurants the same evening refused to let me pay for my meal while on vacation. How did this happen?

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!

Paris 'Branché' Restaurants

Restaurants remain 'branché' only for a couple months in Paris. What happens after that? What is a branché restaurants anyway? And most importantly - how good is the food?

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!

May I eat your shrimp shells?

Shrimp shells are served as crispy appetizers in Japan. You can buy tiny dried whole crabs to use as peanuts. I was coerced into trying and will be back for more!

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.

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