The French love their chalk, and no wonder. Chalk makes possible some of France’s most prized wines, from the sparkling cuvées of Champagne to the wonderful, minerally whites of the Loire Valley. It’s also useful for writing on chalkboards, which tend to be ubiquitous in French restaurants and on sidewalk sandwich boards outside of same. One of the great pleasures of Paris…
I’ve lived in the city since 1993 and since 1996, all of my editor jobs have required me to keep track of the restaurant scene. Generally, I have a smug sense of myself as someone that knows this scene pretty well. Until I’m proven wrong. Which is pretty often for someone so smug.
Peek through the tiny open window into the kitchen at L’Ardoise, and you’ll see Thierry Clement with his head bent in sharp concentration. The chef and owner gracefully moves about in a space no larger than a New York City galley-style kitchen. It’s in perfect scale to the 38-seat space, which envelops you like a warm cocoon the moment you push through the cloaks of fabric at…
In one’s dream of city life, certain factors are key: a pleasant, light-filled, quiet, and maybe even spacious apartment; easy parking or access to public transportation; and amenities ranging from convenient goods and services to distinctive features such as parks and playgrounds.