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Eataly débarque à Paris / Eataly coming to Paris!

27 Jul

Pour ceux qui me suivent, vous avez peut-être déjà lu mon post sur Eataly, ce concept de supermarché de luxe où l’on trouve de la nourriture bio, italienne, de bonne qualité et locale Slowfood (sauf que, le pesto rouge fabriqué en Italie a beau être local en Italie, lorsqu’il est exporté au Japon ou aux Etats-Unis, ça ne l’est plus) :

http://eatingmodern.com/2012/11/11/eataly-torino/

J’avais eu également l’occasion de visiter leur petit stand à Osaka :  http://eatingmodern.com/2013/05/14/world-food-hankyu-department-store/

Apparemment, l’enseigne envisagerait de s’implanter sur Paris. Il n’y a pas encore de date, même s’il semble que ce ne sera pas prêt pour 2014.
Autre bonne nouvelle, Eataly va ouvre son propre réseau de commerce en ligne en septembre prochain.

Enfin, l’entreprise aimerait se lancer en bourse avec un système d’actionnaires qui seraient également membres d’un club (comme un système de fidélisation).

On a hâte d’investir en bourse !

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For those of you following me, you might have read already my post about Eataly, this luxury supermarket where you can find organic, Italian, local and slow food (except that, the red pesto made in Italy is probably local when sold in Italy, but not in Japan) :

http://eatingmodern.com/2012/11/11/eataly-torino/

I also visited their small stall in Osaka : http://eatingmodern.com/2013/05/14/world-food-hankyu-department-store/

Apparently, the brand is thinking about opening a shop in Paris. There is no day planned yet, but it seems that it won’t be ready for 2014.

Other piece of good news, Eataly is going to open its own online shop next September.
And last but not least, the company would like to enter the stock market with shareholders being also members of a kind of club (like a loyalty club).

Looking forward to invest in the stock market!

Golden Week!

4 May

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Parce qu’à McDonald’s aussi, c’est la “Golden Week” (semaine de vacances japonaise)! J’ai trouvé cette publicité assez marrante, et la photo peu similaire à celles que l’entreprise a l’habitude de faire, celle-ci m’a rappelé d’autres chaînes de fast-food que l’on trouve uniquement aux Etats-Unis.

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Because at McDonald’s too it’s Golden Week (Japanese holiday)! I thought that this advertisement was funny, and the picture was not similar to the ones the company is used to publish, it reminded me of other fastfood chains that you can find only in the USA.

Une spécialité de Nagasaki: le gâteau Castella / Nagasaki’s specialty : Castella cake

16 Apr

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Aujourd’hui je vais vous parler d’une spécialité de la ville de Nagasaki, le Castella (ou littéralement: kasutera). C’est une sorte de génoise sucrée inspirée d’un gâteau portugais ramené par des marchands au 16ème siècle. Car Nagasaki a pendant longtemps été l’un des seuls endroits où les étrangers avaient le droit de résider pour commercer.

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Today, I will tell you about a cake from Nagasaki, Castella (or litteraly, kasutera).
It is a kind of genoise (sponge cake) inspired from a portuguese cake brought by merchants in the 16th century. Because Nagasaki used to be the only place where foreigners could stay and had the right to have a business.

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Mes derniers livres de recettes

17 Feb

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Voici les derniers livres que j’ai acheté aux alentours de Noël (ou eu en cadeau).

– Cuisinière scandinave:

Il ne m’a pas l’air très connu, je l’ai acheté chez Natures & Découvertes et je ne trouve aucun lien de vente autre que chez eux.

Ce livre est pourtant génial! L’intérieur est très beau, avec une écriture à la main (je pensais que c’était simplement une police achetée en ligne, mais on m’a fait remarquer que les lettres étaient toutes différentes). Les recettes ne sont pas toutes connues, on y trouve par exemple le Gravadlax (et non pas Gravlax, comme certains aiment à le dire (j’ai vérifié auprès de ma colocataire suédoise!)), mais aussi plein de desserts et de plats moins connus du grand public. Qui plus est, le livre ne s’est pas trompé dans l’appellation “scandinave” car le livre ne donne pas de recettes finlandaise (la Finlande n’est pas considérée comme scandinave). Seul bémol, le titre, un peu sexiste, surtout pour la Scandinavie, très progressiste sur ce sujet!

–  La petit bibliothèque des cuisines du monde, Larousse

Un livre très intéressant, avec des basiques de la cuisine étrangère. J’y ai même trouvé la recette de la “carne de porco Alentejana”, que j’avais goûté à Lisbonne, qui est une sorte de ragoût avec des palourdes et du porc et qui est délicieuse!

http://cuisine.larousse.fr/livres-de-cuisine/9782035877826

-Gohan, le premier livre de recettes en manga

C’est un livre de cuisine japonaise, créé par l’entreprise Matsuri, qui commercialise des produits japonais. Ce qui est bien c’est qu’ils ne citent pas leurs produits dedans, en fait le livre paraît tout à fait normal, le seul indice prouvant que ça a été fait par l’entreprise est son logo sur la 4ème de couverture. Il est illustré par des dessins uniquement, c’est donc très clair, et facile à suivre. Ils disent que c’est fait avec des “manga”, bon, on repassera pour les manga, car ce sont des dessins basiques. Pour ceux qui souhaitent s’initier à la vraie cuisine japonaise, je vous le recommande. Pour ceux qui s’y connaissent déjà un peu, les recettes sont assez simples et intuitives, donc je n’ai pas appris grand chose (pour ceux-là, je conseille les livres de Kaori Endo, avec des recettes japonaises un peu plus pointues et originales).

http://themapress.com/

 

Exposition: Le Thé à Guimet / Exhibit : Tea at Guimet

31 Dec

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AUjourd’hui, je suis allée au musée Guimet dans le 16ème arrondissement de Paris. C’est un musée spécialisé dans l’art asiatique. En ce moment, il y a une exposition sur Hokusai qui s’arrêtera le 7 janvier, et une autre sur le thé, qui s’arrêtera le 28 janvier.

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Today I went to an exhibition at the Guimet museum, which is located in the 16th district of Paris. It is a museum specialised about Asia. There is an exhibition about Hokusai, which is stopping in January, 7th, and another one about tea, which stops in January, 28th.

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2012 in review and Happy New Year !

31 Dec

An amazing and funny report from WordPress about my blog !

I also wanted to thank you all for following me, and I hope you are all longing for my adventures in Japan! Happy New Year everyone!

 

The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

600 people reached the top of Mt. Everest in 2012. This blog got about 6,200 views in 2012. If every person who reached the top of Mt. Everest viewed this blog, it would have taken 10 years to get that many views.

Click here to see the complete report.

TV show: Le gâteau de mes rêves

13 Dec

 

I just discovered that Christophe Michalak, the pastry chef of the Plaza Athénée in Paris has a tv show on Teva (a TNT channel)!

It is called Le Gâteau de mes rêves, and Michalak has to cook with someone who has tried to cook the pastry of the day.

Here is the link to see the videos of the TV show :

 

http://www.teva.fr/emission-le_gateau_de_mes_reves/

Some news: Japan

19 Nov

Today, I have to announce to you that I am officially going to study in Japan for a term!

I have been accepted in a Japanese University near Osaka as an exchange student (don’t be afraid for me, all the modules are taught in English, except the Japanese language ones).

This has always been my dream to stay a while in Japan (I’ve been dreaming about it since I visited the country when I was 11), so I’m really excited. I’ll be there between the end of January and the beginning of June, and I’ll obviously tell you everything about what I eat, what I buy, what I cook and where I go.

Until then, I’ll keep posting about Paris and everything I have eaten since I came back from my short holidays.

Living in Vietnam

8 Nov

Today, as it was planned, I will tell you about what it is like to live in Vietnam.

Being a foreigner in Vietnam:

First of all, you need to know that if you go a bit off the beaten track, people will stare at you. It is really impressive at the beginning, but then you just get used to it. With my friends, we have seen everything; from the taxi driver honking at his colleagues to show them he had White people inside, to the woman cycling who nearly crashed on the walls because she was staring at us instead of looking at where she was going. Then, you always have some men and children shouting an “hello!” at you, so when it is children, you’re answering, but what was funny, was that when it was men, my boyfriends were the only one answering, thinking it was a nice thing. As girls, we were used to ignoring them, as we do in Western countries.

When you’re Black, it is even worse; people are less used to see people with a skin colour, in Vietnam, they actually think that the whiter skin the better (for them, it means you’re not working in the fields). Even us, when we were seeing Black people were getting crazy, because we are used to it in France, but in Vietnam, we would see one Black guy per month, so it felt like we were catching up with a more Western life.

Being a stranger in Vietnam (and for sure in many other countries in development) also means being faced with particular behaviours. We were offered free stuffs many times because we were strangers in Bien Hoa (I have a pen from Papparoti, we were offered a piece of cake in a bakery…), and sometimes it has its counterparts, such as the sudden raise of prices (apparently, the local bread maker firstly sold her bread for 10 000 dongs to my friends, the day after, it was 8 000 and it then fell at 5 000 dongs, the regular price).

 

Corruption:

There is also a lot of corruption, so if you’re caught on a motorbike by a policeman (which should not happen, because you cannot drive in Vietnam unless you have a Vietnamese driving license, but hey, you can also buy this), you can give him money to let you go. But then, expect him to ask more money from you than a regular Vietnamese (although less than 200 000 dongs should do it).

 

Language and expression:

One thing you need to know, is that it always helps when you speak a bit of Vietnamese. A lot of Vietnamese started to speak to us normally in their language just because we had said a few words before. Vietnamese language is very particular and difficult to pronounce. But if you speak a bit of it, sellers will usually understand you’re not a tourists, so they will lower their prices, by nicer… It also really helps when people do not speak a word of English. If you’re planning to stay in Vietnam for more than 6 months, then you should definitely learn the language. We’ve seen so many expatriates not bothering with the language, it was silly of them.
If you’re staying for one week to 6 months, then you need, at least, to learn numbers and polite words such as thank you (“cam on”) or hello (“sin chao”).

Don’t be angry if you see that people don’t apologise for pushing you, or don’t say hello or sorry, they use less polite manners as we do. In their culture, there’s no need to apologise for everything or say thank you all the time. And then, never forget that even if they think about telling you a polite expression, they may not be able to say it.

You can express yourself with your hands, which is quite convenient. For instance, to say “no”, the Vietnamese way is to raise your hand near your shoulder, open your fingers and shake it from left to right. If you’re harassed by sellers, they will understand better this shaking than an English “no”. Then, for counting, you need to avoid using your thumb. If you want to say “2” with your hands, normally you would use your thumb and your forefinger, but in Vietnam, they will understand one, they use the thumb only for showing five.

 

Politics:

Vietnamese people hate China. It is a fact, some of my friends there were even asking me “what do we do if there’s a war??”. I don’t think that Chinese people should expect to be assaulted if staying in Vietnam, but Vietnamese people may not be the nicest with them (however, I haven’t seen anything of this while I was there).

Last summer, a lot of things happened with China and the Paracels islands, which are deserted islands but Taiwan, China and Vietnam want to own them. So the relations between China and Vietnam are not at their top.

There are also trouble with human rights in Vietnam. According to Reporters sans Frontières, Vietnam is only ranked three places ahead of China.

Vietnam is not a dangerous country, it is more like a Western country, so obviously, you need to be careful with your personal belongings while visiting, but I have never seen anything that could not happen in Europe for instance. The only things to be noted is that I was stolen my mp3 player while coming inside a bus alone, but I was not really careful because it was so old that it has been years I hadn’t pay attention to it. One of my friends has been sexually assaulted, but it was “light”, only a guy on the street who slammed her buttocks (which was quite surprising, because even if Vietnam is not the best place for gender equality, men did not seem violent).

Food:

Contrarily to what people say, there is nothing to be worried about hygiene. In six months, I haven’t met anyone who had digesting troubles. I have eaten everyday in a street food stall and had never any problem.

Another thing to know, is that eating outside is cheaper than cooking (well, at least for Westerners). Western products usually cost the same price as in Europe, but eating outside costs 1€ per meal. So if you’re looking for a place to live, try to find it where there is a diversity of food stalls.

 

 

 

Food innovations from the supermarket

31 Oct

 

Just a small post about food innovation. I did not go to the SIAL (the International Food Fair in Paris: http://www.sialparis.fr/) unfortunately, I would have loved to, but it costs nearly 100€ the entrance ticket, and it is mostly made for professionals.

Last Saturday I went shopping at the supermarket, and found a lot of new products which seemed quite interesting.

 

 

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