Archive for February, 2012

Byrrh, An Apéritif From The South of France

Wednesday, February 29th, 2012

Byrrh (pronounced “beer”) is made from the bark of South American Quinquina and other plants and spices, from the original late 19th century recipe. It is sweetened with Muscat mistelles and created by two brothers Pallade and Simon Violoet in a small town called Thuir in the south of France. It is a vermouth with alcohol of 18%, now produced by Pernod Ricard.

Bordeaux Wine Sales Dropping – France

Sunday, February 26th, 2012

French wines are being hurt, due in some part to U.S. wine critic, Robert Parker and his thirst for boosting huge, fruity, high-alcohol and non-French style wines. It has made it difficult for French wines to succeed in America, and of late many fine, small estates may be going out of business. New drunk-driving laws around the world have not helped wine sales as well.
It is necessary to aggressively promote France’s good value regional wines from the Midi, Rhône, Alsace, Beaujolais, Corsica and Bordeaux that fortunately are being met with great enthusiasm in Tokyo, Seoul, Warsaw, New York and Moscow.

France is hindered by too many rules and regulations, whereas new world wines are free to do what they want including using any name for brand building. It is the beginning of the end of the négociant system in France, it’s crumbling rapidly.
The real killer is that grapes today cost too much to grow.

Casa Pascal French Restaurant – Pattaya

Thursday, February 23rd, 2012

Fresh from the French Coast !
Mussels Festival at Casa Pascal
Indulge in
“Slurp Mussels as much as you can”
for 590 Baht

Mussels Seaman style
Stewed with white Wine, Garlic, Onions, Herbs
Mussels in Butter Cream Sauce
In a Lemon flavored Butter Cream Sauce with fresh Herbs

The Mussels are served with French Fries and Bread Basket

Available only on
Thursday, February 23.
Friday, February 24.
Please call Kim 081 983 41 82 or Pascal 085 992 04 82.

Hôtel Plaza Athénée, Le Meridien, Glaz Bar, Afterwork Cocktails + Cones – Bangkok

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012

Chez Papé, French Bistro – Bangkok

Tuesday, February 21st, 2012

The terrace at night

Chez Papé
French “Bistrot”
Sukhumvit Road Soi 11
Tel. 02 25 52 492

Chez Papé is a new addition to the French dining scene in Bangkok. This authentic looking “bistrot” serves simple, French country-style cuisine loosely based on the cooking of the owner’s mother, as interpreted by Chef Cedric, who previously worked with Michelin-anointed chefs and held the position of executive sous-chef at restaurant Mantel in Cannes.

Chez Papé’s bar

Pork with prunes

île flottante or œufs à la neige

McDonald’s & Hormel Join Pig Gestation Crate Phase-Out – USA

Monday, February 20th, 2012

McDonald’s and Hormel have joined The Humane Society’s push to phase out the use of gestation crates which, confines pregnant pigs to an area slightly larger than themselves, where they cannot move for the entire pregnancy.  And while they’re at it, Hormel should consider banning their product Spam as well.

The Barbican, Angels & Devils Party, Friday 24 February 2012 – Bangkok

Friday, February 17th, 2012

Hôtel Plaza Athénée, A Royal Meridien Hotel – Bangkok

Thursday, February 16th, 2012

Five Guys Opens in Westwood – Los Angeles

Wednesday, February 15th, 2012

Five Guys opens a store on Broxton in Westwood which is almost complete. It looks as if it is a full scale invasion into the west by east coast burger joint Five Guys.

Bistro M, At Marriott Executive Apartments, Win-A-Trip-To-Korea – Bangkok

Tuesday, February 14th, 2012