Dinner with Terrance & Alec in the Sahara

Alec Lobrano and I were delighted to host seven readers for an insider dinner at one of our favorite bistros, ASTIER. It was nearly too hot to breathe at 5PM when the temperature approached 100 degrees farenheit but by 7:30PM when our guess arrived it had cooled off just enough to make the evening bearable.

Alec Lobrano and I were delighted to host seven readers for an insider dinner at one of our favorite bistros, ASTIER.

It was nearly too hot to breathe at 5PM when the temperature approached 100 degrees farenheit but by 7:30PM when our guess arrived it had cooled off just enough to make the evening bearable.

As is my custom I had arrived at 7PM to make sure that everything was in order and Boris, the sommelier served me a lovely Jurançon with the unlikely name of Happy Hours, a ply on the last name of the winemaker, Marie Hours (pronounced orse as in horse without the h.)

Our arriving guests were greeted with a flute of champagne and all 9 of us milled about and got acquainted.

Once seated a glass of Juranccon from the maison of Marie’s father was served and between us we sampled most of the entrées: foie gras, smoked herring, confit de tomates avec crevettes and grilled vegetables.

The main courses: ris de veau poelé, julienne (a white fish), veal were savored with a luscious red.

The notorious cheese plate, a selection of 15 including the tables’ favorite a camembert soaked in calvados was accompanied by a cotes du rhone.

Desserts were a nage au nectarine with ice cream and my favorite the baba au rhum soaked in dark rum from Martinique. Boris generously offered us a red dessert wine. Bernard boisson’s incomparable blend of 30 and 40 year old stock cognac from maison Audry capped off an extraordinarily satisfying evening.

We invite you to join us for our next party-watch the newsletter for details.

 

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Bistros

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No one should have a bad meal in Paris! Whether a 2-star restaurant or a local bistro there should always be an excellent rapport qualité prix– relationship between price and quality. At my favorites you will be treated as a regular and have a satisfying experience. Just tell them  “Terrance sent you.”

Events

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Regularly scheduled literary salons with guest writers, private dinners, restaurant openings, wine tastings,market visits and cooking classes attract a discerning, sophisticated crowd who love to have a good time while they learn. Our cadre of Paris–based colleagues happily share their passion for this magical city.