Wednesday, February 04, 2009

Cocktail time


Crisis, what crisis?! Today, at lunch time I went to a press conference held by Microsoft at L'Etoile, a restaurant located close to... La place de l'Etoile. At the end they served a buffet lunch that was really delicious. The highlight of it was the sweet part, that I had to photograph for you. Look at the the old style white pots in particular; they did not contain yogurt but rice pudding with a spoonful of crème de marron (chestnut cream). To die for! Am I spoiled? Yes, sometimes...

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  1. How beautifully all the items are lined up. The magnolia branch in the background promises spring!

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  2. Is that chocolate in the smaller glasses?

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  3. Dear Lord! And chocolate mousse? And mandarin-mint tarts? Scrumptious!

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  4. This all looks so pristine. And OMG I could use a dessert right about now. Yum!!

    Eric, you are spoiled, but you deserve to be.

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  5. That's sweet ambrosia! Definitely my kind of conference. You are a lucky man Eric. Merci for sharing and rubbing it in. lol

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  6. Thanks so much for torturing, I mean . . . sharing with us. Nothing says comfort food like rice pudding! And suzy beat me to it—I too was going to say that you deserve it!

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  7. OMG the press conferences I go to, you're lucky to be pressed up against someone's armpit while you try to grab your home-packed bottle of water out of your bag!

    I'm dying to eat all that! Oh look at those orange tartlets and rice pudding oh yum. The drinky things: are they chocolate? Please say yes. ;)

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  8. Looks fabulous.

    I ate a chicken sandwich, carrots, and an apple today for lunch. At my desk. I'm really hungry right now and I am going home to eat!

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  9. Microsoft really knows how to throw a party! I mean it, they really do!

    I went to the launch of Unified in October 07 in San Francisco (the CIO of L'Occitane was there, too, by the way) and there was JUST SO MUCH FOOD!!! It was unbelievable. The techies presentation kind of s..cked, but they hada the most unbelieveable display of cool food stuff on this side of the ocean ;) They really went all out.

    Did you see Steve Balmer? Can't miss him.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wvsboPUjrGc

    As to the Crème de Marrons ... (sigh)

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  10. That looks delicious - PLEASE describe the rest to us! Especially the chocolate. Are those tarts?

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  11. Tomate Farcie drooling on keyboardFebruary 4, 2009 at 12:41:00 AM GMT+1

    by the way, no Animoto today?!! Le disappointing.

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  12. OMG , Yummmmmmmy !!!

    Waiting to come back to my favorite city :-))

    ==Alaska

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  13. Fabulous food photography Eric! You know that you're going to now have to describe every single one of these items in detail for us to be fully satisfied. I like the look of the mini cakes with a hazelnut on top. And the chocolate mousse.

    Jeff I'm right there with you -- I also had a sandwich, carrots, and an apple for lunch at my desk today! Granted, I did that so I could go walk outside in the warm SF sun for an hour, but still.

    Hey Lupine Lady - nice GF!

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  14. You spoil us with views of Paris daily so yes, you should be spanked, I mean spoiled and often.

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  15. Oh it's chocolate mousse? Oh Oh Oh.

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  16. From Cali! I'm laughing.

    This is a delectable photo. I love rice pudding chocolate and clementines or oranges or whatever the fruit is. And tarts. Okay, I love good food, especially when it's well-presented.

    It's a good thing Microsoft knows how to throw a party, because it's looking more and more like they don't know how to make operating systems...

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  17. I am dieting so I can eat well on my one day in Paris next week. I had disgusting pork loin I made the other day from Trader Joes, boiled snow peas(mange tout) with nothing on it and 1/4th of a phoenix fake croissant(not flaky and no layers inside). This picture is driving me crazy.
    What did the rest of you around the world eat today????????

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  18. Quite a rare thing for me, Phx, I had bacon and eggs. A piece of cheesecake which I made, it was delicious if I dare say so, and porridge. Oh and apples and a banana. Not in that order lol.

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  19. phx-cdg, I had brekkie not long ago, so Eric's sweet-tooth fest has set me up for a naughty food day! {Mind you, I'm not sure how far a jar of Nutella and a sheet of frozen shortcrust pastry will get me ...}

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  20. Un ptit dessert ? Non, j’fais gaffe en c’moment... ~Z

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  21. lol lol lol lol I want to hear more!

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  22. Nothing special. But right now I'm having coffee and Trader Joe's "dippers" - crunchy chocolate chip cookies. A nice afternoon treat.

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  23. Thanks, Katie.
    How does homemade applesauce a la mode sound for dessert? The best part: he made it while I was shoveling snow in the driveway twice. We're certainly having our share of snow this winter.

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  24. Petra "It's a good thing Microsoft knows how to throw a party, because it's looking more and more like they don't know how to make operating systems..."

    Hahahaha!!! That's true, Microsoft is having problems in that department! I'm so glad they extended the deadline for retiring XP.

    I had a burrito in a bowl for lunch (burrito without the wrapping). It's pretty good!

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  25. So far, I'll have what HE'S(Eric)having.
    Tomate, yours sounds like it is from Chipolte.

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  26. Ok, ok, just so I don't get any false sympathy, for the football game yesterday I made mussels, grilled tuna, baguette, crackers, cheese, fresh veggies, broiled zucchini, and wine. and wine. did I mention wine? we had some wine, too.

    Nine days until I see and feel warmth. Come on, LA, treat me nice. (The residents certainly are so far!)

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  27. ...had a "Kind of Blue"-berry yogurt, a honey granola "12 bar blues", a ham and "Chet Baker" sandwich, with some "Clifford Brownies" for dessert. Washed'em all down with some Louis Arm-strong coffee. :-)

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  28. Ahh - Eric, I'm glad to see you've gotten your just desserts!!

    : )

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  29. Breakfast, lunch and dinner conferences are all the rage. On February 25, 2009, The San Francisco French-American Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring an evening conference in Silicon Valley "Internationally Cool and Plugged in". One of the panel members will be Loïc Le Meur, serial entrepreneur & blogger, founder of Seesmic.com. His blog is #1 in France, read by more than 250,000 visitors per month; he has posted hundreds of video podcasts including the only podcast with French President Nicolas Sarkozy. I thought this would be of interest to all you bloggers out there ;-)

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  30. Phx & Petrea: LOL.

    That is interesting news, Lois. Thanks for letting us know.

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  31. Eric. If you're still wondering, you're spoiled. Those desserts do look divine!

    I have to admit I indulged a LOT more than usual today. I had 5 cookies today--something I don't think I've done in several years, if not decades. But, they were peanut butter no-bakes, so the oatmeal is really good for you, isn't it? Please...someone agree with me! Usually I'm a 'one piece of dark chocolate is good for the whole day' kind of girl.

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  32. But even if you are spoiled, Eric, we really appreciate that you share it with us!! (That makes it okay.)

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  33. Christie, I'm sure you've covered at least two food groups with your peanut butter no-bakes. Add some dark chocolate later on and you're good to go!

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  34. Delicious looking shot Eric. You must have the sweetest job out there!

    PHX, I know you're going to be jealous, but I had a cheese sandwich yesterday from home. At least it was French cheese... And Lois, I think you'll find that our own Eric Tenin is quite good pals with Loïc Le Meur.

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  35. I've identified with every American female's food choice... plus UKLynn's. Just apply that cheesecake to my thighs, girl. Katie, your's is too healthful!!!
    Now I am expecting Guille to come up with a well balanced French meal with a nice glass of wine.

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  36. Don't count on it PHX. She was "on strike at Uni" yesterday...

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  37. Oh yes..the Crème de Marrons sounds so darn good! Delish!

    Glad to see that someone[you and tomate..]are enjoying the generosity of Microsoft. They are really not known for being generous[or pleasant]for that matter, and I deal with their ilk on a regular basis.

    I loved the website for the restaurant, it was really great. We used to have a restaurant L'Etoile in SF also, and it was at that time one of the best in the city.

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  38. Christie: Those cookies are loaded with Vitamin P. Just keep telling yourself.

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  39. Lucky, lucky guy! And we get a super treat with NO calories and no guilt whatever. So, thank you for sharing these, Eric!
    -Kim
    Seattle Daily Photo

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  40. Okay, so I guess the first step is admitting I have a problem. I think I've come back to look at this picture ten times today. I've virtually made my way through all the visible offerings. Now I need to go on a cyber-diet.

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  41. Oh man, you are making me long for Paris right now!

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  42. Coltrane, trust you, oh ever-inventive one!

    USElaine, oh damn, I think I just snorted when I laughed.

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  43. LOL Petrea & Phx!
    Shell you need to roll that pastry out to a square, spread on the Nutella, roll up into a type of Swiss roll, then cut off into slices. Lay them on their sides on a baking tray in the oven for around 20 mins. Yum! Enjoy your naughty day.

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  44. Lynn, I think you should start a RecipeDailyPhoto blog. You made that sound very easy...even for me! ROFL USelaine and Rose!

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  45. What a good idea Michael! I'm a big fan of easy cooking, I can tell you. Do you want an easy cheesecake too? It's really delicious.

    Bash up some digestive biscuits in a bag. Add a couple of jollops of melted butter in a bowl(or hot water if on a diet - pah! this is cheesecake). Line a dish with this stuff.
    Put two packs of cream cheese (Philly) in a bowl with 10 tablespoons icing (frosting) sugar. Make a lemon/orange jelly and pour some in until thickish. Put on top of the 'stuff' and put in the fridge to set. Voila! LOL

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  46. p.s. I do know how to cook more properly than this, but this is Lynn's whizz cookery. lol.

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  47. "Digestive biscuits"? (much better than non-digestive biscuits I suppose)

    "Jollops"?
    "Jelly"?

    Sounds like an advert for Alka Seltzer! ;-)

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  48. miam miam... that rice pudding sounds delicious!

    You deserve to be spoiled, we all deserve to be spoiled. At least once in a while right?!!!

    ;-)

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  49. I am craving marron de glace and when I saw your comment about the rice pudding with a spoonful of creme de marron, I squealed! Eric, you deserved to be spoiled for treating us with beautiful phots all the time! ;)

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  50. Another delight is fromage blanc with creme de marron. Of course, if the fromage blanc is 0%fat, it justifies it all!

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  51. Michael, but of course Digestive biscuits - McVities are best - nothing else will do!

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  52. How about a quick Banoffee Pie?
    Same digestive base, chill first then chuck on a tin of Carnation Caramel dulce de leche, sliced bananas & whipped cream. Sheer Bliss....

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  53. Those are HUGE rice pudding servings!
    We will go to L'Etoile when we are in Paris this fall! We love rice pudding w/ creme anything on top!

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  54. Eric, you deserve a treat, as everyone says. But don't forget that handsome grey suit. We like you in the suit.

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  55. J'ai FAIM

    PHX, I ate a home made sandwich. Nothing special: ham, French cheese, dried tomatoes, eggplant dip, salad... Then, home made cookies. :)

    Michael, I WAS NOT ON STRIKE!(Who would have been annoyed by ME on strike? LOL). But people there, yes.
    Aren't you supposed to work today? :p

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  56. Michael, graham crackers. It's just like we do here for the crust. Powdered sugar is the "icing" sugar.

    Yes, Petrea! The sexy gray suit! More!

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  57. Coltrane: Clifford Brown? Dig. I just spun Clifford yesterday. My pal in Flagstaff discovered Lee Morgan and, get this, Benny Golson recently and has been sending me CDs. Really great stuff.

    Chet Baker makes me fall in love with the next pretty lady I lay eyes on. His voice and music is a love potion. A recipe, you might say, to return to "The Theme" of "Cookin' With Miles" between us all.

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  58. Jeff,

    If you DIG Clifford, Chet and Miles... Visit my blog. Jazzi

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  59. Oooh Sue I'm so going to try that.

    Michael Digestives (by McVities yes but any make are ok) are wheaty biscuits.
    jollop - Lynnspeak for a spoonful or so. I don't measure in cooking lol.

    jelly - jello do you call it? I suddenly worried you might put jam (confiture) in! lol.

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  60. I so need that chocolate mousse. Not a good day.

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  61. OH, yeah, we DEFINITELY like the gray suit. Now put down that Creme de Marrons and walk away with your hands up where we can see them!

    Misplaced Parisian: don't even bring up marrons glacés (sigh)(sigh)(sigh) ...

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  62. wow - this sure beats my pb&j. looks delish.

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  63. Yup Lynn, "wheaty biscuits" are marketed here as graham crackers. Graham cracker crusts are standard for cheesecakes here, but there's been a move to Oreo Cookie crusts, crumbled after removing the creme filling.

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  64. Jazzi Jake: Wow! Look at Sonny Rollins as a tot! Great photo. I now remember a tune I have on some CD where somebody says "and introducing Sonny Rollins". It probably is a Clifford album. Smooth and rich, like the mousse on PDP!

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  65. Lynn, great recipe tips - thank you! {... says she as she embarks on Day 2 of naughty food.}

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  66. Oh, I'm a fan of a properly cooked cheesecake. (and if I do say so myself, I make a pretty awesome one!!) Graham crackers are the best crust, with a little cinnamon and nutmeg. Can't leave out freshly ground nutmeg. Then, 3 packages Philly, 3 eggs, and 3/4 cup of granulated sugar whipped together with my wonderful KitchenAid Mixer til fluffy, baked in the crust until almost set, chilled in the fridge, then devoured. Also good with a little melted strawberry jam on top. And a few chocolate covered strawberries for show. Worth the wait! Of course, you could add a little espresso powder for a coffee cheesecake, swirl in fruit for something different, or just add caramel for the ultimate in sweet treats. I'd better stop. I'm getting hungry. :) Now I'm going to have to have a party so I can make a cheesecake!

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  67. my kind of deserts, i would join you gladly.
    i was wandering will you be hosting get together for cdp members in april, i might be able to join you this year?
    Bon Appétit

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  68. Jazzy, it was just posted, I think on another post: the picnic is going to be May 13th.

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  69. Eric, you deserve to be spoiled. Thanks for the lovely updates.

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