Monday, June 25, 2012

Jetsetting Piggys

Piggys are on summer hiatus!  We have been flying around checking out awesome eats in other cities (and countries!) and we can't wait to report back.

Here is a little piggy souvenir from somewhere I visited recently.

Of course, it was piggy love as first sight.  Recognize this pig?

It resides in Thomas Keller's amazing ad hoc restaurant in Napa, California!

Here is another cool shot from my travels:

Eating oysters while being treated with a reflection of San Francisco's Bay Bridge.

We'll be back soon!

Piggy KL

Friday, June 15, 2012

La Cuisine Paris (Cooking School)

You know what they say - when in Rome.... except in this case, when in PARIS, do as the Parisians do. 

One of my must-do's when I was Paris was to take a cooking class.  There are lots of options to choose from.  A search on the internet will pull up lots of classes run out of people's local apartments, and the Ritz is also well-known for their classes.  Trufflepig help set us up with a great option, La Cuisine Paris, an English-speaking cooking school located minutes away from Notre Dame.  

They offer a variety of classes, from cooking to pastries, but we opted for a French classic (and one I've always been intimidated to attempt at home!) - SoufflĂ©s!  We learned how to make both a sweet (chocolate) and savory (cheese) kind which I'm itching to try again now that I'm back home.  They both came out delicious.  

Cheese soufflé and vinaigrette salad
There were about 10 students in my class and I was very glad to hear that the instructor was a real honest to goodness American!  Woohoo, no need for that French-to-English iPhone app.  But not to worry, we weren't taking lessons from a newly transplanted American.  No, that wouldn't do.  Chef Randall moved to France over 20 years ago and has been cooking his way through the country since.  We were in good hands.