Posts tagged Brooklyn
Fall Survival Kit - Return to Basics

Fall is the hardest stretch for me, always.
The transition into cold weather & the march towards shorter days & the holidays always put me breathless, not to say most of the time spinning. 
And this year is no exception with the intense violence spread in the news everyday (national & international), and the transition from running 2 restaurants instead of 1...
Yet, this time around, I've never felt more energized.
Probably because more than ever, I grounded myself & went back to the essentials. 
Here are my basics, and how I draw energy, whether it be in work, a run at the park or a glass of red wine..

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On Letting Go: I Am Opening a 2nd Location!

In early November, I had had enough of it all. I had been searching for a full year for the right 2nd location- and the process had gone from being exhilarating and exciting, to utterly depleting. I had pushed myself, as I always do: going really fast, just go, go, go. 
And so by November, I gave up. 
Right at that moment, when everything about my project softened in me, well, the location came.
And of course, it had been there all along. 

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On Building Community

On a gorgeous spring evening last week, a dozen people gathered on the patio at ICI (now Maison May)
for the May edition of our community dinner series. 
Each month a handful of neighbors, customers 
& friends of friends join us for this special dinner. 
There is no agenda and the theme is very subtle each time. 
But the purpose is strong: by gathering around a table 
& sharing food, I aim to feed everyone's soul  & build a community.

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Cook, Connect, Build & Restore

Eating local food in Brooklyn certainly constitutes something quite different than what I was doing growing up in Provence, where all senses were easily activated in a rush of colors, smells, tastes.
However, in navigating the NYC landscape for the past 2 decades and learning how to source local food here, I managed to find a similar kaleidoscope of senses, and, more importantly, realize the impact on our community.
And along the way I developed a strategy to feed my family in a conscious yet efficient way & cook, connect, build & restore.

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Slow Food, Provençal Style

My aunt “Mine” was a serious cook, in a peasant’s intuitive, self-taught way. I never saw her look at a recipe book unless she was making a dessert, and she had the genius ability to produce an amazing dish out of what anyone else would have considered an empty fridge. I have many fond memories of her cooking, but my absolute favorite dish of hers was her ratatouille.

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