We visited St. Eustache on our way to Montmartre. It was stunning. Could even be my favorite church of the trip... Better than Notre Dame. It was started during the middle ages and finished during the renaissance. It was the church where mozart's mother had her funeral and where Louis XIV took communion. There are several paintings by Ruebens and an altarpiece by Keith Haring within.
I am a thirty-something waiter who lives in Boston, MA. My formal education and background are mostly in the arts, and I have over ten years of experience in the food and beverage industry. I hold degrees from the Cincinnati Conservatory and New England Conservatory, and have wine certificates from Boston University and the Wine and Spirits Education Trust. I love dining out, cooking, exploring Boston, going to museums, travel, seeing shows, playing the piano and the oboe, singing, and writing about it all here on my blog.
The name, Citrus Quark, comes from an ingredient used in one of the best things I've ever eaten... sweetbreads with whole wheat waffle, smoked maple syrup, and citrus quark. Quark is a type of fresh cheese similar to yogurt. I recommended this dish to almost every table that walked into my section, so it became my nickname. It also suits my fastidious personality and it has become an inside joke amongst myself and friends, often speaking it with an affected British accent.
Biodynamic farming is a polycultural and holistic method of growing crops. It advocates for the use of a complete energy cycle on the farm, from earth to plant to animal and back. One in which the quality of the soil, plant, and produce is equated to the energy cycle within the entire ecosystem. It emphasizes the whole plant, encompasses the entire yearly calendar, and aims to strengthen the relationship between the plant and all energy influences, solar, lunar, astrological, etc. It uses a calendar which explains the best time to stimulate and treat each part of the plant in order to result the best effect. Biodynamic farming also allows for experimentation within given principles and practices so a farmer can tailor to the needs of his own estate. ~David Mitchell, Violette Wine Imports
Some people like to paint pictures, or do gardening, or build a boat in the basement. Other people get a tremendous pleasure out of the kitchen, because cooking is just as creative and imaginative an activity as drawing, or wood carving, or music. ~Julia Child
A gourmet who thinks of calories is like a tart, who looks at her watch. ~James Beard
I like to have a martini, Two at the very most. After three I'm under the table, after four I'm under my host. ~Dorothy Parker
While it is true that many people simply can't afford to pay more for food, either in money or time or both, many more of us can. After all, just in the last decade or two we've somehow found the time in the day to spend several hours on the internet and the money in the budget not only to pay for broadband service, but to cover a second phone bill and a new monthly bill for television, formerly free. For the majority of Americans, spending more for better food is less a matter of ability than priority. ~ Michael Pollan