I was at a friend's house for dinner the other night and she brought out a package of coffee she had not yet tried. Did we want a cup?
Don't usually indulge in an after dinner coffee --unless it is decaf -- but one whiff of the incredible aroma from this unopened package immediately encouraged us make a fresh pot.
Wow! This was Monkey & Son, Organic Fook! blend and it did not disappoint. I like a full bodied, dark roast and this brew was rich and smooth with a strikingly fresh flavor.
Their website offers an array of light to dark roasts to suit all coffee palates with One to Four bean ratings marking the intensity of flavor. There is one decaf option and it is a lighter, Two Bean roast. I'm hoping they will add a Four Bean decaf to match the Fook! blend at some point. All the coffees they source are Fair Trade and Organic.
This coffee completely elevates the coffee experience and a happy new addition to my kitchen must-haves.
Walked by this cute little spot when I was in a fun, artistic neighborhood in the 13th, called Butte aux Cailles. Naturally, I had to stop in and sample their cuisine!
Indian Summer called for a chilled bottle of wine (French but with a wacky English name). It arrived in an unexpected ice bucket, setting the tone for a delightful, informal meal.
...their baby squid sauteed with piment d'espelette was spectacular. That spice is magical--and rarely used in the U.S., so I was eager to enjoy this mysterious blend of special red pepper flavor. It was put to good use here, adding a lovely, earthy zip to the seafood.
This little place is the opposite of traditional French restaurants with career waiters in white and black. The service here is friendly and relaxed with casually dressed young women taking our orders with professional ease. The appealing and imaginative menu is unpretentious, yet refined and offers inspired Global/French comfort food.
Chez NathalieAddress. 45 rue Vandrezanne, 75013 Paris, France. Tel: 01 45 80 20 42.