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BoBo is a French expression, short for Bourgeois Bohème, and it pretty much describes who we are.

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Friday, May 28, 2010


...Thursday evening, Grange Park, Toronto
Ontario College of Art & Design Building by Will Alsop

Art Gallery of Ontario, south face of the Gehry addition

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Parisian memories

Recent news of a big art heist at the musée d'art moderne de la ville de paris brought back memories of a visit to the area last autumn.
The 16e arrondissement is not really our style (nor our snack bracket), so we're not too familiar with its charms. But indeed, they seem to be many, not the least of which are those quintessential elegant tree-lined Parisian streetscapes whose images we're all so familiar with. Immaculate limestone buildings with gleaming brass doorways. Cars with 'drivers'. Staff in uniforms. You get the idea.We had visited the Palais de Chaillot previously, and that was our initial destination once again on a drizzly Wednesday last October. The present day claim to fame of this Palais is that its broad terraces afford the most picture-perfect views of the Eiffel Tower just across the Seine, so there are always throngs of tourists. (oh, & apparently the plazas & fountains make a sick skateboard park)
On this particular day, the view was a little soggy, but how can you NOT have a peek & snap a few shots, even if you already took the same ones a few years back?
Our objective was to view an exhibition that had been mounted in the cité de l'architecture et du patrimoine (the right wing in the aerial shot above) featuring the concepts of ten teams of world-renowned architects & urbanists for the future of Paris. Fascinating stuff, but a little heavy going if French isn't your usual tongue.
After leaving the exhibition we browsed the book shop (why do you always find 20 books you absolutely MUST have when you're inconveniently a few thousand miles from home?) and admired the bright modern café.
From the Palais de Chaillot, we were headed to the Fondation Pierre Bergé - Yves Saint Laurent via a street that would let us take a passing look at the Palais de Tokyo. The Palais is a lovely '30's era structure quay-side on the Seine, composed of two wings surrounding a colonnaded court. The west wing (left, below) is simply known as the Palais de Tokyo while the east (right side) is the (now infamous) musée d'art moderne de la ville de paris. We had heard that the palais had undergone a fairly radical renovation a few years ago & we wanted to have a look.
A quick peek into the courtyard before entering revealed a curious interloper perched on the rooftop.
More on this little guy later...
The Palais de Tokyo houses exhibitions of 'a la minute' art, and the renovation architects, Lacaton et Vassal, decided that stripping the interiors down to their original bones was the best way to provide suitable facilities.
And we have to say that the approach makes for a stunning contrast with the genteel exterior of the building (& by extension, its posh neighbourhood)
Above photo is from the architects' website.
Above, the bookshop. Two great ones in a single day was torturous!
Below, our shot of the lobby space. It seems to have been tweaked a bit since the date that the architects' photo was taken, principally by the addition of a gift shop to complement the bookstore, in the location where the ticket trailer originally stood. The giftshop is outlined in pink neon & offers some pretty crazy keep-sakes!
The wares are displayed in glass-fronted coolers, and in fact you can even buy cans of cold Sapporo beer from one of them.
Gotta love the "choking hazard" warning on the Johnny Rotten doll package. Back in the day we're sure there were many who choked on their tea when they set eyes (or ears) on the Sex Pistols!
...and if only this would have been able to fit in our suitcase...

This display explained the beautiful & mysterious glass cube on the roof.
Apparently there is a bit of a history of installing fabulous spaces up top. Previously the same corner had been occupied by a tiny 1 room hotel known as the Everland. Hotel Everland had been transported from its original home on the shores of Lake Neuchatel in Switzerland, to Leipzig in Germany, and finally to Paris for a 2 year run (till spring of 2009)
Following the Everland's closing in the spring, Nomiya at the Palais de Tokyo was installed as a culinary concept piece in a collaboration of the musée & Electrohome.

The following is from the website Scene Advisor:

"Nomiya, which was designed by French artist Laurent Grasso, is a 12-person izakaya, and will stay up for one year. It's part of the Culinary Art Home project between Electrolux and the Palais de Tokyo and is designed to resemble the interior of a glass gift box; one that just happens to have a spectacular view of the Eiffel Tower.

The cutting-edge space isn't merely a dinner destination with a panoramic view of the capital, but also features a program that includes cooking classes and afternoon workshops in the vegetable garden. But, aside from the originality of the project, most will make their way here for the cuisine of
Chef Gilles Stassart.

The rectangular glass box is limited to 12 people, dining at a communal table, and serves lunch and dinner daily. Chef Stassart...cooks alongside a few sous chefs at a cooking station. Nomiya is part of a year long culinary project sponsored by Electrolux. The whole endeavour was the appliance manufacturer's idea; a collective art exhibit that belongs to the artists with a common interest in creating unforgettable experiences around food."

David Lebovitz has a detailed review and delectable food photos in a post from his blog here.
It looks to be a completely magical experience. But you'd better hurry, it's only around till July of this year!

Nomiya at the Palais de Tokyo

Next time we're in Paris, we will most surely be planning on a proper visit to the Palais de Tokyo & its sister institution next door, le musée d'art moderne de al ville de paris.
Let's hope their treasures are recovered very soon...

Palais du Tokyo
13 Avenue du Président Wilson
75116 Paris

Thursday, May 20, 2010

Wouldn't you love to be best friends with Nigella Lawson?

Think of the glamorous life, riding round to all the shops with her driver, cooking together in her fabulous Belgravia kitchen, getting up in the middle of the night during sleep-overs to go down & raid the fridge together....we bet old man Saatchi's wine cellar's not too shabby, either!

Well, if we can't have the real thing, we'll take solace in the next best: Nigella's Thai Yellow Pumpkin & Seafood Curry. Like your best mate, it's hassle free, always forgiving, will back you up in the face of a hostile crowd, and is never ever tiresome. In fact, we've always taken advantage of its forgiving nature by substituting butternut squash for pumpkin, and never once has it complained.

The seafood called for in this curry includes salmon & prawns, and again we test the friendship by substituting large shrimp for the prawns.

We picked up our salmon, which they kindly dressed for us, at Mike's in St. Lawrence Market.

Also at St. Lawrence we re-stocked the freezer by picking up some fresh lemongrass. And after a few years we finally tossed out the curry paste from the condiment rack in the fridge door & started fresh. (interestingly, the new stuff wasn't nearly as spicy as the old- does it increase in intensity the longer it's kept?)

Back in a kitchen much more modest than Nigella's, the ingredients are laid out.
A suitable wine is selected & put to chill. Our selection today is a nice Ontario Gewurtz, which interestingly enough turned out to lack a bit of the acidic backbone we would have preferred for this curry. Next time we'll try a Niagara Riesling.

Above, the stock (curry paste, coconut milk, clam juice, lemongrass, turmeric, lime juice & fish sauce) with the squash added. The green strips are the slivered lime leaves.
Below, the salmon is added right near the end.
Next, the shrimp...
...and finally the bok choy and we're ready to eat.

Again we personalized by serving this pickled papaya, discovered in Broadview/ Gerrard Chinatown, as a side condiment. Crunchy, sweet & tart, with a real chili kick!
The finished plate, served with rice & topped with chopped cilantro.

A table set for 3; Nigella, Jay & Bee.
Alas, our chum was a no show. We guess she couldn't make up her mind which cardigan to wear. We understand- these decisions are not to be made lightly.

From a New York Times article:

"Ms. Lawson, 47, said she had always worn these sweaters to suit her body. 'The only small parts of me are my waist and my wrists,' she said. 'I’m pretty bosomy with a very small waist, and if I wear something that’s not tight on the waist, I look like Mama Cass.'
'...The camera on television can’t distinguish between empty fabric and full fabric, and if you wear empty fabric, it looks very bulky,' she added. 'The three-quarter length sleeve is more flattering to the wrist, and I don’t want sleeves in my food.
And if you wear sleeveless after a certain age, you shouldn’t be beating eggs.' "
Wise words from our girl.