Sunday, March 18, 2018

Chicken Pastilla : A savory delight.

The very first time that I tried Pastilla in a Parisian restaurant, I fell in love with this dish. So why not try to recreate it myself and I was amazed at its success on the very first trial. It’s a savory delicious dish with copious portions of butter and a true delight both during its cooking and while devouring it.

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Best view of the highest and whitest peak of Europe : Mont Blanc

'Europe's Highest Point' on Google search may yield wierd questions like "Is Jungfrau the highest mountain in Europe?". Well, as a little reminder of our high school geography classes, the highest peak in Europe (west of the Caucasus Mountains) is Mont Blanc soaring to 4810m and it lies in the French Alps. Having returned from my ski vacation in the French Alps, I thought of writing up this post in tribute to that majestic peak. Here I will list out some locations and towns from where you may enjoy some of the best views of the Mont Blanc range.

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Arles, where Van Gogh found his inspiration.

In the 1860s a few young painters were routinely rejected by the Académie des Beaux Arts of Paris for not portraying historical and religious themes in their paintings. This forced the then Emperor Napolean III who was already out on war against the Academy to organize the Salon of the Refused and this gave birth to a new art movement, that of painting landscapes and still life, just in the way they appear in reality, the Impressionism. Quoting Manet, these painters actually did what they saw. This blog post is about a town in Southern France, so how does this movement fit there. When the artists of Paris were revolutionizing art, the brother of a Dutch art merchant arrived in the city in 1886. A self-taught painter, initially disapproved art as being merchandise, came to be inspired by the impressionists of Paris. Here amidst Monet, Renoir, Manet, Cezanne, Toulouse-Lautrec, Degas and others, he found his own art form and thus from the young rebel painter, Vincent Van Gogh, another complementary art form, the post-impressionism was born. But he did not stay for long in the capital; his quest for tranquil and unique experiences led him south, to the town close to Marseilles, Arles.