I love the French bistro culture; I could spend hours lounging in a cozy space drinking wine or coffee. If you’re not familiar with this culture, or love it and want more of like I do, you should check out Daniel Young’s The Bistros, Brasseries, and Wine Bars of Paris.
First the book breaks down the difference between these 3 things:
- Bistro: a small, informal restaurant serving a few simple, hearty dishes
- Brasserie: a larger, cafe–restaurant providing continuous service and rough–and–ready food
- Wine bar: a place with a large selection of wines by the glass and light bites to go with them
Daniel also introduces many of his favorite spots and their classic recipes, like Warm Almond Cake with Caramel Cream. Mmmm…
Recently, the special markets team here at Harper took a break from work to hang out at Papillon Bistro near our office.
Good times were had. It wasn’t Paris, but it sure beats the office!
Cool place that sells copies of The Bistros, Brasseries, and Wine Bars of Paris:
- The Cheese Importers in Longmont, CO (pictured below!)