Friday, March 25, 2011

History Lesson: Henri IV

Bonne cuisine et bon vin, c'est la paradis sur terre.
Good food and good wine, these are heaven on earth.
The quote is attributed to Henri IV, le bon roi, a Huguenot for the history books. He was right about a lot of things in his time - religious tolerance, marrying Medici women, ending civil wars - but the aforementioned piece of wisdom is one for the ages. And not a one of us at Gastronomista HQ would dare to think otherwise.

But even bon vivants get the blues. Cramped in small offices, staring at computer screens until our eyes glaze over, we often forget that all we need to bring some cheer back into our lives is a good meal and a bottle of wine, preferably shared with friends whose sparkling wit helps smooth away the dull patina of the work week. Sometimes all we need is a little reminder.

The secrets this little bird could tell you.

Enter Paristic, an inventive French e-commerce site offering alternatives for wallpaper at a fraction of the price. Graphic Montmartre skylines, trompe l'oeil window decals, a string of birds on a wire, these large-format stickers are a welcome addition to any room in the house - ok, ok, apartment (can't a girl dream?) Think of them as giant Post-It notes gently reminding you that there's always something to look at outside your window, that beauty can be found in unexpected places and, occasionally, that one cooks pasta by first choosing a large pot.

We like these for the kitchen:

How to cook pasta

The Fab Five: Rosemary, Coriander, Anise, Parsley, Tarragon

Cupcake Corner

The definition of kitchen
Translation: Kitchen.
Room of the house where one cooks things. To bring provisions into the kitchen. Kitchen utensil. Chef, garcon, kitchen helper. To build a kitchen is to provide sustenance. In a new house, one must first build the kitchen. Good food and good wine, these are heaven on earth. Henri IV.
Like we said, lest you forget.

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