Buzz: Where Celebs Eat

Buzz: Where Celebs Eat

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Now you have acquired the Hermé (Pierre)
insulated sac – just thought I’d mention a neat design to carry the
champagne (perfect with Hermé’s pâtisserie and ice cream, darling). I
always scoff at ploucs plodding around with bulging purse belts poised
on their paunches, but Moet & Chandon have come up with something
terrific for the savvy traveller. “La ceinture mini Moet” glides around
the waist and contains 4 mini-bottles of bubbly, now you don’t have to
fret if you’re stuck in traffic you have a built in biberon holder.
Note the nice chrome fittings, and if you run out of champ, stick some
mineral water in!

Available from the Moet & Chandon boutique:
20 avenue de Champagne, 51200. Epernay.
T: 03 26 51 20 00

you been to KONG? No, not Hong but KONG. It’s the new watering hole
produced and directed by the lovely Laurent Taieb (Bon 1, Bon 2), décor
and costumes by Philippe Starck, music (c’est clair, no new canteen can
open its portes without the pulsating beat of the in-house CD by
Béatrice Ardisson. Oh! and the food! By Fumiko Kono and Richard

The set-up’s
chic n’ elegant, the “resting” actors/supermodels play their parts to
perfection. Coté cuisine, not bad if you’re into spaghetti japonaise,
legerement epicé, roast lamb, various tartar starters, always a few
dishes of the day, including sightings of Johnny Depp and Vanessa,
Serena and Venus Williams and Marcel Desailly; so frankly dear I don’t
give a damn about the food, just feed me celebs, celebs, celebs.

to spend about 40€ + wine (but including celebrity sightings) and check
out the chairs! Of course you know plexiglass is the new wood. Well
KONG’s are the Louis XV marvels, designed by Starck, inlaid with
feminine faces.

Immeuble du Pont-Neuf,
1,rue du Pont Neuf. 1st. (Metro: Pont Neuf)
Open 7/7 even in August!

want my weed-ridden old terrace revised and corrected by Pierre Yves
Rochon. He’s created summer-heaven in the courtyard at Le Cinq. “I’ve
discreetly highlighted the Art-Deco architecture”, he explains, as we
sip icy fresh orange juice cocktails. I want to slip off my Manolos and
run bear-foot over the cool marble floors – but don’t think Rochon
would approve, or maybe….

Le Cinq,
31 avenue George V, 8th (Metro George V).
T: 01 49 52 70 00

très tomate moi. So I’m off to the Chateau de la Bourdaisière in the
Loire Valley where there’s over 500 different types of toms to choose
from. I’m also hoping to bump into France’s answer to Mellors the
gamekeeper: Prince Albert de Broglie, the Prince Gardener. “I want to
seduce tomato lovers”, he admits.

Albie, don’t do this to me, I can’t keep my mind on the toms. This year
Albert’s flogging tomato allied gourmet products, sauces, chutneys,
jams, alcohols, face creams, perfumes, pharmaceuticals, sculptures,
recipes, demos…he’s turning into a proper Paul Newman. And you know
what, if you get in early you can stay at the Chateau (20 rooms) – have
breakfast with de Broglie (pronounced de Broy) even play a few sets of
tennis, or splash him in the piscine.

Le Festival de la Tomate,
13-14 September, 2003. but Chateau open from June-October.
Chateau de la Bourdaisière. 37270.
Montlouis sur Loire.
T: 02 47 45 16 31.

Then when I come back to Paris, tomatoed out, I’m booking in for tea (30€) at The Bristol.

de la Mode du Bristol”. Louis Feraud (20th September), Yves Saint
Laurent (27 September & 25th October) Escada 4, 11 & 18th
October & my favourite new couturier Vincent Dupontreué (does
couture jeans to perfection) 8, 15, 22 November.

here’s the delicious bit, Gilles Marchal, the Bristol’s too talented
pâtissier creates matching desserts! Le Gateau du Couturier being just
one of them, now I don’t know if the mannequins will nibble them, they
may not fit into the slinky clothes afterwards, but you and I will
devour them with gust! And, come the fin de l’année, Marchand plans to
publish the recipes, so the staff can cook them up at home. Yum! Oh, by
the way, if you’re one of the glamourous jet set BP Premium Subscribers
who only wear ze couture, arrangements can be made to transport you, by
limo, to the participating couturier. What more could you want?
Reserve on 01 53 43 43 42.

See you there then…

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Born in Hampton, Middlesex, UK, Margaret Kemp is a lifestyle journalist, based between London, Paris and the world. Intensive cookery courses at The Cordon Bleu, London, a wedding gift from a very astute ex-husband, gave her the base that would take her travelling (leaving the astute one behind) in search of rare food and wine experiences, such as the vineyards of Thailand, 'gator hunting in South Florida, learning to make eye-watering spicy food in Kerala;pasta making in a tiny Tuscany trattoria. She has contributed to The Guardian, The Financial Times Weekend and FT. How To Spend, The Spectator, Condé Nast Traveller, Food & Travel, and Luxos Magazine. She also advises as consultant to luxury hotels and restaurants. Over the years, Kemp has amassed a faithful following on BonjourParis. If she were a dish she'd be Alain Passard's Millefeuille “Caprice d'Enfant”, as a painting: Manet’s Dejeuner sur l’herbe !