Gérard Depardieu has a huge appetite. most actors that i have met, demonstrate a sort of hunger. possibly a hunger is necessary for their craft. in his case, i understood, that it was clearly, not only a hunger for his craft, but for everything that life brings. this is what i defined in our brief encounter. in rome, a few years ago, our paths crossed. there are certain individuals that can give the impression of being larger than life. seeing him on the screen, had left me with just that impression; that he was overpowering. when meeting him face to face, he was not what i had expected. he was not physically overpowering and he spoke softly. he was charismatic. and yes, definitely larger than life. we spoke about food. his appetite was evident. he told me how much he liked all things italian. that his favourite cuisine was italian; not french. he was quite enthusiastic about the quality of italian food, and felt that italian cuisine was most appealing, because it was straightforward. i shared that i enjoyed eating and cooking, but not just as a distraction. cooking for me, had become a creative process. i felt that cooking was an art form, that required engaging the senses in various ways. to cook well, one could acquire skills, but a point of reference and an innate sense of balance was ultimately more important. he was in complete agreement. Gérard Depardieu offered an invite to his reataurant in paris, france, La Fontaine Gaillon. some months thereafter, i did go to La Fontaine Gaillon, and since then, every time that i am in paris. this luvFAB restaurant is on 1 rue gaillon, and in a beautiful structure, that dates to 1672. from the outside it appears to be quite large, and yet there is an immediate coziness; resembling the proprietor. the cuisine is quite good, decidedly french and straightforward. the fish and seafood are without exception the freshest, and cooked just right. the restaurant uses italian olive oil. a simple balance of flavours and ingredients. during the warm months, it is alluring to eat in the terrace overlooking the lovely historic fountain. there is a je ne sais quoi about this venue, that feels just right. when i am in paris, i find that i crave returning to La Fontaine Gaillon. this hunger is appetite for thebestdressup now!
monday night is black out for many venues in the city of lights. lights, camera, action, at La Fontaine Gaillon, with or without Gérard Depardieu. when in paris, monday night at La Fontaine Gaillon, is a luvMUST for thebestdressup now!
the lovely fountain, overlooking the terrace, is a parisian monument, built in 1707, by Jean Beausire, who was Louis XIV architect. sitting here, you will experience, a je ne sais quoi, that will leave you craving to return. perhaps gerard and the putto, from the fountain, cast a spell on you. the je ne sais quoi could be enchantment. this is food for thought for thebestdressup now!