Odette l’auberge urbaine

Oh quelle longue absence…! Je fête mon retour en ce temps hivernal avec une très jolie adresse dans le coeur de Paris qui saura réchauffer vos petits coeurs. Odette est le restaurant de l’hôtel 5 étoiles Maison Albar, un bel écrin lumineux et moderne, voûtes en bois découpé et détails cuivrés, dont la carte est signée de la Maison Rostang – du grand Michel Rostang, chef 2 étoiles.
Je viens tester le menu des fêtes de fin d’année : pour une entrée en matière, un crémeux de betterave et son crumble de parmesan gourmand, suivi d’un carpaccio fondant de saint Jacques aux agrumes et citron caviar, des étoiles dans les yeux pour un foie gras poêlé et ses mangues juteuses, ou une tendresse rare d’un chevreuil accompagné de chou et de céleri. Je vous laisse la surprise pour la fin…

Menu à 85€ par personne
Servis au dîner entre le 20 décembre et le 2 janvier
ainsi qu’au déjeuner le 25 décembre et le 1er janvier

Odette L’Auberge Urbaine
23/25 Rue du Pont Neuf
75001 Paris

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10 ways to reduce waste !

If you want to be more eco-responsible in your everyday life, but you don’t know where to start, here are 10 easy tips to get you started!

1. Buy in bulk

Many organic stores already offer to buy in bulk to avoid plastic packaging and food waste. I particularly like The Naked Shop, with tailor-made dispensers: shampoo, soap, laundry, dishwashing liquid, cleansers… Everything is self-service, just badger a card and fill a glass bottle (a returnable bottle available in two sizes). Even raw materials can be purchased for the creation of your home care products and cosmetics.

The Naked Shop
75, rue Oberkampf
Paris 75011

If you don’t live in Paris, you can also find all the stores that sell in bulk around the world on the site Consovrac.

After your shopping, you can store everything in pretty jars.

1. Glass and cork jar / Ikea / 14,90€
2. Mason Jar / Le Comptoir Americain / 8,90€
3. Ceramic jars / Maisons du Monde / 25,98€

2. Ban plastic bags

Fortunately we see less plastic bags than before but they are still there and keep destroying our oceans… To shop, let’s take our cotton tote bag, pretty or wicker basket, and opt for natural and sustainable materials, rather than polluting plastics. Whether you are more mini basket or maxi totebag, there is something for everyone! And we can push the exercise further by focusing on eco-friendly brands like Matt & NatEllen & James, or e-shop Natifs..

1.Handmade straw bag / Soeur / 95€
2.Cotton totebag / Monoprix / 19,99€
3.Jute basket / Emoi Emoi / 55€
4.Natural shopper bag / Zara / 29,95€
5.Paper shopper bag / Zara / 29,95€
6.Leather shopper bag/ Zara / 99,95€ 

3. Make your own compost

Green waste represents 30% of our waste and can reach up to several million tonnes per year for a country like ours. The benefits of compost are numerous: not only is our waste recycled, but it can be used as a natural fertilizer for our plants. There are several types of compost adapted to your desires and means:

1.Bamboo compost bin / Maisons du Monde / 27,99€
2.Lombricomposteur / Cityworms / 79€
3.Compost bin / Joseph Joseph / 24,99€

4. Change from disposable to durable

Whether for tableware or everyday products, we think sustainable: we replace cotton swabs with the earwig, plastic toothbrushes with wooden or bamboo toothbrushes, disposable cotton with washable cotton… And if you go on picnic, forget about plastic plates and bottles, and buy a nice well equipped basket!

1.Bamboo straws / Cookut / 14,90€
2.Bamboo toothbrush / Smiloh / 7,90€
3.Makeup removers cotton / Clarange / 29€
4.Picnic basket/ Natures et Découvertes / 149€
5.Aluminium bottle / Grand Tétras / 39€

5. Repair broken objects instead of throwing them away

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I recently discovered the Murfy website that I found really great. I used their services for my cook who was down, and the service is very responsive – you can make an appointment overnight in any time slot – and it costs only 75€.

6. Ban aluminum foil and plastic film

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You can use a cloth cover to cover your salad bowls. You will find a tutorial here to make one yourself here, or if you are not very manual, you will find on Etsy.

7. Make your own cleaning products (and cosmetics)

Coffee DIY Body Scrub

Not only will you save money, but you will also avoid questionable compositions of many industrial products, filled with chemicals and endocrine disruptors, harmful to our health and the planet. You will find many recipes of toothpaste, lip balm, hair masks on the site Bio à la Une, or this stain remover on the super ecological site made by my good friend Leila, En Vert et Contre Tout.

For example, you can recycle your coffee grounds to make a body scrub (2 spoons of coffee grounds mixed with 2 tablespoons of vegetable oil such as coconut, olive, almond, jojoba,…).

For dishwashing liquid, all you need is:

– 0.5 L of water
– 50g of Marseille soap flakes (can be mixed with liquid black soap)
– 1cc of baking soda
– 1 tablespoon white vinegar
– 1s of soda crystals
– 10 drops of lemon essential oil

Bring the water to a boil and add the grated soap until it becomes liquid. Out of fire, add the baking soda, then the white vinegar, soda crystals and lemon essential oil. Mix everything and let cool one night. Mix again and pour into a suitable bottle.

8. Change the way your drink coffee

Yes, let’s avoid machines…! You better favor an Italian or piston coffee maker that does not produce waste. For capsule systems, if you do not want to get rid of your machine, there are biodegradable capsules, which I told you about in this article or here. You can also drink an organic and fairetrade coffee, certainly a little more expensive, but that will sustain lives small producers and preserve our planet.

1.Biodegradable capsules / Cap Mundo / 3,50€
2.Piston coffee maker / Bodum / 47,95€
3.Filter coffee maker / Kinto / 200€
4.Filter coffee maker/ Chemex / 43€
5.Ethiopian H3 bio coffee / Terres de café / 11,50€

9. Sort corks

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Cork is transformed into ecological insulation for homes. We put aside our corks and we can leave them in collection points!

10. Switch to sustainable kitchen utensils

Les découvertes de la semaine sur Pinterest #2 – Au coin des rues

It is thought to replace the towel all with tea towels, paper towels by napkins, …

As for sponges that we tend to throw regularly, we can even replace them with washable sponges! You can even create your own tawashi, a Japanese concept of sponge knitted from recycled rags, tutorial here or here.

I hope you liked this article and that it will be useful for you, it took me a while to write :-)
For other tips, you can also read the pretty blog Bloomers, and most importantly, do not hesitate to share yours in comments here, on Instagram or on Facebook!

Good seed makes a good crop

As Libération reported last year, a small revolution took place after a new law was voted by the European Parliament, allowing the sale of peasant seeds for farmers. They were no longer forced to be under the influence of some giants like Monsanto (as you know they produce and impose seeds but also pesticides such as glyphosate…).

Unfortunately still today, farmers, plant breeders and seed creators have long been asked to breed for yield, uniformity and shelf life but at the expense of good food and nutrition.

Dan Barber, pioneer chef in the restaurant industry and co-owner of Blue Hill Manhattan and Blue Hill Stone Barns, is going beyond farm to table with his new collection Row 7 Seed. Continuing on his journey to reimagine food from the ground up, he has partnered with plant breeders to breed organic seeds for deliciousness.  “By working together in the field and kitchen, they test, taste and market delicious new plant varieties to make an impact in the soil and at the table”.
On their website you will find their seeds to buy but also pretty recipes

I also recently discovered the Italian brand Piccolo, which offers seeds in lovely graphic and colorful packaging. You just want to collect them all! Vegetables and plants chosen with care, ideal for growing in pots and which will fit perfectly in any terrace garden space. Each seed pack is provided with its practical guide. Kits with accessories for passionate gardeners are also available on their online shop!

You will also find organic and ancient varieties of seeds on La boîte à graines or on the website of Kokopelli association, which claims the right to sow freely, the use of medicinal plants or the outright abolition of agriculture and medicine based on death, chemicals and genetic chimeras.

Frères Ibarboure

I take you a little beyond Paris today, on the side of the Basque Country, this beautiful green region, which offers many local products that we hasten to bring in our suitcases.

The Table Ibarboure is the only starred restaurant of the region for more than 30 years between Biarritz and Saint-Jean de Luz. A true family institution, it is today the young talented brothers Patrice (pastry chef) and Xabi (salt cuisine) who took over this pretty house nestled in the heights of Bidart, a few steps away from Guéthary. We quickly fall in love in this warm and pleasant place, with its family spirit.

The chefs invite us to a trip between land and sea, a particularity of the Basque Country which offers indeed rich local products (sausages, pigs, …) but also fish and shellfish. From the appetizers, the tone is given: we travel, certainly, but even beyond the region. We are taken to Asia with exotic notes that give the final touch to each dish, like when the cod plays with yuzu, or this homemade smoked trout (melting!) that wraps around a wasabi mayonnaise. The ball of tomato “tourin”, a traditional soup of Gascony, explodes in mouth ; the green pea ice cream and arabica coffee is sublime and delicate.

The entrées are creative and each plate is more suprising than the previous one. The bonito – which just got out of the water in Guéthary – subtly blends with miso and raw Arbonne cream, coriander seeds. The langoustine carpaccio is a real masterpiece in itself, its lemon cream is fabulous, black garlic, crispy shellfish chip and pike egg, adorned with garden flowers and puffed rice.

A walk in the woods with this sublime tricolor ravioli (dough with ceps, nature and parsley), and ceps, chanterelles, mushrooms in pickles, foie gras and its perfect quail egg. We continue with the astonishing encounter of the 16-week-old duck and mussels, enhanced by the acidity of a Taggiasche olive and coated with a foie gras sauce.

The wines are selected with care and are beautiful discoveries. Some are from the region and are almost all organic and biodynamic, and each bottle has its history, told with passion by the master sommelier.

The desserts are sculptural: the revisited mojito consists of a white chocolate disc, a mango ice cream, and a sparkling combination of pineapple and frosted mint, all topped with pulled sugar and coconut. Speaking of sugar… Pascal Ibarboure’s sculptures in sugar and chocolate are breathtaking, you can see them in the different rooms of the cottage. He has just won the prestigious title of Meilleur Ouvrier de France this year, and he deserves it! I appreciate all the more these desserts because they are very poor in sugar, which is to me the ideal way to finish this sumptuous meal; as with the Ghana’s chocolate and sesame seed tile, cardamom ice cream.

The chef Xabi, without his brother who just came back from the MOF contest

If you are in the Basque Country you must go there, and if you are not there, then you must plan to go!

La Table des Frères Ibarboure
Chemin Ttalienea
64210 Bidart

Open everyday except Mondays and Wednesdays
Lunch menu – 45€
Dinner menu dîner – Tasting 115€ / 5 courses 99€ / 4 courses 82€ / 3 courses 65€

Festive recipes

Are you searching for your Christmas menu? Don’t panic, you will find all my festive recipes right here, just click on the pictures !

For the appetizer…

Polish Blinis

Beetroot salmon gravlax

Litchees homemade foie gras

For the entrées…

A cold (or hot) beetroot soup

Thai baslic, pimiento and saffron shells

To go with your poultry…

Red oignons pickles

A butternut and apple chutney

For dessert…

A red berries bundt cake

A coconut and passionfruit Christmas log

A gluten free pear and chestnut Christmas log

Chocolate candied oranges


Gift ideas under 15 euros!

You have not finished making your gifts yet, are you running out of ideas? Do not panic, here are some tracks for small budgets…And stay tuned for other ideas!

1/ Clutch Delfonics x Redfries – Delfonics Carrousel du Louvre (15€)

2/ Chocolate almonds – Le chocolat des français (13€)

3/ Curry salt – Nicolas Vahé (11€)

4/ Coffee Himalaya Bourbon Rouge – Terres de Café (10,90€)

5/ Lemon juicer Diego – Cookut (13,90€)

6/ Thé Chaï Cederberg – Paper & Tea (11€)

7/ Le Petit Manuel de la Bûche – Marabout (15€)

8/ Mug monogram – Anthropologie (10€)

9/ Jeans apron – Amazon (10€)