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A Marketplace of Ideas
Even at 22° F our favorite outdoor market in avenue du Président Wilson is a lively place on Wednesday and Saturday. The participants do more than buy and sell; there is always an ongoing, spirited exchange of recipes, with purchasers asking vendors how they would prepare a certain cut of meat or an interesting new vegetable. Fellow consumers often chime in with their own thoughts.
The below picture shows the stand of vegetable superstar Joël Thiébault — on his cellphone behind the red, carrott-filled basket. (If you are laughing at the term “vegetable superstar,” then you just don’t take food as seriously as the French.)
The renown of Thiébault’s market garden on the edge of Paris is such that top restaurants note on menus that their produce comes from the master himself. In fact, while the unwashed wait patiently in front of the display tables to buy, the chefs of grands restaurants — including our current favorite, Hiramatsu — busy themselves behind the stand, picking out just exactly what they need for the day’s dishes.
October 18, 2009
When Love Beckoned in 52nd Street
We were at San Francisco’s BIX last evening, enjoying prosecco, cheese, and a bit of music. A full year of inhabitation in Northern California has unraveled to me no decent venue for proper lounging, but…
October 9, 2009
D Afraid of a Little Competish
So our colleague and Dartblog writer Joe Asch informed me that the D has rejected our cunning advertising campaign. Uh-oh. The Dartmouth is widely known as a breeding ground for instant New York Times successes,…
September 4, 2009
How Regents Should Reign
As Dartmouth alumni proceed through the legal hoops necessary to defuse a Board-packing plan—which put in unhappy desuetude an historic 1891 Agreement between alumni and the College guaranteeing a half-democratically-elected Board of Trustees—it strikes one…
August 29, 2009
Election Reform Study Committee
If you are an alum of the College on the Hill, you may have received a number of e-mails of late beseeching your input for a new arm of the College’s Alumni Control Apparatus called…
August 23, 2009
Fare Thee Well, Tom Crady
And now Dean Tom Crady has precipitously announced his departure from the College after only 20 months on the job. How to read this? By way of background, prior to coming to Dartmouth, Crady had…
May 31, 2009
Kangaroo Court, Indeed
In an interview with The Dartmouth, alumni-elected trustee T.J. Rodgers ‘70 explained his reasons for declining to participate in future evaluations of trustees up for “re-election,” namely the “kangaroo court” nature of such discussion in…