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Paris Update This Week’s Events

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French film with English subtitles
> Lost in Frenchlation shows Hélène Angel's Primaire. Cinéma Le Brady, Paris, Feb. 24

Virtual reality on show
> Virtuality will host speakers and networking sessions on this hot topice. Centquatre, Paris, Feb. 24-26.

Contemporary textile art
>Miniartextil is an exhibition of new textiles from around the world. Le Beffroi, Montrouge, Feb. 22-March 19.

A barnyard in Paris

> The Salon International de l'Agriculture brings the best of the country's livestock and crops and the products made from them to Paris. Porte de Versailles, Paris, Feb. 25-March 5.

Before and after ecological disaster
> The Chic Planète festival presents two types of films, those celebrating the bounty of the earth and science-fiction views of what will happen after an ecopalypse. Forum des Images, Paris, March 1-April 13.

Paris semi-marathon
> Starts and ends on the Esplanade du Château de Vincennes, March 5.

French film with English subtitles
> Lost in Frenchlation shows Matthew Lancit's Flâneurs (Street Rambles). Cinéma MacMahon, Paris, March 3.

Literary conversations
> The festival New Writings, New Styles brings well-known Irish and French writers together to discuss contemporary literature in the two countries. Irish Cultural Centre, Paris, March 3-4.

Indian film scene
> The festival India Express takes a tour of new and classic films focusing on the subcontinent’s major cities. Forum des Images, Paris, through Feb. 26.

Young European photographers
> The Festival Circulation(s) features emerging photographers. Centquatre, Paris, through March 5.

Frank Capra Retrospective
> The great American director in the spotlight. Cinémathèque Française, Paris, through Feb. 27.




Rodolphe Paquin

King of Terrines
Favors Seasonal Cuisine

Paris Update Rodolphe-Paquin Le-Repaire-de-Cartouche

Rodolphe Paquin: rural roots, sophisticated cuisine.

Rodolphe Paquin, 43, a.k.a. “The King of Terrines,” grew up on a Normandy farm, studied hotel management then made his way to Paris where, for 16 years, he has presided over the kitchen of Le Repaire de Cartouche in the 11th arrondissement – to the delight of diners, who for reasonable prices can enjoy creative seasonal cuisine in a friendly ambiance.

Paquin’s rural roots are perhaps most evident in his terrines. His recently published book on the subject, Terrines (Keribus), has already sold out and is on its second print run. But rural does not equal simple – his culinary style is quite sophisticated. In the terrines, for example, ingredients range from sweetbreads and liver to monkfish, sardines, summer vegetables, grouse and pears.

For the last seven years, Paquin has offered an €18, three-course lunch menu that could be one of the best deals in town. He took time out from cooking recently to chat with Meg Bortin of The Everyday French Chef.

For Paris Update, he shared some of his favorite things:

10 Questions for Rodolphe Paquin

What is your favorite...

Dish when dining out?

Pot-au-feu. I don’t make it often at the restaurant because, contrary to popular opinion, it’s rather expensive.

Dish when dining in?

Pasta with eggs and cheese. Kind of like a carbonara minus the cream.


Le Cirque Eloize. They’re acrobats. I took my daughter to see them, and they were fantastic.


François Hadji Lazaro. He does punk rock.

Book of the moment?

Actually I prefer reading the magazine Géo.

Vacation destination?

Anywhere, as long as it’s by the sea.

Leisure activity on your day off?

Bike riding and cocktail hour.

Paris restaurant?

Le Repaire de Cartouche, of course! But when I go out, I like Dans les Landes, a bistro on Rue Monge in the fifth.

Paris bar?

Le Bar des Artistes. It’s around the corner on Rue Crussol.

Paris neighborhood?

Along the Seine. I go walking there.

For a full interview with Rodolphe Paquin, go to The Everyday French Chef.

Meg Bortin

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