What kind of food is Cajun?

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I would describe it as the best kind of food, but itu2019s just a strong preference of mine.

I discovered it in the late u201860s and have loved it ever since.

,Cajun food is named for the Cajun people of the Southern Louisiana bayou areas.

These communities were populated by French Canadians forced to leave Acadia.

They speak a form of French and their culture is influenced by a large variety of groups.

,Cajun food is usually spicy with African, French, American Indian and Southern US influences.

The blend of cultures and ingredients produced a very creative cuisine with tastes particular to that part of the US.

,Their food often is based on a mirepoix of onions, bell peppers, and celery referred to as the trinity of vegetables.

A dark roux with a distinctive taste is often present and many recipes start with this line: u201cFirst you make a roux.

u201d Seasonings typically include cayenne pepper and garlic.

Rice is commonly served with these foods.

,Cajun food is common food while Creole food is u201ccity food.

u201d They are similar, but Creole foods often contain tomatoes, okra or file powder (ground sassafras leaves).

Creative Cuisine menu prices

Amidst the hundreds of great restaurants in Paris, there is a specific category which is both rare and fantastic: the reasonably priced Michelin-starred restaurants.

Although the Michelin star system might not be the greatest rating system in the world, at those restaurants, you are still guaranteed the best products, decent service, nice decor and creative cuisine.

What I can not guarantee though is that you can actually get a table within a reasonable time frame at any of those places.

,My trick is to visit those places for Lunch! Do it the French way: enjoy a hot but light meal in the afternoon and visit the bistro places in the evening for just a salad and some charcuterie.

nBoth your health and your wallet will be better for it :),One word of caution though (and thanks to Edmond Lau for the feedback): most of those places cater to business people during Lunch, it is very common to conduct business during lunch in central Paris and it is not the time to go out for Parisians so the atmosphere at the restaurants will be stiffer than in the US and you will be surrounded by people in suits and tourists basically, this can impact the atmosphere somehow.

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,Another important note is that this guide is a snapshot of prices taken in the summer of 2011 and that many of those restaurants change their menus and prices regularly, this is completely out of my control and the prices are purely indicative and should not be taken at face value.

,So here is my exhaustive list of the best value Michelin star restaurant and its companion Google Map with all details on website, phone number and address.

nPrices are to the best of my knowledge.

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and as of 2012!,Ze Kitchen Galerie *The best of Fusion (Franco-Asian) in a superb Loft, full of modern art and a completely open kitchen, very hip.

Lunch menu: 27u20ac incl.

drinks!n,n,Il Vino DEnrico Bernardo *This is just a fantastic concept: choose the wine and the chef will serve nthe food which goes with it! Oh and the Sommelier is the Best in the nWorld (2004).

Just a sensational place, finally someone brave enough to try a different concept.

Lunch menu: 29u20ac but really you need to take the 70u20ac menu with some of the best wines in the world included! Just great value.

n,n,Les Fables de la Fontaine *Bistro style place specializing in seafood with a super nice terrace.

Lunch menu: 35u20ac incl.

drinks!n,n,Le Restaurant *Restaurant of LHotel (duh!) the courtyard is fantastic in the summer for al fresco lunching.

Contemporary cuisine, avant garde but very good.

Lunch menu: u20ac42n,n,35u00ba Ouest *Everything simple and modern here, decor and food, emphasis on best products and great seafood.

Lunch menu: 32u20ac incl.

drinks!n,n,Sensing *The second restaurant of Guy Martin from top 3 star restaurant Le Grand Vu00e9four.

Again here the emphasis is on the finest ingredients in a very simple, minimalist setting (both on the plate and off).

Lunch menu: 55u20ac incl.

drinks!n,n,Jean *You feel very welcome in this place, nice decor and more classical French, plain very good food.

Lunch menu: 46u20acn,n,Auguste *Nice contemporary decor and a very colorful plate!nLunch menu: 35u20acn,,,Dominique Bouchet *What really sets this restaurant apart for me is the service, real top class.

The food is great as well as intimate as the atmosphere.

Lunch menu: u20ac46n,,,LAru00f4me *A very creative young chef supported by a world class Maitre D: French, chic, avant-garde but terribly good.

Lunch menu: u20ac37n,n,Au Trou Gascon *Rustic, very French, large helpings, foodies place, 1900 style decor, bistro atmosphere and yet it is one Michelin star quality place.

Lunch menu: 38u20ac incl.

drinks!n,n,Agapu00e9 *Minimalist decor, concise but enticing menu, a veritable foodies place.

Lunch menu at u20ac35n,n,Frederic Simonin *Brand new restaurant from a gifted Chef whos worked in the best kitchens in the world.

Delicate, modern cuisine in a black and white backdrop.

Lunch menu: u20ac38n,n,La Truffe Noire *This more of a thematic place, specialized in truffles and potatoes and for just u20ac36 you can get a real nice plate of black goldn,nA new addition for 2013:n,Itinu00e9raires *A young up and coming chef cooks with a ton of passion some very special produce, especially organically farm grown vegetables.

The setting/ambiance is maybe not as good as the food but this is very high quality for a cheap price: 29u20ac lunch but you really should go for the u20ac49 menu plaisir.

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n,,nAnd now for my top 3 nominations:,,La Fourchette du Printemps *Winner of our Cheapest Michelin Star Dinner in Paris! Bistro-style food nfrom chefs trained in many 3 stars.

Great stuff.

They used to have a 26u20ac lunch but had to stop because it was too busy.

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They now offer their Lunch menu for dinner as well which makes it quite good value.

nDinner menu at u20ac45 only!n,n,Bigarrade **The winner of the best value Michelin star restaurant in Paris at TWO stars and a lunch menu for u20ac35 I mean this is just perfection, unbelievable.

Open kitchen, mystery dish, its really a meeting of Art and Cuisine at its best.

n,n,SHOCKER SPECIAL: LAstrance ***This is simply the second best restaurant in France.

And the only reason its not higher is because it does not offer a full carte but only a fixed menu by genius Chef Pascal Barbot.

That fits perfectly our theme with a Lunch menu for only 70u20ac!nThis makes LAstrance, its 3 stars and #13 restaurant in the world, in my eyes, the best value Michelin star restaurant in the world.

n,

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Amidst the hundreds of great restaurants in Paris, there is a specific category which is both rare and fantastic: the reasonably priced Michelin-starred restaurants.

Although the Michelin star system might not be the greatest rating system in the world, at those restaurants, you are still guaranteed the best products, decent service, nice decor and creative cuisine.

What I can not guarantee though is that you can actually get a table within a reasonable time frame at any of those places.

,My trick is to visit those places for Lunch! Do it the French way: enjoy a hot but light meal in the afternoon and visit the bistro places in the evening for just a salad and some charcuterie.

nBoth your health and your wallet will be better for it :),One word of caution though (and thanks to Edmond Lau for the feedback): most of those places cater to business people during Lunch, it is very common to conduct business during lunch in central Paris and it is not the time to go out for Parisians so the atmosphere at the restaurants will be stiffer than in the US and you will be surrounded by people in suits and tourists basically, this can impact the atmosphere somehow.

.

.

,Another important note is that this guide is a snapshot of prices taken in the summer of 2011 and that many of those restaurants change their menus and prices regularly, this is completely out of my control and the prices are purely indicative and should not be taken at face value.

,So here is my exhaustive list of the best value Michelin star restaurant and its companion Google Map with all details on website, phone number and address.

nPrices are to the best of my knowledge.

.

.

and as of 2012!,Ze Kitchen Galerie *The best of Fusion (Franco-Asian) in a superb Loft, full of modern art and a completely open kitchen, very hip.

Lunch menu: 27u20ac incl.

drinks!n,n,Il Vino DEnrico Bernardo *This is just a fantastic concept: choose the wine and the chef will serve nthe food which goes with it! Oh and the Sommelier is the Best in the nWorld (2004).

Just a sensational place, finally someone brave enough to try a different concept.

Lunch menu: 29u20ac but really you need to take the 70u20ac menu with some of the best wines in the world included! Just great value.

n,n,Les Fables de la Fontaine *Bistro style place specializing in seafood with a super nice terrace.

Lunch menu: 35u20ac incl.

drinks!n,n,Le Restaurant *Restaurant of LHotel (duh!) the courtyard is fantastic in the summer for al fresco lunching.

Contemporary cuisine, avant garde but very good.

Lunch menu: u20ac42n,n,35u00ba Ouest *Everything simple and modern here, decor and food, emphasis on best products and great seafood.

Lunch menu: 32u20ac incl.

drinks!n,n,Sensing *The second restaurant of Guy Martin from top 3 star restaurant Le Grand Vu00e9four.

Again here the emphasis is on the finest ingredients in a very simple, minimalist setting (both on the plate and off).

Lunch menu: 55u20ac incl.

drinks!n,n,Jean *You feel very welcome in this place, nice decor and more classical French, plain very good food.

Lunch menu: 46u20acn,n,Auguste *Nice contemporary decor and a very colorful plate!nLunch menu: 35u20acn,,,Dominique Bouchet *What really sets this restaurant apart for me is the service, real top class.

The food is great as well as intimate as the atmosphere.

Lunch menu: u20ac46n,,,LAru00f4me *A very creative young chef supported by a world class Maitre D: French, chic, avant-garde but terribly good.

Lunch menu: u20ac37n,n,Au Trou Gascon *Rustic, very French, large helpings, foodies place, 1900 style decor, bistro atmosphere and yet it is one Michelin star quality place.

Lunch menu: 38u20ac incl.

drinks!n,n,Agapu00e9 *Minimalist decor, concise but enticing menu, a veritable foodies place.

Lunch menu at u20ac35n,n,Frederic Simonin *Brand new restaurant from a gifted Chef whos worked in the best kitchens in the world.

Delicate, modern cuisine in a black and white backdrop.

Lunch menu: u20ac38n,n,La Truffe Noire *This more of a thematic place, specialized in truffles and potatoes and for just u20ac36 you can get a real nice plate of black goldn,nA new addition for 2013:n,Itinu00e9raires *A young up and coming chef cooks with a ton of passion some very special produce, especially organically farm grown vegetables.

The setting/ambiance is maybe not as good as the food but this is very high quality for a cheap price: 29u20ac lunch but you really should go for the u20ac49 menu plaisir.

.

.

n,,nAnd now for my top 3 nominations:,,La Fourchette du Printemps *Winner of our Cheapest Michelin Star Dinner in Paris! Bistro-style food nfrom chefs trained in many 3 stars.

Great stuff.

They used to have a 26u20ac lunch but had to stop because it was too busy.

.

.

They now offer their Lunch menu for dinner as well which makes it quite good value.

nDinner menu at u20ac45 only!n,n,Bigarrade **The winner of the best value Michelin star restaurant in Paris at TWO stars and a lunch menu for u20ac35 I mean this is just perfection, unbelievable.

Open kitchen, mystery dish, its really a meeting of Art and Cuisine at its best.

n,n,SHOCKER SPECIAL: LAstrance ***This is simply the second best restaurant in France.

And the only reason its not higher is because it does not offer a full carte but only a fixed menu by genius Chef Pascal Barbot.

That fits perfectly our theme with a Lunch menu for only 70u20ac!nThis makes LAstrance, its 3 stars and #13 restaurant in the world, in my eyes, the best value Michelin star restaurant in the world.

n,

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A weekend trip in the winter to Flagstaff to enjoy the mountain country ( 2.

5 hour drive from Tempe) and go skiing at Snowbowl.

Sedona nearby.

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Hiking the many different trails in the Phonix area.

All levels available, from Easy to Difficult.

Excellent Mountain Bike trail biking available at the huge McDowell Mountain Park next to Fountain Hills Arizona ( 40 minutes away from Tempe).

Hiking: Camelback Mountain Via Echo Canyon Trail, or biking: Mountain Bike Trails near McDowell Mountain Regional ParkSchool sports activities.

Watch or participate as appropriate.

Great Basketball, Great Baseball, exciting and quite good football ( will be great one day again, Great golfers on the ASU team, great swimmers on the ASU team, etc.

( Many Olympians come from ASU athletic rosters).

,San Diego is 4u20135 hours drive if you want to go to the beach to chill a bit in the summer.

,Cooler months bring many events to the Phoenix area including the Phoenix Open, The Barrett-Jackson automobile auction, Art shows galore.

Scottsdale/Phoenix/Tempe have restaurant weeks with good prices to try prix-fixe menus.

Creative cuisine meaning

I will suggest China.

When you visit their startup restaurants and cafes, you will find a firework of creativity there.

,They basically combine everything with everything, leading to dishes and things you would never imagine before.

,Especially in Shanghai and Beijing, you can eat and drink some really crazy inventions.

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I owned a restaurant for six years.

,Doing that may have been the stupidest thing I ever did in my life.

It all started on a two-week backpack trip in Yosemite.

My wife Rosemary and I went by ourselves, and we planned to reach the point in Yosemite that is most distant from a roadhead, Benson Lake.

When we got there, it was amazingly crowded; we hadnt seen many people for days, but Benson lake had over a dozen groups.

They had all aspired to reach the most remote point of the park.

,It was also stormy and raining with intermittent snow.

My wife and I seemed to be the most experienced backpackers there, so we spent some time helping others.

One group consisted of workers at our favorite Berkeley restaurant, Beggars Banquet.

We spent a lot of time talking with them.

,We still had a week to go in our backpack trip.

We had no children (yet), and as a result, had some money to invest.

People had always liked Rosemarys cooking, and had told us that we should open a restaurant.

(That was just a compliment; Im sure they were never serious.

) If it had been a three day hike, it would have ended there, but we had a full week to go.

Rosemary thinks altitude sickness contributed.

By the end, we had become entranced with the idea and worked out a plan.

My sister Virginia was looking for a new job; maybe she would like to go to restaurant management school; that would be part of our investment.

,Three years later, in 1976, we opened.

We were part of Berkeleys new gourmet ghetto.

We were in competition with the much more famous Chez Panisse which likewise had recently opened.

(Our food was 80% as good, and half the price.

) My fellow professors at UC Berkeley wondered if I was giving up physics.

(Actually, Virgina ran it; I chose the wines, and went over the books with her once every month; my wife Rosemary was an architect, and she designed it.

) We had a motto: Eclectic Cuisine.

We hired local chefs, based more on their creativity and originality than on their experience.

In retrospect, that may be why we never made money.

,Six years later Rosemary and I had had two children, Virginia was anxious to move on (go into catering?), and we managed to sell the restaurant, and as a result, break even.

(That means our net profit was almost as good as we could have gotten by investing in a savings account of a bank.

) I now serve as a consultant for people who want to open a small gourmet restaurant: for a modest fee, I will talk them out of it.

Metro Cuisine

Living here in a metro area of the US, it is common for me to eat a different countrys cuisine every night for a week or more.

How common is that in other metro areas of other countries?,Americans are relatively very willing to try foreign cuisines, compared to people in many countries, and the USA is home to many immigrant populations.

The quality and authenticity of the foreign food, however, may be very poor, even in big cities of the USA.

,Elsewhere around the world, even in capital cities, communities or areas where foreigners congregate, and even in tourist resort areas, foreign food may be totally absent.

In many cultures, local people do not eat in restaurants at all, whether for economic, religious, or food preference reasons.

,That being said, many big cities around the world DO have some restaurants that offer a variety of foreign cuisines, but I found that such restaurants almost always were very inauthentic, sometimes in an attempt to accommodate local taste, and at other times, due to lack of essential ingredients at reasonable cost.

,In my experience, good food is hard to find in restaurants anywhere, even when the cuisine is native.

At least with native cuisine, thereu2019s a good chance that the cooks know what theyu2019re doing and their regular customers keep them from letting the quality drop too far.

If youu2019re smart, youu2019ll eat local, or eat where the cook knows the restaurantu2019s cuisine, has access to the appropriate ingredients, and has a clientele that appreciates good, authentic examples of the cuisine.

Even in the USA, those three considerations often arenu2019t observed.