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It's 8 O'Clock, Do You Know Where Your Chickens Are?


If they aren't on Laurie Pike's plate at Cafe de Flore, they're going to jail. That's what my friend Chantal told me last night (over lamb and mushrooms cooked by Mark), that the French are all being made to fence in their chickens to prevent bird flu, and here's more on that from MSNBC.

This means no more free-range chickens in France, which, she says, makes a difference in the taste. She told me her brother in Correze had to put chicken wire all around his chickens, top and sides, so there's no mixing with wild birds, and she thinks he'll probably need to put a tarp over the top, too, lest any wild birds drop any "presents" into the chickenry. But enough about impending doom! Here's Laurie with her eggs.


Now, Laurie is the editor of, but she's also a Paris blogger, with a great site,, that will soon be called I met her ten years ago in Los Angeles, via a New York friend I called "Cowboy Bob." She's bought a Paris apartment, which she's renting, on rue Nobel in Montmartre, near the funicular, for any who know Montmartre.


Here's the whole table.


I had rillettes de canard (a kind of duck or goose paté) on toast.

And now, I must run. Back to Flore for breakfast with fellow former Detroiter Sue Rynski, who's now taking art photographs in Paris. I'm bringing her Elmore Leonard's Killshot, which has just been turned into a movie with Diane Lane, Mickey Rourke, Johnny Knoxville, and Thomas Janes, as Lane's ironworker husband.

Posted by aalkon at February 16, 2006 11:36 AM

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It's pornographic... Not the slender, groomed woman smiling in a form-fitting sweater... But those EGGS! Check out the yolks on those suckers!

Posted by: Crid at February 16, 2006 1:14 AM

Laurie is a smart lady for finding Lena et Mimille -- it's in a tiny backstreet off Mouffetard. Get on over there and quit hanging around tourist traps in St. Germain!

Posted by: Stu "El Inglés" Harris at February 16, 2006 6:14 AM

Those bright orange yolks ARE the right color, of well-fed hens that run with roosters (and that's not all they do with the roosters!)

Portable fenced runs still allow the chickens freedom with protection. Out here in the Southwest ("I say theyah son, you ain' no...uhh... chicken hawk!") we have to protect our chickens from wildlife.

Or simply get your own chickens... --MaryK

Posted by: MaryK Croft at February 16, 2006 6:37 AM

[Homer voice] Mmmm....cornichons!!!! [/Homer voice]

Posted by: deja pseu at February 19, 2006 4:20 PM

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