L’auberge Chez François

Medallion of beef tenderloin, Béarnaise Sauce, organic vegetables and Quy enjoying raspberry soufflé for dessert.

Quy is one of my oldest and dearest friends. We’ve matured through the trials and tribulations of life, while maintaining a fabulous sense of style and “side-splitting” humor.

We are consummate “foodies”, who share an ardent interest in food outside of hunger. Lately, we’ve challenged ourselves to choosing restaurants written up in the Washington Post, social media, or word of mouth to critique and analyze. I enjoy finding dishes on the menu, which we taste, then write down the ingredients to take home and remake.

First on our list was L‘Auberge Chez François in Great Falls, Virginia. This Alsatian restaurant is famous for its authentic pasta, tarte flambée [which is equivalent to pizza [but much better], cabbage dishes, charcuterie or their bake specialties. These recipes are from this Germanic region of France, lying on the west bank of the river Rhine along the Vosges mountains.

The medallion of beef tenderloin with Béarnaise Sauce and the onion soup gratinée are two dishes I want to recreate.

Here are two articles regarding Alsatian cooking-

Home-Style Alsatian Dishes
Saveur, Sep 18, 2009

Washington Post article by Laura Chase de Formigny

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Taste of LA

The Pink Taco on Sunset Blvd has a vibe that rock’s no matter what time you arrive. This was the first restaurant I frequented upon arriving to West Hollywood years ago, and on each visit must return for their pitcher of margarita’s made with organic agave and fresh lime, and to sample the shrimp or fish taco!

Nate’n Al’s is a Beverly Hills delicatessen, and is the perfect spot to lunch before flying back to the east coast. It’s the only place in Los Angeles that makes a fabulous cup of coffee, serves cold, crunchy pickles and makes the best Matzo Ball soup. The “corned beef” Reuben on rye is a must, and please don’t leave Los Angeles without trying either the corned beef Reuben called The “Hollywood” or tasting the Nate’n Al, which is pastrami with a wondrous Russian dressing.

Also try these establishments:
Wood + Vine
6280 Hollywood Blvd at Vine Street


The Thompson HollywoodRooftop Terrace for cocktails after a day of museum hopping. The 360 degree view of LA is a great way to relax with hors d’oeuvres and crisp Napa wine.

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