Living in Paris for two years, I often wanted tasty "fast" food, and L'As du Falafel usually did the trick. On a recent visit back, I got to try out Pink Flamingo, a small chain with several locations including one by the Canal Saint-Martin. At this location, you can order your pizza, then take a balloon they give you down to the canal and wait for them to deliver it to you, by identifying your balloon. Since it was winter, we just got it to go and took it back to our apartment, where we enjoyed it under the comfort of modern-day heat. The pizza is tasty, reasonably priced, and there are some cool flavor options available. I enjoyed the Aphrodite pizza, which consisted of grilled eggplant marinated in garlic, olive oil, hot pepper, and homemade hummus.
After a whirlwind through Italy and New England, I'm back home. While I get settled and prepare some new posts, I thought today we'd talk pineapple. There's nothing quite like fresh pineapple. I can still remember bringing back a whole one after a high school band trip in Hawaii. So the last time I was at Trader Joe's, I decided to bypass the more convenient (and expensive) pre-cut pineapple for an entire fruit. Cutting it wasn't as difficult as I anticipated- my sharp knife came in handy. This dessert is indulgent, fresh, and simple. It would make a great finale to a dinner party, because not only do the flavors impress, but the presentation isn't too shabby either. I'm looking forward to making this for friends and family. Recipe here.