was walking down the Quai de l’Hôtel de Ville on a recent warm summer
night and passed by the outdoor tables of Le Trumilou.
I like eating outside on a terrace in Paris but when they implemented the
non fumeur law
in France for restaurants cafés, the smokers went outside. It was kind of
vexing because it was so nice that everyone could go outside and enjoy
the fresh air. But now the air was so smoky that if you don’t want
to smell that while you are eating, you have to go inside. I think
it’s time for separate areas, or to limit people to two cigarettes per
meal, like the airlines do with drinks? A restaurant I worked at in
California back in the day had a smoking section and even the
waiters who smoked didn’t want to wait on those tables because people
smoked so heavily.
people want to smoke, that’s fine with me. But as someone who spent most
of his life cooking in restaurants, surrounded by very good cooks, I
can’t recall any of the good ones smoking. The worst thing to me is to
walk by a restaurant and see the cooks standing outside, puffing on
cigarettes. How can they taste the food? (I worked for a chef that
wouldn’t even let us drink soda, for that reason.) A good friend who
works for a French agricultural associate said that the situation
will definitely change, in spite of the fact that more people –
notably women and
– are smoking in France than before. My apartment is surrounded by two
offices and I can’t open the windows during the day, which is a shame
when the weather is so accommodating.
doesn’t have a lot to do with Le Trumilou, except I didn’t notice a lot
of people smoking on the terrace, which faced a busy street next to the
Seine. And it seemed like it’d be a good place to spend a summer evening,
as I was dying for some fresh air, eating authentic,
old-fashioned French cuisine, without a lot of frills or fuss.
the French have a reputation for not working hard, which actually isn’t
true, especially if you go to a bistro like Le Trumilou. The staff is
well-dressed, in starched aprons and tight bow ties, and always do a
good job racing around and serving the customers, whether they are
locals or tourists. One waiter was even asked by a passing group of
tourists to take their picture in front of the awning for the restaurant,
and he happily obliged.