This month we learn about the history of drinking in Belleville, a working class, multi-ethnic area going through a bit of a gentrification at the moment. Our guest Allison Zinder takes us back to a time when it was a village just outside of Paris producing cheap wine and packing its guinguettes with rowdy partiers and up and coming singers of the day. She also gives her tips on the best places to stop into for food and drink today.
Allison Zinder is a gastronomy and historical guide, blogger, as well as the head of academics at a hotel and restaurant management school.
Products, places and people mentioned in the History of Drinking episode
Casque d’Or movie taking place in Belleville
Belleville Park (highly recommended by Allison for its views over Paris)
Cocktail of the Month: La Zézette*
1 part Absinthe
7 parts sweet cold white wine
Mix together in a pitcher and pour in Absinthe glass (or other goblet or wine style glass) over ice cubes
Read about this cocktail and watch a video on Allison’s prior website here.
*zézette is French slang for vagina, primarily used when speaking with children
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