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DiningDiva | Sep 9, 201907:30 PM     3

Long ago in a San Diego far, far removed from today there was a fantastic little hybrid cafe, deli, charcuterie modeled after the bistros of France. That it happened in San Diego in the 1980s is nothing short of a miracle because no matter where Piret's would have opened, it would have been - and still remains - at least 20 years ahead of it's time.

You could have a meal, you could pick up some delicious salads or charcuterie all made in-house, you could take a cooking class, have a glass of wine, or tea and dessert. And all of it would have been well prepared, light and utterly delicious.

There was even a cookbook and yesterday the San Diego Cookbook Club meeting featured dishes from the Piret's cookbook. What a feast we had...Gingered Carrot Salad, French Country Pate, 2 quiches, Salmon Rillettes, a quinoa salad that would convert even the most stringent quinoa hater, Jack Monaco's (the former exec chef) marinated green beans, a Paris Brest and their world famous chocolate mousse all made an appearance. It was a walk down memory lane, but made all the more remarkable because the Piret's cookbook was published in 1985 and not one of the dishes seemed dated or obsolete. A testament to French food or good recipe writing? I'm not sure, all I know is that out of nearly 20 dishes there were no clinkers and I've got my copy of the Piret's cookbook on the kitchen counter so I can take a deeper dive.

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