France’s Environmentally Friendly Insect Farm

In Amiens (a town just north of Paris), a company called Ÿnsect is building a vertical farm that will be home to hundreds of millions of insects. Set to begin production in 2022, the farm will house an automated system for growing and processing “beetle larvae for use in products such as pet food, fertilizer and fish feed, as a way to dramatically shrink their …

Interview: Michelin-Starred Chef Romain Fornell on Barcelona’s Culinary Chops

Insight on Fornell's forthcoming Barcelona restaurant, Grand Café Rouge, opening in Odile Decq's Antares

In 2001, at 24 years old, chef Romain Fornell won his first Michelin star (for Chaldette in Lozère, France) and became the youngest person to achieve the honor. Four years later, Fornell earned his second, but it just so happened to come by way of a restaurant in Spain. This restaurant, Caelis (now a Catalan institution) embodies the exemplary, international cuisine of Barcelona. Since, it …

Word of Mouth: Île d’Ouessant, Brittany

A remote, windswept island of utter majesty and shifting weather

The name of the westernmost part of France, Finistère translates to the “end of the earth;” so does the region’s Breton name, Penn ar Bed. To set foot in Finistère—the department that includes the port city of Brest, dozens of small villages dotting the rugged coastline and a series of islands in the Celtic Sea—is to understand the gravity of these translations. No place in …