It's a modest neighborhood mom-and-pop or should we say mere-et-pere cafe nestled among several industrial buildings in east Santa Monica, and it happens to be one of the most authentically French restaurants you'll find in Southern California. You squeeze into your little wooden table, read specials off the chalkboard and parlez francais with the waiter. Where else can you get sand dabs, pate with cornichons, and cold poached salmon, all for a relative song?
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Photo by Anne Fishbein IT'S MID-SEPTEMBER AND TEMPTING TO BELIEVE THE HEAT IS OVER. Mornings are cool; the air has a delicious snap. We dig out a sweater -- remember sweaters? Every year, we fall for this illusion. Every September, ...