Jo­hans­son opens Paris pop­corn shop

The Sun (Malaysia) - - ENTERTAINMENT -

HOL­LY­WOOD actress Scar­lett Jo­hans­son ( right) has opened a pop­corn shop. Not just any old pop­corn joint but a gourmet one in Paris, the gas­tro­nomic cap­i­tal of the world.

The 31-year-old singer and model was also there to serve cus­tomers with her own fair hand.

The star of Lost in Trans­la­tion and Un­der the Skin worked be­hind the counter to scoop up truf­fle, parme­san and sage­flavoured pop­corn – her per­sonal favourite – to pun­ters at the re­cent soft open­ing of her Yummy Pop shop in the city’s Marais dis­trict, her spokesman told AFP.

The con­cept is a labour of love with her French hus­band, ad­ver­tis­ing ex­ec­u­tive Ro­main Dau­riac.

And the cou­ple hope that if their “Real Ver­mont Ched­dar” and other savoury and sweet recipes are a hit, they will open other shops else­where.

Her spokesman in Los An­ge­les said the actress was truly pas­sion­ate about pop­corn, adding that it was cooked and mixed fresh on the spot with sea­sonal in­gre­di­ents.

The cou­ple worked with chef Will Horowitz of Ducks Eater and Harry and Ida’s in New York on their menu, which also in­cludes pop­corn that comes with sea salt and olive oil, “Real Ver­mont Maple”, straw­ber­ries and cream and choco­late cov­ered straw­ber­ries.

Dau­riac’s sis­ter man­age the shop.

Jo­hans­son’s tim­ing could not be bet­ter. The French cap­i­tal is cur­rently rid­ing a wave of Amer­i­can-in­flu­enced food trends, from brunches and ar­ti­san cof­fee shops to ham­burg­ers, with some 70% of restau­rants putting them on the menu, ac­cord­ing to a re­cent study.

Jo­hans­son’s spokesman said the Paris shop would close af­ter its soft open­ing so that “they can fine tune every­thing with what they’ve learned from the cus­tomers be­fore the grand open­ing”, which is likely to be be­fore the end of the year. – AFPRe­laxnews will

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