By Damien Jaques Senior Contributing Editor Published Jun 07, 2012 at 9:58 AM

The last few summers in Milwaukee and Paris. We are gobbling cheese steaks, falafel and Korean barbecue tacos from food trucks. Parisians are eating stinky cheese, molar-cracking bread and sauteed snails in bistros.

Who do you think is having more fun?

But that has changed this year. American-style food trucks have jumped the Atlantic and are showing up on Paris streets.

Take a look at this story in The New York Times.

Damien Jaques Senior Contributing Editor

Damien has been around so long, he was at Summerfest the night George Carlin was arrested for speaking the seven dirty words you can't say on TV. He was also at the Uptown Theatre the night Bruce Springsteen's first Milwaukee concert was interrupted for three hours by a bomb scare. Damien was reviewing the concert for the Milwaukee Journal. He wrote for the Journal and Journal Sentinel for 37 years, the last 29 as theater critic.

During those years, Damien served two terms on the board of the American Theatre Critics Association, a term on the board of the association's foundation, and he studied the Latinization of American culture in a University of Southern California fellowship program. Damien also hosted his own arts radio program, "Milwaukee Presents with Damien Jaques," on WHAD for eight years.

Travel, books and, not surprisingly, theater top the list of Damien's interests. A news junkie, he is particularly plugged into politics and international affairs, but he also closely follows the Brewers, Packers and Marquette baskeball. Damien lives downtown, within easy walking distance of most of the theaters he attends.