Thursday, December 18, 2014

Samaya

December 16, 2014 by  

One rainy evening on my way back from a full day of walking around and enjoying the beautiful city I’m now claiming as my 3rd home (San Francisco, of course, being second), I decided to give in and stop into Samaya, which was a few doors down from my apartment. I walked by every day, and it always smelled so wonderful… and I love Lebanese food quite a bit, which made it all the more enticing. Unfortunately, this is the only photo I wound up taking of my kofta sandwich – with Fanta, of course (I am OBSESSED with European Fanta; real sugar, real fruit juice, and delicious!). The fries were nothing to excite, but the kofta sandwich – expertly wrapped such that I could eat it without it falling apart all over me – was excellent. Soft, heavily seasoned meat, tender and juicy, with a lovely mix of greens, tomatoes, and hummus inside it. So tasty – I was extremely pleased that I’d decided to follow my instinct and try the place. If you’re near the Eiffel Tower and want a snack or something heavier,... [continue reading]

Creperie Beaubourg

December 5, 2014 by  

Creperie Beaubourg

While I was in Paris, I actually went on a date with someone. The most ridiculous meet-cute you’d ever hear (waiting in line to buy fruit on Rue Cler, someone began chatting with me and he offered to show me around the next day; it turned out he’s a former chef under one of the rare MOF… I don’t know how these things happen to me, but it was cute!), so we met up the next day after I visited Notre Dame and we started with lunch at a random cute cafe nearby. Especially when he explained that this type of food is his regional specialty… Crepes. Time to share a little bit more about me: I don’t like crepes. I really dislike pancakes about 90% of the time, and I always want crepes to be crispier counterparts to pancakes, and they just never are. I received a lot of recommendations to have crepes in Paris and I just smiled politely and demurred. But when someone has offered to show you around and seems excited to have you sample crepes from his region of origin… you just do it. And I’m glad I did. My... [continue reading]

La Cantine du Troquet

December 3, 2014 by  

La Cantine du Troquet

When I arrived in Paris, my hostess mentioned to me that there was a place very close by that was quite lovely, low key, not expensive, and run by a celebrity chef. I tucked this information away in the back of my mind, and one night when I decided that I wanted to eat dinner that wasn’t just baguette, meats/cheeses and a whole bottle of wine to myself, I headed over there. After a brief wait, they settled me into a table – where it seemed like everyone was like “une personne? oui?” with incredulity and shock. Maybe a little judgment. But eh, so what – I can’t be bothered with people who want to question why an American girl would be dining alone in Paris. The menu was fairly brief, which made choosing all the easier. I started off with a glass of rosé because why not? Plus it was like 5 EU and eh. I started off with a plate of charcuterie, figuring it would be a nice little nibble to start – 15 EU – so when it came, I was pretty surprised at how huge it was. Two different types of terrine/pate,... [continue reading]

Le Petit Cler

December 1, 2014 by  

Le Petit Cler

On a lightly rainy day, I headed over to Rue Cler to walk along the stalls and stalls of fruits, veggies, and restaurants to peer and poke. I wound up buying muscat grapes, which were good but pricy – and filled with seeds, some Zespri kiwi, and a lovely baguette from the famous bakery that’s there. After a bit of walking, I decided I needed sustenance and picked what looked like a not-very-crowded cafe. Unfortunately, French service being what it is, I had a very dismissive server who insisted I sit on the very outside because “you are only one, and these tables are for 3 and 4″ – mm hmm. I wound up getting rained on, until he noticed my glares, and adjusted the awning to include me underneath it. Le sigh. One of the fun things I noticed in Paris was every cup of coffee – which, again, I ordered with my lunch – comes with a piece of chocolate or a cookie. This time was Valrhona – yum! Another great cup of coffee, despite the rather bland service. Really great people watching. A friend... [continue reading]

Laduree

November 26, 2014 by  

Laduree

I’m really stubborn. After a long morning of trying to find this place without internet service and misunderstanding my map search while I had service, I arrived and discovered that 1- everything was super expensive and 2- the menu didn’t have anything that strongly appealed to me. After 5 minutes of waffling and indecision, I forced myself inside. Spoiler alert: I’m glad I did. First: my black coffee. I know a lot of places and people thought I was weird for constantly ordering coffee with what was essentially lunch, but I found it impossible to find a place that would just serve me coffee to start my day, so I had to order it often with my first big meal of the day. I love coffee in Europe, and I just needed to have it every chance I could. Anyway, Cafe Laduree as they called it was thick, creamy, and delicious – without any sugar or milk, of course. I eventually decided on the Salade Laduree, which had dried tomatoes, thin potato crisps, asparagus… and these amazeballs mini burrata. They were described... [continue reading]

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