Europe is for (Food) Lovers: Part II Paris

August 21st, 2012

Oddly enough, before flying to Paris the last thing I ate in Prague was a crêpe from a food stand at the pop-up market in Old Town Square. In case you’re wondering, it was a chocolate and banana crêpe, about a foot in length and every bit as delicious as you’re imagining. So with the fitting send-off, I was ready to take on the food scene in Paris.

 

Fresh Cheese - Rue de Seine

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fresh cheese selections at a Sunday street market on the Rue de Seine.

 

Salad with Smoked Meat

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

We noticed that a lot of the salad choices came topped with smoked meats – and this huge portion was deliciously satisfying.

 

Glaces - Eiffel Tower Ice Cream Stand

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

An ice cream stand right in front of the long lines of the Eiffel Tower…genius! The pistachio flavor was a huge hit.

 

Apple Tart with Vanilla Ice Cream - Paris, France

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You can’t be in Paris and not indulge in dessert. This is a classic apple tart a la mode.

 

Chocolate Lava Cake with French Vanilla Ice Cream

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My favorite of the sweets I ate in Paris (besides the macarons) was this chocolate lava cake with French vanilla ice cream.

 

Cave La Torelle - Rue de Deine

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This is a typical French market, fresh produce outside with other grocery items inside. There are very few supermarkets in Paris like those we are accustomed to in the states as Parisians prefer to buy very fresh and typically stop by the market at least 3 times a week, if not every day.

 

Croque Madame

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This signature French dish – croque madame – was served on the perfect piece of crisp, thinly sliced bread. The croque madame is a variation of the original croque monsieur that adds a fried egg to the famous hearty snack. A croque monsieur consists of a grilled ham and cheese served open face atop a crisp slice of bread.

 

Tartine Italienne at Café Reale

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This tartine Italienne at Café Reale in the jardin des tuileries in Paris was a great choice for a refreshing lunch on a hot day of sightseeing. Artichokes and mushrooms on a thick slice of cheese-topped dough (sort of like a Sicilian pizza) served cold with a side of pesto greens.

 

Parisian café scene

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I just love this shot – so exemplary of the Parisian café scene. Outdoor seating, people milling about and even a man playing an accordion!

 

Maison Georges Larnicol in the Saint-Germain-des-Prés neighborhood Macarons display

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The beautiful and mouthwatering macaron display at Maison Georges Larnicol in the Saint-Germain-des-Prés neighborhood.

 

Chinese Fortune Message - A part of us remains wherever we have been.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

My first day back at the office, this is the fortune cookie I got.  I couldn’t have scripted a more poetic message to welcome me back from a wonderful and memorable trip.

 

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