Sunday, April 22, 2012

Our Restaurant Tour

After Crêperie Josselin, we continued to have wonderful meals.  We ate at Cafe Constant the next night, returning because we'd had such a good meal there the last time we went.  Ryan couldn't resist starting with an order of foie gras and we both had duck for our main course.  It was so tender it was falling off the bone.  The duck was accompanied by a little round of duck and mushrooms, topped off with a bit of mashed potatoes.  It was pure heaven.  For dessert we shared a floating island, which frankly, isn't either of our kind of dessert. I'm not really sure what happened there.  This restaurant is very tourist friendly, with an English menu and plenty of English speaking waitstaff.  However, it doesn't sacrifice it's quality in order to please foreign palates.

Our next meal was at Chez Les Anges which is pretty much the best restaurant we've been to in Paris.  It was so good.  And with the main course, they give you these mashed potatoes which are not so much mashed potatoes as a delicious vat of butter with perhaps some potato and maybe truffle oil added.  No idea what they put in them, but they are insane.  The crowd is incredibly local, which means no English menu, although the staff kindly translated. 

Both Cafe Constant and Chez Les Anges are within walking distance of the Eiffel Tower, which means that both nights we went for a little stroll over to see it all lit up.  Too pretty.  If your timing is lucky you can even catch it sparkling.

Our next three meals were slightly less impressive, but still quite delicious.  All three featured English menus and staff that spoke English which made the dining experience really easy (also less exciting, someday I'll tell you about Liz and the chicken livers).  We ate at La Marlotte, Maison du Jardin and P'tit Troquet.  Oh what I wouldn't give to be back there now.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Crêperie Josselin

I have twice flown into Paris arriving on Easter Sunday.  Despite a rather passive view of religion, France is a Catholic country, which means that on the Easter holiday things tend to be closed.  Luckily, one of the most wonderful crêperies in Paris remains open.  After a long day of traveling, I'd probably choose a crêpe even if I had a world of options. What could me more comforting when you are exhausted than a soft, savory buckwheat crepe filled with gruyere cheese, mushrooms and country ham? 
Right, maybe a small pitcher of house wine?  That would help?  Don't worry, they sell that too.

And for dessert, we shared a sweet crêpe filled with fig jam.  So delicious!  Josselin's menu is conveniently in both English and French, so will friendly even to inexperienced visitors to Paris.  I didn't find out if the staff spoke English there, my French was tolerable enough that no one switched, but I'm pretty sure you'd be all set with the pointing at the menu to order method.  Wine and cider is sold in small pitchers 25 cl or 50 cl depending on your thirst.  You can also pay through the nose for bottled water (that shit ain't cheap) or order "une carafe d'eau".  Seriously, if you're the kind of person who is okay drinking tap water, that should be one of the few phrases you master.  You'll save enough to buy yourself a nice Parisian present.  If you do want to order bottled water, be prepared to tell them "sans gas" if you like still water because they always want to know if you want it sparking (carbonated) or not.

I'm not the only one who loves Crêperie Josselin, Dave Lebovitz loves it too!

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Home at Last

We made it home around 9:30 last night.  We'd been up for 22 straight hours, traveling (it's amazing how many connections you're willing to agree to when the flights are paid for by miles rather than your money).  I'm crossing my fingers, but I think we may avoid jet-lag entirely.  Food updates to come later this week!

Saturday, April 7, 2012

April in Paris

I'm off to Paris! I will return in a week in order to properly brag about all the delicious things I have eaten.  A bientot!


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