Parisian Food Porn

Well, what can I say? I have well and truly left my heart in Paris. I completely and utterly fell in love with the city of light, but more to the point I fell in love with the Parisian cafe culture and the amazing food. I don’t want to bore you so I’ll just touch on the highlights of my trip…

Me and my friend Hannah arrived at lunchtime on Friday and both had a hankering for cheese and charcuterie or as Hannah would say…suspicious sausage, for which we both have a bit of a penchant. We were heading for the main drag in Le Marais when a small chalkboard at the entrance of an alleyway caught my eye. It led us down to a market called ‘Des Enfants Rouges’ where we sat down in a little courtyard belonging to a cafe called ‘L’Estaminet’. The waiter came and started telling us about their brunch special but only managed to get as far as the words cheese and charcuterie before we cut him off and told him we’d take two. He was a bit taken aback by our eagerness but we knew we’d made the right decision when this was placed in front of us – 

Charcuterie, large wedges of 2 types of cheese, creamy scrambled eggs, dressed salad leaves, pate, terrine, fruit salad, fromage blanc (kind of like fromage frais/quark), a basket of fresh bread, jam, a warm buttered scone, coffee and cloudy apply juice. I was truly in brunch heaven.

The next day we met my friend Camilla at a small cafe near Place d’Italie called ‘L’Oisive The’, which was a cafe crossed with a knitting yarn shop

It was very cute and did a great tea and carrot cake…

and cookie platter…

and had some very cute tableware…

Cam gave us an insiders tip off to a Bistro on the corner of her street called ‘Au Petit Panisse’ and for this I will be eternally grateful as I think I had one of the best meals I have had in a very long time…

Pate de Campagne ‘maison’ fois de volaille et raisins blonde (chicken liver country pate with grapes although we thought they were apricots) served with rye bread and an earthenware jar of cornichons…

Pave du Boucher, sauce poivree a la roquette (steak with pepper sauce served on amazing sauteed new potatoes)…

We spotted a desert on the menu that made us chuckle… Creme tendre du moment, cake tiede, which translated on babelfish comes out as ‘tender cream of the tepid moment cake’ we decided to bypass this and finished off with the ‘Tarte fine aux pommes, caramel au beurre sale (apple tart with a caramel salt butter). This was another tip off from Cam and definitely the piece de resistance of the meal for me. Even Hannah, who proclaimed she was too full, managed to help me polish it off. The salt in the caramel sauce wasn’t a prominent flavour but it worked perfectly to take the sickly edge off and add an extra yummy dimension…

I also loved the fact that the bill was served to us in an old sardine tin…

We did the prerequisite touristy meander down down the Champs Elysees and had a gawk in Laduree…

I’d read that you weren’t allowed to take photos but I managed to snap a sly one before I got caught and we had to make a quick exit…

On our last day we treated ourselves to a trip to Angelina, a tea room founded in 1903. 

The interior was designed by the famous Belle-Epoque designer Edouard-Jean Niermans and are still elegant and glamorous but with a shabby chic quality…

We shared the assortment of cheeses – Saint Maure, Reblochon and Cantal with copious amounts of bread and beurre…

and then Hannah had the coffee eclair that she had been lusting after all weekend and I just HAD to try their infamous ‘Mont Blanc’ whose recipe is still a closely guarded secret after 100 years…

It consists of meringue and whipped cream topped with a sweet chestnut paste….

yum yum.

I hope you managed to get through this artery clogging, food coma inducing post in one piece and that I’ve managed to convey via the medium of food porn the amazing-ness of my Parisian food experiences. Since returning to the real world I’ve been attempting a total detox in an attempt to try and lose the 3 bellies that they helped me to develop 🙂 

au revoir, et a la prochaine.

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