04 January, 2015

Bon Appétit!

In general there were three questions
asked after my return from Paris:
What did you see?
What did you buy?
What did you eat?
This was the most difficult
post to compose.
Hardly surprising when we consider how the textures,
aromas, presentation, and accompanying
soundtrack of conversation and clinking tableware
contribute to our dining experience
as well as the actual taste of the food.

Alors, in no particular order,
a few impressions:
Our breakfasts of variations on
 toast or croissants,
creamy yogurt,
and mandarins
were a delightful start to each day.
We cooked at home several times
with frozen selections from Picard (!)
or fresh-from-the-market ingredients.
Local-resident chic.
Omelette Concorde at Ladurée?
Delicious in it's simplicity.
The macarons purchased on our way out the door?
Everything I expected.
A leek soufflé with champagne butter
and caviar at Bon Marché?
(That's Naphtali's butternut soup in the foreground)
Fresh tomato basil soup on a rainy day stop at
Galleria Vivienne?
A reminder of why I leave certain
tasks to professionals.
Wine and frites to fortify us for the final
leg home on a late night.
The arrival of my chocolat chaud:
two small pots
- one of chocolate,
one containing hot milk -
flanking the small white cup
in which I will mix my own drink.
We scoffed at the warnings of the dangers
of sidewalk crepes - until we shared one.
Haricots, mushrooms and potatoes
will henceforth elicit
an inside-joke smile from me.

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