1.05.2010

Parisian Food Porn

In my Professional Opinion, ALL statues should be kissing statues.


Bonsoir, everyone! Thank you so, so much for your wonderful comments. I'm sorry I haven't had time to comment back, but I'm loving them all. Thanks for sharing in my excitement and for the fantastic tips. My to-see and to-eat lists are growing long.

(Especially huge thanks to Sarah — who is in Italy right now! — for the tip about the annoying bracelet dudes around the Sacre Coeur. Wow. You weren't kidding.)

I've had a request for pictures of food — thank you, Mariah! — and I am more than happy to oblige:


Nutella and banana crêpe = edible magic


The window display at Gregory Renard.


Onion soup! In France! Which means it's . . . yeah.


The last few days have been COLD — tiny painful fingercicle cold — so when I ordered the onion soup, I also wanted a warm drink. Unfortunately, I was under a bit of pressure to order quickly. So I flipped over my menu to the beverage section and scanned frantically.


ME: [thinking] UMMMM. Look for familiar words! Familiar words! FAMILIAR WORDS!

ME: [blurting aloud] Lait chaud, s'il vous plaît!

WAITER: Merci, madame.

[Twenty seconds later.]

ME: Wait. Did I just order . . . hot milk?


Yes. Yes, I did.


At least dairy in France is exceptionally delicious. And it was all frothy and stuff. And hot. And did I mention how *cold* it is here? So it turned out okay.

(Still. I ordered HOT MILK, you guys.)

I made up for it that evening with chocolat chaud (hot chocolate) at Angelina. Three people have recommended it to my sister and I, so we had to try it!


AAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!


Heavy and sinful, topped with fresh rich whipped cream.

And, of course, I had to try their macarons. Clockwise, from top left: mandarin/passionfruit, Mont Blanc, dark chocolate/raspberry, matcha/chocolate.




Very pretty, though [I almost feel bad to type this] I've had tastier macarons in America! Ack! The mandarin/passionfruit was the yummiest. It had this neat delayed zing.

And my sister ate this. We forgot what it was.




Again, pretty. But not nearly as tasty as the hot chocolate. When Jarrod visits later this month, I'll return with him and stick to the chocolat chaud!

But never fear with the less-than-perfect pastries. Today I spotted a Ladurée truck! As far as macarons are concerned, Ladurée is a Big Deal. I'll definitely be stopping in at least one of their shops.


They should have an armored guard behind that thing.


Oh. And I also saw this. I'm not sure what it is, but it was really really tall, and I saw a bunch of people making ridiculous poses in front of it.

So I figured I'd better make one, too.


Au revoir!

27 comments:

  1. Oh, you are CUTE.

    CUTE, CUTE, CUTE.

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  2. YUMMY!

    I went to Paris on my honeymoon (ten years ago - omg). My favorite food (besides the ridiculously awesome fruit tarts my husband kept stealing from me) was Croque Madame (I'm sure I'm missing accents marks in there somewhere). Mmmmm...

    Oh, and there was this place that had awesome pizza right near Notre Dame. (Yeah, I ate pizza in Paris.)

    Have fun!

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  3. Love love love the picture of you and the food is to die for!!!

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  4. Ahh Ladurée has a shop in Harrods in London. They're chocolat chaud is off the scale aswell, I love it so much!

    What did you think you were ordering when you ordered "lait chaud?" :O

    xxx

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  5. Banana and Nutella crepes are my absolute faves. Your pictures made me want to lick my monitor. :-)

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  6. YUMMM! And if you're taking picture requests, then I request more ridiculous poses!

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  7. Your Eiffel Tower photo is adorable!

    *goes to make hot chocolate, although it won't be as good*

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  8. Mmmm. Chocolat chaud chez Angelina. You can't beat it. I'm not a big fan of the Macarons so i didn't really eat those. Too bad they weren't up to snuff at Angelina.

    As far as desserts go in France, I loved the tarte aux fruits best esp. the ones with the tiny wild strawberries. They have such an amazing flavor. Chausson aux pommes (like apple turnover sort of), pain aux chocolat and les réligieuses (double decker cream puff/choc. éclair in one--they sort of resemble nuns, thus the name) were other faves.

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  9. Dude, you totally have something pointy sticking out of your head in the last picture...just thought you should know....


    Shelley

    P.S. I have given up the word Dude as my New Year's resolution, and you totally made me use it! Great. Now I owe Cali another quarter. Oops. make that 2

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  10. I SO want to be there right now! Although, as I'm sure your fabulous husband has told you, the weather here is freezing as well, so you're not missing much around these parts. Keep taking food pictures, and PLEASE keep misordering things in French- surprises are the best! :)

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  11. yay I get to live vicariously through you. YOu go girl! (PS Im so jealous right now. Maybe Ill just have to go to Paris texas!

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  12. Crepes! Mmm....
    Oh, and I had to chuckle about the onion soup. I didn't see that one coming. I'm tired. And jealous!

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  13. You've gone and made me hungry. I can't believe you ordered hot milk. So funny. Love your picture.

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  14. Man, looks like you're eating a LOT! I can't believe you accidentally ordered hot milk. Oops!
    I personally am PSYCHED that it is cold here. And snowing today!!!! YAY! I hope it sticks, and then you'll get to see Paris all WHITE! Yay! It's white in Antony, so I don't know why it hasn't decided to stick in Paris. :-(

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  15. Oh my... the nutella and banana crepe and the macarons sound AMAZING, as does the hot chocolate. When I was in NYC I passed up the opportunity to try the famous hot chocolate from Seredipity and now I really wish I wouldn't have. At least all the walking will counter the extra food intake! :D

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  16. I totally want a reality show of your life in Paris! This is so much fun to follow!! And please do more food pics. incredible!

    AND, can we interview you about all this on our blog?? We would love love love to!

    (when you get back of course)

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  17. You were not kidding about the food porn. Yum!

    I'm so glad you're having a good time! :-)

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  18. oh my god you're killing me with the food pictures!

    sad announcement - i've never had a macaron...

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  19. Oh Steph, loving the posts and living vicariously through your Parisian adventures. Eat enough macarons for ALL of our vicarious living! Many, many macarons, and many, many cups of chocolat chaud. (Love the lait chaud, esp because that is so something Anna might have done :-)

    xo

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  20. You're making me homesick. :(

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  21. it all looks incredibly beautiful, I'm miss Paris!

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  22. Heaven!!!

    And, I'm heading out to buy some Nutella. It tastes really great when you lick it off your fingers, too.

    sf

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  23. I ate banana and nutella crepes all the time when I lived there. Had to walk instead of taking the subway so I could continue to eat them! lol

    So living vicariously right now- your posts are bringing back all kinds of good memories :-)

    If you get tired of French food, some of the best Middle Eastern and Chinese food I've ever had was in Paris.

    Bon appetit!

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  24. Oh, for the love of all things caloric and heavenly! These posts are such fun, Steph.

    And you are really adorable in Per-eee!

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  25. Hey! We were in Paris at the same time. But that's not the hugest coincidence considering... I don't actually know you. I saw the link to you on Laini's blog. But now that I've discovered your blog, I would LIKE to know you. You are so cool!

    Angelina's? OMG, yes. Three times. That was my breakfast this morning. I just got back home this afternoon. (Which is not so far away--I live in Spain.)

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  26. I've gained 5 pounds just reading your blog!

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  27. Haha, you're welcome!

    Those food pictures look amaaaaaazing. And I have to admit that I laughed about the hot milk, which I'm glad turned out okay. (But it was more laughing with you. Cuz I didn't always know what I was doing ordering in Italy...)

    I'm having so much fun reading about your Parisian adventures--thanks for posting!

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