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If I could go back to Paris for just one day

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Breakfast…espresso and croissant…what else!


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June 8, 2013 at 7:22 pm

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Crepe fix in Paris

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Bacon and egg galette

Located in Montparnasse, Cafe Josselin co-exists with several other creperies within a 300 ft radius, but Josselin is heavily croweded and others no so much. To avoid long queue during lunch hour, arrive at noon or earlier. Inside, it is warm and cozy – like a busy brewery. Service is fairly prompt and very soon you will find yourself sipping a dry cider.

Galettes and crepes are pretty much alike except one is made from buckwheat and other from regular flour. Galettes happen to be my favorite buckwheat concoction. Although, my mom-in-law’s buckwheat paratha stuffed with spicy potatoes is not too far behind. Galette should be crisp and lacy like an Indian dosa. The nutty flavor of buckwheat is perfect counterpart for butter. Not that galette needs any sprucing up, but I decided to order mine with bacon, egg and stuffed onions. My husband ordered one with ham, egg and stuffed eggplant caviar. Both were excellent, far nuttier and crisper than the ones we had at Breizh during our previous visit.

Cafe Josselin

Apple Cider

I love sweet galettes as well – buckwheat works really well with orange and chocolate flavors. If I had paid more attention to David Lebovitz,  I would have asked for a sweet galette at Josselin. But since I hadn’t, we ordered a basic crepe flambe to share which unfortunately was very forgettable.

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December 29, 2012 at 4:11 am

Tucking in at L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon

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We may have gone a bit overboard while ordering. Our favorite – langoustine ravioli with truffle sauce.

Roasted bone marrow on toast, sitting atop a bone

Roasted bone marrow on toast, sitting atop a bone

Quail with truffled mashed potatoes

Quail with truffled mashed potatoes

Tower of eggplant, cheese and sundried tomatoes

Tower of eggplant, cheese and sundried tomatoes

Egg foam with mushrooms

Egg foam with mushrooms

Softshell crab tempura with avocado puree

Softshell crab tempura with avocado puree

Langoustine ravioli in truffle sauce

Langoustine ravioli in truffle sauce

Mashed potatoes that didn't kill Omar Sharif - 1/2 lb butter to every lb of la ratte?

Mashed potatoes that didnt kill Omar Sharif - 1/2 lb butter to every lb of la ratte?

Strawberry and basil gelato. May I recommend dessert at Eric Keyser a block away?

Strawberry and basil gelato. May I recommend dessert at Eric Keyser a block away?

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April 16, 2011 at 7:13 pm

Les Fines Gueules

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Outside Inside
Steak tartare Six leaves of brussel sprout

Located near Place Victoires, on rue Croix des Petits Champs, Les Fines Gueules is beautiful both inside and out. I will remember it for two things:

  • One of the best Loire reds that I have had so far.
  • Eating la ratte potatoes with le boeuf tartare, the later being a specialty of this restaurant.

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April 14, 2011 at 12:11 am

Space invader in Edith Piaf’s Paris

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Edith Piaf is exciting. A guided tour in the neighborhood where Edith Piaf was born, not so. However, it was our only trip to the edges of Paris. An added bonus was Père Lachaise Cemetery. What stood out on the trip, besides graffiti on Oscar Wilde’s tomb, was this odd art work above a specialty food store overlooking one of the oldest churches in the city. Didn’t quite realize what we were looking at until we saw Banksy’s movie “Exit Through the Gift Shop”. If I am not mistaken, this is work of Space Invader. I forgot to take down the name of the church but it is one of the two churches in main Paris with an attached cemetery and only one with everyday public access to the cemetery.

Distant view of the church

Distant view of the church

Church and the epicerie

Church and the epicerie

Space invader art above Epicerie

Space invader art above Epicerie

Behind the church

Behind the church

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January 27, 2011 at 8:22 pm

36 Views of Paris

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January 24, 2011 at 12:01 am

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Le timbre, French tranditional cuisine by an English Chef

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Mackerel with beet puree

Mackerel with beet puree

Blood sausage with mashed potatoes

Blood sausage with mashed potatoes

Fatty pork on a bed of lentils

Fatty pork on a bed of lentils

Outside Le Timbre

Outside Le Timbre

Located near Jardin du Luxembourg, Le Timbre is another small and delightful bistro serving traditional cuisine. Yet another place where I had to restrain myself from eating a big block of foie gras with a bottle of wine and loaf of white bread.

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January 20, 2011 at 9:01 pm

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