11 hours ago
Friday, September 18, 2009
So, what have I been eating all week?
Cheese, heavy cream, tarts, quiches, duck confit, lots of potatoes in duck fat, tons of bread swiped with either butter or the best French blue cheese and an occasional salade with those special lentils du puy.
Red wine only, since France is not a cocktail culture.
I don't think I have gained an ounce, because we walk everywhere. 6 hours a day, all over the city. I guess the exercise thing really does work.
I start my morning everyday with a yogurt that I found last year while here called La Fermiere.
It is the most unbelievable tasting yogurt packaged in a clay pot. Last year it was in a terracotta pot, this year it's in a blue glazed pot.
What makes it taste so good? If you know, please tell me.
We visited the famous Pierre Herme bakery yesterday, which was hard to find, since their window looks like a jewelry store, not a bakery.
Just look for the line outside their door.
But, even better is Gerard Mulot. They have the most gorgeous selection of cakes, pastries, breads, all kinds of tarts in puff pastry with savory fillings and a section devoted to fine chocolates. I start to shake when I walk in. It's overwhelming.
I would say it's my favorite boulangerie/patisserie in the city and I have tried many.
Next, is my husband's addiction to duck confit. Sometimes it comes on a wooden planche (plank), and always with fried potatoes and a side salad. He orders it almost every bistro meal out.
We never eat at fancy Michelin rated restaurants while in Paris.
Not only do we not want to spend the $300 price tag, but because we live so close to NYC, we can eat the same, if not better cuisine. Therefore, we only eat in local neighborhood restaurants serving traditional French fare. Dinner with a bottle of great wine is about $80. U.S. including tip.
We have never gone wrong.