Breakfast & lunch in our hood is usually cheap and delicious.
You don't have to spend a fortune to have a fabulous meal in Paris.
Remember Apicius last year? That was fabulous, but definitely a treat (you could buy a very nice handbag for the price of lunch, and I mean VERY nice).
But for most of the days, we eat at local places, cafes, bistros, and neighborhood places, nothing fancy.
The food is always fresh and good.
We have a bakery on the corner by our apartment and my husband goes downstairs each morning to buy a fresh baked baguette (nice and warm), a few croissants and a treat or 2 for when we get back in the early evening.
My choice is always the tarte pommes amandes, something with apples and almonds.
It's amazing that almost every bakery (boulangerie) in Paris has such a GORGEOUS assortment of pastries, quiches, breads and sandwiches. My head spins.
Just a warning: Paris is not very gluten-free friendly, so if you are lactose intolerant or don't eat carbs maybe this isn't your city. (However, my aunt just returned from a trip to Sweden, Finland and Norway and she said so many people there have celiac disease, therefore, a lot of gluten free choices!!! Go figure).
A quick late afternoon snack in a very decent cafe of quiche Lorraine, always comes w/ a salad and frites.
Always a good cup of coffee (cafe creme) and maybe a glass of wine. Under $30 for 2 (including tip).
We had a delicious meal at Christian Constant's Les Cocottes, where almost everything is served in a cast iron Staub pot (hence the name "cocottes").
They don't accept reservations, and the line was around the block to get in (mostly Americans waiting), it was late and we had no other dinner ideas, so we braved the line (rare for us). It moved very quickly, and we met some nice people in line while we waited.
Dinner with a bottle of fabulous Chinon, $80. So good!
And of course, don't forget my addiction to cheese.
Each cafe/bistro has their own selection, depending which region of France they are from.
Sit down, relax, watch the beautiful people walk by, and sip your wine or cafe and have some cheese.
Remember, we are here to eat.
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