Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Eat, Paris, Love.

I am not your typical tourist that has to do the "top five things to do" in a city to feel satisfied. There are some touristy things that I may do because they really impact me personally but for the most part I'm not THAT tourist. I don't find enjoyment in the waiting in long lines, with screaming children, old men couching up what seems to be a lung, and foreigners confused on which direction they should head. That doesn't tickle my fancy esp. not when my trip consist of only 48 maybe 72 hrs. I'd prefer not to spend my time waiting in line to see some old artifact, Sorry.  But you know what does get my engines roaring? The city its self. Breathing it in, walking until I have blisters, finding beauty in a back alley way that houses some small old jazz bar, the people, the drink, the food. Oh the food. 

Paris the city of love. A very appropriate description for this classy, eloquent, and gritty city. Filled with beautiful men and women. Where everyone, even the elderly, dressed impeccably and looked as if they came straight out of Vogue. I instantly fell in love the minute I arrived and could see the Eiffel in the distance on the bus ride there. I only had two days in Paris and I wanted to make sure I saw everything and ate everything. As the foodie that I am, I had to experience what all these world renowned chefs talked about. What was all the fuss?? I had to know; so I spent those 48+ hours walking my ass off, eating, drinking and eye goggling men. I saw the Eiffel, I saw the Louvre, I walked the Champs Elysee, I saw the love lock bridge, and I walked threw Luxembourg park. But the main attractions, were the many delights I ate along the way. From crepes filled with nutella, strawberries and bananas (which I failed to picture because the gluttony set in and before I knew what happened, it was gone) to foie gras.  

Below you'll see some of the romantic affairs I had on this trip. Be warned pictures do not do justice.

I had the opportunity to go to Le Dome, a restaurant praised by many, and recommended  by Anthony Bourdain (my all time favorite person EVER). The fanciest restaurant I have ever been too and the food was immaculate. My first time trying Truffles and I don't know how I am supposed to live without this fungus in my life, in every dish I make. The truffled risotto had to have been the best thing that has ever happened to my mouth. I am just saying.

Fresh muscles in a cream sauce with a hint of curry.
So delicate and buttery, melted in the mouth.
White truffle and Scallop risotto.
the scallops seared perfectly and
truffles heavily through out the dish 

Pasteur Bistro had some of the most mouth watering dishes. I went there twice because the first dish of duck breast with potatoes au gratin was so good. I am glad I went there for a second time because I had the opportunity to try foie gras and see what all the fuss was about. I still don't know. After bite three and trying to mentally convince myself I liked it because, well all the fanciest people eat it, the texture of the duck liver and the notion just made me sick and I couldn't finish it. However, the steak con frite was to die for. One of the best steaks I have ever had.
Duck Breast cooked rare with potatoes au gratin
Steak con Frites avec foie gras

Finally dessert. My all time favorite, the macaron, not to be confused with macaroons a coconut cookie. The macaron is one of the most delicate and hardest desserts to perfect. The "cookie" part, is created from almond powder and gel or powdered food coloring/flavoring; as the slightest measurement discrepancy will throw off the "cookie" and you will not get that light and airy texture needed to make this classic confection.
Pierre Herme-  home of the best macarons in the city
with flavors like: passion fruit & Belgian chocolate or
Cinnamon & orange blossom (my mouth just watered)

My all time favorite Pumpkin & Corn.
I went back
just to get another two before I left.