Taste of Paris

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After 3 hours train ride from Amsterdam, we arrived Paris. We rented an apartment right off the popular Rue Montorgueil where the whole street is dedicated to eating. Dozens of bakeries, cafes and restaurants line up the street. The plan is to be able to shop for some ingredients and cook at “home” sometimes instead of dining out all the time. So the first trip made was to a grocery store. But it was not just any grocery store, it was the Grand Epicerie where you can find all the fine ingredients you can think of –  Foie Gras, truffle, Jamon, you name it. Have to say, it beats any of the other attractions as far as I’m concerned 🙂

Then came the semi-home made breakfast in our apartment.

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Really, the only thing I made was the pan-fried Foie Gras. Everything else was either from Epecerie or fresh baked goods from shops downstairs. The Foie Gras was absolutely the best I’ve had so far and I know my 5-year-old loved it since all she said was ” I want more goose” (apparently I had to skip the liver part when explaining what it is to her). One thing I did learn is to avoid the Foie Gras de Canard, which is the duck liver instead of goose liver. They really are not the same thing to me. Although I’m sure some of the very good ones probably are good. But I prefer the goose Foie Gras over the duck one.

The Dishes

Paris showed me what “expensive” means, particularly at the restaurants. However, the Cafes offer much more reasonably priced meals. The quality is something you can always count on.

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I found the mixed plate to be something highly worthy. Each place has it but does it slightly differently. There are cheeses, cold cuts and bread. Already, you are tasting some of the most representative local foods and the Euro sign is much lower while the size of the plate is large.

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Duck Confit

They are on every menu and are truly so good. It is one of the few things that my 5-year-old  Annabelle enjoys without asking for Mac ‘N Cheese.

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Now comes the more serious eating. I tried to make reservations at some of the top places but already booked out 2 weeks prior. So I found this place which is run by the same chefs that I wanted to try anyway. It is called 114 Faubourg. The service is obviously impeccable and the food was beautiful.

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The work is very well crafted but I have to say I was hoping for some more creativity, something that would surprise. But I was absolutely wowed by the Duck Terrine (the first dish above). The flavor was just outstanding and I praise the skill that made them.

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Desserts were done luxuriously as well.

Now it’s time to talk about the highlight – bakeries

I prepared to tear at the sight of those delicate sweets. And they are everywhere!

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But the master of all these I found to be at Pierre Herme

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I like theirs best because I felt the sweetness was more balanced and the idea goes beyond the classic and the traditional.

A big regret we had was that we didn’t get a chance to try a sit-down creperie given the full schedule. We bought one from the street, not bad, but didn’t impress either. It might be because those crepes were pre-made instead of fresh. Well, next time, I hope.

All-in-all, Paris offers great tasty foods but I love it most for its bakeries!

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