Tuesday, September 05, 2006

BON{JOUR} APPETIT...


I am so glad I have a cold. (Although I feel sympathy for whoever has to sit next to me on the Eurostar tomorrow surrounded by my snotty tissues.) Because when I have a cold I have a BIG appetite. And what better city to eat your way through than Paris? Mmm creme brulee, oh fromage. Artichoke soup at Le Fumoir that is nothing more than a bowl of artichoke infused cream.

Let's face it, as everyone and Karl Lagerfeld knows, fashion and food are somewhat uneasy bedfellows. For God's sake I actually know people who think picking at a punnet of raspberries before pushing them away is "so filling" at lunchtime. Usually in Paris I allow myself a few little treats, but this time I don't care. I'm going for it. It's all about food. I'm going to have a croissant for breakfast every day, perhaps two.

Don't be alarmed, but due to my recent purging of clothes (see below) I don't really feel like shopping. Well, maybe just a leeetle bit then. But no compulsively going on a mission to all three Vanessa Bruno stores and both Isabel Marant stores just in case they have different stock. Ditto the other usual suspects. That wastes valuable Tarte aux Poires (which I find really hard to pronounce) time. I will swap my allegiance to these temples of style for other, tastier temples. Those of Laduree and Pierre Herme. I am determined to settle once and for all, based solely on flavour, all snobbery aside, which one makes the best macaroons. It is, I think you'll agree a tough challenge, but I will valiantly do my best to return with an answer.

I can't wait to go to Monoprix and buy my very favourite vanilla brebis yoghurts in the little glass jars with the stamped foil lids, and to the bakery to buy the good bread. Also somewhat un French I can't wait to go to the lovely Swedish Cultural Centre cafe where it's all light and bright and full of smiley blond people. Cinnamon buns they are a calling me.

And of course I can't wait to finally try the chocolat chaud at Angelina. This will be the equivalent of my visiting the Louvre for the first time on my 18th visit to Paris, though I'm sure it will be far, far less boring. Thank you so much for your recs, I have them all written down in my trusty notebook. Talking of which, I won't be taking my laptop - I'm only away for a few days so I will rely on that quaint old fashioned practice of scribbling in my notebook with a pen and taking beaucoup photos. I'll be waddling back on Sunday to tell you all about it...

A bientot!

11 comments:

Bombay Beauty said...

There is something wonderful about going for a trip just as everyone else is lashing themselves in for the fall. No, not the fall season, but The Fall, the end of summer dreams and frolicking, the end of light linens (though I suppose those ended in the UK mid-month?) Yes, while we are hiding our tanned skinned under woolen suits you will be eating your way through Paris. This is not the voice of envy speaking. Nor sympathy. No this is the humanity-loving voice, the voice that says that we too are a civilized race, that as a species we have risen above mere hunting and gathering...

Have great fun,

BB

Tripping Daisy said...

I just found your blog, however, you have convinced me beyond a doubt that I need to drop everything and move to Europe. I hope you had a wonderful, spectacular visit!! :)

l'embrouillamini said...

I'm going to Paris on Thursday - look out for a brunette loitering around the door of Laduree on the Rue Royale!

Serena said...

Will be relying on those photos : )

Julia said...

How wonderful! Enjoy Angelina's. I went there when it was mid-30s outside but didn't care less. I had a cup of the most divine chocolat chaud, a brand-spankin' new Elle, and I was in heaven.

Anonymous said...

BE WELCOME !!!
King Negrito

eurobrat said...

Yes! Excellent idea! I can't wait to hear about your [delectable] trip.

Lilac Stripe said...

so jaloux...

Moi said...

Délicieux! Amuse-toi bien. I might be there soon as well... I wonder who will win the macaron contest.

l'embrouillamini said...

ooh la la! I just posted about my experience of Ladurée and Pierre Hermé on my recent trip to Paris- I declared Ladurée my personal favourite. Looking forward to hearing about your visit.

miss tango in her eyes said...

Your descriptions of Paris and the beautiful photos of food are making me want to jump on a plane right now and head to Paris! I shall just have to console myself with an empanada I guess.