I swear I was meant to be French.
While they say rugby is practically a religion in New Zealand, the same goes for France, except it is food. Gone are the days when I attempted to eat ‘cleanly’; with a superfood smoothie for breakfast, salad for lunch and vegetables for dinner. What was I thinking! The only salad I have eaten over here involved three different types of cheeses, including one melted on grainy brown bread drizzled in some kind of sauce sent from the Gods. The French know how to eat, and eat well.
There is something unique about meal times in France. It can sometimes take up to two hours and include everything from entree, main, dessert, cheeses, wine and coffee. Don’t forget the bread basket that comes with every meal without fail. It is a celebrated occasion, one in which I have had no problem participating in. I have always appreciated food but I feel like my taste buds have discovered a whole new world of tantalizing tastes and flavours in France. My appetite could not possibly be in better hands.
Here are some snaps of food (yes, I have become one of those people who take photos of my food) that Grace and I devoured in Paris.
Our homemade platter including olives, cured Italian meat, blue cheese, camembert and a green olive tapenade. With a glass of Rose, of course!
Claus – discovered this through some foodies I enjoy reading about. Specializes in breakfast and brunch. Our first dining experience in Paris. 10/10
Selection of breads and pastries including – pain au chocolat, brioche, a few different breads, pain aux raisins, croissant. Hot chocolate. Homemade passionfruit yoghurt, homemade peach and raspberry jam, detox juice.
Enjoying my brunch at Claus
Ice cream under the Eiffel Tower is a necessity!
un mi-cuit chocolat – Grace’s Dessert at Gladines. Highly recommend this little restaurant. We were lucky that we got there just before the local rush, which meant there were queues of people waiting to eat outside.
Apple Pie at Gladines! There was a massive baking tray of the entire thing sitting up on the bench right beside our table. Was divine, perfect amount of apples to pastry. Kat (Grace’s friend) opted for the same dessert as Grace as you can see in the background.
A classic ‘food in the air’ snap – Pistachio and Raspberry flavours
Dinner at Gladines. Steak and their signature style potatoes with a side of salad. Cooked to medium rare perfection!
Chicken on the bone in a tomato based vegetable sauce with a side of rice. Delicious!! Gladines Restaurant.
My favourite dining experience to date – Ladurée
The Saint Honoré Rose et Framboise in the background. Taking a bite of the Plaisir Sucré in the foreground. Perfection.
Inside the Saint Honoré Rose et Framboise
Grace and I both tried the classic French Onion soup. I enjoyed it but personally found it very cheesy and couldn’t quite get through the whole thing – so unlike me!
Macarons everywhere! Fabulous little sweet treats. I tried a cranberry and pistachio mixed one as well as the classic caramel.
Escargot at Bouillon Chartier. This is a famous restaurant in Paris in the Montemarte area. It hasn’t changed since it was opened in 1896 as a workers place to eat. Unique and fun to sit and get caught up in the hustle and bustle atmosphere of the restaurant and its lovely staff.
Boeuf bourguignon at Bouillon Chartier. Served with pasta as the side which I found interesting. This was divine! The sauce was rich but not overpowering and the meat so tender!
Dark chocolate orange heart shaped cake/pastry filled with chocolate mousse and marmalade. Le Valentin – a sweet little tea and cake shop in Montemarte.
Best salad I have ever eaten!!! L’Auvergnate at Le Jacobine. Could not recommend this restaurant more. Book or get their early or you will be joining the queue of people waiting outside. We were a table of 8 and every single meal ordered was incredible with absolutely no complaints. Near the Latin Quarter, if you are ever in Paris you have to go here!
Dessert of course! I never normally order dessert in a restaurant from a family of tradition of getting magnum ice creams on the way home. But could not resist this Nutella flavoured Tiramasu. I am obssessed with Nutella and this was the perfect combination of coffee and the amazing hazelnut spread. Served in a little jar. Le Jacobine.
Grace’s brunch at Claus. A perfectly poached egg with salmon and a potato rosti with greens.
Crepes under the Eiffel Tower – again a necessity!
My second ever crepe in France – Nutella and banana. Absolutely did not need this but the little street sellers make it look so good. I know now the phrase ‘beaucoup des Nutella’ off by heart. It means lots of Nutella!!
Names of the places we ate in case anyone would like to know:
Le Pain Quotidien .
And a couple of street stalls