Paris, mon amour

I kind of abandoned my blog lately, but I had a good reason for it – I was travelling around. The latest trip was in Paris. I always had a love – hate relationship with Paris. Sometimes I just love it, with all its great food, beautiful people, amazing buildings and delicious sweets. Other times it drives me crazy – there are too many people around, you can find terrible restaurants serving horrible food, the Parisians are too arrogant and I can go on for a bit.

My Paris is moody, crazy, lovely, colorful and always full of surprises.

This time I loved Paris, the weather was great, I went to one of the best concerts ever http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WNj13LiGpG8&feature=related, the food was great…and the macarons heavenly.

I had an epiphany when it comes to food, I discovered this little gem thanks to http://johntalbottsparis.typepad.com/john_talbotts_paris/2011/02/dans-les-landes-in-the-5th-jeez-i-wish-i-had-a-place-like-this-around-the-corner.html. Dans Les Landes serves southwestern french tapas style food, some of the best tapas I ever tried. The dinner started with salade Landaise, some sort of insanely delicious spring rolls – rice paper encapsulating salad, duck breast, foie gras and asperges served together with an amazing sauce. Next were some crispy fried baby squid (chipirions) served in a clog, so good that we considered a second and third serving.

These dishes were followed by fried  shrimp in coconut milk, clams cooked in an amazing greek artichoke sauce, fried quail breasts cooked in the best sauce ever (when I think of it I get hungry in an instant). After all these amazing dishes, we wanted more, even though our bellies were almost exploding and my taste buds were dancing with joy, so we ordered langoustines. I am not going to describe this dish anymore, all I have to say  is – it is not fair to have such an amazing food only in this country, these kind of dishes should be produced on a large-scale and distributed around the world.  I am sure good food is the answer to world peace🙂The quality of my pictures does not do any justice to these dishes, next time I will try to do a better job, because next time I go to Paris, I know where I will end up for dinner or lunch:

Dans Les Landes

119 bis rue Monge,

Paris 5e. 

Metro:  Censier-Daubenton.

01.45.87.06.00.

Ah, did I mention – they serve some amazingly fruity and  light Gascogne white wine…and as an added bonus the chef and the waiters are really cute and super friendly.

unfortunately, that evening there was no room for dessert, but next day I wanted to try some of the highly praised macarons. So, after seeing Sacre Coeur I was ready for a heavenly experience and I went to Christophe Roussel’s shop http://www.christophe-roussel.fr/.

The shop looks more like a high-end parfumerie rather  than a macaron/chocolate shop. Luckily the guy behind the counter offered us little macaroons samples – I was lost the moment I tried the cheesecake one. Insanely delicious!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I ended up buying a box full of  precious treasures – little crispy cookies bursting with lavender and apricot, coffee, caramel and banana, pistachio, raspberries, chocolate flavours  . Forget about diamonds, macarons are the girls best friends.

The macarons are long gone now, but their memory will stay always with me, I will never forget those elegant, delicious, amazing cookies.

All I can say now is : MERCI PARIS ET A LA PROCHAINE!

6 thoughts on “Paris, mon amour

  1. Hi Emilia! As always, I thoroughly enjoyed reading your post and looking at your beautiful pictures… I have always wanted to visit Paris, but for now, I enjoyed ‘travelling’ there with you🙂 The food looks and sounds amazing & those macarons look totally incredible! I wish I could sample some of them… Thanks for sharing your beautiful trip!🙂

    • Hi Marsha, I am happy I could share a bit of Paris with you. Hope you will make it one day to the city of love and lights. I want to try to make the macarons soon. First time I tasted macarons I didn’t like them at all (not the best cookies ever, I have to admit), however this time they were amazing and hopefully I will manage to make some similar ones. If they are good I will mail you some😉

  2. OMG… I’m hungry just looking at it. The food sounded delicious! Also slightly fusion: springroll, coconut milk, Greek artichoke sauce… Yumyum! When is my next visit to La Cite d’Amour??

    I once went to the tea room at Laduree. Did not try the macarons (which I regretted terribly afterwards), but had one of their lovely tartes and a great pot of tea.

    Do you have any macaron recipes you would like to share with us?😉

  3. I loved, loved this post! I am one of the millions who also falls under the spell of Paris. I have been working on restaurant (indoor, low lighting) photography as well. Your photos are good! I am struggling with figuring out which lens is the best. I used my 50mm1.8 but without any zoom, I am constantly standing up or moving the plates far away! Wonderful article. I love the photo of the all of the locks on the fence.

  4. I was not aware of Roussel’s macarons! Thanks for pointing them out. They indeed have interesting flavors like cheesecake or apricot. I’ll have to try them soon. How do they compare to Laduree’s?

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