I’m about a week and a half into my Parisian adventure and I can finally say I feel comfortable and happy, which might be the best feeling in the world. Now that I’ve gotten my bearings, I’ll no longer be neglecting writing here on HFbC. My absolute favorite thing to do in Paris, besides finding a glass of wine that costs less than 5€, is to go exploring (and when I’m lucky the two go hand-in-hand). But like any modern day explorer, a girl needs her fuel, right? Well, let’s just say I haven’t been slacking in the eating department.
After deciding to skip the half mile-long line at the Louvre, a friend and I went to wander around the 5th arrondissement, which is also known as the Latin Quarter. The biggest difference that I have noticed with Parisian restaurants compared to Americans ones is fixed price menus. With these menus you can pick from a few different items and get three courses for the price of what would usually compare just one entree. We stumbled upon a café right outside the metro stop St. Michel and noticed “americain” written above a menu fix prix. Needless to say, crêpes definitely are not American, but getting two eggs, a basket of bread, ham, coffee and juice was definitely worth 12 euro.
The Parisian idea of an American breakfast. Although I prefer the giant brunch style meals back in the US, I can say their jam is easily ten times more enjoyable. Paris has revived my love for coffee, and brought out my new-found love for button-ups.
After breakfast, we headed to little shop that specializes in gourmet eclairs. After many hours spent at home scouring Pinterest for the best hidden culinary gems in Paris, I found a photo filled with vibrant, beautiful eclairs and voilà, I discovered L’Éclair de Génie.
The eclair was fantastic, but my sweet tooth is never satisfied. I still have a long way to go before I sample all of the amazing pastries Paris has to offer, but yesterday I crossed another classic off the list– a macaroon. I went with raspberry and vanilla, and let me tell you, the hype is definitely accurate. Macaroons are the perfect little snack when you’re craving some sweet and don’t feel like breaking the bank. Ladurée is next on my list of places to try, so I’ll let you know if their macaroons really are the stuff of legends.
So there you have it! Just a few of the treats that I’ve tried so far. The food here is amazing, and I definitely cannot complain about living in one of the culinary capitals of the world. Oh and whoever said the portions here are tiny, you are very wrong, because I’ve been very happy (and full) after each meal. Check back soon for more of my French food and fashion finds.