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Paris 4-10-12

Scott and I arrived in Paris yesterday morning. We were both very jet-lagged. Scott slept just a little on the plane, and I didn't sleep any. We met the owner of the apartment where we're staying, then walked around for a couple of hours. Then we were back at the apartment, napping off and on (against my better judgement, but just couldn't help it.)

Last night, I slept well, but only for about 3 1/2 hours. I felt good most of the day, but late afternoon and it was time for a long nap. I hope I sleep longer tonight.

We walked around the 10th district quite some time today. This is where we're staying. It's not a touristy area. But I like that about it. We started off the day by going to a bakery that is listed on David Lebovitz's ParisPastry App. The name of the bakery is Du Pain et des Idees, and it happens to be very close to our apartment. I think we will be visiting every day. I had a croissant, which I think is the best one I've ever had. Scott had a pain du chocolat, with the addition of bananas. We also bought a 1/4 of a sourdough bread.
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After breakfast we walked for quite a while around the neighborhood, looking at all of the restaurants around. French, and every ethnicity you could want. We then went to the Saint Quentin Market. This is a nice indoor market with lots of vendors - cheese, vegetable/fruit, meat, fish, roasted chickens, etc. We bought from 3. The first, which I didn't take photos of, was the cheese vendor. We bought 3 cheeses-a 3 year aged Comte, a fresh chevre, and something that was soft and oozing and looked really good, but we both hated. Too stinky for us! At one of the vegetable/fruit vendors, we bought things for lunch and dinner - lettuce and tomatoes for a salad for lunch and vegetables to cook for dinner. And a beautiful basket of strawberries grown here in France (they look better than they taste unfortunately). The we went to the fish monger, where we bought a trout for me to cook for dinner.
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We stopped by the bakery for a baguette, and lunch was cheese, bread and fruit. Suprisingly, we skipped the wine at this meal.
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After lunch, we were planning on taking the metro someplace, but that's when the jet-lag hit us again and we napped off and on the rest of the afternoon.

For dinner, I decided to use our tiny kitchen. I'll post photos of it later, but let me tell you, it is small. Only one person at a time can fit in there, and there's almost no counter space to work on. But it is very well stocked. At the market, I bought a trout I thought I would roast for dinner. Only later did I discover we have a 4 burner stove, a microwave, and even a dishwasher, but no oven. So I had to cook it in a skillet, which worked just fine.

Here's a photo of our dinner.
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I fixed fried potatoes with fennel and leeks.
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And a pan-fried trout with caper-butter sauce.
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And then we had a salad. It's easy to make a nice balsamic vinegar dressing with olive oil, balsamic vinegar, and Dijon mustard. And I used leftover bread to make some croutonss.
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We finished off the evening with a couple of delicious very large butter cookies that Scott bought at the bakery across the street. (We discovered if you wait until 7:30pm, most of the pastries are gone.)

Tomorrow we'll start off our day with a pastry from the same bakery as this morning, then i think we might visit the Louvre. I should be posting on my blog almost daily, so follow along if you'd like.


Comments (4)

Great dinner! I am really going to enjoy following along on your trip!

Keep those reports coming!

Mindy:

Looking forward to future blog posts. You do the eating, I'll do the drooling!!

Have a super spectacular time in Paris!!!!

Thanks Mindy. And just think of all of those calories you're saving!

Donna in SF:

I'm so envious! It's so wonderful to have an apartment so you can take advantage of the wonderful markets and cook some meals at "home". I'll be living vicariously there through your blog. Thanks for sharing with us.

Enjoy your time in Paris!!

Anne:

I am impressed with your home cooked meal! Sounds like a wonderful first day in Paris.

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