roquette et asperges

a very belated ‘bonjour’ from paris!

i am writing to you from my bedroom in the apartment where we are staying, just down a small rue from the eiffel tower. last night we took full advantage of our proximity and walked down the street at 10:59 just in time to watch the sparkles at 11:00. i love how everyone cheers when it begins!

it’s been a whirlwind trip already – i can’t believe how fast this week has gone by. we leave for london on sunday morning, but it feels as though we only arrived yesterday. the food has been nothing short of spectacular – we even managed to cook a couple of times for dinner.

for example, last night myself, my dad, and my grandma all helped to prepare a meal for the 3 of us using mostly ingredients from the farmer’s market on avenue president wilson. it was a really long market with stall upon stall of fresh everything, as well as great little gifts. i picked up a bread cutting board (with slats in and a crumb catcher), and a pair of espadrilles. every european lady needs a good pair of espadrilles in the summer 🙂

my grandma had seen a recipe for veal kidneys (controversial!!) that she wanted to cook so we had those for a starter along with some fresh arugula (roquette). it was my first time eating veal and/or something so visually unappealing as kidneys, but i savored them – mostly for my grandma’s sake 🙂 and my dad fell in love with this baby asparagus that looked more like a stalk of bright green wheat or barley. it was delicious, roasted with fingerling potatoes, red onion, and just a tiny bit of olive oil. along with that, we roasted some lamb with rosemary and garlic. the result was a meat-lovers paradise (apologies to my vegan/vegetarian readers and phil, and his parents) and i soaked up every last morsel with chunks of crusty baguette.

the dairy and egg eaters among us were treated to strawberry and raspberry tartlettes that i picked up from our favorite patisserie earlier that day. every day we stop by this sweet woman’s shop for a baguette, a pain au chocolat for dad, and maybe come back later for dessert. i have been perfectly happy, however, having my usual breakfast of goat’s yogurt (in little glass pots!!), muesli, and berries.

we’re headed to a lovely little bistro for dinner tonight to celebrate my grandma’s 80th birthday. apparently the obamas recently dined there (which we found out after we ate there on our first night, just by accident) – it is brilliant. if you’re ever in paris and in the 7th arrondissement, go to la fontaine de mars (make a reservation though).

i’ll give the full paris recap when i return to londres!

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3 Comments on “roquette et asperges”

  1. Kat says:

    You are one very brave young lady….veal and kidneys together in one sentence makes my skin crawl, let alone in a recipe! Courageous and daring! Glad to hear Paris is wonderful! xo

  2. Courtney says:

    Veal kidneys I’d pass on (I don’t partake in the meat eating) but I do miss Paris’ crepes. Too bad those bad boys aren’t gluten/dairy free.

  3. […] sunny thursday saw us catching the train to versailles palace – WOW. it is breathtaking and mind boggling how large versailles is. unfortunately, we wasted the first half hour of our time there waiting in line for tickets, only to discover we didn’t actually need to buy any (we didn’t want to go inside the palace and do the tour, we just wanted to wander around the garden, which is free, and see marie-antoinette’s hideaway). to beat the crowds, i’d suggest skipping those huge lines at the front of the palace and heading straight through to the gardens and along the grand canal. the number of people they must employ to keep those gardens looking so pristine is staggering! but my favorite part of versailles has to be marie-antoinette’s hameau de la reine. this is a little village set far back from the main palace, with beautiful gardens, rustic cottages, carp-filled ponds, and a farm with goats and sheep. you have to pay for entry, but it is well worth it. there is a spot for lunch at the petit trianon which we all enjoyed, and could have spent far longer perusing the grounds. i want to go back there right now. later on, we made dinner at home – those tasty veal kidneys i mentioned in my last post! […]


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