Thursday, January 3, 2013

Remember Paris?

I think of vacations as happening in 3 stages:  waiting to go on vacation; being on vacation; and then remembering the vacation. The wait seems so long; the vacation seems so short; and then, after it's over, it seems like it was so long ago.

Now that I've gotten that out of the way, Significant Eater and I had a quite wonderful time in Paris a few weeks ago. We arrived on a Sunday afternoon, and were on our way back home the following Saturday.  Here's a bit of what transpired...

There's a fabulous producer's market that takes place in the city one weekend a year; we wanted to be there within an hour after checking into our apartment, which had this right outside the door...

Reaching our destination...

This wild mushroom pancake knocked us out...

The choice of foie, confit and all sorts of canned and cured products is amazing...

 The onion peelers reminded me of a few famous potato peelers...

While the snake-oil salesmen were probably not too happy that I was taking their picture...

Sig Eater and I ended up happy we took the trek...

And our small haul made for some good snacks over the next day or two...

You'd think that after all that we wouldn't be hungry for dinner...but then you'd be wrong.  Actually, we did wait a few hours before setting out for Sunday dinner at a bistro in the 10th, Le Verre Volé.  The staff is charming and gracious. You pick what you want from the carte, and they'll help with your wine selection, as it's a wine shop too.  We started out with a nice shellfish plate...

The pigeon appetizer was delicious as well; we shared the plat of juicy pork, with pommes purée and rainbow chard as a main course...

No meal in Paris is complete for Significant Eater without the cheese course, and this one didn't disappoint, all melty and stinky...

Now here's a satisfied customer after dinner...

After a meal like that, we decided to walk back to the apartment, which took us over the Canal St. Martin, one of the more beautiful sights in Paris...

And at the end of our first day in Paris, it was nice to come back to an apartment with this view from the living room window...


Le Verre Volé
67 Rue de Lancry, 10th
331 48 03 17 34

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