I don’t know if you know this, but I really like food! I grew up in Portland, Oregon with cheap food carts and ethnic food everywhere. I just thought that was how it was everywhere in the world.
Then I moved overseas and learned that most of the time (in China, Mexico, and Venezuela at least) a variety of options not from the host country can be hard to find… especially in Venezuela where I’ve been living the past few years. So I am all about online recipes and I trying to make my own versions with what I have available.
I will be writing a series of blog posts about what I think I need to try and MUST NOT MISS while I’m visiting specific cities in Europe. Keep in mind that I have never been to these cities and these posts are all from my own research. I would love to hear if my readers agree about the foods I want to try and would especially love to hear if I am missing something!
This brings me to my post about food in Paris. I’m going to be all over Europe with the opportunity to eat amazing food everyday. I have to be strategic about it because I am on a budget. I would love to just take a foodie tour around Paris, but I they are all pretty expensive AND I feel like I will just enjoy everything I eat anyway!! Therefore I’m doing my homework ahead of time so I can hit the ground running.
From my research, these are the foods that I cannot pass up in Paris:
- Falafel- from L’As du Falafel is highly recommended by David Lebovitz whose blog I’ve followed over the years.
- Macarons from Laduree or Pierre Herme
- Crepes and Galettes: Dave Lebovitz says his favorite crepes are from Crêperie Bretonne, West Country Girl, and Breizh Café.
- Salted butter from Le Beurre Bordier and Pain aux Cereales (bread with grains) from Eric Kayser
- Seafood: half crab or set menu for about 13E at L’ilot. Mussels at Le Dome.
- Wine: this is a food group in my house! Maybe at Willi’s Wine Bar but most likely just bought on any street corner!
- Escargots: I have loved them every time I’ve tried them, so I need to eat them somewhere in Paris! Suggestions?
- Chausson aux Pommes: A pastry folded in half and baked with a filling akin to apple sauce. Or Pain Au Chocolat– bread with pieces of chocolate. I don’t usually eat sweet stuff for breakfast, but this sounds good!
- Chocolate and Caramels– maybe if I eat enough of them while I’m in Paris I will be able to share some with friends and family when I get home. From Patrick Roger and Jacques Genin.
- Croissants and coffee– perfect for snack time!
- Cheese from Laurent Dubois or Fromagerie Quatrehomme. I need to try French cheese! I could eat cheese everyday…but I can’t because I live in Venezuela.
- Splurge meal…or two. Astir sounds nice.
Paris will also be my last stop in Europe. This made me wonder, “What should I bring home to eat with family and friends?”
- Caramels– I love caramels- who doesn’t?!
- Atlantique chocolate caramel covered shortbread from Patrick Roger
- Cheese– suggestions for cheeses that will make the trip back to PDX?
- Wine – I highly doubt that if I managed to lug home some wine that I wouldn’t save it for when I got back to Venezuela where I don’t have much to choose from.
- Spices– I love finding spices wherever I travel and using them throughout the school year when I’m whipping up my own dishes.
Please comment: Am I missing something here? Did I hit the high points?