05/22/2012

Day 2 in Paris : Saint Germain .

 

Mariage freres fine tea , a fresh squeezed orange juice, the most perfect bread, sweet butter and a croissant ....I'm in heaven ! ....no... I'm just in France !

 

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Shopping in Saint Germain today ....It's cold but at least it's not raining ...yet !

The window displays from Puyricard chocolatier still have Easter Eggs , roosters and bunnies. It reminded us of our childhood....every bakery even in our tiny village had huge chocolate eggs stuffed with even more eggs....we couldn't wait for Easter sunday !

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Chacok : One of my must stop for colorful prints. I model for the brand for years and just love it !

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The very famous Poilane bakery in St GermainDSCN0632 [1280x768].JPG

Lunch stop at "Brasserie Lipp"  for the food of course, the mythic decor and the ballet of waiters in black and white with bow-tie and a great sense of humour !DSCN0587 [1280x768].JPG

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The sign says: " to Mister our clients, please do not let your dog eat in the restaurant dishes and do not let them jump on the seats "DSCN0591 [1280x768].JPG

Our absolute favorite in any Brasserie : Andouillette ,frites !! A tripe sausage very soft texture , not chewy at all, mild in taste  to eat with fries and mustard of course ....waow do we miss that in San Diego !!!DSCN0595 [1280x768].JPG

For me it will be a Provencal classic: Brandade de morue au gratin with a frisee salad. Brandade is a salted cod ( baccala for the italiens ) . It is desalted over night in cold water , then boiled and mixed with olive oil to make it  creamy .Then it is added to a plain mash potatoe and broiled. The best one is made by my aunt who ad some black truffles ...amazing !DSCN0596 [1280x768].JPG

Pinatas in a children's store window display .DSCN0641 [1280x768].JPG

We would love to stop at Pierre Herme for some macarons but the line is out the door ...next timeDSCN0597 [1280x768].JPG

Rue du Bac : Bought some sweets at "La grande epicerie de Paris" a huge fine grocery store across "Le Bon Marche " Paris finest department store . We did some shopping !!! French bed linen from our favorite brand ....just because flat sheets in France are much longer and you can bring them all the way to the top of the bed and still have  a big wide fold over the blanket :)DSCN0647 [1280x768].JPG

Because of my Japanese roots , I have to go Aoki's Patisserie: Aoki is a talented japanese pastry chef, french trained  who opened his first patisserie in Paris , blending french perfect technique and japanese style . His cakes have custard creams flavored with match green tea, sophisticated red bean or sesame seeds in zen design shapes.DSCN0616 [1280x768].JPG

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The french dog ....DSCN0659 [1280x768].JPG

No hamburgers for us !DSCN0662 [1280x768].JPG

We are going to "Les Cocottes de Constant" a tiny restaurant serving most dishes cooked in a cast iron "cocotte" . Comfort food , yes but done to perfection by an army of talented chefs. And the best surprise was for desert : A "Mamia " sheep milk yogurt like we've had in Biarritz and would make me drive all the way there just for a Mamia ....the most surprising "yogurt" you can ever have : light like air, taste like whipped cream , no sheep milk taste at all, easy to digest for us lactose intolerents....it is served mith honey but I recommend strongly to eat it with just a little crunchy granulated sugar to enjoy the delicate flavor....

From the same owner the "Violon d'Ingre " next door ....looked amazing....fine french food .

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