Exploring Magny-le-Hongre

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Breakfast this morning was the croissant I wanted yesterday! My little buddy Alexandre walked with me to the bakery (6 minutes) and he decided on a bag of 12 “succes”. He shared a succe with me, and I thought it was like a less-sweet honey cruller. It was very airy inside.

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For myself and Maggie, I ordered two plain croissants. These were fresh out of the oven – lucky us – and were quite flaky and had a great butter flavour. Normally I’m not a fan of plain croissants, but I enjoyed these with a big glass of creamy French milk… yum. Where are my almond croissants, though? πŸ˜‰

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I watched Alexandre for about 4 hours in the morning. After our “petit dejeuner” (breakfast), we drew a picture together. He coloured a butterfly and drew a picture of Papa, who came home today from China. He also drew some ham, sugar, and a leaf. And a piece of candy. πŸ™‚

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At around noon, we went to an outlet mall not too far away. This was the French version of HomeSense, where Alexandre found a chef’s hat that he rocked in this photo.

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La Vallee Village is a massive outlet in the Magny-le-Hongre, our city. We decided not to go to Paris today in favour of visiting this area. The outlet was filled with designer brands, from Lacoste to Givenchy to Gucci to Vanessa Bruno. We felt a little out of place in our t-shirts and shorts, but luckily there were some other tourists! Seline really liked this place, minus the heat.

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We visited some very high-fashion stores that I had no interest in… I was thinking about lunch. πŸ˜› Seline liked browsing the aisles and pointing out the expensive things. A lot of dresses and jackets were over 600 Euros ($900 CAD) – on DISCOUNT. Whoa.

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What a great way to spend the afternoon! I loved this big macaron structure. πŸ˜‰

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Lunchtime! Can you believe this is French fast food? Everything was so gourmet and the sandwiches/wraps are made every morning and donated to charities in the evening. That way, customers get the freshest bread and produce possible. There was a massive variety of sandwiches, hot food, wraps, vegetarian options, and salads. It was a foodie’s dream even if it was fast food.

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Maggie bought a tuna and cream cheese sandwich and a tuna salad with poached eggs and olives for herself and Alexandre. Alexandre loved the peas in the salad and it was tres cute!

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Seline chose a hot wrap filled with onions, tomatoes, and chicken (of course), and I had a vegetarian wrap with basil, avocado, mixed greens, tomato, cucumber, yogurt-mayo, and some Italian cheese.

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Seline couldn’t stop saying good things about her slightly spicy chicken wrap, and I really liked my wrap as well. It was very fresh and I appreciated the large amount of veggies here. The wrap itself was fresh and had excellent flavour. I want to eat this again!

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For dessert, we had gelato from Amorino, a famous gelato place. Probably the second or third best in Paris? I had some coconut, pistachio, and salted butter caramel. Pistachio and caramel were my favourite because the coconut had shredded coconut in it (which I guess is a good thing), but it kind of messed with the whole gelato idea. Pistachio is my new favourite flavour for sweets πŸ™‚

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We shopped in the afternoon in the mall and Seline wanted a snack – she had six chicken nuggets, medium fries, and a Sprite. They also gave us two little baggies of pomme-frites sauce, which I thought was apple-fries sauce but it was more like a ranch-tzatziki dip. Seline liked it a lot with her fries and nuggets.

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Dinner was one of our best yet! Since Eric came home, we had something a little fancier. Green apples on fresh mixed greens with balsamic vinegar-olive oil dressing, fresh tomatoes from the garden, and a cheese plate.

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Today’s cheese plate was fantastic! We had green grapes, gouda, St-Nectaire, and Camembert. Gouda is my new love of the day. Grapes + gouda + baguette, Camembert + baguette + dressing + apple… YUM. Those combinations rock. I think I’m going to start serving everything with a flower and a tablecloth.

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We also had blinis again (mini ones too!) topped with fish eggs. Also, these tomatoes are SO different from the ones in Canada. Much sweeter – maybe because they were grown in the garden. Garden-fresh tomatoes are truly different. I honestly thought I hated tomatoes until today.

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The entire spread! We had such a lovely dinner. I loved talking to Eric (Maggie’s husband, flight attendant) in French. He was so kind and told us all about his recent trip to Vancouver. They also like Cactus Club and the Sandbar! πŸ˜€

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Our main course was potatoes with gruyere (another favourite cheese!), broiled until crispy on top. A splash of cream made this just decadent enough. We also had duck breast, which is called “canard” in French. This was served with a lemon-orange sauce made with brown sugar, orange juice, lemon peel, and water + a pinch of cornstarch.

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This was my second time having duck and I sure enjoyed it! What a beautiful and filling dinner with great company. Alexandre ate very well too – he likes Camembert more than me and ate half the tomatoes. Love that guy! ❀

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Dessert was from Mon Petit Choux in the mall, which sells high-end pastry puffs. I chose a coconut one, but others were filled with pistachio, chocolate, vanilla, raspberry, hazelnut praline, caramel, and more.

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I kind of wish I chose hazelnut praline or pistachio because my coconut puff had a hint of lemon, which I’m not a fan of. Seline liked her chocolate puff quite a bit, though she’s not a dessert person. I was so mad at her for not offering me a bite! 😦 I wanted to try the chocolate. Darn.

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Whew! It’s 12:10 right now. I showered Alexandre twice today and played with him for a long time. We love playing kitchen, reading, and drawing. He’s a great toddler most of the time, but when he’s tired or grumpy, the “inner demon emerges”. <– Maggie’s words, which made me laugh so hard.

Tomorrow, my plan is to visit the Luxembourg Gardens and the Pantheon, and have lunch at Les Papilles, a well-known French bistro that locals rave about. I’m also going to eat more of yesterday’s heavenly vanilla yogurt for breakfast with a fresh peach. YAY! Bon nuit, mes amis πŸ™‚

13 thoughts on “Exploring Magny-le-Hongre

    1. Thank you! ❀ I have yet to visit Laduree though – you and so many others recommended it so I can't wait to visit!
      Isn't he?! I can't ever get mad at him because he's so cute and funny. His mama is Taiwanese and papa born in Paris.

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    1. They were really cute! Maggie told us that they were very famous and all the Parisian girls wear these because they are stylish and comfortable. You ladies are both so fashionable πŸ™‚

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    1. SORRY MIMI! I would buy something for you but we would become broke… unless I used my debit card πŸ˜‰
      This French outlet is like your dream mall! You would adore all the jackets, shoes, and bags in designer brands. Maybe you’ll take us to France next time? πŸ˜€

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      1. Hey, how about you get their lottery and you might win. Then you can take me next time. But make sure foreigners can claim the $$. 😁

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