Tuesday, August 25, 2015
I could not sleep at ALL last night after 1:30 AM – I was thinking about breakfast! I was just too excited to prepare a big plate of French pastries and share them with Seline in the morning. I think I slept for only 3 hours :O
This plate involved an almond croissant, two chocolate almond croissants, a little pain aux raisins (raisin, custard, and brioche) and a pistachio-chocolate snail.
Seline and I went splitsies – we had each had half of every pastry, but I ate all of the pistachio swirl (apparently she’s allergic…? I was unaware of that) and she had more almond croissant. We decided that the first almond croissant in the pictures below was better. It had no chocolate but was the most almondy almond croissant I’ve ever eaten. The pastry crust was crisp and the filling thick, nutty, and not too sweet. Perfect! This chocolatey one was too buttery, a tad soggy, and had an odd espresso flavour in the chocolate.
In the mornings, I have breakfast with Alexandre and watch him for about an hour. He likes cereal (special K with dried raspberries and strawberries) and crustless toast with chocolate spread. He’s a huge fan of that Ova-Maltine spread that I’m crazy about 🙂
Our plan was to eat at Le Petit Cler, and I knew for a fact that they were open at 11:00 every day. So when we arrived at 12:00, I knew there was something wrong. The man inside shooed us out and said they were suddenly closed today due to problems in the kitchen. I was MAD. I’d been looking forward to a croque-madame at Le Petit Cler for weeks. 😦
I wanted to walk more and find a less-touristy French bistro on the street, but since we were behind the Eiffel tower, most places were 70% tourist. Then, of course, Seline got hungry so we stopped at La Cafe du Marche, a crowded brasserie.
Seline was debating between the chicken burger and the pasta with truffle cream, but ultimately decided on the burger. I wanted either the duck confit or the goat cheese salad, but chevre won again 🙂
Seline finished all her fries and most of the burger. I ate all of my salad leaves and goat cheese, leaving some green beans on my plate.
Can you believe that this entire BRICK was filled with creamy, melty, and hot goat cheese? Aside from the chevre, I was disappointed with this salad. I thought the veggies on top could’ve been fresher and presented better.
The cheese was good, though! It was wrapped in a crispy crepe that tasted like a fried wonton wrapper. It covered the odd taste of the vinegary leaves. I didn’t really like this lunch and really wanted le Petit Cler 😦
On our way to Les Invalides, a famous military monument, we passed Le Petit Cler again – this time, it was PACKED with people. They were all eating huge plates of yummy-looking salads and sandwiches. I was so angry and asked to speak to the manager. Apparently there WERE problems in the kitchen and they had just opened 10 minutes ago. Grrrrr…
It was a short walk to Les Invalides, but cold and windy. It rained sporadically throughout the afternoon, and I forgot the umbrella.
We wanted to walk inside the museum, and it was free if you were under 18. When we went to get our passes, the man didn’t let us through because our student cards from Canada didn’t have our AGE on it. Do I look 19 years old to you?! So we had the choice of paying 15 Euros per person and going into the museum, or just walking around the cobblestone centre. We chose the second 🙂
It was still quite nice here, but I really wanted to see Napoleon’s tomb and other military artifacts.
Luckily it wasn’t raining when we took these photos in the open. We were also planning to see the Rodin Museum, which is just next door, but decided just to go home early. The weather was just not cooperating today!
There weren’t many people here so we took some crazy photos 😀
Seline liked this water thing that surrounded the hotel and garden.
Since I didn’t have dessert after lunch, I wanted something sweet. It started raining like crazy on our way back to the Metro, so we stopped at La Source, a random cafe on the street. Our waiter raved about their homemade tiramisu, so that’s what I ordered.
Seline had the chocolate mousse. Both of us loved the “cigarette cookies” on top, which were crunchy and sweet, like Chinese egg rolls. My tiramisu was creamy and had a lovely coffee-cocoa taste. I wish the mascarpone was more prominent, though, and it would be nice to have some more ladyfinger pieces.
After that, we stopped at a cake shop. I wanted to buy desserts for the family, and there were SO many to choose from here. I chose three since Eric left for Boston (he is a flight attendant) and it’s just Maggie, Alexandre, Seline and I in the house.
We got home early today (and soaked). After a hot shower and a bit of relaxing in the room, Maggie and Seline left to pick up Alexandre from school while I prepared dinner. I peeled the shrimp, boiled some water, cut and washed basil from the garden, washed and sliced two zucchinis and about a dozen mushrooms. I love working in the kitchen! Chopping all the veggies was so therapeutic.
We had tomato shrimp pasta for dinner, with some sauteed garlic zucchini. Alexandre and I finished off the last bit of Camembert in the box, too.
Topped with truffle salt and sheep’s milk parmesan, this dish was so flavourful. I had seconds, then thirds and fourths, of the zucchini. It was perfectly cooked and very tasty with dried krill and golden garlic.
Then it was time for dessert! The three pastries from Gateaux Thoumieux had somehow toppled over on our way home. I was so sad 😦
We split them equally into three plates. The desserts here are a mille-feuille (Seline’s favourite), a praline-hazelnut chou chou, and a vanilla religieuse.
The vanilla was creamy and rich, perfect with the choux pastry. This hazelnut pastry was my favourite – sweet and nutty cream with a chocolate centre. Seline didn’t like this at all, so she gave me hers in exchange for some mille-feuille.
All three of these were winners 😀 We enjoyed these pastries while Alexandre nommed on six macarons!
Then we did some cleaning, and I showered Alexandre and read to him. We played some educational games on Maggie’s tablet before he got tired and took his “dodo” (nap/sleep). After that, I did some research about the upcoming days (attractions and food) before having an early 11:30 bedtime 🙂