Cinnamon Day

Monday, August 31, 2015

This morning I had a quiche! This was from Coquelicot. I just love that place! Nothing I’ve gotten from there has disappointed me.

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This was made with plenty of creamy chevre, zucchini, and tomato.

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The crust was really delicious, too. I put this in the oven for 15 minutes but it just wouldn’t heat up! I was so stupid because because I forgot that I could simply put it in the microwave… which is what I did after 🙂

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Alexandre and Seline had a good time plopping onto the couch. We played for an hour or so in the morning after his breakfast (chocolate cookies!).

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I made a paper airplane for him. He loves this “avion” (airplane). He always asks me to write his name on it, then he pretends to write with his special Ninja Turtles pen.

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In the morning, we stopped at Disney Village to browse the boutiques and see the lake. Did you know that it’s FREE to go into Disney Village? There’s just a bag check, but you don’t have to pay!

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I love, love all things Disney. Saw some adorable figurines, statues, ornaments, and notebooks. And keychains and plates and bowls. If everything was half-price, I’d probably buy half the souvenirs in the store :O

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Seline liked our morning, too!

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She got hungry a little while later. I was pretty steamed (MAD) because she didn’t finish her croissants in the morning. We bought two croissants for her from Coquelicot and she claimed she was full after one. So, evidently, 2.5 hours later, she wanted to eat.

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She decided on Earl of Sandwich in Disney Village, a sandwich (duh!) place that overlooks the river.

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We had a nice view and Seline ordered the chipotle chicken bacon sandwich with avocado. She liked it. I debated ordering a ham + brie sandwich because the thought of hot, melty cheese on toasted bread was tempting.

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It got super windy outside so we moved back into the building. Seline’s meal came with a Sprite and some chips.

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Then we hopped onto the RER! There was just one station to our next destination. The ride was only 3.5 minutes.

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I think we understand Paris transportation much better now. We always sit in the same spots on the RER.

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So, one stop later, at Val d’Europe, we arrived at La Vallee Village, the outlet! It was around 1:00 when I grabbed a 6 Euro quickie lunch at Pret-A-Manger.

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Again, WHOA! Can you believe this is French fast food? This cost less than a McDonalds Meal and was a gourmet salad with cucumbers, mixed greens, Scottish smoked salmon, wild crayfish, lemon, and a French-inspired Dijon dressing.

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It was so delicious! The bites with smoked salmon, cucumber, and greens were my favourite. I want to recreate this salad at home. Do you know why I decided on a salad? There were lots of other options – from sandwiches to toasties to soup to quinoa bowls.

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Well, I chose the salad because of THIS! Amorino is famous for making amazing roses with gelato. This classic cone (medium) was about 5 Euros.

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You can order as many flavours as you’d like, but I chose Speculoos, chocolate hazelnut, and pistachio. Speculoos is my absolute favourite gelato flavour. It’s cinnamon cookie and tastes like heaven. Pistachio was excellent too.

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After that, we went to the Sea Life Aquarium. We had a great time here.

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Some fish freaked me out. We both loved this octopus, which was really smart and cute.

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Unfortunately there wasn’t a shark feeding today! We headed upstairs to the mall. I thought it was cool that there was an educational aquarium and children’s play area right underneath a big shopping centre. We shopped at Auchan, a grocery store (I have a yogurt obsession. Seriously).

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After picking up shrimp, cabbage, and a cucumber for dinner, we headed home and AGAIN took the wrong bus! I swear I got it right this time, and I’m 100% sure we didn’t miss the right one. But for some reason, we took the wrong turn and Seline noticed something was wrong… so we ended up getting off and walking for 20 minutes.

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Dinner was cold Japanese noodles with pan-fried turkey and cucumbers. I sliced the cucumbers and chicken while Maggie made the sauce out of peanut butter, soy sauce, sugar, vinegar, sesame oil, and water. It was excellent without the garlic! I went heavy on the sauce today and kept adding more. Peanut butter… yum.

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I picked up these desserts on a whim at Auchan! A chocolate molten lava cake and a Speculoos cheesecake.

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Seline wanted the chocolate lava cake and I opted for the cheesecake.

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You can never have too much cinnamon! Seline warmed hers up in the microwave and it spurted everywhere. Aww!

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Seline actually thought it was “pretty bad”. She wished the inside didn’t come out and wanted some cold vanilla ice cream with this warm chocolate dessert.

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Mine, on the other hand, was PERFECTION!

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The cheesecake part creamy and subtly sweet, with a hint of vanilla. The cinnamon cookie crumble was thousands of times better than a regular graham crust. What a special dessert!

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Alexandre shared a chocolate lava cake with Maggie 🙂 He ate lots today and finished most of the dessert. What a great eater! I think he’s gonna be a foodie.

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We played after dinner – Ninjas, ball, bubbles, puzzle, airplanes, drawing – before his mom took over and Seline and I took a rest. Tomorrow is our LAST DAY in France and we’re going to be busy packing in the afternoon! I’ve got exciting plans for the day and I can’t wait to show you what we do in the morning…

Worth 11 Euros…

Sunday, August 30, 2015

I went to the bakery in the morning to buy some fresh pastries for breakfast!

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Two almond croissants for Seline, and three for the rest of us to share: a pain aux raisins (raisin custard swirl), a chausson aux pommes (apple tart), and croissant d’amandes (almond croissant).

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I couldn’t decide which one I liked most – all three were equally good, but I was surprised at how tender the apple tart was. Yum! The custard in the raisin swirl was delicious, and I also loved how buttery the croissant was (though a tad soggy).

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We went to Montmartre today, and were lucky to have Alexandre and Maggie join us. He behaved so well on the RER, Metro, and bus.

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I was planning to have lunch at Soul Kitchen, but unfortunately they had a massive lineup and it would be a 30-minute wait. We’d already taken a taxi, gotten lost in the Metro, and walked for half an hour – up the Montmartre mountain. Whew.

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So we decided on a place just next door – Au Relais. We sat on the patio in the shade.

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I ordered the brunch, which began with a croissant, a hot drink (I chose hot chocolate), and orange juice.

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My hot chocolate was not as rich as I would’ve liked, but not bad nonetheless. I really liked the croissant! Very crusty. The orange juice was pulpy and diluted by the addition of ice cubes. 😦

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This was the second part of my {gigantic} brunch: a mini cheeseburger, eggs benedict with bacon, fries, salad, and fresh cheese with pineapple. I gave my mini burger and bacon to Seline.

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Dessert, also included in the brunch, was a Nutella crepe.

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I found the crepe itself a tad burned, and the Nutella not distributed evenly, but the super chocolatey bites were dreamy.

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Montmartre is a really charming place!

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We got a beautiful view from the museum we visited, La Musee de Montmartre. Entrance for students was 5.50 Euros each.

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There was a building and some gardens, plus a vineyard that you could look at. I didn’t really like the art inside because everything seemed plain and somewhat repetitive, so I was wondering whether or not it was worth the 11 Euros for both of us.

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Seline found these two flies… MATING. It was cool and the highlight of our museum visit. 😉 I’m glad we paid 11 Euros just to see this. Seriously.

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Seline was burning up in this weather!

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I thought the weather was fine though. We were in the low 30s.

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As you can see, I liked the gardens much more than the museum buildings!

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Seline complained as she straggled down the mountain behind me. It was the hottest time ofr the day and she was so grumpy.

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We arrived after 7:00 again today. Dinner was already prepared: cold Japanese noodles with egg, broccoli, and carrot.

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There was also a garlic sauce with sesame, soy, garlic, vinegar, and sesame oil. The noodles were so yummy! I think they are soba noodles. I also liked how the carrots and broccoli were steamed first – it made them much easier to devour. Unfortunately the garlic in here (raw and minced) stayed with me overnight!

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Alexandre LOVES noodles! He had more than me :O And without any sauce, too!

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For dessert, we had caneles, almond tuiles, and milk. I didn’t really like the canele, even though it’s a classic French dessert. I just found it kind of strange. The almond crisp was pretty good, though.

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Then Alexandre and I put on our shoes and headed outside to play!

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We liked playing with the rubber ball together. Sometimes they get thrown over the fence though. Oops!

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So after that, we played Ninja Turtles. 🙂

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He was so exhausted from all the stairs and everything that he had an early 9:30 bedtime and Seline and I watched the Hunchback of Notre Dame. I hadn’t seen it before but it’s actually a pretty funny movie!