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.
This was made with plenty of creamy chevre, zucchini, and tomato.
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 🙂
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!).
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.
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!
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
Seline liked our morning, too!
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.
She decided on Earl of Sandwich in Disney Village, a sandwich (duh!) place that overlooks the river.
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.
It got super windy outside so we moved back into the building. Seline’s meal came with a Sprite and some chips.
Then we hopped onto the RER! There was just one station to our next destination. The ride was only 3.5 minutes.
I think we understand Paris transportation much better now. We always sit in the same spots on the RER.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
After that, we went to the Sea Life Aquarium. We had a great time here.
Some fish freaked me out. We both loved this octopus, which was really smart and cute.
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).
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.
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.
I picked up these desserts on a whim at Auchan! A chocolate molten lava cake and a Speculoos cheesecake.
Seline wanted the chocolate lava cake and I opted for the cheesecake.
You can never have too much cinnamon! Seline warmed hers up in the microwave and it spurted everywhere. Aww!
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.
Mine, on the other hand, was PERFECTION!
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!
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.
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…