Paris - Day Three: Part One - Food
Had a late lunch at Cafe Rotund yesterday... The salad was another variation on a croque monsieur! with a demi-carafe of van blonk.
This dessert was brilliant. Two meringue-like biscuit/cakes (can't think of the proper word for them - I hate admitting that) with berry-flavored cream in the middle, some berries and a berry confit garnished with mint, dusted with powdered sugar and pistachio crumbs. Washed down with a sweet long black - coffee cup appears to be stolen from a place called Cafe Richard! [Aside: omg, I'm going back for another helping, NOW!]
Mariah, notice the ash-tray...
Dinner last night, without camera so no photos, was at La Coupole, a big place populaire which didn't live up to it's reputation for surliness or at all. My waiter was very attentive - to the table next to me where there were a gorgeous younger woman and a cheeky older woman... He pointed at her, accusing, face contorted and red with laughter... "You arrrrre so funneeee!" or words to that affect.
My 'heart of filet steak' with a slab of foie-gras on top was more medium than the medium-rare I ordered, but you either get that or 'blue'... Three courses set me back a packet - €115, including two half-bottles of wine and a coffee. Eh, been there done that.
The €5 dessert at lunch, where was it?, was much more memorable.
OTHER MONKEYS SAID
Looks like I'll have to move to Europe then, where dining at a restaurant is obviously still a totally pleasurable and relaxing experience for a person who enjoys a cigarette apres a meal - such freedom and tolerance -- like the 'old days'.
- Edith Piaf being played softly in the background, romantic candlelight, a fresh rose or carnation on the linen-clothed table, etc. .... Ah, I remember it well!
I haven't eaten inside yet, so I don't know if smoking is allowed in the interior of these places.
These restaurants are just wonderful - tacky perhaps in their obvious similarity, but compared to our choices in Geelong...
I'll join you in Europe, apart from the smoking bit. Mind you the weather has been great last few days - come winter I'd rather be in the tropics.
Macaroons, you idiot!