Sunday, September 26, 2010

Caramel Curd

As anyone who has ever visited or lived in France knows, the yogurt aisle is a veritable wonderland. I have a yogurt every morning, and I'll probably never have to eat the same one twice. The first time I bought a round of yogurts, a sheeps'-milk "caillé" made it into the mix, and we were surprised when we cracked into it and found that it was not at all sour. The ingredients were simply, "lait, présure". Pressed milk? Awesome!
So today, when Danielle and I were walking back from the market, we dropped into the grocery store to pick up some things and found this caramel version - trés délicieux! It was just like flan without the eggs - super light, refreshing, caramely, not too sweet.
Upon a moment of further research, I found the word "présure" actually means rennet. So it's curdled milk! And it comes in a charming little waxed-paper tub. Next up, chocolate curd....

Friday, September 17, 2010

Pierre Hermé

Just a little snack of macarons before a stroll in the Luxembourg Gardens... the caramel was out of control. It was pretty much burnt. So good.
And the window display was amazing!!!! 4 slots, all with this photo of Dalí, with the vanilla beans on little pain d'épices-looking cakes. Genius.

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

I saw Notre Dame!

We rode bikes to the middle of town yesterday and then walked across the Seine and checked in with Notre Dame - craaaaaayzy.
I love Paris so far!

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

P A R I S

(L'As du Fallafel)

I arrived in Paris yesterday! After 15 hours of air travel, 2 hours of sleep, and a loopy cab ride, I made it to Danielle and Adrian's apartment, and then managed to stay awake until MIDNIGHT! (2 or 3 coffees and bike rides and Paris sights kept me going.)
Of course, it's pretty magical. We jumped on city bikes and rode into the Marais, where we walked around for a while, checking out windows and popping into stores. (The Annick Goutal perfume shop - incroyable!)
When snack time arrived we went for the 5euro fantasia at L'As du Fallafel, the platonic ideal of a falafel sandwich. Layers of crispy-creamy falafels, yogurt sauce(sauce blanche), marinated shredded red and green cabbage, julienned cucumber, chopped tomato, hummus, delicious oily roasted eggplant slices, and a big dollop of harissa all married to form the platonic ideal of a falafel sandwich. I was particularly impressed with the conscientious layering process, which gave changing but always perfectly-balanced bite vignettes as you moved towards the bottom.