April 16, 2010
Taking photos of the Seine and Sacre Coeur are a must when visiting Paris, but my camera is filled with images of gorgeous meal after gorgeous meal, thousands of food photos bursting with freshness, color and deliciousness. As my time in Paris winds down – I leave later this week! – I promise to share every last morsel, starting with part one below that originally appeared on my food site, Eat Boutique. Bon appetit! -Maggie
Let’s be honest. Paris may be a foodie mecca, but all that amazing food isn’t a breeze to find. You have to research, ask the locals and scout out those hidden gems (far away from all the tourists). I did a lot of those aforementioned tasks and have produced my first “Paris Foods You Must Eat” list. Expect many more parts to come, but give me some time. I’ve got about two thousand photos to sort through, and many more neighborhoods to explore before I sleep, err, leave!
Growing up along the East Coast, I thought I had had the best seafood in the world. Um, that was until I tasted the scallops and oysters in Paris. Both are far sweeter here, with a lot more character and taste. The above scallops were caramelized and served on a beautiful plate with spring asparagus, carrots, beets and mache at one of my favorite restaurants in Montmartre called Le Miroir (94, rue des Martyrs, 18ème. Tel: 01 46 06 50 73. Metro: Abbesses or Pigalle.) If they are serving scallops the day you dine there, order them.
Perhaps it’s cliche but a visit to Paris would not be complete without tasting Berthillon’s famous ice cream (31 Rue Saint-Louis en l’Ile, 4ème. Tel: 01 43 54 31 61. Metro: Pont Marie). It’s delicious and so very pretty. A huge thank you to my very accommodating hand model who was accosted on the street by a crazy lady (me!).
I have indeed eaten my fair share of falafel while in Paris. Really, I’ve had no better falafel anywhere in the States. Personally, I think it’s the layering of flavors that makes each bite totally scrumptious – veggies, sauces, falafel, veggies, sauces, falafel. My favorite is directly across the street from L’As du Falafel (34, rue des Rosiers, 4ème, Metro: St. Paul), but this famous spot is delicious too.
Contrary to what I had heard and read, I have actually found a good espresso here and there across Paris. My favorite shots are accompanied with a little cookie, like here at Cafe des Musées (49 Rue de Turenne, 3ème, Metro: Chemin Vert, Tel: 01 42 72 96 17) or better yet, with a little square of dark chocolate like at Glou (101, rue Vieille du Temple, 18ème. Tel: 01 42 74 44 32. Metro: Saint Sebastien-Froissart or Arts et Metiers). Glou is also one of my favorite spots for lunch. It’s a tad over-priced, but I always have a great meal. I had the most amazing Belon oysters there, I swore I’d return before I fly back home. I better do that soon…
Okay, I didn’t eat this eclair myself but I had to slip this shot in from Le Miroir. It was served at lunch and one of my dining partners gladly ate the entire beautiful dessert, loaded with pineapple and caramel. It’s crusty and caramelized on top – just the way I like it.
One Sunday morning while searching St. Germain for croissants, I stumbled upon La Patisserie des Rêves (93 Rue du Bac, 6eme, Metro: Rue du Bac, Tel: 01 42 84 00 82). It’s expensive (how else do they pay for all those beautiful spotlights on each dessert?) but these little vanilla buns were delicious, dense and not too sweet. Dunk them in coffee and be very pleased with yourself.
Or, you can opt to go low-fi and do the traditional baguette with butter and jam. I probably did this way too often. But it really is just sooo good. This one is from La Terrasse des Archives (51, Rue des Archives, 3eme, Metro: 3eme, Tel : 01 42 72 17 57) in the Marais.
Cafe des Musées is good for more than just a nice little coffee. The fries were thick, salty and a little crunchy. David Lebovitz loves these frites, which compelled me to try them, and they truly are delicious. They were rivaled this past weekend by frites at Bistro Paul Bert, but I don’t have a photo of those, so these will have to do.
One of my favorite foods was happened upon at a colleague’s home. The lemon tart made by her boyfriend was so delicious, and I had to snap this quick photo of all of us grabbing final bites. All this restaurant and shop food is very special, but there’s nothing quite as special as homemade dessert, especially when it’s loaded with lemon juice.
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Written by Maggie Battista
Passionate about fine dining and old-fashioned hospitality, Maggie is focused on finding hidden, authentic food gems and is absolutely in love with the creamy, salty butter sold all over Paris. She also runs an online magazine and market called Eat Boutique, where she discovers the best small batch foods by boutique food makers. Maggie’s based in Boston, with frequent trips to Paris, Brooklyn, Maine, and northern California.
Website: Maggie Battista, blogger
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