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WIAW: Munching my way through Paris

March 28, 2012

In my last post about Paris I mentioned that the food we ate would be a separate post since we practically ate all day long. I’m one of those people who loves trying as much of the food as possible when I go to a different country and if that means eating macaroons and croissants all day long, then that’s what I’ll have to do. Anyways, I thought my Paris eats would make a fun WIAW post, but please remember that this is no where near an average eating day for me. Thanks to Jenn for hosting.

We (my sister Christina) and I decided to go to Paris for an extended weekend since we don’t get nearly enough sister time and it’s always fun to travel. We arrived in Paris on Friday afternoon and one of our first stops was a crêperie. I had been dreaming about nutella-filled crêpes ever since Anna first wrote about them in one of her posts so I could not wait a day longer. Because it was already quite late in the afternoon Christina and I considered sharing a crêpe but after seeing how delicious they looked we decided to both treat ourselves to a whole crêpe.

Dinner that night was very special and led us to the Eiffel Tower. It may seem like the most touristy thing to do but we enjoyed the whole meal and you can’t beat the location. I’d say it’s really a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity (even though I’m sure I’ll return to Paris very soon)!

Our dinner was delicious. We started off with about 1/2 loaf of bread (very french) followed by a 3-course meal.

As a starter I had a king prawn with creamy avocado (which was amazing), followed by chicken breast served with mushrooms and as a dessert I had profiteroles filled with whipped cream and ice cream. Christina chose foie gras as her starter and then had salmon with butternut squash. Her dessert definitely stole the show. She had chocolate jivara, which she described as chocolate with chocolate with more chocolate. It was good and we slept great that night 🙂

The next morning however I awoke to a growling stomach and could not wait for our lovely french breakfast. We walked 2o minutes to the boulangerie Eric Kayser where we ordered a delicious spread of viennoiserie (which coincidentally is translated as “things of Vienna” which is the capital of Austria 🙂 ). Breakfast was amazing and fueled me for a day full of walking and my belly was very happy to be filled up.

We spent the morning walking from one patisserie to the next picking up macaroons. Our first stop was Ladurée.

Next we walked to Pierre Hermé and Sadahru Aoki. We bought macaroons at each patisserie to compare the different flavors. My camera bag served a our picnic “basket” for the day.

Before lunch we went to La Grand Epicerie where we bought baguettes and drinks and then had a picnic in the park. It was beautiful, sunny and warm.

Instead of having the macaroons for dessert we shared a pain au chocolat that we bought at the boulangerie Poîlane.

This lunch was necessary as we had a long afternoon of shopping at the Champs-Elysées ahead of us. Dinner that night really wasn’t that great since we were munching on macaroons all afternoon long and sort of fell into a sugar coma by the time we got home that night.

On Sunday morning our breakfast looked very similar to what we had the day before. We then had a day of sightseeing planned before going back to London in the late afternoon. On our way back to the hotel we walked past a gelato store where I just had to get myself some ice cream. All of the flavors sounded intriguing but I ended up getting a beautifully arranged cone of chocolate soy milk and coffee. Is this not the most artistic ice cream ever?

And that basically sums up what I ate in Paris. It may have been lacking some important nutrients but I’ll put up with that if it means that I can eat macaroons instead.

Happy WIAW!

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  • Reply Aparna B. @ Not A Leaf March 28, 2012 at 5:23 pm

    My hubby and I spent the first part of our honeymoon in Pairs and absolutely fell in love with the place! I’d been there before but this time around was just amazing. This pots makes me want to go back! We didn’t go to laudree though – seemed too busy at the time. But any other patisserie you go to that has macarons had our names all over it 🙂 Yum! Great post.

    • Reply Antonia March 28, 2012 at 6:20 pm

      Haha…that’s the great thing about Paris, there’s macaroons just about at every patisserie. We were lucky enough to get to Ladurée quite early so we were done quickly, but we did have to wait in line at Pierre Hermé. But the wait was totally worth it.

  • Reply Allison @ PickyEatingRD March 29, 2012 at 1:38 am

    I’ve never had a macaroon! I’m so jealous that you just went to Paris for the weekend. What I would’t give to be able to do that!!

    • Reply Antonia March 29, 2012 at 6:15 am

      I only had my first macaroon in 2 years ago and have been addicted ever since. They are apparently not that difficult to make at home so I might give it a go and if I’m successful I can post the recipe.

  • Reply Clair March 29, 2012 at 2:16 am

    Yumyumyumyumyum! SO jealous! This all looks amazing and makes me wish I lived closer to Paris.

    • Reply Antonia March 29, 2012 at 6:16 am

      Thanks Clair! I wish I could actually live in Paris for half a year or so. Would be pretty cool 🙂

  • Reply Alexandra March 29, 2012 at 5:32 pm

    Wow what deliciousness! Those macaroons are making me drool 😀

    • Reply Antonia March 29, 2012 at 5:35 pm

      haha…they practically had the same effect on me too….sooooo good 🙂

  • Reply Healthiful Balance March 29, 2012 at 8:13 pm

    Yay, looks like you had a great time in France! All those eats look so delicious, makes me want to be in Paris right now! 🙂

  • Reply Antonia March 29, 2012 at 8:15 pm

    It was great….I’m still recovering from my sugar coma 😉

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