Paris. Historical, cultural, artistic, romantic, modern, … and a lot of things. While the city looks almost exactly what it had been since hundreds of years ago, it transforms and progresses itself with its own unique, glorious tradition. When I think about an afternoon in Paris, I always imagine myself sipping a cup of coffee, eating a croissant, and reading a book while sitting by the street in an outdoor café… but the Paris food scene is more than that – it goes from affordable baguettes and croissants to a really luxurious dining extravaganza. This time, my fellow bloggers have shared some ideas that might inspire you about experiencing the diverse and delicate French cuisine. These are places with a rich history and star-studded clientele.
The Mont Blanc dessert at Angelina’s:
Rumor has it… that Proust, Coco Chanel, and Karl Lagerfeld were guests
If you’re planning a trip to Paris, be sure to include a stop off at the iconic Angelina’s patisserie and tea-room. Angelina’s is located on Rue Rivoli just across the street from Les Tuileries Gardens and a stone’s throw from the Louvre. The tearoom, which was founded in 1903 and named after the owner’s daughter-in-law, is so quintessentially Parisian with its Belle Epoque décor, you’ll feel as though you’ve stepped into a film set. Rumour has it that the tearoom attracted the likes of Proust, Coco Chanel, and Karl Lagerfeld. During my last visit to Paris, I indulged in their signature pastry, the famous Mont Blanc cake, and can confirm that you may wish to skip lunch! I couldn’t resist having one of their decadent, creamy, hot chocolate’s to accompany my pastry and would highly recommend you do the same (and definitely skip lunch!). The Mont Blanc cake is made of crème de marron vermicelli, light whipped cream, meringue and has been Angelina’s trademark pastry since 1903. You can also buy a takeaway Mont Blanc cake from their delicatessen which has an incredible array of intricately designed pastries. Apparently, they sell 600 of these cakes a day… This is definitely something for your Paris bucket list!
Gillian’s blog: www.bucketlistfrance.com
Mashed Potatoes at L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon:
The best potatoes in the world, period.
Paris has everything you can imagine in food. They are also of course known for having some of the best and renown chefs in the world. However, one of these chefs is credited on how we experience food. His name is Joël Robuchon.
Chef Joël Robuchon is the owner of L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon at Hôtel du Pont Royal, 5 Rue Montalembert, 75007 Paris, France. He developed this restaurant with the concept of experiencing food should be fun and interesting, hence the open-air restaurant. Sleek, black and red decor, clean and well organized. You will need to make a reservation way ahead to be able to take a seat at the “bar like” area to observe these professionals. As you watch the magic of all the chefs working, for the ones who know, you are waiting for this one particular dish. The mashed potatoes.
Chef Joël Robuchon has mastered potatoes that once you try his, none compare. They are the richest, creamiest, most butter induced mashed potatoes you will ever experience. Be prepared your cholesterol will go up a couple of notches. But this won’t stop you from asking for more…I did.
Sherrie’s blog: http://travelbyasherrieaffair.com
Specialties at Au Pied de Cochon
The legendary brasserie opens 24 /7 and never close since 1947, with a legendary clientele: Salvador Dali, Alfred Hitchcock, and Brigitte Bardot…
Recently, I had an overnight layover in Paris. What a remarkable opportunity to walk around the city of lights under the dark skies enjoying fabulous illumination! The only downside was that by 3 in the morning, a plate of food was the only thing I could think about. The Au Pied de Cochon was one of a few restaurants in Paris that open 24 hours. Frankly, I just wanted to bite something without caring much about surroundings. To my surprise, I was treated to a fantastic dinner in what turned out to be one of the iconic restaurants of the French capital.
The Au Pied de Cochon is the legendary brasserie in Paris that has never closed its doors since 1947. As the story goes, back in the day the owner Clément Blanc, had an innovative idea of opening the eatery round the clock. With this, the Au Pied de Cochon became the first Parisian restaurant to be open 365 days a year, with its lights always lit.
In seventy plus years, the restaurant became a hit among the surprisingly diverse clientele. Both Parisians and out-of-towners enjoy coming there. Over time, it was a favorite spot for a host of famous personalities. To name a few, General Charles de Gaulle, Salvador Dali, Alfred Hitchcock, Grace Kelly and Brigitte Bardot dined there. When Francois Mitterand was elected President in 1981, he celebrated his victory at the Au Pied de Cochon.
The ambiance of an old-school brasserie brings back la Belle Epoque. Multi-colored lamps and paintings, white tablecloths, waiters in penguin suits are stylish and offset by a few lighthearted, humorous touches from golden pig’s foot handles to pink meringue piglets served with coffee.
As the name implies, the restaurant specializes in everything pig. From snout to tail, every part is put on the menu. The famed house specialty is the Temptation of Saint Anthony. This saint happened to be the patron of all charcuterers. The dish carrying his name is the fried and breaded tail, ear, snout and half a trotter with chips. Of course, I had to try it. Considering that I never tasted either of those, I have to admit I was surprised at how enjoyable the whole plate was.
The menu highlights traditional brasserie cooking – onion soup au gratin, escargot, crêpes flambées – but the star of the show, if you will, is the celebration of the pig. Stuffed trotters, head cassoulet, smoked belly, tail, ears… The “porkiness” can become overwhelming. Do not worry. The Au Pied de Cochon has a fantastic selection of seafood. And, of course, wines.
Elena’s blog: https://travelingbytes.com/