Wednesday, December 16, 2009
Bonjour, Paris! (Part Two)
The important thing to remember about picking a restaurant in a city you are visiting is that if the meal is not that great, it is not the end of the world. There will be many other meals. Sometimes you pick a restaurant for its convenience, like we did tonight, and you end up with a palatable, though not fantastic meal. Our meal tonight was at an italian restaurant close to Notre Dame that likely caters primarily to tourists. Hence our palatable-though-not-fantastic meals. I had what is pictured above: a plate of "focaccia" which was basically a dry pizza crust (it wasn't bad, just drier than I expected) and a green salad topped with grilled vegetables. The grilled vegetables were nice, but the salad was over-dressed. The Man of Science has gnocchi with primavera sauce. I had some kind of memory problem when we were ordering and mixed up gnocchi and tortellini, otherwise I would have had the gnocchi too.
But, you know, there's always wine to save the day. Today we had hot spiced wine (or Vin Chaud as the French say) while we walked around a Christmas market. It was delicious. A perfect thing to drink while walking around in the cool temperatures. I read somewhere before we left on our trip that it is a good idea to bring along a small thermos for the plentiful hot wine, so that's what I did. It worked out well. I drank it while I looked at Christmas ornaments and sweaters and nesting dolls all up and down the Champs D'Elysees. Later we went out at drank absinthe and now I'm eating dark chocolate. Oh, Paris! Je t'aime!