We really didn't want to come home, it was perfect in Paris. The sun shone, the wine flowed and the food - well, the food was an experience. One of the things I love so much about the French is their innate appreciation for food and drink. Such care and importance is attached to eating, from the quickest snack to a celebratory dinner. Great thought and effort is put forth and therefore great satisfaction is guaranteed. If there is one thing I hope to bring home with me, it is that appreciation, that the process of making and the effort it takes is SO worth the result.
Here are a selection of delights we enjoyed.
A succulent lamb dish
A perfect poached pear
A beautiful lemon tart
A magical restaurant
Ina Garten has long been a culinary hero of mine and after reading her "Barefoot in Paris" and her reference to Dehillerin, the celebrated cookware store, I promised myself if I was ever there I would pay a visit.
I left the family happily splashing in the pool, jumped in a cab and headed across town. I gazed mesmerized at the display of copper pots and pans gleaming in the windows.
This was no pretty wrapped up in tissue paper Williams Sonoma store. This was the Home Depot of culinary stores. This was a real "slaving over a hot stove" cooking store. They had EVERYTHING you could possibly imagine - and more. I poured over the countless utensils I had never seen before.
The store was buzzing. After a couple of laps upstairs and down it was all too much. I felt like a toddler in Toys R Us. I removed myself as fast as possible to the brasserie across the road and ordered an expresso. When my heart rate had returned to normal, I realized that I needed to go home with a small copper pot. I didn't possess anything copper and after all it was SO French! Another couple of laps around the store and I found my treasure, the sweetest little copper pan that now happily sits on my stove.
We walked for miles, everywhere there were beautiful bakeries, grocers and butchers right in the heart of Paris.
An enchanting candy shop
Paris was an education and a delight.