After the landmarks (click here for the post), here comes the food a.k.a. the best part! Hihihi 😛
A trip to Paris always starts with Starbucks coffee for me. The moment I step out of the train, I head straight away to the closest Starbucks, which can be found pretty much anywhere in Paris.
People always ask me why the hell do I love Starbucks so much. I make them believe it’s because of the coffee but people that really know me know that it’s for sentimental reasons.
When I get tired of drinking too much coffee, I like to order also their refreshing fruity drinks. It’s a bit pricey, but it tastes like home to me.
On our first day in Paris, my friend, KR, and I decided to have a drink in a local bar in Le Marais.
We decided to order a Panaché, which is a mix of beer and lemonade. Most French people like to have this during the summer and served very cold. I remembered ordering this because KR was quite curious about a photo of a Panaché I posted on Instagram a couple of days earlier.
Behind KR, there was an olive distributing machine. Just genius! 🤓
After our drinks, we headed to L’As du Fallafel, which took about 5 minutes on foot. I love Fallafels, which are Middle Eastern deep-fried ball made of chickpeas. We used to eat these all the time back when my parents and I lived in Jordan.
For as long as I can remember, I’ve always heard that l’As du Fallafel served the best Fallafel in France and even Europe! Being foodies, KR and I were both excited to see what they were all about.
The sandwich looked perfect. Generous and balanced serving of fried chickpea balls, fresh vegetables, and white sauce. I was excited to bite into it! But unfortunately……. I don’t know if this was the classic case of over expectation. To this day, I still read lots of positive reviews online and they insist that L’As du Fallafel is the best of the best. I wasn’t as overwhelmed and amazed by it. At some point, I had bitter after tastes and it seemed like the chickpea balls weren’t fried properly. I gave up halfway through and didn’t even finish my sandwich! What a bummer! 😟
What I did enjoy though was this amazing spicy sauce. I have no idea what it was specifically made of, but it was the perfect balance between salt and heat.
The next day, KR, Baby Girl, and I made our way to the Parc des Buttes-Chaumont for a quiet and chill day. The plan was to find a spot and chat.
On our way to the park, we stopped by the first take-out place we could find – Asian! I suspect KR wasn’t too happy about that, but she didn’t say a word. We stopped at the first place that was open and because we hadn’t eaten breakfast, we rapidly devoured our lunch – sautéed noodles, fried shrimp roll, chicken wings, broccoli, fresh summer roll and sweet and sour meatballs.
The first restaurant that we went to when the Husband arrived was Le Manoir, not too far from the Opera. Originally, I really really really wanted to eat Xiao Long Bao at Autour du Yangtze. Unfortunately, when we got there we found out they were close the whole month of August. Boo!
Since the restaurant was closed, we decided to go the next best thing – a typical Parisian bistrot.
Le Manoir was the perfect place to have lunch at. The menu was impressive with lots of choices to choose from. There was a little of everything and it was hard to decide what to get. Typical Parisian people-watching while eating. Honestly, it takes a little bit of getting used to. The nice server gave Baby Girl some coloring materials so instead we happily doodled and coloured while waiting for our food.
Faux-Filet, Sauce aux Morilles, Gratin de Pommes de Terre et Courgettes (17.50 Euros)
This dish reminded me of why I’m not particularly fan of Morilles mushrooms. But the meat was tender and the side dish of potatoes and zucchini – perfect!!!
Filet de Canette aux Champignon du moment (Morilles), Purée (15.50 Euros)
Wow! This was perfection. The proportions were generous and I was even able to snatch my own piece. Yum! 😋
Baby Girl had the Children’s Menu and she chose Omelet and Mashed Potato.
Her menu also included a dessert.
The dessert choices looked quite interesting. A choice between Creme Brulée, Fruit Tarts, Fruit Salads, sinful Chocolate and etc. But the Husband and I could not eat anything else, so instead we opted to end our delicious lunch with a strong Espresso coffee.
The second restaurant we went to during this short trip was the one in Disneyland. That’ll be in the next blog post.
Our last day in Paris was all planned out, with only one objective in mind: drop by a Filipino store. Some may not understand how strongly I feel, but trust me going home without buying some Filipino groceries was just impossible. If ever I had to make a list of living in Paris vs. where I’m currently living, the Filipino stores would definitely be high in my Pro-Paris list. Anyways, I knew where I needed to be that morning and after a quick Metro ride, I was happily going through the stocks of Pinoy products in the Cora Fred Sari-Sari Store.
So here are some of the things we bought:
Ready-to-cook Puto mix, Del Monte Tomato Sauce, Corned Beef, Guisado Bagoong, Salted Black Beans, Mama Sita’s Menudo / Afritada, Pancit Canton Chili-Mansi and Homemade Chicharon (we’ve missed this!!!)
I had visions of Puto Cheese, Filipino-Style Spaghetti, Menudo, Afritada, Kare-Kare, Spareribs with Tausi, and Ginisang Corned Beef floating in my head.
To make those delicious dishes, I also made sure to stock up on sauces and seasonings. Banana Sauce (a must with Fried Chicken!!!), Sweet Chili Sauce, Pinoy Kurat Spiced Coconut Vinegar, Datu Puti Vinegar, and Soy sauce.
And finally, we indulged on some of our favorite childhood snacks or chichiria. These did not even last a week! LOL
Neither did the homemade Lumpiang Gulay, made of carrots, beans, and togue. We bought several for « lunch on the train ». Instead, these were « late breakfast in the streets of Paris ». 🤣 🤣