Parisian Food

I have to make an admission that those of you know me need not read. I am a picky eater. Really picky. Strain my plain ¬†spaghetti sauce because even the little pieces of onion are considered “too chunky” picky. I don’t eat any kind of seafood because fish grosses me out. (same for Garbanzo beans) I don’t eat any kind of peanuts but I will eat smooth peanut butter. I cut every visible bit of fat off my skinless, boneless chicken breasts, and cut out anything else that looks suspicious.

So it will be no surprise that I wasn’t bowled over by the food in France. When I first arrived, I ate Croque Monsieur and omelets for days, despite the fact that I am not a huge fan of ham. I will say that from what I tasted, ham in France is much better than ham in the United States. But after a few days I got tired of it. Bacon is different there too, so I didn’t eat any bacon at all for the 45 days I was there. Now I know how Jesus felt in the desert. (Kidding!)

I never tried escargot, frog legs, nicoise salad, duck, a l’orange or otherwise, fois gras, quenelle, or ratatouille. I did eat plenty of pain au chocolat. In fact, I am a connoisseur of pain au chocolat. I also ate plenty of baguettes, and I totally understand how one can walk 4 or more blocks out of their way to buy a stick of bread at a certain bakery, despite walking by hundreds of other sticks of bread on the way. Towards the end of my trip, I was eating cheese, baguettes, chocolate, and grapes almost exclusively. Washed down with cheap wine. I tried buying relatively expensive (to me) wines but the difference in taste wasn’t worth the expense. I’m pretty easy to please regarding wine. If it’s white, there a 99.5% chance I’ll like it. I tried to eat a variety of cheeses, but kept going back to the same ones, Cantal, Emmental, Parmesan, and Mozzarella.

Here are some pictures of things I ate, as well as many of the foods on display, some of which I ate too, especially the pastries.

First up, street food, which runs right into pastries because WordPress is not cooperating with me:

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Waffle with Nutella. Ok, but too bland after a while.

Waffle with Nutella. Ok, but too bland after a while.

I did not eat this but it seems to be a staple at every crepe stand

I did not eat this but it seems to be a staple at every crepe stand

Some Vanilla thing I ordered to cut the richness of the hot chocolate at Angelina. Not worth the money.

Some Vanilla thing I ordered to cut the richness of the hot chocolate at Angelina. Not worth the money.
Tiny shop on rue Dauphine

Tiny shop on rue Dauphine

Cheesecake from Bread and Roses, rue Madame. Best I had

Cheesecake from Bread and Roses, rue Madame. Best I had

Pierre Herme

Pierre Herme

Trois chocolat at 2 rue de la Verrerie

Trois chocolat at 2 rue de la Verrerie

Restaurant meals:

Cheeseburger from Le Pause Beaubourg, Marais

Cheeseburger from Le Pause Beaubourg, Marais

One of my favorites, but it's Italian so I guess it doesn't count

One of my favorites, but it’s Italian so I guess it doesn’t count

Croque Monsieur

Croque Monsieur

Ham egg and cheese omelette

Ham egg and cheese omelette

The classic croissant

The classic croissant

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Pear Nutella Crumble from Cafe Pre aux Clercs

Pear Nutella Crumble from Cafe Pre aux Clercs

Creme brulee from Cafe Pre aux Clercs

Creme brulee from Cafe Pre aux Clercs

My usual picnic fare:

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I have to mention the wine. It accompanied almost every lunch and dinner, and many times was the only thing I ordered.

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No wonder I came home 14 pounds heavier than when I left. I’m surprised the airline didn’t charge me extra baggage fees!