Running Through Londontown and Grand Paris

Running Through Londontown and Grand Paris

This week has been a few quick days in London and Paris. After a stroll through the art exhibits of London’s Tate Modern, there was just enough time left for a wonderful lunch of smoked eel, ox hearts, and treacle pudding at St. John’s, creamy sheep’s milk cheese from Neal’s Yard Dairy, and a few good beers from Jersulem Tavern.

Ox Hearts at St JohnTreacle Pudding at St John's

Jumping on the Eurrorail in London, it was a fast train ride into France. The Paris day began with caffe and chocolate croissants and then a rainy trip to the Eiffel Tower. Nearby, the Marche du Pont de l’Alma is a weekly farmers market. Shoppers peruse a variety of produce including asparagus, tomatoes, strawberries, figs, and cherries, as well as fish, fresh cheese, pasta, and meats. Vendors sell sandwhiches, pastries, and crepes to customers hungerly waiting in line for their goods.

Paris Farmer's Market

Fish at the Paris train station

Of course, the best part of Paris is the macarons! There is Laduree on the Champs Elysées  with Baba Rum, Caramel Mille Fuille, and chocolate, coffee, pistachio and raspberry macarons. Creamy fillings, sweet whipped creams, and boozy pastries; this pastry house is well known for a reason, everything is divine. At Rue Bonaparte there is the Pierre Herme shop and more macarons, passion fruit, olive oil, cassis, and caramel. The cassis sublime, light as air; the passion fruit were tart and rich. After a day spent walking throughout Paris, a stop in a cafe for Kronenbourgs and jambon de burre sandwiches is the perfect ending. A quick run through two of Europe’s great food cities, still worth every bite! Cheers until next week when it will be goat cheese making on a farm in Agen, France!

Laduree PastryPierre Herme Macarons


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    Claire said,

    I love Paris! Your lovely post took me there instantly! =)

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