missmaggiepops

Eating my way around the world

Month: March, 2015

Paris, je t’aime

  

Paris in the springtime is beautiful. The flowers are starting to pop, you don’t need as many layers of clothing, and there aren’t hordes of tourists like in the summer. Parisian dining has been good to me so far as well.

  

I found fois gras confit at a market (Les Enfant Rouges) in the Marais, off of rue de Bretagne. I know: shut the front door; fat melted into more fat. Omgahdroool.  That same stand had Tomme du Chevre, which I quickly snapped up since it’s hard to find stateside, and a big chunk of sea-salted butter from Brittany.

  

I also grabbed a quick bite to eat at famed Rose Bakery in the Marais (30, rue Debelleyme, 75003 Paris) near my hotel. I had a quiche with chunks of roasted salmon, hubby’s had chorizo and roasted fennel, while kiddo’ ate croquettes of veal & polenta (ok, kinda’ ate. He’s going through the fun toddler phase of subsisting solely on bread & grapes)

  

Of course I did requisite cheese & butter shopping on rue de Rivoli. There are some great markets on that street where you can pick up giant morels, beautiful berries, hard-necked garlic, freah seafood, and so much more.

 

 

  

And don’t forget to pick up fresh yoghurt. My motto in life is: boycotte fat-free yoghurt; Long live cream! Actually, boycotte ‘fat-free’ anything.

  

And if you’re into collecting vintage silver, Paris is where it’s at. Either at the antiques stores throughout the city, or at the markets. I found sterling silver soup spoons for €8 each. 

   

   

I ran into a restaurant supply store, E.Dehillerin, near the Louvre, such a happy accident. Picked up a €20 butchering knife for the hubby, and nearly lost myself in all the copper, and molds section.

  

There really is just too much to talk about in 1 singular post. Next up: restaurant recommendations. A bientôt!

  

  

 

 

  

Zurich

  

Breakfast, Swiss style: rosti potatoes with raclette cheese & the happiest egg I ever did see. Not bad for brunch at Zurich Bahnhof (train station) just before departing to Paris today. 

Beer O’Clock



Labatt, a Canadian brewing company, is known for its iconic dirty-old-man-beer: Labatt 50. That sh*t’s nasty. My husband picked up the Labatt Bourbon Barrel Age a few nights ago, a supposed try at craft brewing by a large conglomerate. We mostly tasted vanilla, not bourbon. I’m drinking it right now at my own private happy hour (aka drinking by myself in my kitchen) mostly for the alcoholic content. But the taste isn’t that bad if you’re in the mood for a sweeter beer. Labatt, you’ve cleaned up; not in a Brooklyn-hipster-way, but more of a West-Island-of-Montreal cleaned-up. Good enough.

Tiny NY Kitchens

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Who says you can’t cook in a generously-sized closet aka NY apt? With Whole Paycheck just down the street from me, I was able to whip up Bon Appetit’s Curried Ground Shrimp & Noodles for dinner. It’s amazing how creative you can get with a limited amount of counter space. I do recommend a food processor for the shrimp, and I just finely diced my onion instead of pulsing it into a paste as the recipe called for. I skipped the extra Korean hot chilies as my jalapeno was already super hot, and subbed cilantro for the basil because cilantro is Much cheaper in the winter than basil. Dinner for 1 just got elevated.
Click here for the recipe.

And for another great recipe to cook in a tiny kitchen, I also made Bon Appetite’s Oven Risotto with Kale Pesto. I had no idea you could cook risotto in the oven, what a great trick! You can use any sort of green in here, not just poster-child kale. Collards, spinach, Swiss chard, and even arugula would be great to use in place of the kale. I also used a mix of almonds & walnuts for the pesto.

Russ & Daughters

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I love a good deli just like the next person, and this definitely fits the bill. I know, I know, go to Katz’s, it’s a NY institution, but I’ve been there years ago and found it to be more tourist trap than an authentic dining experience (is there even such a thing?).
Russ & Daughters was great. I took the baby there (ok, well, he’s technically a toddler now, but he will Always be my baby….), and kiddo ate latkes with salmon roe on them. He Loved them:) I, meanwhile, ordered the most perfectly cooked sunny-side eggs with smoked salmon & latkes, while the hubby ordered sturgeon, eggs & onions. Delish. Baby & I washed our breakfasts down with a chocolate egg cream, and a cream soda that was flecked with vanilla bean seeds.

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Next time, I would love to order their caviar. Hopefully baby will be just as into that idea as he was with the salmon eggs.