The weather was dark, cool. The city quiet. I love August in Paris ^-^
There was that first night in a dollhouse of a room…
An early dinner at La Buvette.
…that chocolate cake and ploof of crème fraîche.
I wish good cider could accompany every meal.
A later dinner at one of my favorites, Hugo Desnoyer. This place is magical, all about the tartare.
Best to go with the trilogy and get a taste of them all. Beef, veal, lamb.
And those fries, oh man.
For the second round, do it all again raw. Or opt for it cooked on one side (pictured). Or cooked both sides. Add an egg if you so desire.
Follow it up with grilled bone marrow and a bit of yuzu kosho.
Frisée salad with bacon, fourme d’ambert, and eggs for balance. Dessert? Rice pudding, of course.
LiLi, to satisfy all dumpling cravings. Rounds of xiao long bao…
…and a single giant crab dumpling in soup.
Sweet mochi stuffed with black sesame.
And pu’erh, always pu’erh.
These chopstick holders make me dream of Hong Kong.
We’ll be back.
A little oasis at the Shangri-La…
…and honeyed macarons.
The tea basket, ready to go.
All the good things at Matsuhisa…
…and a kiss of Château d’Yquem for dessert.
Very sweet dreams. Not sure I’ll ever get this lucky with a room view again.
Bao came over for tea one afternoon ^-^
Supper at Shang Palace. Tomatoes marinated with plum, mint, and basil.
Cabbage marinated in mustard.
Lo Hei salmon. Pour in the plum-sesame sauce, mix and devour. One of my all-time favorites. I wish this was more commonly served as a year round dish.
Double-boiled Chinese mushroom soup with bamboo fungus.
Roast sucking pig and caviar.
Basil seeds and fresh almond jellies.
I always carry a number of teas when traveling (usually new products/harvest, samples I’ve been meaning to taste, etc). Whole leaf tea bags for when I’m at the airport. Beautiful loose ones to steep hot and brew cold at the hotels. I did all pu’erh and Taiwanese black teas this trip.
You remember how much I love a good hotel breakfast? I wake up early for this ^-^
In-room (with bathrobe on and a good book)…
…or downstairs? I cannot decide! Both make me happy. Especially when there’s a Chinese or Japanese breakfast on the menu.
Couldn’t wait to devour this ripe Camembert so I found a cafe.
On the same block, Maison de la Chantilly…
…for this vanilla cone filled with freshly whipped cream. Heaven.
…and whole head of roasted cauliflower…
…and beef bourguignon.
Then Boot Cafe for pastries and hot chocolate.
…and ricotta pancakes at the Four Seasons Paris.
Found! A poke bowl in Paris. This was at La 8 Iéna.
Always finishing with dessert.
A clean dirty martini at Bar Hemingway before dinner…
…at Le Cinq.
Three favorites. Tomatoes and fresh cheese…
…Dublin bay prawns from Brittany. Warm mayonnaise and crunchy buckwheat pancake.
This was a pretty wild dessert, “Dairy Iced.”
Till next time ^-^