Things I eat part four – Paris

My trip to Paris really involved some delicious meals. My friends knew just where to go to find a meal that’s under 10 Euro but tasty at the same time. And although I’m usually someone who just walks into any place if it looks like it has a nice vibe to it, I’m glad we went on these little missions to find good food. It makes the meal more satisfying somehow.

First, there was Bob’s Kitchen, a cosy little spot where you can tuck into fresh, healthy and delicious food and freshly squeezed juices. We all had the veggie stew with roast veg, something that looked like barley, hummus, sesame seeds and other delicious things I can’t remember. This is a small stew (totally big enough for lunch) and it cost only 5.50 Euro. Even the New Yorkers working for Elle Magazine loved it. Check out their review here.

Next up was Paris’s Grande Mosque. Now I know I can see a mosque every day of the week – there are about three that are walking distance from my apartment – but this mosque is known for it’s cute little café and restaurant on the side. If you drink tea, you sit outside under the trees and watch the little birds flutter around. The mint tea is sweet, warm and yummy and the range of sweet treats is ridiculous. We didn’t know the name of any of it (and I still don’t) so here’s a picture. They were all pretty darn good.

And lastly, a baguette. You can’t go to paris and not have a baguette. This particular baguette was purchased in Montmartre. Paris hosts a very competitive baguette competition every year and the winning baguette gets served to the president at breakfast every morning. It’s quite a prestigious and sought after title. We picked out the 2011 winner, and although this particular sandwich is not the winning recipe, we bought a plain winner baguette too. Pretty good!

Things I eat part three – Paris

In Paris I happened to eat food that wasn’t necessarily typically French. But it was still pretty darn good. My friends have been staying there for a few months and they’ve either heard of, or visited, places that are either full of character and charm or places that serve delicious meals at an affordable price. I quickly had to get used to the idea that an affordable meal in Paris is around 10 Euro, but after that is was smooth sailing.

My first restaurant meal in Paris happened to be Cambodian. We went to Le Petit Cambodge and I loved the Bubon. It’s a hot and cold salad with everything from carrots and coleslaw to glass noodles, beef and nuts. Super yummy and very nutritious, compared to the things I’ve been eating the last week or so. A great find.

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That evening, we went scouring for a vibrant little tea room in Le Marais district. It’s called Le noir dans le Therier and it’s a cosy spot where people seem to sit for hours, finishing up a pot of tea while tucking into a slice of cake. The range of teas are endless, but I can say with confidence that the Darjeeling was pretty memorable. The chocolate tart speaks for itself.

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The next day I couldn’t help but stop at one of the tuck shop type of stores you find at almost every metro station. Coffee with milk was at the order of the day and I learnt that coffees here are much smaller (and stronger) that what I’m used to back home. I like that you always get a sweet or a cookie with your coffee.

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Things I eat part two – Brugge

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A great alternative to an expensive lunch is a takeaway burger. There are many of these snack bars around town. It’s like a fancy, fresher version of McDonalds. And tasty too.

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Fries – probably the most popular savoury thing to snack on in Bruges. With mayo, always with mayo.

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For me, nothing beats a cup of tea after a day of exploring, back at the hostel while blogging and catching up with parents and boyfriend loveliness.

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My second waffle in Belgium, this time a plain one with castor sugar. Suiker Wafel. Mmmh. Accompanied by a quiet evening stroll along the cobbled stones – perfect.