After living in Paris for two months last year, a number of people ask me what they should do with a long layover in Paris. I would hate for you to miss out on all my opinions as well, so here is my guide to seeing Paris on a layover. I’ll be sharing a Paris City Guide in the next few weeks for those of you who have a few days to spend there.
As a child I hated sandwiches and refused to eat peanut butter and jelly. Lucky for me there was food on the table (unlike much of the world) so my mom didn’t really care if I liked PB&J or not, I just had to eat it. Now that I’m a grown-up I get to choose my own food. While I still don’t like peanut butter and jelly, I’ve come to appreciate bread, cheese and meat, especially when it involves a picnic.
How do you find good french bread in Paris when you’re surrounded by so many options, on every street corner. Any neighborhood in American probably has one bakery nearby. In Paris, bakery’s are like Starbucks — they’re on every street corner. My husband and I did some taste testing and we’re happy to report the best one in Saint Germain.
If you haven’t checked out my husband’s new book project yet, Goodbye Paris, I feel bad for you. People nominate “adventures” for him to do, we do them and then he writes about them. Mostly it’s fun. Except for when we have to get to Père Lachaise Cemetery only speaking French with no directions. Then I hate it.
The problem with going to Paris is you think, “Oh, I am totally going to to lose weight. The French are SO skinny and I will walk EVERYWHERE.” But what you forget is how delicious the French pastries are and how truly impossible it is to say no. Every morning here, I wake up and tell myself I’m cutting out sugar. Sometimes it works, mostly it doesn’t. So I decided I would chalk it up to doing some blog research on some of my favorite chocolate and pastries here in Paris.
Have you ever gone to the grocery store hoping to be inspired only to leave without any food and just some dog food that you bought because it was on sale (and maybe you don’t even have a dog—DON’T JUDGE ME)? Well, that’s how I feel most of the time, especially when I’m at the open air markets in Paris.
That’s why it’s nice to come armed with some great recipes. In this post, I’ll recap three of the recipes we learned at my French cooking class last week, all easy recipes that can be prepared in one hour or less.
Shopping in open air markets, especially in Europe, can be overwhelming. How do you know what’s fresh? How do you know what to order at the fish stall? And what are those orange things on the scallops?! In this post, I’ll share six helpful tips I’ve learned about shopping in fresh markets in Paris.