And now to pick up where I left off...
The following day led us to Sadaharu Aoki. We visited the boutique on rue de Vaugirard and it was magical. Pictured from top left: Bamboo which was a green tea flavor, and Matcha Azuki - Green tea and red bean with a petit macaron on top! Both extremely decadent yet amazingly light.
And obviously, some macarons! I'm actually not fully on board the super macaron-hype train, but these were quite amazing. (Blasphemy, I know…) The few that I've tried here at home had been wayyyyy too sweet for my tastes, but these were perfect, delicately flavored, and melted in your mouth. Flavors from top to bottom: chocolat, matcha, sesame, citron, yuzu, framboise, cassis, coffee. The macaron itself was crisp on the outside and nice and chewy inside. The fillings were creamy but not overwhelming.
The 2 coffees pictured are from Starbucks. That's right… We went to Starbucks. But these were actual macchiatos and not the Americanized version - just espresso with a splash of milk. Tiny and delicious.
Dinner that night was at Polidor Restaurant. (http://www.polidor.com/) This was probably the most "French" Restaurant we went to. It's been around since 1845, and the food is simple, rustic, and honest. It's odd to describe food as "honest" but I think it depicts the simplicity of it. No fusion, no super-fancy ingredients, no micro-greens in sight. Just delicious made-from-scratch food. I had the salmon with basil, and the hubs had his favorite bouef bourguignon (beef stew). And I'm going to sound like a broken record here - everything was delicious! We also shared an appetizer of foie gras - which was more of a terrine and served cold. (not pictured)
Travel tip: Cash only! We almost had to wash the dishes (not really…) but we just had enough for our two dishes, the appetizer and a bottle of wine.
Safe to say the coffee addiction was cemented in Paris. We hit up the Louvre the next day and got a little pick-me-up in the form of this tiny espresso at the museum's cafe Comptoir du Louvre.
The museum itself was astoundingly huge and breathtaking. Suffice it to say that we did not get to see even one third of the collections. Paris is a must-return destination if only for this reason.
In any case, we didn't want to wander too much more after all the walking we did, so we wandered a few streets over to Le Stube to get some sandwiches to go. Not sure if it was because we didn't speak French, but when we first got there, the restaurant was full and we decided to get some food to go instead. But another couple came in after us and got seated after a table freed up. Eh… Not the best impression, but the savory foods were pretty delicious. We also got a slice of their lemon torte and German chocolate cake. Both were satisfactory, but not anything to write home about.
Our last full day in Paris was probably the most relaxed. (And that doesn't exactly say much, because we didn't do anything strenuous except for walking around… :P) We visited Notre Dame and took some leisurely strolls around the parks. When hunger finally hit, we ended up at Loustic. It's a quaint and cute little cafe that serves brunch-y & breakfast-y foods and coffee. Pictured: Roast beef bagel, and vegetarian quiche. Our cappuccinos were also quite nice. They do seem to speak English here, so that's a plus. It's a fairly small venue, but the food and prices were decent and the ambiance is definitely nice and relaxed.
The patisserie of the day was Pain de Sucre. Be warned that when googling this, you should add the word "patisserie"… Otherwise, you might be linked to a swimwear website. Different kind of pastries, if you know what I mean… Anyway! My feeble iPhone pictures obviously can't do this justice. Paris pastries just can't be beat. Pain de Sucre is no exception.
Pictured clockwise from top left:
Jules - almond shortbread, hazelnut praline, tonka bean pastry cream and cark chocolate ganache
Frivolité - almond shortbread with Madagascar vanilla cream (OMG delicious)
Velours Noir - flour less cocoa biscuit, crisp dark chocolate, 85% chocolate moussse, and dark chocolate ganache
Mint Eclair - couldn't find a description for this on the website, but it's pretty self-explanatory. The pâte à choux was actually a bit savory, which was a great contrast to the vanilla cream, and the mint crust thing on top was amazing!
For more drool-worthy pics check out their catalog (http://www.patisseriepaindesucre.com/catalogue.pdf)