Paris – beautiful city & delicious food

It’s been a while since I posted a recipe or really anything – mostly because I was in Paris for 2 weeks! My boyfriend studied abroad there this past semester, and he had his apartment for 2 extra weeks. So I flew over and he showed me the city he had grown to love and think of as a home away from home.

Paris is absolutely stunning. The city is old, and the architecture is beautiful.  Most buildings aren’t very tall, and they city is busy but not like New York City. All the historical sites we visited were breath-taking.

Also, the food was delicious. It didn’t matter if we were at a little cafe or a nice dinner, the food was always great! I loved every minute of my trip, and I would go back in a heartbeat.

Of course I took lots of pictures of food to share!

We cooked some night and went out others. My boyfriend and I both enjoy cooking and it was nice to not have to go out for every meal. I don’t have pictures of everything that we made, but it usually contained some sort of grain or starch and lots of veggies! Then he would cook some meat for himself if he wanted.

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There was a really great Italian place near by that we went to twice – the pasta was too good to resist! The bread they served was made from pizza crust – delicious and genius.

IMG_4769 IMG_4768 IMG_4765 IMG_4229 IMG_4230For him: [Red pepper and artichoke pizza] [Ravioli with red sauce and parmesan cheese]

For me: [Gnocchi with red sauce] [Gnocchi with pesto] (I couldn’t branch out… it was too good!) 

We took a dinner cruise of the Seine river one night. It was so beautiful to see the Eiffel Tower sparkling! We also loved the food. It was delicious and they had a great option for me!

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For him: [Grilled prawns, zucchini-mango salad and lime sauce, roasted lamb shoulder, and vegetables] 

For me: [Salad with arugula, avocado, mango, walnuts, ginger, basil and sautéed vegetables with lemongrass and coconut with quinoa] 

We ate at the cutest juice bar cafe! The food was so good and the juice was amazing!

IMG_4804 IMG_4803 IMG_4805For him: [Apple, basil, pineapple juice, chicken kebobs, pita with goat cheese, honey and walnuts, quinoa and salad] 

For me: [Carrot, orange, ginger juice, omelet, avocado and grapefruit, steamed vegetables, and salad]

The bread place around the corner smelt incredible at all hours. We grabbed a baguette for dinner a few times and a few slices of this raisin bread that was divine! Have you ever seen a macaron this big?! We split it – YUM!

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We visited Giverny to see Monet’s garden – my favorite painting is his waterlilies. It was stunning. We worked up an appetite exploring the gardens and grabbed some lunch before heading back to Paris.

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For him: [Salmon with a potato salad and spinach puff]

For me: [Vegetable quiche with salad] 

While in Versailles, exploring the palace gardens, we came across this little restaurant and decided to stop for lunch!

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For him: [Pork roast on a bed of spinach with a cooked apple]

For me: [Vegetable soup] 

We also ate at lots of little cafes while out sight-seeing and just enjoying our time.

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For him: [Open-faced Italian meats sandwich and salad] [Burger with goat cheese and honey served with salad and fries] ]Starter salad of mixed greens, tomato, mozzarella and pesto]

For me: [Eggplant and mozzarella panini and salad] [Big salad of butter lettuce, green beans, potatoes, and tomatoes] [Starter salad of mixed greens, tomato, mozzarella, and pesto]

Also spent a day in Montmartre – one of my top three favorite places/things we did. It’s a quaint little town with cobble stone streets! The major attraction there is Sacre Coeur, an old and very beautify church.

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For him: [Pork, roasted tomato, and salad] 

For me: [Fennel, potatoes, green beans, pasta, cabbage and baked tomato] 

A few nights before our trip ended, we went out to another nice dinner to celebrate our time in Paris. This little Parisian with an English twist gastropub nearby was both adorable and seres delicious food!

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For him: [Salmon and radishes] [Beef wellington with a salad] [Carrot cake with homemade marshmallows] 

For me: [White asparagus] [Cheddar and beet risotto] [Chocolate crumble with fresh strawberries]  

We had a few picnics – probably one of my favorite aspects of French culture. Everyone eats in little parks or in groups along the river.

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And of course I had crepes and macarons!

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For us: [Nutella, strawberry and banana crepe] [Egg, cheese and tomato crepe] [Chocolate, blueberry and coconut macarons] [Macarons from Laudree]  


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