Camembert, Reblochon and Rochefort – Oh My!
Lunch kills half of Paris, supper the other half. -Charles de Montesquieu
So I didn’t really understand the above quote before I came to Paris. The last few days of my life have been filled with incredible food. My host family made me an amazing dinner my second night here. We started off with fois gras which was followed by a traditional sausage cooked with apples as well as mashed pomme de terres (look that one up, apple of the Earth). After this we had a cheese platter. To top things off we had an apple tart. Oh and did I mention the excellent wine? Let’s just say I needed to rest afterward – I guess I fall into the supper half in Paris.
Okay I know the looks I am getting…so I’ll continue (and get even more glares) by saying that I have also had a chocolate and cheese tasting in the last few days. The cheese tasting also left me very tired. We sampled: Reblochon, Pont L’Eveque, Brie, Camembert, Comte (2 types), Salers, Chevre, Langres and Rochefort. All were excellent and I might not leave this country…ever.
Oh and everyone should meet the man I would like to bring back to the States with me. His name is Charles and he gave me cheese for three hours (the start of a beautiful friendship).
But in order to burn some of the calories, I decided to try the ultimate Stair Master: climbing up Notre Dame, all 422 steps of it. It’s an incredible view. And I have now come to the conclusion that no home should be without gargoyles (better get on that one Mom).
In my strolls around the city I’ve come upon a lot of specialty stores. But today I was really excited as I found a Russian shop that carries my favorite Ukrainian vodka and frozen varenky! This just proves that you can never escape Ukrainians.
As far as my host family, they are very nice people. I have met Phillipe, the father, Vincent, the son (in his mid-twenties) and Delphine, the daughter (late teens) and so far so good. The other day as I was eating breakfast I happened to look out the window in the dining area and saw this:
Somewhere over the rainbow…