(things we ate)

We hope to eat something special and memorable, something new and different

Cheese Plate
We often stay in Bercy, up-river (southeast) of Paris. It has a flair of tourism and there is a major performance venue. Get on a bike and ride into a residential part of Paris. There is a independent grocery with lots of interesting items. Our remembrance of this place, is when we tried to find a “fork” and asked (unsuccessfully) even attempting to pantomime a fork. (The word is fourchette – and that’s how you learn a new word)
There was a Cheese Plate, in common shrink-wrap, three pieces of cheese on a flimsy square of wood, which we still have. This French version of a cheese sampler, so much more that we have seen before. The cheeses were agressive (almost offensive), bold and strong and stinky.

Chartreuse Souffle
We always wanted to experience Allaine Ducase Aux Lyonnaise, which is closed during the holidays. We returned in April for the Paris Marathon, and made reservations. As is common during our intensive days in Paris, we decided not to go, cancelled the reservations.
Dressed-down for walking Pere LaChaise in running shoes, we second guessed ourselves and decided to go to Aux Lyonnaise anyway. The staff saw my running shoes, and without a reservation now, were led back into the empty bar, where we ate alone.
(Years earlier, I was pulled-over and ticketed EARLY in the morning on a descolate street coasting through a red light. When you are in a foreign city, don’t speak the language and break the law, you don’t have much recourse.)
The food was not bad. We opted for a blood pudding, maybe a bad choice, kinda disappointed . . .
Until we ordered the Chartreuse Souffle. This is something that you would expect the French to do well. Perfect Souffle, Strong Chartreuse Flavor, Great Ice Cream.
One of the best things that we have ever eaten.

Oysters
Years ago I bought some mussels in Montmartre, cooked a soup in our apartment and proceeded to become deathly ill. So it was with some trepidation that we ordered a platter of oysters to go with our Onion Soup on Christmas morning. We came out with a clean bill of health and started a Christmas Tradition

Special Mention