Four years ago, I spent a magical summer in Paris, capturing memories in a long-forgotten blog. Every Thursday, I’ll post my favorite entries from that blog. This is reprinted from 7-14-10.
This post is dedicated to food.
Le Marais is one of my favorite places in Paris. It’s one of those quaint neighborhoods that one imagines as quintessentially Parisian. It is also a foodie’s heaven. Needless to say, I spend a lot of time there. Aside from the falafel (a comprehensive description of which can be found here), there are two endroits that warm my soul (and stomach).
Paris has an abundance of ice cream and gelato, but none compare to the food heaven that is Amorino. Four and a half euros gets you up to three flavors ranging from passion fruit, to cookies, to creme brulée, yogurt, and raspberry. But I feel like my literary knowledge is far insufficient to describe the taste of italian gelato so i’m hoping a picture will do:
The Jewish-French boulangéries that litter the Marais are filled with old grandmas with quaint accents and thickly rolled artisan bread. Apart from the gefalte fish, the pungent potato salads, and the boreks filled to the brim with peas, carrots, potatoes, and mushrooms, the unidentifiable cream cheese and raspberry tarts are to die for.
A Note on French Cheeses:
I can now proudly say that I can tell (some) French cheeses apart.
Chevre (cheese of goat): is salty and pungent. has a soft covering, a smell of wool, and a peculiar aftertaste. But it is nonetheless my favorite.
Camembert: sweet and tart. not one of my favorites. can be be flambeed, fondued, or cut into a salad. Considered a strong cheese.
Brie: really mild but has a lot of flavor. Spreads wonderfully on a baguette.
Roquefort: moldy and flavorful. a bit too bitter and strong for my taste.