La Fontaine De Mars: Our first night’s meal in Paris… La Fontaine is a delicious, “typical” style French brasserie. Its a great place for people watching as its a lively and fun restaurant where the hostess is lovely and seems to know everybody- lot’s of chic locals. I was extra excited when we decided to let our waiter pick “his favorite” for us for dessert and it turned out to Ile flottante! Thanks to “Martha Bakes” I knew what this dessert was… (I will never forget the day during “Martha Bakes” filming that we shot Martha making this beautiful dessert that not many people had ever heard of- lots of mouths hanging open)
Josephine Boulangerie: This is a charming, beautifully decorated and delicious cafe. Try the linzer cookie which is offered with jelly or chocolate. One thing to note: this was a more difficult place to communicate in if you do not speak French, so you may want to brush up on key “boulangerie” and “patisserie” words before heading in…
As lovers of wine and art, Willi’s Wine Bar was a must try. This adorably “casual chic” restaurant reminded me of the feel of Union Square Cafe in NYC. This is another spot where translation is a bit of an issue (luckily our waiter spoke a bit of English). The entrees were creative (but not too over the top) and delicious and (once again) we loved our dessert… warm figs with syrup and madeleines! Oui oui!
Speaking of works of art… while walking down one of the charming shop filled streets in the Marais area, I stumbled across the most gigantic meringue I have ever seen! Meringue cookies aren’t for everyone but I am a huge fan- naturally I went with the vanilla. In this case I ate dessert first as we were on our way to a lovely lunch at le philosophes where I had a much needed, huge salad with roasted chicken.
I was really excited that we planned to meet up with some of KF’s work friends for dinner one night. Shopping in Paris is very inspirational so they were in town visiting on a work trip. They made reservations at a delicious North African restaurant called 404. Not being too familiar with North African cuisine, I was really happy they picked out the wine and appetizers (yum). When it came to ordering dinner I went with the preserved lemon, olive and chicken tagine. It was so delicious, upon return, I quickly added this recipe to my must make list! Now all I need is a tagine!
Since we had planned this trip in celebration of our 10th Wedding Anniversary, we thought it would be fun to plan one fancier dinner. Keith’s co workers strongly suggested we try Georges Pompidou. (I am pretty sure this is the restaurant Carrie met Alexsander’s ex wife in Part Deux of the Paris episodes- if not, it could be) The Centre Pompidou is a tall, standout, “skeletal looking” cultural center in the neighborhood of Beaubourg. As we were riding escalator after escalator to the top, I noted this center as a place to visit on our next trip. There is much to do and many of my favorite artists are featured here. Georges is definitely a “see and be seen” type of hot spot. Its too large to call “romantic” but it does have a very sexy vibe. The menu is eclectic and features food inspiration from many different cultures. This is another tough menu to navigate of you don’t speak the language… Luckily our supermodel-like waitress began at the top and read thru every. single. menu. item. slowly. (which KF especially appreciated). While I enjoyed my burratta and heirloom tomato appetizer (I was happy to get an Italian fix), KF very much enjoyed his veggie sushi rolls.
Which brings us to Chez Gabrielle… On our last night in Paris we wanted a delicious, easy meal. Chez Gabrielle was in walking distance to our hotel and our friend who recommended it mentioned it as a highlight- it is listed as #13 on Trip Advisor! It has a cozy, “welcome to my home” type feel and the food was delicious- especially the potatoes gratin which are served in a mini copper saucepan.
So, as he took his final sweet bite, KF declared the molten chocolate cake at Chez Gabrielle the “best in Paris”. While it tasted very good to me, I think we might need to go back and do some more investigating! In fact, I know we do!
Here’s to every sweet bite! Xo Dani
PS. Special thanks to my dentist, Dr. Docktor (yes, really). He is a fellow foodie and world traveler. When he heard we were headed to Paris, he excitedly opened his treasure chest like drawer of Paris business cards and told me all the “must eat” places regardless of the effect it may have had on my teeth!