Good morning, G.!
Mmmmmmmm, I am always in the mood for some Aretha.
It's sunny here (after snowshowers yesterday), but freezing cold outside.
Reporting an invalid link to a mod and asking where the missing thread went has not triggered a reply... There are three possibilities - the software thing absorbed the thread, but why only mine? A mod merging the two threads (Two identical ones were posted and I asked for a merge) accidentially deleted the two or it was deleted on purpose. I am sorry arwen elf and others that you could not read it, but whatever reason I am so getting fed up with BN in this aspect that I will stick to the fun company with you here on the SotD thread and refrain from investing much time in writing things down in a thread for nothing. I have better things to do. If it wasn't for your company here - honestly -, I would have gone back to lurking status already.
Easter Monday and my plan is to make a Youkon salmon tartar. The 'beast' has been thawing in the sink overnight. Some Gewurztraminer to go with it, of course.
Culinary Parisian delights included the restaurants, of course. I always do internet research beforehand and book a table from home. My choice was Chez Francis at the Place de l'Alma with an absolutely stunning view on the illuminated Eiffeltower (with the sparkling effect to start every full hour for 5 or 10 minutes). It was a touristy place, expensive but affordable and the food was good and plenty. So, definitely worth it! A stunning view! I had some crevettes with celery salad and a big chunk of salmon with a sour yellow zucchini and artichokes kind of ratatouille. The combination was perfect.
For the second night, my choice was Hotel du Nord (near Gare de l'Est). This restaurant had gandhajala written all over it. Actually, I thought at least twice of him. First when I fell in love with Vega (it's very G.-like
) and second here. I only heard French spoken here. A cool place with nice jazzy music and a bit of a combination of bar and restaurant and alltogether in a big living room. It was fully booked as people seemed to wait at the bar for a free table. They have a nice website www.hoteldunord.org
. For starters I had a platter with an obviously special jambon, which was fantastic (I don't like them all). Main course was Coquilles Saint Jacques with a topinampur purree. Dessert a Cafe gourmand - espresso with a tiny arrangement of sweet delights from the dessert menu. Oh wine... it was an affordable Mercurey Burgundy red. Delish!
The third night Le Repaire de Cartouche had called my name. What a great cuisine! Knowing the delights of the Burgundy cuisine, this was truly very much alike. I don't know why there were so few people, but the food was superb and plenty. I had a huge rollmops on a warm lentils salad and something else on the plate I can't remember now for starters. Main course was the most wonderful barbue rotie (like turbot), but why can't I remember the side dish? The dessert blew it again all away... it included a half an hours' wait for a freshly made rhubarb clafoutis. To die for, honestly! Espresso of course (always) and a plain simple Pinot Noir from the Cotes de Nuit (Burgundy), which was fantastic and had the typical 'animal' gout.
I also brought home some foody souvenirs. A definite highlight are the Callisons de Provence. Fantastic taste, almondy with a fruity facet. I got the macarrons, of course, Fleurine
A load of chevres, mainly sec and demi-sec, a big chunk of Roquefort, a Provence salami with herbs around. I think that's it.
SotD will be Jicky EdP.