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Unromantic Paris

Allow me to disabuse you: being broke in Paris is not romantic.

When you look at your bank account and the euros in your wallet and realize you cannot make rent and still eat, there is nothing romantic about it. When you wander around the streets for…

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gabherman:

More outtakes from Grasse for Afar Magazine

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Love these gorgeous photos from France for Afar. Daydreams.

Continuing the search for France in NYC

Literally just discovered Macaron Café, just a few blocks from my new office. Was a little worried at first that it was going to be yet another wannabe-Parisian, slightly kitschy café, particularly considering the bright pink walls and staff in maids’ aprons. Even the discovery that they served Mariage Frères tea was only slightly encouraging.

So, I’m so pleased to have been proven wrong when the food arrived. Absolutely delicious, and on par with my Parisian sensibilities. I had the quiche au saumon, served with a fresh salad topped with an mustard dressing. My partner in crime opted for the Paris sandwich - a riff on the traditional jambon fromage we know and love, this time with cornichons and a whole wheat baguette.

Honestly, neither of us have had these dishes at this level in a long time. In Paris, they would be pretty standard, but here, in New York, they stand out.

Also, it helps that the staff are all French, and happily spoke French with us. New spot to be a regular? I think yes.

Finished off the meal with their signature macarons. Tasty but not quite light enough. But then, I’ve yet to find one in the states on par with France. Must be something in the water.

jauntsetter:

Wednesday’s steak tartare is rivaled only by today’s déjeuner composé of cheese, wine, and charcuterie.

We’ve been meaning to do this forever and Dorothy suggested this morning that we make it happen today. I’m still so completely content, even several hours later. Pretty much the perfect lunch. Only could have been better if we had had a little more fruit. Can’t wait for our new weekly tradition!

jauntsetter:

Wednesday’s steak tartare is rivaled only by today’s déjeuner composé of cheese, wine, and charcuterie.

We’ve been meaning to do this forever and Dorothy suggested this morning that we make it happen today. I’m still so completely content, even several hours later. Pretty much the perfect lunch. Only could have been better if we had had a little more fruit. Can’t wait for our new weekly tradition!