A common theme that the four of us have is enjoying good food. To varying degrees, we are adventurous about trying new food and having new experiences.
My wife purchased tickets for a food tour led by a local in Paris. If you enjoy eating good food and don’t have enough time to visit many restaurants, this is a great way to try a number of things in a short amount of time. Make sure you wear your stretchy pants.
We took the metro to the Boulangerie Julien in the 12th arrondissment. My wife and I had a day under our belt with the metro. This gave us confidence with traveling on our own. The bakery was our starting point for the tour. We waited for an hour and unfortunately our tour guide never showed up. *
While we waited there, we had a chance discussion with a local realtor. He said that there is a shortage of flats in the city and he asked us if we were interested in finding one. During the conversation we learned he also owned a home in Huntington Beach.
Across the street was a farmers market. Seafood, cheese and meat vendors were situated inside and most of the produce vendors were in set up with canopy tents. One of the seafood vendors had humongous shrimp, approximately 6″ in length.
The realtor reappeared and suggested a place for us to have lunch. That quickly became Plan B. I had my doubts about the place because the words “margarita” and “mojito” were painted on the wall. Looking around, everyone appeared to be French.
I had the chef’s recommendation, marmitte poissin, my wife had a charcuterie plate and my cousins each ordered plat du jour (plate of the day). Tagalatelle with chicken in a. Team sauce. My dish had filets of white fish and tuna with small pieces of octopus and fresh vegetables.
Remembering my desire to have Berthillon ice cream, my wife checked the metro map and set a course for to the 4th arrondissment. We later found the Berthillon ice cream shop. It was as good as I remembered it to be.
* The next day my wife found an email in her junk mail folder. It was from the food tour provider. It said that the tour leader was sick and they had tried to contact us to cancel.