Our family of four will be staying in Paris (St Germain -- rue du Vieux Colombier) in an apartment for a week. We have brought up our children, now teenagers, to appreciate fine food. More by home cooking than fine dining to be honest. We all appreciate great food. And I would love for us to be able to eat great local cuisine every meal and have a very memorable foodie experience.
Paris will be our final destination of a 4 week Europe trip. We are renting apartments where possible on this trip, except for southern France (Nice and the Luberon) where we will be in BBs. I expect to dine out more in southern France because we will not have a kitchen and we will budget for that. But sadly the Paris budget will be constrained and I don’t plan on being able to frequent many restaurants/bistros. Realistically, we will likely eat lunch out quite a bit while touring Paris, and I know there are many threads here with valuable information that I will be reading. For dinner, the apartment location makes it easy to return to for a rest, freshen up, dine and then out again in the evening.
My goal seems impossible, but maybe not. I would like to eat as well as a meal in great restaurant but by dining in, not out. But I don’t want to cook! I do love to cook and we will have a well equipped kitchen, but I don’t want to spend the time cooking because I would rather be out and about as much as possible.
So I am hoping for some suggestions please. Idea’s for menu planning. Shopping. Markets. Close to rue du Vieux Colombier. I suspect how I might accomplish this in Paris would be different compared to what I would do at home and I’d love to get some insider tips. All I know at this point is there are going to be plenty of great places to purchase food that might make up a picnic lunch or appetizers. Cheese and meats. And I can get fresh produce for salads and those are easy enough to make in the apartment. But it would be nice to have some hot meal entrees that don’t require much cooking effort. Pasta and sauce seems like an easy choice, but that seems to be too much like what I’d do at home, and not very Parisian either. Another option I thought of is getting hot entrée’s to-go from a bistro, if that is possible. And I should add I could splurge on these meals. Feeding a family of four on 50 euros should result in a great meal at a fraction of what it would cost in a restaurant.
I have to admit I have not searched the boards for threads on this subject specifically. I have read a lot of restaurant threads. People’s lists to critique are great reads. And I know about some of the blogs on restaurants, such as Mr. Talbots (which I will use to select on restaurant dinner meal on the left bank and also places for lunch). If anyone knows of a posts/threads that cover my subject, please let me know.