We returned from our long weekend in Paris on Monday -- I wanted to thank the hounds for all their suggestions. Unfortunately, we were only there three days, the weather was awful, and one of the days was Sunday when so much is closed, so I only got to hit a couple of chowhound suggestions. We went to a great little restaurant off St. Germaine -- I believe it was called Le Petit Pontoise, and it was wonderful. I had foie gras (even though I'm ethically opposed, I was in Paris, what could I do?) and a wonderful duck in cherry sauce. The kir royale that I had as an apertif was surprisingly memorable, too. My disapointment of the weekend was Brasserie Balzar. We schlepped a long way in the rain to get there and my meal was only eh. I got grilled salmon and it was quite raw in the middle. I know I will get responses about that's how it's supposed to be cooked, but to me I want my salmon relatively cooked unless I'm eating sushi or lox. My raw veggie appetizer was only so so, to. My husband got the skate wing in butter sauce with capers. he was happy, but I even thought the skate was a little too chewy.
I had posted about how I love to buy little grocery type items and I had been directed to Bon Marche's epicerie. Being a NYer, it felt a lot like a Dean and DeLuca so I was pretty unimpressed, but for some reason I found the epicerie at Galleries LaFayette to be much more fun. I bought Christine Ferber jams there which had been highly recommended on the board. Again, I'm not so impressed with the jar I kept -- raspberry and currant. It's okay, just nothing special. Honestly, I like the raspberry jam I get at the farmer's market better. I am not a jam connoissuer, so perhaps I'm missing some nuance. Still, it was fun to buy something special and hard to find and give it as gifts upon my return.
This post probably sounds more negative than I mean it to be -- despite the weather and my limited time there, Paris is wonderful!! I want to go back in the summer some year when the weather is milder and really enjoy myself. Thanks to all for your direction and for geting my so excited about the trip!