I've been in Paris alone for a few days as my husband has gone back to the US and my daughter back to the 16eme to study for exams and final papers.Here's a very short report:
Love the bread and croissants from Kaiser on rue Monge. It's not the best but very good and convenient. The almond croissants and pain au raisin are both excellent.My daughter and husband raved about the salmon tarte as well.
Cheese: the best cheese I'e had was a chevre from the marche en face du Tours Montparnasse. We had a picnic at Tuilieres(sp) on Saturday with that chevre and some saucisson with blue cheese which was excelllent, Have also enjoyed the cheese from Laurent Dubois at the Maubert metro stop. If you're coming to Paris soon don't miss les garigouettes(sp?) the long skinny spring strawberries.The supreme de pigeon that my daughter and I had at Pirouette was served with asperges blancs which are also in season now.
Special kudos to John Talbott who reviewed Pirouette where we ate on Saturday night. The foie gras en terrine entree was according to my daughter the best she's had all year in Paris and the pigeon and the desserts were excellent. The oeufs a la planche a puree des asperges was also very good, as was their speciality Alouette sans tete facon Pirouette.My husband had some sort of saucisson with Iberica ham which was excellent as well(pluma Iberica with spicy tiny potatoes).He doesn't speak a word of french and was glad to have the menu explained in English. I enjoyed my first glass of wine without sulfates. The rice pudding at Pirouette was unbelievalbly good! Overall a great choice for my husband's last night in Paris!Tomorrow my daughter and I are going to Septieme for dinner. Would love to hear your suggestions as to what to order? The only disappointment was the chocolate from Patrick Roger(blvd St. Germain). The gal wokring there today was not friendly and I didn't think the chocolate was that good. I'm hoping to get to Carl Mainetti tomorrow for a tartelette au citron. Oh and for cheap eats in a simple stting we enjoyed the bon bun at Pho Tai in the 13eme. We started with some rolls in cellophane noodles and my daughter had a wonderful vietnamese drink and then we all had bo bon. For dessert we had an excellent banana with a coconut cream wrapped in a banana or palm leaf. We were the only table with tourists. Very good and well off the tourist trail.Thanks for all the advice from the hounds here!