I've been back from my birthday trip to Paris about a week, and have been caught up in work, so I haven't been able to give the time to the write-ups of my 'serious' meals that they deserve...So, since it will take me several posts to report it all anyway, I will start with the minor finds and work my way up the food scale..
but before I do, three general comments: Comment number one: I know it sounds cliched, but I really did not have a bad meal in france, including the night I cooked spaguetti in our apartment :-). My sister Janet and her husband did have one less than stellar experience in a supposedly south Indian restaurant that wasn't, but since she posts on these boards also I will let her tell you about that one.
Comment number two: particularly when compared to my last trip to Paris five years ago, I did not have the anticipated problems with smokers in restaurants (We Californians are spoiled you know...). Occaisonally someone would light up, but not often, not in the nicer places, and never close enough or for long enough to bug us.
so on to the food: I had been craving pasta all week, so in addition to the spaguetti I cooked, we went out our last night to La Castiafore, a small neighborhood italian place just a block away from our apartment on the Isle Ste Louis, on the Rue Sainte Louis en isle .yeah, I know, italian in Paris and on our last night, but I was in the mood....
and am glad we went. We had tried to stop in for lunch a few days before but the place was packed and we were turned away. At dinner on Saturday night however, the place was not at all full. Very friendly servic and very homey, excellent food. Hubby had a salad mixta, which was big eough for both of us to share. To follow, hubby had linguini carbonara, and I had the spaguetti putanesca. Our server warned me of its spiceness of the putanesca, but it was actually fairly mild, while retaining the anchovies and bit of a bite that one would expect. The total bill with full liter of red wine was 55 Euros.