I know, it takes forever for me to actually report on my trips. For that I offer my sincere apologies.
First night in Paris, it was off to Chez Denise. As a reminder, I was there with my parents and my brother, and only my mom had been in Paris before. As my mom is not an adventurous eater, had to stick to the classics where she could at least get a steak.
Ok, back to Chez Denise, we started with a frisee salad, the foie gras, and the escargot. As always, the escargot was amazing. My dad, who hadn't had them in ages, loved it. He actually enjoyed the foie gras (it was his first time as he has an almost unnatural hate of all things liver). My brother and dad shared the Cote de Boeuf. My mom went with the smaller steak with onions (she orders steaks medium well, and the rest of us order rare...sigh). I went with the lapin a la moutarde, which was absolutely fantastic. Dessert was, but of course, chocolate mousse. I do not think I have ever had a bad meal at Chez Denise. Even more entertaining was an old Rugby club, having a dinner, who would occasionally break out into song. This was a Monday night.
The next morning, we woke up and went to Rue Cler to get some things for our house. The ham and bacon that we bought were amazing. I wish we had that here in the States. We popped into Le Petit Cler for coffee and something to eat. Then it was off to be tourists. After visiting Notre Dame and grabbing a sandwich for a late lunch, we started shopping. We visited Patrick Roger (the plum chocolates were great) and Maison Gerges Larnicol (got some caramels). We also popped into l'Eclair de Genie and grabbed some eclairs for the train ride to Caen the next day. Also had to get a glass of wine at Le Procope. Then it was off to the Grand Epicerie to get more things we might need for our train riders and picnics over the next two days.
Dinner that night was at Le Bistrot Paul Bert. Three of us went with the steak au poivre. My brother, to be different, went with the steak tartare. We of course got the Paris Brest as the dessert. That steak was amazing. Best steak au poivre I have ever had.
The next day, we were headed out to Mont St. Michel and the beaches of Normandy, specifically Pointe du Hoc. We skipped dinner that night as we ate ham sandwiches we had packed on the train.
Thursday, we were scheduled to head out to Nantes and visit where my great uncle had been shot down and captured during WW2 (there is a monument), but I was having problem with my allergies, so the family went without me. I went looking for medication around 2-3 that afternoon, and also ran by Du Pain and des Idees to grab a number of items to have at the house for breakfast on Friday and Saturday. Popped into Le Select that night as I was to meet the train at Gare Montparnasse. As I was sitting under the heat lamps, it started snowing. It was amazing.
For dinner that evening, it was Restaurant Josephine Chez Dumonet. My brother went with the Cote de Boeuf. My mom with the pigeon millefeuille, and my dad and I got the Boeuf Bourguignon. For dessert, the Grand Marnier souffle (SO GOOD!) and the Millefeuille. Another classic that I have never had a bad meal at. We had an amazing wine here, a burgundy.
Friday was more shopping and touristy things. Then it was an afternoon and evening spent in the Louvre including hot chocolate at the Angelina in the Louvre. Dinner was at Le Dauphin where we all had bulots for the first time. They were amazing. We had a lot of fun at Le Dauphin. The best of the many dishes we had was the Artichoke and the Bulots. Just really simple, but really well done.
Saturday was more shopping (there is definitely a theme) and then lunch at L'Ami Jean. Dad went with the fish, my brother just went with the soup. My mom and I went with the pork loin, which had a great presentation (thyme was set on fire, which created a very interesting flavor). We sat next to the kitchen, which is absolutely entertaining. The food was fantastic. Of course, we went with the riz au lait, even though we were really full, which was absolutely amazing. That and the Grand Marnier Souffle are the two best desserts I have ever had. We didn't go out that night, our last in Paris. Rather, we cleaned out what was left of all we had boughts at the apartment, so that less went to waste.
All in all, it was a great trip.