Allow us to introduce you to Lucia Chauvet, a Parisian born, multilingual foodie, photographer, and adventure-lover. Lucia started her blog, Lucia Talks Pictures, in 2016 with the idea to share her knowledge of food and photography in Paris, from the perspective of a multicultural life. If we could all share one common interest, food is probably the first thing that springs to mind! We are very excited to feature Lucia this week as a guest post on SFP, to have an insight into a couple of her MANY food experiences in Paris.
Photo by Lucia
What I love about Paris is that even after living here for several years it’s still possible to discover new areas of the city and their little hidden gems. I was excited to write this blog post because it meant that I could do what I love doing most – explore! I spent the weekend discovering, the somewhat lesser known, 12th arrondissement, which is one of the largest districts in Paris and home to the Bois de Vincennes and Gare du Lyon station.
I started my day with a delicious croissant from one of the best bakeries in Paris, Boulangerie Bazin. The croissant was light and fluffy with just the right amount of crispiness on the outside. Continue reading
“Un repas sans fromage est une belle à qui manqué un œil.”
“(a meal without cheese is a beautiful woman with one eye missing)”
– Jean Anthelme Brillat-Savarin
If you’re a lover of cheese like we are, there’s really no denying that the cheese course of a menu is by far the best part, especially in France where they have almost 400 different types of cheese to indulge in! If you’re planning to visit France in the near future, or you’re planning to host a dinner party with cheese on the menu, I encourage you to read ahead. It turns out there is a certain cheese etiquette that MUST be followed, so we had better get it right!
While Paris is known for it’s amazing veal and foie gras dishes, you will have moments where you want to mix up that French palette of yours for something a bit more exotic. Whether it’s sushi, couscous, or pad thai, there’s something great for everyone who wants a break from beouf bourguignon. Here are some of are picks for great ethnic food in the City of Light:
This cutely decorated gem hosts a kitchen than can whip up freshly baked teriyaki salmon, sticky rice, marinated eggplant, and seaweed salad. With reasonable Continue reading
Coretta is the cosmopolitan creation of Mexican born chef Beatriz Gomez and her husband Matthieu Marcantin, as well as Jean Francois Pantaléon in the up and coming Batignolles neighborhood of Paris. The contemporary French restaurant brings both simplicity and elegance to the 17th. With a two floor set up that overlooks the Martin Luther King park, this spot is appropriately named after MLK’s wife, Coretta. On the first floor you’ll find the open kitchen and half of the tables, while upstairs you’ll find the rest which sit below twinkly lighting, white marble, and light wood. The décor is glamorous in an understated way, and best of all: everything is eco-friendly. The Sinatra music that drifts in the background and the honeycomb wine racks that line the wall transport you to another era.
The menu is limited to five different entrees, plats, and desserts and is expected to change every month. This month they’re serving up everything from lieu jaune de ligne (pollack), to cabillaud demi-sel (cod) to poitrine de cochon Capelin (pork belly) to foie gras de canard (duck foie gras). I chose the cabillaud demi-sel while my friend picked the ris de veau crousti fondant (crisp veal). Both dishes were colorful and packed with flavor. My cabillaud was lean and sweet with a creamy sauce, while my friend’s cote de veau was tender and covered in a rich sage jus. Both went down nicely with a bottle of Roussanne. For dessert I opted for the fine feuille chocolat Madong, a delectable piece of chocolate cake with spicy pineapple. It was an interesting and surprisingly pleasant fusion of flavors. My friend chose the mille-feuille vanille, which was so good that I nearly reached across the table to lick the caramel au beurre demi-sel sauce off of the plate. Glasses of Calvados made for nice post dinner digestifs, and our sweet waitress brought us Hershey kiss cookies to round out a thoroughly enjoyable meal.
With lunch menus starting at around 24€ (entrée/plat or plat dessert) and dinner menus at about 39€ (entrée/plat or plat/dessert), you’re sure to get tasty and aesthetically divine dishes. The bright airiness and spaciousness of the place makes it perfect for relaxing and catching a sunset from behind sleek glass windows. When the weather warms up this place is sure to have a packed terrace. Definitely a must try!
151 bis rue Cardinet