How we spent the rest of the first day of Summer!
21.06.2016 - 21.06.2016
The next highlight of Tuesday was a trek to E. Dehillerin, a kitchen supply store that’s been operating in the same location in Paris for 200+ years! Mary Ann really wanted to experience it as it’s been frequented by many famous chefs for their restaurant purchases and by Julia Child who apparently bought a lot of her well-known copper collection there. It’s also been described as “Olivander’s for cooks”. It certainly looks like that - you find an item you might want and check the price by looking up the code number on one of the books at the end of aisles. Pretty easy system, actually. Mary Ann bought a beautiful new 20cm (8”) wand - uh - chef’s knife to replace the one at home that’s showing wear on the handle after 30 or so years. Alena got a couple of gifts for friends and we lusted after many of the pieces of equipment - copper pots & pans, bakeware, Le Cruset & Staub cast iron but alas, airplane travel limits the amount one can bring back. And that's a good thing too
I didn't take any photos in/at the shop but there are many online that you can Google - truly an excellent place.
We walked around the exterior of the Louvre museum (not ion our list of sites to actually experience but whoa - the building is Massive)
and then the Jardin des Tuileries. Beautiful green space, mostly sculptures. Interestingly, many parks/gardens in Paris don’t actually let you walk on the grass! But there are lots of chairs about for relaxing.
And this poor guy - Looks like he's got something bothering him! LOL
As we made our way back to the apartment, we passed by a shop with delightful little (and very large) cakes in the window. Aux Merveilleux de Fred is a shop that does only one thing and does it really well - meringue cakes. These light cakes are exquisite - the are a base layer, covered with Chantilly cream, another layer of meringue then the whole is covered with more creme and then chocolate shavings. We bought 2 of the tiny ones for dessert - so beautiful! If you want to read a little more, check this post from David Leibovitz: http://www.davidlebovitz.com/2011/05/aux-merveilleux-de-fred/
Here's the chocolate one -
Tuesday was the first full day of summer and in many cities around the world, there is a celebration called Fete de la Musique (Festival of Music). All over Paris, music was to be played - at stages, churches and street corners! We rested a little back at the apartment, had a light dinner and then planned our evening. (the Merveilleux was a lovely, light bite of heavenly yum!)
Heading first to the esplanade at Les Invalides (old hospital), there was a stage set for ‘Nuit Boreal’ featuring Canadian acts. We listened to 2 sets - Busty and the Bass and then Half Moon Run. Both bands are out of Montreal, both very different styles. Busty is a huge band with a brass section, a pretty decent rapper and a terrific lead singer.
Half Moon had harmonies that were amazing. And from the esplanade, we could see the Eiffel Tower - sparkling with it's many lights.
We checked out a couple other stages in the area and headed back closer to our neighbourhood. There was a stage at the Pantheon but there didn’t seem to be a Metro stop close enough so we didn’t actually make it. We ended up a little turned around in the area and probably walked a couple extra kms. One can walk a LOT in Paris!
That was a slightly sad ending (but only slightly) to an otherwise wonderful day. Cooking with such fresh ingredients, learning a few new kitchen techniques and experiencing some of the Fete was great!
Mary Ann & Alena