Thursday, November 12, 2009
The Real Tartine
One afternoon I walked all over the 8th in search of lunch. I had a poor map and an address, and not being particularly directionally inclined I walked around and around and around until I found Boulangepicier, a bakery and lunch joint operated by restaurant superstar Alain Ducasse.
There were so many lunch options to choose from: green salads with lardons and poached eggs, lentil salads with herbs and tiny tomatoes and an array of sandwiches. There were the traditional ones: jambon et fromage, and more alluring picks like tartines (open faced sandwiches) with smoked salmon. I picked a tartine with soft goat cheese, figs, arugula, and a sprinkling of pine nuts across the top.
It was so pretty to look at, what with all that fun pink and green, and very good to eat. I ate at a tiny table outside and it was one of my favorite meals in Paris.
For dessert: a cannele from Fauchon. I have to say, it wasn't as good as the cannele from Ken's. Maybe my next trip to France will involve a trek to Bordeaux, the real home of cannele.
73 Blvd de Courcelles, 8th
cross street: Rue des Renaudes
P.S. With a good map this place would not be hard to find at all... I just started out looking for someplace else, got lost, then had to back track to find my way to lunch.
P.P.S. Prosciutto! I forgot about the prosciutto!It was an integral part of my beloved tartine...