I don’t know about you, but food is one of the main reasons I travel. When I go to a new country, part of what I enjoy discovering is the amazing, local cuisine. For this reason, I usually only eat the food that is from that culture. Hence, in Italy I eat only Italian not Japanese or Peruvian. In the past when I have travelled to France I have only visited ‘French’ restaurants. Yet all that has changed since I moved to Paris. It’s different when you live somewhere. I find myself reveling in the local French cafes and restaurants but also partaking of and enjoying the diversity of the Paris restaurant scene. I am discovering delicious places I would have never tried if I was just visiting, such as excellent Thai, Vietnamese and Lebanese restaurants.
Also, in the past I’ve always purchased the classic baguette at the bakeries. After all, when in Rome…. But now that I’ve settled into Paris and had time to stuff myself full of baguettes, I have begun to branch out. Not only do the French know how to make a mean baguette but all their other breads are pretty amazing too. I am discovering just how good multi-grain baguettes and boules, walnut and whole-grain bread are here.
Luckily I have found two patisseries that I adore within a 2 block radius of my house. They each have about a dozen types of bread (along with assorted pastries) and my goal is to try each one. So far, one of my favorites is the multi-grain baguette pictured above, which is vaguely reminiscent of sourdough but lighter. The seeds add a nice crunch and it is perfect with everything from jambon to nutella.
My other favorite bread is the multi-grain boule that is pictured at the top of this post. The texture is an amazing combination of soft and crunchy. I used this for a school lunch the other day with stinky French cheese, apple slices, arugula, spicy dijon mustard and mayo. The sandwich was so delicious that I plan to make it over and over again.
96 Rue Raymond Losserand, 75014 Paris
01 45 43 42 45
Le Quartier du Pain