Monday, June 24, 2013

Paris Day 5



Our foodie day adventure began with a morning cooking class at La Cuisine Paris. We chose to learn how to make croissants the way the French make them – crispy and buttery on the outside, while flaky and airy on the inside. Accompanied by 7 other students and a chef, we were on our way to becoming French croissant makers. First we washed our hands and put on our plastic aprons with our names on them. The chef introduced himself and reminded us to have fun and enjoy the process. He explained that it took him multiple times to master this art and he didn’t expect us to remember every step but hopes that we practice at home. We know we definitely will! He explained each intricate and important step and gave us each a chance to try it for ourselves. Because the dough takes so long to rise, we learned the process in two steps. 




First we learned how to roll out and shape the croissants using premade dough. He also taught us how to make almond cream filling for the almond croissants and how to make pain au chocolate, or chocolate croissant.  Once the breads were baking in the oven, we learned how to make the very rich and buttery dough. 







The process involves a very specific way of kneading and folding the dough around the butter in order to create the layers of the dough and to prevent the butter from leaking out. It was hard to pay attention to the chef when the smell of fresh croissants filled the air after a few minutes of baking! 






We were not allowed to take the dough we had made home, but we were able to bag some of the fresh croissants and take them to go. We ate a few of them there as we took notes on how to make them when we get back to Miami. Once we do, we will share the recipe and process with our fans on the blog.






After working up an appetite at our cooking class, we decided to grab some lunch in the surrounding area of Marais, which stands for "Jewish Ghetto." A friend of ours recommended the Kosher pizza, however the restaurant was closed so we continued to walk down the street and came across a huge line of people outside of a falaffel restaurant. The restaurant was L'As du Fallafel. A falaffel is traditional Arab dish that is a fried ball made up of ground chickpeas. We knew it had to be good if there were dozens of people waiting to get their hands on it and it was! Although the pita was overflowing with yummy ingredients, it never got soggy. The crispiness of the slaw mixed with the tartness of the tahini sauce was just perfect. Our lunch that day was a very nice surprise, although it wasn't exactly a Paris staple. 








We continued to walk and explore the Marais neighborhood. We stumbled upon the Centre Pompidou. This center was filled with people and the art was much more modern than in any other part of Paris. Although we didn't go to the museum, architecturally this building is a modern marvel. All the pipes and ductwork are on the outside of the building and are color coordinated by type. 





Next stop on our foodie adventure was visiting E. Dehillerin. We learned about this kitchen supply store through Ina Garten's show "Barefoot Contessa." As soon as we walked in through the front door, we knew we in foodie heaven! Cooper pots and pans, oversized whisks and shelves full of baking dishes lined the walls of the tight-knit shop, which has been owned and operated by the same family since 1820. We've been to plenty of restaurant supply warehouses in Miami, but nothing compares to this place! This store is jam packed with every kitchen essential could ever imagine - plus more! 




Needless to say, we went a little a little crazy and bought things we don't necessary need, but have always wanted, such as wooden thongs to take toast out of the toaster! Don't judge us...you would have bought them too! We also bought a small whisk, mini tart pans, a madeleine pan and a zester. We would have bought more things, but we didn't want to lug too many souvenirs back home.











In the late afternoon, we took a nice stroll through the Luxembourg Palace Gardens. The park reminded us a lot of Central Park in New York City. The manicured gardens were decorated with statues, fountains, lakes and sculptures. This is the park were Parisians love to come, sit and relax. There are many chair to lounge, socialize and read a book. The park was so peaceful that we found ourselves dozing off.




We tried lavender and African violet ice cream from an ice cream vendor outside the gates of the gardens. 







We arrived to Poilâine, one of the oldest bakeries in France, to pick up a traditional French sourdough loaf. We arrived just before they closed and were able to buy the big, round loaf of yumminess. When we arrived to our apartment, we cut the loaf into four quarters and froze three of them to take home to Miami. 

We ate one of the quarters throughout the last few days in Paris with butter and fruit spread. We brought the other three home, but haven't defrosted them yet. We are saving it for a special occasion.




For dinner, we decided to try out one of the many fondue restaurants in the Latin Quarter. We picked Le Latin on on 22 rue Xavier Privas because it looked good and had plenty of customers. We ordered a cheese fondue for one person and a meat and chicken fondue for one person and shared both. The cheese fondue was accompanied by a platter of cold cuts, olives and bread. The other fondue platter included raw chicken and meat and boiled potatoes that we fried ourselves at our table. We enjoyed the meal and had a good time trying out something new.




Everything we ate that day was extraordinary! You really can't go wrong with the food in Paris. It is all wonderful! If you get to try any of these places, please comment below! Read our next post about day 6 in Paris.

35 comments:

  1. It is not possible to eat bad food in Paris or France! No doubt you are enjoying journey. It is a beautiful city and is one of my favorites.

    Thanks for sharing it with us.

    Velva

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    1. Yes that true.. Best food while on vacation!!

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  2. Great post! I'm getting so excited for my trip just by looking at your pictures. I have Poilaine on my list of bakeries. If you freeze the loaf, they should be okay to take home? What did you wrap them with? The kitchen supply store looks so cool. I'll definitely want a 'souvenir' from there. Do you remember the name of the fondue restaurant? The food looks delicious!

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    1. Just updated the post with the restaurant name and a link to Trip Advisor. The reviews on trip advisor are a little mixed but we had a great experience.

      So what we did with the Poillaine loaf, was cut it into fourths. We first wrapped each piece twice in saran wrap and then in aluminum foil. We kept in the freezer until we were ready to leave

      The kitchen store was allot of fun... Its so old school. You find the prices of things by looking in these old catalogs. We were debating whether to buy this copper pan and we didn't. Kind of regret it.. =(

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  3. A baking class in Paris! How fun! I want to visit that kitchen supply store too.

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  4. I love your baking classs,ı want to go ,but ı couldnt.You are lucky..Great journey,beatiful photos..enjoy this..thanks for sharing!!

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  5. Sacre bleu, those croissants! Just amazing. Your photos are magnifique, Cristy and Michael!

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  6. I absolutely love that you took baking classes to make croissants. And look at them - they are beauties!!

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    1. thanks.. we need to recreate them at home

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  7. Sounds like absolutely the perfect day from start to finish. I was in E. Dehillerin last June and just about lost my brains. It is quite overwhelming, isn't it? Thanks for sharing your day, I want to go to that croissant class, it sounds wonderful!

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    1. Yes it was. We couldnt figure out the whole catalog thing... So much stuff!!

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  8. Oh, my. You did Paris right!!!! Your croissants/pastries look phenomenal!

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  9. joan huddlestonnJune 24, 2013 at 9:42 PM

    I enjoyed this so much. your pictures are so well done and so is your writing. I'm just starving seeing the good things you had to eat.
    thanks for sharing!

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    1. Thanks Joan!! You should plan a trip to Paris! It was wonderful!

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  10. What a beautiful day, the cooking class looked like a lot of fun. I would love to go to that shop although its probably a good thing its on the other side of the world as I might never leave. Thanks for sharing your travels.
    Sophia

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    1. Thanks Sophia. We wanted to buy everything there! lol

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  11. This baking class looked like a fun thing to do. Lovely bread and places. Good to know that you enjoyed all the food you ate during your stay in Paris.

    Cheers,

    Rosa

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    1. It was very fun! Everything in Paris was delicious!

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  12. Oh wow this all looks fabulous! I hope I can make it to Paris someday! Looks like you guys had a blast! A foodie wonderland!

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    1. Yes Sophia! That is exactly what Paris is - a foodie wonderland!! Love it!

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  13. I love your trip to France! Is amazing to see such a huge kitchen supply store, this is what I can't get in Australia! To learn making croissants with a chef is really eyes opening! Paris is really a foodie wonderland!!

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  14. So jealous of your croissant lesson! The almond ones are my favorites! Loved seeing all your pictures!

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    1. Thanks Reeni.. We will be sharing the recipe at a later time... =)

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  15. I've made croissants before, but not with the premade dough. Putting the butter on the dough as you make it is kind of squiggy - so I definitely want to try this version instead!

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    1. We actually made the dough.. Its quite a long process... Lots of fun though.

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  16. I am so happy for both of you. You have made beautiful memories. That is so nice that you took some bread home for a special occasion.
    Enjoy it. Blessings dears, Catherine xo

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    1. Thanks Catherine.. We are waiting to see what special occasion we bring out the bread.. lol

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  17. I love falafel in Paris! It really is tastier there than anywhere else.

    And I'll have to try Poilane on my next trip. Looks delicious.

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