another day in paris

After some serious sleep, Fred and I got up for a croissant and coffee.  We walked a few blocks from our hotel, sat in a cafe and planned our day.  Josh and Emily were still sleeping and told us last night not to wake them up.  We obeyed.

La bovida
After full being fully caffeinated, we took a quick trip around an area near Les Halles which has a bunch of kitchen stores all located with in a few blocks of each other.  First stop E. Dehillerin.  A true haven.  The staff couldn't be nicer.  They have every single utensil you can think of.  Total old school.  I did think about buying a handful of copper pots but reconsidered realizing I can have them shipped directly to my house if I want.  No need to haul them through customs.  We left there and waled over to La Bovida which is another store chocked full of kitchen supplies for amateurs and professionals.  The big difference between E. Dehillerin and La Bovida is organization and centuries.  La Bovida has a bit more of the new stuff and you could walk around in white gloves where as E. Dehillerin hasn't been cleaned in years.  This picture is from La Bovida.  Check out the size of the paella pan hanging in the back (you can barely see it in the far left).  Must be 3 feet in diameter.

Kitchen bazaare
After that we stopped in to Kitchen Bazaar.  There are a few of them around the city.  Many of the items come from England.  I bought a few things.  One item was a chopping board that folds into 3 after use so you can easily pour what ever you have just chopped into the bowl.  Simple and a total, "duh" but I have never seen it before.  I also got a small can opener that supposedly works to pop a hard to open top instead of having to use the Oxo piece that is shaped like a triangle and opens up those hard to turn tops.  We will see.  And a basic plastic bottle with the perfect opening for pouring sauces on a plate.  Last was an object that looks like a pen.  You stuff it with icing to write on a cake and use it like a pen.  Clever but again, we will see how it works.

We connected with Emily and Josh and they met us in the Marais at Les Marches des Enfant Rouge which is a market place filled with tiny restaurants and food stalls.  We always go back to the same one there that serves Japanese food.  There have constructed a tiny structure with picnic tables inside for winter.  The food is so good there.  Fred got a bento box with grilled sardines.  Sardines flattened out and grilled in a mixture of Japanese spices.

The rest of us went with the raw salmon cut into small pieces over warm rice topped with chopped scallions. Tofu
For a side order, we had some tofu.  You can't go wrong here. 

Emily has a friend in town so she took a pass and hooked us up with later.  We walked over to Merci which is a concept store in the Marais.  On route we stopped by a store called Blank.  The t-shirts were very cool and Josh picked up two. 

Merci is a mixture of many concept stores we have seen throughout Europe.  T.A.D. in Rome,  Q in Bangkok and 10 Corso Como in Milan to name a few. 

A mixture of clothes, art, tabletop and of course a cafe.  Personally, I didn't love Merci. 

The vibe and look they are trying to create had more of a bend towards country than modern.  Although they carried some good designers, more were for Emily than for me.  Worth checking out. 

We then went on a small shopping spree for Josh stopping at April 77 and APC.  Shopping for clothes must be innate and Josh's gene has just kicked in.  His attention span is short but he was getting into it.

The 3 of us took the tube over to La Pinacotheque to see the Edward Munch exhibit.  Quite the retrospective.  This particular space is off the Madeline stop which is chocked full of gourmet food stores which I recommend strolling through…and of course eating too.  The Munch exhibit was fantastic is you love Munch.  I am not sure his stuff rocks my world.  Long career, much more varied and prolific than I realized but otherwise, not my thing.

Josh:pierre herme
Fred cut out on Josh and me.  The two of us kept going.  Josh remembered there was a Pierre Herme right near where we were.  We picked up a few goodies for the room.  They don't sell the double napoleon at this Pierre Herme location only at the one on the left bank.  Worth the journey if you haven't had it before.  Beyond delicious and worth every single calorie.  Pick up a jar of jam for the trip home too. 

Then we did a little more shopping for me where Josh helped me out but no purchases today.  Back to the hotel for a little R and R before dins.