Paris, paris, paris

We got up and basically walked until we dropped.  Mondays in Paris are not as bad as Sundays but many things are closed.  We opted for a shopping day which is always a treat in Paris.  Fred is a trooper and happy to come along.  A full morning of events in and around St. Honore before heading to lunch.

costeThis area is not the easiest to find a good lunch place.  One of the few I do like is at the Hotel Costes where the entire courtyard is filled with tables and very chic people.  Makes for great people watching and the food is quite good too.

omeletteThe key for us right now is simple.  I had poached salmon and spinach on the side.  Fred had this beautiful egg white open faced omelette.

palais royalFred had a call ( yes reality has begun to call ) and I continued to walk down to the Palais Royale where construction still remains for the last few years.  Looking forward to that being complete.

We had dinner that night at an old fave, Le Severo.  Owned by a butcher who opted to open a restaurant.  The steaks a fantastic and so are the frites.  I was shocked that the gentleman helping out that evening spoke a few words of English because the owner only speaks French.  I was prepared with the appropriate saying such as bleu (still breathing) or saignant (rare) on how we like our steak prepared and if we wanted the bavette (skirt steak) or entrecote (rib eye).  The key here is really ordering the steak one degree less than you normally would.

We walked home and could not have been happier.

Comments (Archived):

  1. William Mougayar

    You are like duck to water in Paris. Have you thought about buying a flat there?

    1. Gotham Gal


      1. William Mougayar

        If you did, which arrondissement would you choose?

        1. Gotham Gal


          1. William Mougayar

            Cool. I’m more of a 16th guy.

          2. awaldstein

            You and I both on the sixth.Question-you invest in lots of services that end up on your phone to help you shop, navigate, whatever.What did you end up using on this trip beside I’m sure Google Maps?

          3. Christine Vachon

            me– 11th.

          4. Gotham Gal


  2. Mario Cantin

    Ha ha ha! “Still breathing” referring to Le Steak Bleu — too funny. I’ll use that one. I used to work in a French restaurant in my early 20’s and that’s how the owner would eat his beef. I remember thinking “Yeah right, I don’t think so”. The odd thing is I had no problem eating Steak Tartare by the bucket load though; “Yum yum”, I thought.

  3. jsrand

    Le Severo was closed for vacation when we were there in April. Bummer.

  4. garethwong

    Brilliant! looks like you guys had a great time! curious though as most French enjoy Food, Wine, Cheese, but most importantly the desert.. seems like you guys skipped that course? Chinese is not great fan of Cheese nor desert but after long time with my French in-laws.. I have since learnt to appreciate it (& got almost obese for it), I can give you some recommendations when you next to go France.. e.g. St Honoré cake at La pâtisserie des rêves Laduree Macaroon gorgeous black sesame & green tea home made ice cream at Restaurant Tsubame Quality varies dramatically though, you need to know where to go! 😉

    1. Gotham Gal

      It is more about hitting the wall. dessert is something that we just rarely do. it is when we really want to indulge!