Bread and Roses, Picasso Museum and Au Passage

The first day in Europe is always tough.  Getting on the time zone is about soldering through the exhaustion from lack of sleep on the plane over.  It is just part of the drill.  We usually get here, shower, eat and then stay out as long as possible until about 5 where a nap is in need before going out to dinner with the hope that after dinner we hit the pillow hard.

We started this journey in Paris.  After the bag drop and a shower, we wandered down the street to Bread and Roses for salads.

And incredible pastries.  Strawberries

Paris Brest…one of my faves.

We walked through the Luxembourg Garden which is one of my favorite parks in Paris.  Kids were out navigating their boats around the fountain.

I’ve been to the Picasso museum countless times over the years.  They recently renovated so I have seen the museum through three different restorations.  Currently, there is an exhibit around Olga, his first wife, and son Paul.  I had not seen many of the pieces before.

I am always amazed how insanely prolific Picasso was.  This is of his son Paul as a baby.


The Marais has changed a lot over the past decade.  Art galleries are in abundance including clothing stores.  One of my favorite streets is still right where the L’Enfant Marche des Rouges is located.  Inside the market is a variety of different food stalls with outdoor seating.  Outside there are a sausage/ham store, chocolate shop, pastry shop, fruit shop and more.  This is Caractere de Cochon around the corner L’Enfant.

Beautiful flowers at L’Enfant.

Also the bakery Bontemps down the street.

We went back for that nap before going to Au Passage for dinner.  This is my second time back to Au Passage.  All the plates are for sharing and the wine list is huge.  The place is simple, local and quite good.

The barnacles…tastes like lobster.

This is a serious winner.  Octopus hotdog style.  The housemade sweet/sour mango relish on top in a soft bun might be something we have to recreate this summer.

Roasted lamb shoulder that is off the charts and a house specialty.

We were exhausted, full and ready to collapse with the hope of getting on the time zone so we passed on the dessert and cheese plate this time but we will be back!

Comments (Archived):

  1. awaldstein

    Paris rocks.More hole hole in the wall, random neighborhood eateries than even NY.Since i get there about once a year and have quite a few friends in the wine trade who live there, i just let them drag me around.Last time i ended up ( I think) Yard out on rue de Mont-Louis, some out of the way, hyper local, tiny spot (smaller than even12 Chairs!), a 25 minute walk from the Metro. Great cause my friends knew the owners and i was the special guest.Enjoy.

  2. Susan Rubinsky

    Whoa. Barnacles!

  3. Robin Bobbe

    Living vicariously.

  4. Twain Twain

    Met a guy who’d moved to SF from Paris and is now an American citizen.He said I should definitely leave tech, make my little bags and he knows lots of folks in Paris who’d want my little bags.Now I’ve seen your gorgeous photos of the scrumptious food … I wish I was there RIGHT NOW!!!

    1. Gotham Gal

      There is tech in Paris. ?

      1. Twain Twain

        :*), ahh … but …It doesn’t yet have a QUANTUM computer. Toronto has one which is why I’ve applied here:https://www.creativedestruc…I’ve worked out the reason existing machines can’t understand our language (and therefore solve the “fake news” and toxic comments problem as well as causing data collection to be biased) is because existing machines and their paradigms are all classical 0 OR 1.That leads to issues like data classifications of this type:…I’ve invested a system that’s Post-Quantum. The missing piece in all scientific models, including Einstein’s, is “How can we model information as SUBJECTIVE and objective?”Existing maths is about Rational logic, mechanics, probability+statistics. It’s got no tool for subjectivity, so we can’t build computing systems and machine intelligence that better reflect this functionality of our intelligence.Someone would have to invent/discover the tool — just as Galileo the telescope and now we can see the stars, Newton did gravity and we learnt how to overcome it to arrive at flight and Einstein his Theory of Relativity so we can figure out origins of the universe.All very nerdy super-cool stuff!

    2. Kirsten Lambertsen

      Macron is *inviting* you to come to France 😉

      1. Gotham Gal

        He’s awesome

      2. Twain Twain

        Justin Trudeau vs Emmanuel Macron … Hmmn … Both are more appealing than any other male leader of the free world …Toronto has the father of Deep Learning, Geoff Hinton, AND the world’s first lecturer in Quantum Machine Learning … Paris has ???MIT Technology Review July 2016: “Tolga Bolukbasi at Boston University and a few pals from Microsoft Research say there is a problem with this database (Google Word2Vec): it is blatantly sexist.”* https://www.technologyrevie…*…I’ve worked this out: to fix Word2Vec biases, we’d have to know that the assumptions of today’s systems are rooted in 150 years of ideas about us and our language as ideal gas molecules with no emotions etc.https://uploads.disquscdn.c…@gothamgal:disqus — Women like you fighting for female founders is great. But the problems have deeper roots than 1960s feminism. It literally is that we’re being modeled and benchmarked according to frameworks that men created which don’t even represent human intelligence, language, cultures and values.That’s why we need more male and female inventors who can “connect the dots” and solve problems at the roots.

  5. Kirsten Lambertsen

    Have you been to the Picasso museum in Barcelona? I haven’t been anywhere, but I’ve been there. They have a large-ish room that’s strictly about *one* subject he painted. It’s an inspiring experience, if you haven’t already been.