… to family and friends who gave me nice gifts for a night on the town. Thanks to Fred and Clare I went to Le Procope, and courtesy of Brooke to Le Grand Colbert. With Kevin and Katelynn’s gift, I feasted at Le Petite Cour. (There’s a reason we say dining instead of just eating …)
Le Procope is the original literary cafe (cum restaurant) — and it is still operating nearly 400 years later. We should all age so well ! The guest list at the Procope over the centuries is pretty impressive — Voltaire, Victor Hugo, Rosseau, Balzac — even Benjamin Franklin (and now you know who is added to the list as well, though that will be lost on posterity !)
The evening and meal were lovely .. I had a delicious glass of Gamay burgundy and wonderful huge escargot, a specialty of the burgundy region. My main dish, the specialty of the day, was a huge serving of duck breast and small turnips and potatoes. I couldn’t finish it, unfortunately, because there is no such thing in Paris as a doggie bag, so I just had to bid it adieu when I left !
Le Grand Colbert was a fantasy trip specifically suggested by Brooke because this is the restaurant featured in the final scenes of Something’s Gotta Give with Diane Keaton and Jack Nickelson. It is in fact, just as elegant as in the movie, and the food — and wine — were also special. A delicious chauvre chaud and salad for the first course and the two thin lamb chops with fresh green beans for the main course. All with a half bottle of Pomerol ! For dessert at all three restaurants I have delicious cafe (actually express or espresso). I think the true test of a good establishment is the quality of the coffee — five stars for each of mine !
The last culinary treat was at a ritzy local St Germain de Pres spot, though I didn’t realize that when I decided to go. It is in a busy area but the restaurant is below ground and I sat in a lovely, fairly quiet garden to eat. I went for a late lunch and this time it was a more experimental French menu. Thinly cut, fried eggplant with crab stuffing for the entrée (which is what they call the appetizer) followed by pintade or guinea fowl with lemon sauce and ratatouille. The ratatouille looked and tasted surprisingly like the melange we made at the cooking class. The wine was an excellent glass of bordeaux recommended by the young waiter.
The memories and five star experiences on this trip have been amazing. More than I could have ever imagined. Thanks to everyone for your support and enthusiasm. And special thanks to by brother and his wife, my son and daughter-in-law, and my good friend for all taking me out to dinner !