Bonjour mes amis! We hit the jackpot on cute, small and off-the-beaten-path cafes. This darling coffee shop, named "Le Loir Dans La Theiere” (translating to “The Doormouse in the Teapot"), was hidden on the cobble streets of le Marais, the Jewish quarter of France. It was a well needed break from a day of walking; it was getting quite chilly so I decided to try the house hot chocolate (left, top). A rich and warming drink that went perfectly with the house specialty - Lemon Meringue (left, bottom). The meringue was fluffy and full of body, while the pie was sweet with a simple but strong hint of sour from the fresh lemons. I can gladly say that lemon meringues have been making some special appearances in my dreams for the past few nights. More deliciousness to come in Paris Part II and then we’re off to Dortmund!
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Two days until liftoff! I will be off to Paris in just a few short days (French Open anyone?) and then onto my summer home - Dortmund, Germany. The excitement is starting to kick in :D This weekend I received a nice flavor of home; I traveled to Downtown Chicago to visit some family and sample the eclectic taste that Chicago never fails to offer. We went to Crepetown, a cute, small restaurant in Uptown where I ordered a "Triple Treat" - a crepe with fresh strawberries, bananas and blueberries topped with a berry glaze (below, left). A light, fresh and wonderful start to the morning. We also made a trip to Frontera, famously founded by Rick Bayless, an American chef with a focus on Mexican cuisine. We ordered a mix of appetizers and small treats including fresh chips and salsa, chicken in asparagus créma and a delicious, wholesome fresh corn tamale (below, right). Overall, a wonderful weekend trip to top off my stay at home base!