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Widely celebrated as one of the best places for dessert in Paris, Breizh Cafe in the Marais district heavily impressed us during our recent visit on our last trip. Meat for cheesesteak sandwiches We accidentally stumbled across it on our way from Place des Vosges to Marche des Enfants Rouges.

You have to queue for a little while at this Breton Creperie with a Japanese touch (the owner, chef and founder, Bertrand Larcher, worked in Tokyo for some time and brought many ideas and recipes back to Paris; today, Breizh Cafe also has one outpost there and two in Brittany).

My wife ordered crepe with ginger and lemon, I ordered galette Cancale (named after the seaside town where one of the other cafes is located) with bits of smoked, cured herring and fake caviar in sour cream. Best meat for cheesesteak sandwiches Both dishes were very tasty. Chunky steak pie recipe slow cooker The buckwheat flour galettes have an awesome texture and taste, and can’t go wrong with these top-quality, fresh ingredients.

My wife probably would have preferred the ginger taste less intense, I thought it was just perfect. Chunky steak pie recipe jamie oliver We’ll be back.

When researching Paris restaurants before our trip, we came across French MasterChef TV judge Yves Camdeborde’s legendary bistro Au Comptoir du Relais, which translates into ‘the bar area of the hotel Relais’. What kind of meat to make philly cheese steak This tiny and bustling art deco restaurant belonging to the well-regarded 4-star Hotel Paris Relais Saint Germain (Camdeborde owns the whole hotel) sits in a beautiful 16 th Century building just off Boulevard Saint-Germain (Metro station Odeon) and has been celebrated as unmissable for many years. Pepper steak pie recipe easy It seems that the hype about it grew even stronger over time.

We particularly remember a number of reviews along the lines “they know they simply cannot go wrong” and thought, that’s never a good sign. Pepper steak pie recipe south africa The best chefs and restaurant owners of this planet do not expose this kind of attitude. Pepper steak pie recipe jamie oliver On the other hand, what were our options, miss out on this much talked about ‘gem of the gastronomic universe’, run by the guy who re-invented modern French bistro cuisine? We could not allow this to happen.

We were too late to book the five-course haute-cuisine weekday dinner for a very reasonable €65. Pepper steak pie recipe with puff pastry They are usually booked out two to three months in advance. Cooking temp steak medium rare On weekdays from noon to 6pm and weekends until 10pm, a no-frills brasserie menu is served, for which no reservations are accepted. What to serve with ham steak recipes We arrived on a Saturday and joined the queue of 10, 12 people at around 11:50am, ten minutes before opening. Rump steak pie recipe By 12:02 we were seated at one of the outside tables, a great spot for people-watching and to enjoy the sun, even though there seems to be even less space outside than inside, and I regularly felt my neighbour’s elbows on my sides.

We ordered 2 small glasses of their lowest price house wine (€5.50 each), 6 escargots to share (€9), bouillon de poisson, served nicely with the (intentionally) lukewarm liquid part added from a glass bottle at the table (€22), Cochon de Lait (suckling pig with lentils, €26), and 2 cafes (€3 each).

We felt that the waiters were very boss’ish, abrupt and outright rude, making it clear from the beginning that you are an uninvited guest in their house and should do as you’re told or else. Stk steakhouse meatpacking district When clearing dishes from our table, the waitress took the cutlery from one of the plates and dripped plenty of oil over the table and my shirt without even apologising. Stk steakhouse meatpacking district nyc But it really started with the wine, which was served with one dead fruit fly in it and one very much alive one accompanying it mid-air. Steakhouse meatpacking district new york Most of the cutlery and crockery was severely stained, clearly with residue from previous meals, 1mm to 2mm thick crusts in many cases. Beef steak with mushroom sauce chef zakir Not particularly elegant.

That aside, we did enjoy everything we were served. Beef steak with mushroom sauce filipino style The house wine was lovely. Resepi beef steak mushroom sauce The escargots were among the best we’ve had in recent years, great texture, large (don’t like the tiny ones), very strong taste, and perfectly prepared, maybe only surpassed by the ones we had had at Bistro Allard, before it was taken over by Alain Ducasse.

My wife found the fish soup maybe slightly too earthy and bitter and too bland, I personally thought it was just fine (even though not exceptional by any standard), with an unusual mix of small bits of grapefruit, lychee, chestnut, black pasta, lemon cress, broccoli and cauliflower added in addition to the usual suspects. Beef tenderloin steak sauce recipes The soup itself had a strong (in my mind at least) tomatoey taste and just the right texture. Beef steak pepper sauce recipe Not too thick, not too thin, and not too oily.

The roasted suckling pig, served in a thick bed of lentils, was truly divine. Beef steak sauce recipe in urdu Both mains were very large for lunch portions, which is a very good thing in our book. Beef steak gravy sauce recipe Finally, we enjoyed our coffees. Beef steak mushroom sauce recipe My wife had her usual cafe noisette, I was a bit more adventurous and tried their superb Ethopian espresso.

Despite the enjoyable food we certainly won’t be back, though, and no tip from us. What cut of meat do steak tips come from More reviews of Paris restaurants here, here, and here.

Shortly after our visit to the Eiffel Tower, we did another tour with Flat Tire Tours, this time zigzagging through the area between the Tower, Pont Alexandre III, and the Rodin Museum (one of our top spots in Paris, which we visited directly after the Segway tour; tres romantique location, so to say).

I’m 2 metres tall and weigh over 100kg, so did at first felt rather uncomfortable entrusting my life to a wobbly, 45kg light-weight thing that sits on just two wheels and is supposed to be steered simply by me moving my heavy weight forward or backwards, left or right, on the little steering stick that is attached to the wheels and the platform between them.

The introduction and safety instruction was very short, but in Flat Tire Tours’ defence, spending more time on this would have taken the fun out of it. Beef steak sauce easy Nonetheless, I still had my concerns and didn’t feel 100% safe at first, it’s just such a weird thing to do. How to make beef steak sauce However, our bubbly guide soon made us all feel confident with the new gear (all except two of our group were complete newbies).

The only other time I didn’t quite feel perfectly safe, was when – being a bit too confident – I exceeded the maximum permissible speed for a second or two and was quickly slowed down by the Segway against the physical instructions I was giving to it. Beef pepper steak sauce The fact that suddenly the machine did not seem to obey my orders and started to act against me, was unsettling, but our guide explained the background to me and it was ok (maybe best to provide that information beforehand, just a thought).

Having done a dozen or so tours of Paris over the years, I was not listening very attentively to the tour guide’s elaborations about the sights we were visiting and the history behind them, but I had the impression everyone else was, which is a good sign. Best recipe for philly cheese steak sandwich What I took from that part of the tour, was mainly that French feet, as in the measuring unit, are longer than the English feet, and that this led to Napoleon’s height sounding a lot smaller to the English than it was. Australian steak pie recipe The English generals were not stupid and figured that part out quickly, but they ignored their intelligence and started a campaign to ridicule Napoleon for his petite stature based on the French unit’s measure in feet, omitting the fact that, were the measure given in English feet, his actual height would have been rightly seen to be more than 10cm taller.

Only one person had a little tumble during our tour, but she was an American OAP who pushed it, and luckily she didn’t hurt herself.

Different from some other Segway tours we’ve seen, Flat Tire Tours really make an effort to avoid roads and heavy traffic, where possible, so nearly all of the tour is on quiet pavements, in pedestrian zones or along the leisurely Seine riverside, where your only concern are inline skaters and playing kids. Easy recipe for philly cheese steak sandwiches We’d recommend this tour, even though it doesn’t come exactly cheap at €65. Recipe for steak sandwich For more on our recent Paris trip, click here, here or here.

Following our climb of the Eiffel Tower and just before our Segway tour, we caught a bite at Au Petit Sud Ouest, which had impressed us with a Tripadvisor ranking of #59 out of 14,156 Paris Restaurants and a few other great reviews.

The menu is short and mainly features duck, goose, foie gras, and combinations and variations thereof.

We shared two slices of delicious foie gras pate on toasted rye bread. What cut of meat for steak tartare My wife enjoyed the fact you toast the slices of bread yourself in large vintage toasters that sit on each table.

My wife went for duck leg confit with potatoes and mushrooms, I went for goose leg confit. How to season flank steak for tacos We enjoyed the taste of the confits, even though they were far too oily for our taste, oilier than other confits we’d had in the past. How to season skirt steak for tacos The side potatoes and mushrooms were nothing special either, but tasted alright.

We’re still wondering how this place ends up with such a great ranking. How to season steak for tacos Decent cuisine at a decent price, which is great, especially considering the immediate proximity to Tour Eiffel in one of the most expensive parts of Paris, but top of the class? Non. What to make with pepper steak For further Paris restaurant reviews click here, here, and here.

Even though we usually stay in Saint-Germain, when visiting Paris, our favourite part of town is Le Marais (“The Marsh”), the former Jewish quarter, and prior to that the home of the high nobility. What meat do you use for philly cheese steak We always spend at least a couple of hours sitting on a park bench or (in summer) on the lawn of Place des Vosges, the oldest planned square of the city, dating from 1612.

Originally named Place Royale, it was a popular meeting point for the nobility and one of the most fashionable and expensive squares until the Revolution, when most of the nobility moved to the Faubourg Saint-Germain district, just west of Saint-Germain-des-Pres.

Today, the vaulted arcades house some of Paris’ best art galleries (such as Modus), cool cafes, a lovely perfume shop, and more.

We love the relaxed, laid-back, bohemian atmosphere of the Marais with its many young people, hip fashion shops, and, of course, a whole range of some of the best restaurants in town. How to grill skirt steak for tacos Among our favourites are Les Philosophes and Cafe Breizh. How to cook steak for tacos We were disappointed by Sacha Finkelsztajn’s La Boutique Jaune, which is famed for, among others, its pastrami sandwiches, which we didn’t find particularly tasty (and there was hardly any meat in it). Recipe for philly cheese steak sandwiches from rachael ray We also always find it a bit annoying, when a store creates long queues intentionally through super-slow service, just to make themselves look more popular.

The Picasso Museum, located in the beautiful 17 th Century Hotel Sale in rue de Thorigny, is always worth a visit. Meat for philly cheese steak sandwiches This time around we also managed to visit Marche des Enfants Rouges for the first time, and had a great time.

When walking there from Cafe Breizh, we passed by burned out car with a sticker glued to the remains of one of its doors reading, in French, “Don’t play with the devil.” Someone left flowers on the wreck, indicating that someone must have died, and a sign by the police informs that the matter is currently investigated by one of its departments, witnesses are asked to call a number. What meat to make philly cheese steaks These are reminders of the horrible riots that ensued in February all over the capital, after news came out of a young black man having been tortured by white police officers.

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