That’s a wrap! I can’t believe our second culinary tour is over! It has been a whirlwind ten days with our amazing group and both Sarolta and I are so grateful to everyone who helped make this year’s tour such a success. Thank you Lori, Amy, Marlene, Joanne, Harry, Martine, Jeannot, Mary-Yvonne, Glen, Ross and Max from the bottom of our hearts. We feel so lucky to be able to spend this time in Paris and share our love of the city with others. Bisous à tous!
Our final two days flew by. On Saturday we headed down to Saint-Germain-des-Prés to explore the amazing, newly renovated La Grand Epicerie at the Bon Marché. This place is truly the mecca for food lovers and our group enjoyed perusing the aisles in search of culinary treats. The forecast had called for thundershowers but instead we had sunny/cloudy/breezy weather so we took advantage of our luck and strolled along the Boulevard St. Germain, stopping in at the beautiful church before making our way over to the Mariage Frères tea shop and museum to pick up some take-home gifts. We stopped in for drinks (thanks Lori!) on rue de Buci before making our way back up the hill to have a group dinner at a favourite local bistro in Montmartre.
On Sunday, our final day together, we set off in search of treasures at the Saint-Ouen flea market. Our guests bartered their way to some great deals and even I managed to score some antique silver forks as well as a vintage ceramic bowl which I have no idea how I will get home to Vancouver in one piece!
We spent our final evening together cooking, talking, eating, and drinking in our lovely, light-filled apartment. We enjoyed some Champagne and hors d’oeuvres, a frisée salad with soft boiled eggs, bacon and garlic croutons and seared salmon with lentils topped with some mâche. Dessert was a pear tart with salted butter caramel ice cream. Coffee and orange biscuits rounded out our dinner. A delicious meal made all the sweeter by the company of new friends gathered around the table.
Time to start planning the 3rd Annual Paris Culinary Tour!