On the trail of Edible Adventures

I have long been a fan of Chocolate and Zucchini. Its author Clotilde offers something wonderful to the blogging world: impeccable writing. There are countless food blogs, anyone can take nice pictures, but really lovely writing is hard to find in the blogosphere. Clotilde’s enviable French background and Parisian lifestyle give her (in my opinion) something endlessly fascinating to write about, and these she combines with her love of food. Many a dinner guest I have treated to Birthday Chicken. I’ve had great success with her Ratatouille, while Red onion and rhubarb mini tartlets made a splash at my sister’s 21st birthday party. Before leaving for Paris, Keren decided to splurge and buy herself a copy of Clotilde’s Edible Adventures in Paris. After all, we wouldn’t want to overlook a not-to-be-missed Parisian food experience, would we? After a day or so of orientation, The Lonely Planet took a firm backseat to Clotilde’s gastronomic guidebook.  We became pilgrims, following her footsteps and not daring to open our mouths for any unsanctioned Parisian foods. Wherever we were, a course was plotted that would take us to a bakery, cafe, bistro or glace shop of Clotilde’s personal recommendation. The more dazzling her descriptions, the further we would trek. On the one hand, this stole considerable time from sightseeing and general tourist attractions. We could not have made a more noble sacrifice.

Bread and Roses
“Not your run-of-the-mill -loaves”, says Clotilde. “They show a real commitment to quality and taste, partuclarly the Puissance 10 bread (made with a blend of 10 flours). The sunny room also functions as a restaurant open for breakfast, lunch and tea.” (Us in the sunny room).

Martine Lambert
“Until you’ve tasted hers, you haven’t really experienced the smooth intensity of a chocolate sorbet, the aromatic richness of a vanilla ice-cream or the wild zing of a mango sorbet…”

Clotilde’s local haunt in Monmartre, where she makes an “alarming consumption of their Piccola baguette – free form, lightly dusted in flour and astoundingly flavourful”. Agreed.

L’As du Felafel
“Once done, the crisp, moist-hearted felafels snuggle up with their partners (crunchy cabbage, eggplant, sesame humus, and optional hot sauce) between the warm sheets of the pita pocket…”

Le Bar a Soupes:
“Six daily soups are prepared on the premisis every morning using fresh and seasonal produce. The receipe repertoire spans several continents around time proven classics and the owner’s spritely creations.” Like the Bloody Mary soup we tried. And yes, vodka was one of the ingredients.

Boulangerie Toro (now La Flute de Pain):
“I must draw your attention to the chausson aux pommes a l’arcienne, fresh apple turnover dotted with crystals of sugar” (delicious), “and as a bonus to your purchase you get to watch the the ballet of breadmakers at work through the large window at the back of the shop”. We did.

Le Trumilou
“Its affordable cuisine and its location, scratching the back of the Hotel de Ville and waving at Notre-Dame from across the river, make it a dining gem… Grandmotherly desserts follow to tuck you in”.

Thankyou Clotilde, we had a wonderful time.


3 Responses to “On the trail of Edible Adventures”

  1. 1 Jill June 9, 2010 at 10:52 pm

    How I’d love to be on that plane with Merren and Arthur today. This gem Parisian meanderings is tantalising in the extreme. Want my copy of Clotilde to add to shared memories of endless hours exploring Paris on foot, summer clothing, sun, and open spirits. I feel an intense yearning to revisit. (My five days needs a new infusion). Thanks for the experience. Lots of love, as ever, Jill

  2. 2 Gerri Frederiksen June 10, 2010 at 6:22 am

    Oh, a woman after my own heart!
    Nothing better than a food trail…especially in a gourmet food paradise, like Paris.
    My most enjoyable moments in Italy have been eating good food, drinking lovely wine and watching the world go by!

    Your Mum and Dad are finally on their way…I am so excited for them.
    Enjoy your special time together.
    Love Gerri..xx

  3. 3 clotilde June 12, 2010 at 10:31 am

    It looks like you had a wonderful time, and I’m delighted that my book proved useful. Thanks so much for those happy pictures, they’re a treat to look at!

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