I have neglected this feature for a while, so here is a double-header.
Cafe Carlu is a clean, modern cafe in the Cité de Architecture on the the Trocadero with a small menu of simple,well prepared sandwiches, salads,quiches and plats. So what's the big deal? The killer views of the Eiffel Tower. In the spring and summer, the outdoor terrace is open and you can bring your tray out- it's self service- and just salivate over the view. I picked the vegetarian sandwich thinking it was Mozzarella but it turned out to be fresh, light sliced egg with salad greens.
I was in the 7th arr. near the D'Orsay museum last Sunday taking some photos and had a hankering for a good sandwich. It's like a ghost town in Sundays in August in this upscale arr. where everyone is on vacances, so finding a place to have a sandwich was like trying to find Lindsay Lohan or Amy Winehouse clean and sober. I was whizzing along on the rue du Bac on my Velib when I screeched in front of the Eric Kayser boulangerie because it was open. Eric Kayser is rated one of the best boulangeries in Paris by many critics and food blogs. They had a surprisingly good lunch deal- a sandwich, pastry, and soft drink or coffee for only 8.50 euros. I carefully studied the oh-so delicious selection of sandwiches in the case and the Comté cheese and Bayonne ham sandwich on country sourdough bread called my name. It was quite hearty with lots of the strong cheese and buttery smooth ham and I could barely finish it. I had just enough room for the luscious, gooey apricot and pistachio tart. Quite satisfying, I say this is a super bargain especially for the quality of the food, considering the same formule at the Cafe Carlu was 9 euros. Other formules included a quiche and salad for 10 euros, and plat and dessert 15 euros. The service was exceptionally nice and warm and the young waiter spoke English, even though I kept speaking French. Still don't have that accent down.
Cité de l'architecture
1 Place du Trocadero, 16th arr.
Open Wednesday to Monday
18 rue du Bac, 7th arr.
Metro: rue du Bac or Solferino
Open Tuesday to Sunday, 7AM- 8PM
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New! Eye Prefer Paris Cooking Classes
I am happy to announce the launch of Eye Prefer Paris Cooking Classes. Come take an ethnic culinary journey with me and chef and caterer Charlotte Puckette, co-author of the bestseller The Ethnic Paris Cookbook (with Olivia Kiang-Snaije). First we will shop at a Paris green-market for the freshest ingredients and then return to Charlotteís professional kitchen near the Eiffel Tower to cook a three-course lunch. After, we will indulge in the delicious feast we prepared along with hand-selected wines.
Cost: 185 euros per person (about $240)
Time: 9:30AM- 2PM (approximately 4 1/2 hours)
Location: We will meet by a metro station close to the market
Class days: Tuesday,Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday
Minimum of 2 students, maximum 6 students.
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