Palais Royal in full sunlight. Absolutely stunning. Home of Colette and Jean Cocteau -- and all the thieves of Paradise in the 18th century. You will swear you're in some French country village. Cocteau did.
In one way, Palais Royal is perhaps the most romantic place in Paris and on a hot day you can cool in the shade of the linden trees and sit by the fountain spray or walk through colonnaded arcades (where delicious boutiques hide) as cool and dark as corners in Casablanca.
Richard and I and Thirza Vallois, the great historian and author of Romantic Paris and Round and About Paris, all had lunch at the Villa Lys the other day, one of the two little restaurants with outside tables at the far end of the garden, shouting distance from the Grand Vefour (where Napoleon and Josephine liked to dine together).
The Villa Lys is famous for tagine, that juicy unforgettable Moroccan dish cooked in a small table size ceramic teepee, and I must say, it's to die for (gasp, fall prostrate, fade out)! Earlier in the season, I'd had the poulet tagine with green olives and lemon slices. Oh my!
The other day I thought I'd try the poulet with dates and figs and almonds and apricots. Oh, my! Oh, my! Oh, my! And to tell you how good it was (and this is the highest recommendation): my mother, when I had a fever as a kid, used to crush up aspirin in apricot jam and get me to take it that way. Guess who doesn't like apricots to this day? Well, just imagine. I ate every apricot on my poulet tagine plate and I'm still raving about the meal. Richard had the same thing and Thirza chose lamb instead of poulet.
And it comes with a couscous as fluffy as clouds.As for the wine, I had a glass of bordeaux for an aperatif. Not so good. So, the three of us split a pichet of Cote du Rhone. Quite adequate. But you don't need the wine; everything you've ever wanted is right there in that poulet tagine for 17,50 e. I'm going back -- try to stop me!
30, Rue De Montpensier, 75001
Tel. 08 99 78 73 48
Open Monday to Saturday for lunch and dinner
Lynn Jeffress is a writer, teacher and translator; she has a Ph.D. in French Language and Literature and an MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Oregon where she helped write Caverns the group novel led by Ken Kesey and published in 1990 by Viking/Penguin Press. She writes short stories (her latest The Dali Code & Other Paris Stories) and poetry, the newest collection Announcements to be published later this year as an audio book. She conducts creative writing seminars in Oregon and in Paris.
I would love for you to celebrate the fifth anniversary of Eye Prefer Paris with me, so please join me at the fabulous, newly opened O'Chateau wine bar on Wednesday, July 6 between 7PM and 9PM. The address of O'Chateau is 68, rue Jean-Jacques Rousseau, Metro: Louvre-Rivoli or Etienne Marcel. I look forward to seeing you and meeting some of my readers I have never met before. Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org
In addition to my Eye Prefer Paris Tours, we now offer Eye Prefer New York Tours, 3-hour walking tours of New York's best neighborhoods including Soho, Meatpacking/West Village & Tribeca. Tours cost $195 for up to 3 people and $65 for each additional person.Come take a bit of the Big Apple on an Eye Prefer New York Tour!
Come experience my blog ìliveî with my Eye Prefer Paris Tours, which are 3-hour walking tours I lead. The Eye Prefer Paris Tour includes many of the places I have written about such as small museums & galleries, restaurants, cafes & food markets, secret addresses, fashion & home boutiques, parks, and much more.Tours cost 195 euros for up to 3 people, and 65 euros for each additional person. I look forward to meeting you on my tours and it will be my pleasure and delight to show you my insiders Paris. www.eyepreferparistours.com
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.
Click here to sign up for the next class or for more info.