Saturday, August 29, 2009

Dinner in Paris

Paris was stunning! The food, well it was stunning too. Paris is a heavenly destination for foodies.

We enjoyed a local restaurant in the center of Paris. I ordered a simple egg dish (honestly, it was the only menu item I could decipher on the long list of possibilities), and what arrived would be absolutely delicious.  3 sunny-side up fried eggs, served over a bed of lettuce. A side of fried potatoes, like your mother never cooked, served over a bed of fresh shredded lettuce, tossed in a vinaigrette. What was this fabulous French country meal served with? A bottle of light red Rhone table wine. I think I died and went to heaven.
I was trying to be discreet, as I was making a damn fool out of myself snapping photos of my food.  The waiter said nothing, his thoughts? Well, who knows but, when he did speak, his accent was divine.


I tried recreating this recipe at home. My attempt proved not to be too bad. I was reminded how a unlikely combination (eggs and lettuce) can taste so good. Still, there was no comparison to what I ate in Paris. I am sure that has something to do with eating this meal in Paris, and then recreating the dish in Tallahassee, Florida.  Anyhow, I am going to keep working on perfecting this recipe. It's easy and inexpensive to prepare. I think it would make a great dinner mid-week, or a pretty impressive meal for entertaining. Most importantly, don't forget the wine to serve along with this meal. We Americans can learn a thing or two about serving wine with our eggs.

Bon Appetit!

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34 comments:

girlichef said...

Oh, that's amazing...I'm soooo jealous :D

Chow and Chatter said...

oh i adore Paris so happy you had fun theres an award for you on my blog

Rebecca

Mediterranean Turkish Cook said...

I completely agree with you about Paris and its food. My husband and I were there last month and we both loved the food. Did you try the hot wine? I had never had hot wine before I went there. The eggs on a bed of lettuce is very creative :)

Thanks for telling me about the purple potatoes. I appreciate it!

doggybloggy said...

what a unique combination that I am sure is absolutely delicious -

Nil said...

Hi Velva, I love eggs.
Nil.

theycallmejane said...

My mouth began to water just reading your description and then...well, I had to be careful not to drool over the picture. Amazing!

Bailey said...

really good food

Lucia from Madison said...

Wow after that photo of your dinner I would fly to Paris!

5 Star Foodie said...

The eggs sound heavenly, how wonderful that you were in Paris! I haven't been yet and can't wait to go!

the ungourmet said...

This looks divine! I bet an old shoe would taste good if I could eat it in Paris! How fun and romantic!

burpandslurp said...

I think I died and went to foodie heaven to see those perfectly cooked eggs, too. LUCKY you to go to Paris!

Chef E said...

I feel the same way about many foods we have had on trips...although I did figure out how to make a hoogie taste like the ones I miss in Texas tonight!

Those eggs are so perfect! Looks great, and now I am curious about the lettuce and eggs, I already love tomatoes and eggs!

sangeeta said...

lovely food on a lovlier trip........can it get any better?
ha ha...died n reached to heaven.....good food is orgasmic, right!!
have tried eggs with fresh spinach...this really looks divine.

TKW said...

I make a similar salad (I add chopped bacon to mine) and it is so good! I especially like it when I add some frisee lettuce in with the other greens--something about the creamy egg yolk and the slightly peppery bite of the frisee...YUM.

Grace said...

eggs atop a bed of lettuce, eh? that's interesting, but i certainly wouldn't be averse to trying it. especially in paris. :)

A World in a PAN said...

Are you still in Paris? If yes, send me an email, I came back yesterday from Santa MOnica and would love to meet you if you're around. I enjoyed reading your post.

Elra said...

Hi Velva,
thanks for visiting my garden blog and leave me such a nice comment.

Your egg and lettuce salad look really pretty and delicious.

Heavenly Housewife said...

Hubby and I just came back from paris this weekend and had the most awesome time. I plan to post some blogs on it soon. This was a really cool post, it shows you that we are silly to just think of eggs as a breakfast meal. THey are so delicious any time of the day. Eggs are one of my favorite foods, but i know hubby wouldnt be happy if i gave him eggs for dinner (he likes his meat lol).

Palidor said...

I absolutely love eggs and this simple way of eating them is perfect. That way, nothing interferes with the delicious taste! Thank you for sharing your photos.

A Year on the Grill said...

a beautiful website...thanks for sharing your photos. I used to travel a lot, and hit Paris a couple times. I am so pleased you had a positive experience.

Oana said...

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Foodie with Little Thyme! said...

Beautiful, I wish I was in Paris and not Paris, Texas

lisaiscooking said...

Sounds wonderful, especially with the wine!

Olga said...

Thos potatoes look incredibly good. Would not have thought of adding lettuce to eggs, but you never know :)

Brings great memories from my trip to Paris 3 years ago.

appropriated.muffin said...

that meal looks absolutely amazing! sounds so light and delicious!!
and the cases of pastries are so drool-worthy! yumm!!

pigpigscorner said...

I'm so jealous! I went to paris many years ago (was not a real foodie then) and actually hated it. I went during winter and it was horrible. Would love to go again though since I can appreciate food more =)

Laura said...

You lucky little duck. Your pictures are wonderful. Thank you for sharing them!

Looking forward to the day when I get to "hop the puddle" and see all the wonderful things Europe has to offer!

Natashya KitchenPuppies said...

A great breakfast. I really don't drink enough wine in the morning, I will have to remedy that!

Nil said...

Oi Velva. Obrigado! Fiquei muito grato pela sua dica e ter instalado o Google Translator na minha página. Regards, Nil

Nil said...

By the way Paris é um lugar que ainda quero saber!

Talita said...

The eggs look great! All these sweets are a temptation!

Lori Lynn said...

I agree. EVERYTHING tastes great in Paris!
I will be posting our dinner at Pierre Gagnaire soon, please come by...
LL

Colloquial Cook said...

Hi Velva!! Just saw your comment on my blog, it went in the spambox(??!) without me noticing! So you travel a lot too! Thanks for visiting :-) and JodieDog says thank you and waves her paw at you.

Ana Powell said...

I am so close to Paris and never been there, terrible.
Gosh, everything looks so delicious and beautiful ♥

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