Je m’en fous de rien, Je suis Parisienne

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If the idea is to eat well, forget it. In Paris you drink well, but on eating... I would have reservations. I start from a disadvantage, I'm Italian, and I'm used to it well. You don't have to go too far, though, for a good breakfast. The cafes Parisian Are a certainty. If you can not fall into the cliché of the average Italian who orders a coffee, then complain that it is not a real espresso, take a seat in any bar asking for a café creme and a pain au chocolat without too much delay (feel free to dare with a omelets). There is a rumor that the Maison d'Isabel on Boulevard Saint-Germain has baked the best croissants Paris of 2018... I, if I were you, I would go to this boulangerie, at least to remove my doubt. If you want to pamper yourself a bit, my corner of paradise alcohol-free in the French capital is Ladurée, a colorful and pastry shop ready-to-wear, famous especially for macarons (the most suggestive location is without a doubt the one on the Champs Elysees). 

For lunch: the bistros are delicious, more or less affordable prices, house wine and easy service. I like the atmosphere of the bistros, a little less than their wine list. I wonder: between table wines and Burgundian grand crus, it is possible that he should go to discuss with the waiter because I ordered a 'house' riesling and instead he brought me a chardonnay of 'Je ne sais pas où' (as he has he replied, with a pissed off gesture). 

However, it is really worth eating at the Bonne Franquette in Montmatre: don't miss the onion soup, but above all, the escargot a la borgognona. The pianist who has been playing in this bistro for thirty years seems to always have the moon sideways, so resist the temptation of Tirez sur le pianiste. Still in this neighborhood Le Refuge des Fondus: surrendering in a long line. Social tables. Wine served in real bottles. It reminds me of the trasteverine atmospheres. Outstanding fondue. 

We assume that nothing in Paris, in spite of the rest of France, is particularly pas cher; Having said that, if you want to 'keep' with a frugal meal at noon, stop at any bar and order a Croque Monsieur or baguette jambon and brie. Less suggestive, but terribly 'metropolitan': the large French distribution chains have an incredible choice of food take away; therefore, if you are tired of salted butter, which is the cross and delight of nouvelle cuisine, you can find on the shelves sashimi, couscous and taboulé (North African cuisine, moreover, has now become a citizen of France), always better than Burger King. .. 

Then in Paris there are 'good bad habits' that do not have a set time: you can always do them, without grieving yourself with the guilt-free, despite the calories ... many. A crepe is a must, especially in the Latin Quarter, where they are made with artisan jams (Nutella in Paris not, please...). If desserts are not your thing, go without fail on cheeses. Suggestions: the Fromagerie Rue du Faubourg Saint-Honoré (Champs Elysees area). The shock will be to get into confusion: no, you are not in a boutique, it is only cheese, but the prices are undeniably like a large fashion atelier. More reasonable, but with a more limited selection (for what may be worth in a 'fromagerie'...), the two or three shops of excellent gastronomy in Ile Saint-Louis, and in any case this small wedding favor perched on the Seine, is still valid the walk. 

For the aperitif, if you are not too pretentious, a French habit is to go to a cave à vin. However, if you want to taste some important drinks in anlocation à la page, there are no alternatives: Hôtel Costes and Buddha Bar. Lounge music, which made them famous, can go out of style, they can't. Evocative environment, which plays on the light-dark, warm, stylish and decisively combed (at the Buddha bar, you can combine a Krug mix with sashimi at the modest figure of 175 Euros). More rustic and naive,but much to do, sit on the terrace of un'ostricheria, choose from the display counter of Belon and Fine de Claire and a glass of Muscadet sur lie the Nantais (lemon and nothing on oysters,s'il vous plaît!). 

If your style is more in the strings of a Picasso, rather than a Gaugin, the lungosènna will give you great little satisfactions. In the part a little out of the way, not at all beaten by tourists, between the Eiffel Tower and the Pont d'Alma, docked on the bank of the Left Bank, improvised floating bars on the water. The most original is Fluctuart - Center d'art urbain, a sort of bar-museum of contemporary art; there is no table service, you will have to order at the counter and enjoy a good glass of wine on the deck of the boat, in comfortable cushions, enjoying Paris from a different and more fluid perspective. 

And treat me well in Paris. She is a pretty shy woman. It seems to give itself airs as a first woman, but it should only be known to take. Offer her a nice glass of wine, and I swear to you, as soon as it is a petit peupompette, that arrogant air will pass her. 

 

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