Once we left Paris, we had an interesting variety of breakfasts. In Caen, the Kyriad Hotel had a great variety of rolls, cheeses, sliced meats, cereal, and granola. They had juice dispensers instead of juice poured out of pitchers, which was more institutional than quaint. And they even had hot chocolate powder. Amusingly, the hot chocolate mix was Nesquick! I also remember a basket full of fresh fruit.
There are times when it is appropriate to cut corners when eating. We felt Mont Saint-Michel was one of those opportunities. A real tourist trap, even small packages of cookies with the island printed on the packaging ran over 7 euros in gift shops.
Today, National Public Radio's Weekend Edition Sunday announced the winner of its garlic recipe contest. Two of the three finalists were fish recipes. The final recipe was for a hot sauce. Although the chefs and journalist reviewing the sauce ate it with chicken, the actual sauce is vegetarian! The chicken was not part of the sauce. In fact, the hostess on the radio this morning ate the sauce with a chip. Congratulations to William Maxwell of Vandalia, Missouri, for submitting the winning concoction!
Last week's menu plan went really well. The only thing I never got around to was the Dutch Boy. Sadly, I still won't get around to it this week because we're out of eggs and there will be no grocery shopping until we return from a long Easter weekend with Paul's family.
These are pictures of our lunch visit with Tim and Magally Putt to Ethos Vegan Kitchen. Paul and I shared the vegetable lasagna and a 10" pizza. Tim and Magally shared the vegetable lasagna and a black bean burger. Tim said the sandwich was twice the size of the lasagna but half the price.
Amorino is a chain pastry shop with coffee and gelato that has many locations in Paris. A number of individuals in our group loved it and visited it regularly. We didn't like the looks of the gelato nor the selection and went back to Grom for our last night in Paris. To research Amorino for yourself, visit www.Amorino.com, but the website is in French.
Last week, I posted a menu for what I planned to fix for dinners for the week. It went much better than the first menu I planned went. Strange, this is the end of March and I've only fulfilled this New Year's Resolution twice? How sad.
Sunday, I made Mexican Couscous for us as well as for my dad who came over to entertain himself as my mother is out of town. Only, I didn't serve it with cornbread because I only had two slices leftover and didn't want to make a whole other batch. We had nachos instead (horrible trade off, I know), and Paul took the cornbread for lunch.
Last week I sent Paul to Publix specifically to buy strawberries because the ones I had purchased at Costco just the day before were totally unacceptable for serving fresh. And it got me to thinking. . .at what point is the strawberry season done in Florida? In Louisiana, where I grew up, we had strawberries until Memorial Day. They might have been small, but they were full-flavored. What is the general rule for when one fruit should jump into your cart by the pounds and when another fruit needs to stay on the shelf?
Every Thursday morning, I sit down at my desk and spend five minutes or so searching for the week's great buys at Publix. Publix's weekly sales go from Thursday morning to Wednesday night. So, I learned to plan my weekly shopping trips accordingly. This week, I almost missed the message that said Morningstar Farms frozen vegetarian products were on sale for 50% off.
Publix was having a great sale on Birds Eye vegetables the week after we returned home from Paris. The products were 50% off, which is the equivalent of buy one, get one free. I often take advantage of these sales to try and review a new product.
Not only do I write a blog, but I read blogs. It's a great way to learn what other people are looking for when it comes to food and to try to help them out if I have answers. I had read a couple blogs about these things called Johnson's Buddies. They are little green bars with soap in them that fit perfectly in childrens' hands and lather quickly teaching them how to wash. They seem popular among moms, and I purchased one once because I was collecting a bunch of $1 items to go in a big blanket to give to a girl at the office.
Paul says I have written too much about stuff not tied into vegetarian cooking. Perhaps he's right, but blogging is an easy way to keep track of a diary of my trip--with and without food. Anyway, we were busy little travelers, and that yielded little opportunity to visit all of the restaurants on our list. We were sorry about that, but we were only able to eat three meals a day because French restaurants keep strict lunch and dinner hours.
We already knew Paul bakery existed and was good because we had seen one two years ago in Charles de Gaulle airport during a layover. Being peak lunch time, Paul was doing a great business. In an effort to be speedy as we knew there was more on our to-do list, we ordered three pre-made waffles that were put into a warmer at 250 degrees Celsius. Then we could request chocolate syrup or powdered sugar as a topping.
Down in the basement of the La Tour Notre Dame Best Western was a small room with brick walls and archways and nice tables with chairs crammed up against the wall to provide enough seating. Many Europeans don't do breakfast. At most, it's a hot drink and roll. Occasionally, juice accompanies the meal. I learned pineapple juice is quite popular in France.
Gigi and Larry met us after breakfast in time to take the metro to be at the Eiffel Tower when it opened. However, nature must not have gotten the message we were coming because the Eiffel was mostly covered in clouds for the day. We agreed to climb the tower anyway and to get a look at the city from the second floor.
For my birthday, Paul bought me a "deck" of soup and stew cards from the Moosewood Restaurant collection. It was such a clever idea, and luckily, it was cold enough to take advantage of them before we left for Paris when my kitchen was nearly empty of food.
Eat Like a Rabbit is home from a fabulous field trip to study food across the Atlantic. The experience was incredible, and I invite you to stay tuned to the entire story of the trip with specific reviews of restaurants. Unfortunately, we are suffering from jet lag and are trying to get back into the swing of things both at home and at work. ELAR prides itself on sharing pictures of food and other experiences and therefore will delay in posting stories about the trip until the photos and/or videos have been edited. Please forgive the delay.
I had a zucchini that was looking bad and some tomatoes the might not have much of a future; so, I put my thinking-cap on and came up with a pasta dish because most of the time we feel like you can't go wrong with zucchini and pasta. I pulled out a box of my "Buy One, Get One free Pasta" from Publix and started boiling some water. Meanwhile, I sauteed onion in 1/2 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil, adding the zucchini pretty quickly, and topping with garlic. When those three ingredients were cooked to my liking, I added diced fresh tomatoes, which I love using because it makes its own sauce.
Previously, I have made this soup and loved it. I'm not sure what went wrong this time around, but we weren't as excited about it this time. So I will probably be spending my time trying new soup recipes, which makes a lot of sense when it isn't cold that often in Florida. So many soups, so little time! However, I think the mixture of flavors is still creative and fun for those with more experienced taste as the egg and lemon are quite unusual. For people who have more calendar time to eat soups that warm the inside, I think the creation is worth a try from your own stove.
I think I've pretty well covered the fact that I love egg salad sandwiches. Even looking at this picture with the yellow and white mixture overflowing the boundaries of the rosemary bread makes me wish I hadn't run out of eggs and had more egg salad for dinner tonight. (Fortunately, grocery-shopping-day is tomorrow.) The rosemary bread goes for $2.25 a loaf at Costco. Make sure you have a good knife to cut it. When I leftovers to take to lunch, I put the egg salad in one bowl and wrap the bread in another bowl to keep the bread from getting soggy while I work. It's wise to pack a plastic knife to help spread the egg salad onto your bread when the clock strikes noon.
One day last week, our office had a free lunch delivered by a drug rep. The menu was Tijuana Flats, a chain Mexican restaurant started by some local college kids that has done incredibly well with its fast food and HOT sauces with funky names. I was very impressed with the amount of food delivered because we are a large office and generally the amount set aside to allegedly serve 50-60 people only feeds 40 or less. So in case you were looking for a casual catering recommendation, this is my vote. Naturally, the salsa isn't special, but it's fresh. The same goes for the guacamole.