Monthly Archives: March 2012

We have been feeling lazy about cooking lately. So we took some time exploring restaurants. After school one day I was seduced by a picture of beef tartar on the menu which they posted outside of the restaurant. We were lured in and had a great lunch after all!

Beef Tartar

Beef Carpaccio

Although I was feeling lazy about cooking lately, but I am never lazy about snacking. It makes me happy to have a grand snack if my lunch was light. Helps me keep my moods up!  Most of them are what we picked up from the street markets. Some sliced cheeses, sausages, sliced apples, and a couple of cornichons.

Afternoon plater


No school day. We decided to visit the Centre Pompidou because Henri Matisse is in town. The building itself, designed by Piano, is also one of the places I’ve been longing to come back to since my last visits in Paris. It is a genius’ work, exposing the skeleton of the structure to challenge the limit of the time. This Pritzker awarded piece  “turned the architecture world upside down.”

We were mainly here for Henri Matisse (no pictures were allow in the exhibitions), but there were other great pieces that impressed me tremendously. Not only that the museum has a good selection of Picasso, Warhol, and Bacon, the centre also has collections of models that delight me greatly.

No children for this section I guess.

A cup of coffee at the roof cafe to end the fulfilling trip at the Centre Pompidou!

Oh wait! Let’s rewind a little bit. I started my day with this lovely breakfast prepared for me especially in the morning when I got out of bed. Thanks again to my favorite chef of the house. Je t’aime beaucoupe!

Egg with avocado, caramelized onions, cherry tomatoes, and chorizo.

The magnificent spring weather has been luring us to walk to school everyday. We encountered a pleasant surprise on our way to school yesterday.  It must have just open because we haven’t seen it the other day when we walk to school.  It is a street market!! Vendors of all sorts of fromage, fruits, vegetables, seafood, and flowers. Or if you wanna get a quick lunch of falafels or chinese pork bun, this is also they place!

First, I present you The Lure of Spring!

Public Street Market Honfleur

Street Market Crèmerie

Guess Who’s Happy?

Fresh flowers much?

And EVEN an Asian goods vendors!! Found some good stuff here!

Few steps away from the market we found an antique store!! How could you resist the tasteful antiques taking advantage at the sunny side walk! If I have my own apartment right now I would have moved some things home already!

I started to feel tired physically being a student and a tourist a the same time everyday. The beautiful spring had lured me to walk around too much.  We decided to go home early with our happy purchases from the market and may be a relax day at home Coffee? tea? movie?  We made ourselves a little snack in the afternoon from goods we got from the market.

Mini Cherry tomato salade in a cup, chorizo, mimolette, et ossou-iraty

All You See is All You Need

Saute onions, garlic, mushroom and cherry tomatos. Then add water or chicken stock for soup.

Marinade chicken, in this case breast, with soy sauce, salt, garlic, and beer. Sear. I was mad at myself for accidentally picking up chicken breast as thighs. I personally like thighs more than breast especially if I were to make it this way. But breast would still be good if you like them.

Toss together. Better to pre-cook broccoli a little so chicken won’t be over cooked when trying to soften broccoli.

 Glass noodles cook separately. Always better going through cold water after boiling!

 Put noodles in your bowl, then add soup. Not to put noodles into the pot of soup to avoid noodles becoming soggy and puffy as they soaks up the soup!

It’s our first day of school in Paris. I have been excited for this day until the alarm clock rang at 7:30 in the morning.  However, we managed to get out of the house early and decided to to walk to school. It was about a little bit more than 30 min walk from chez moi to the campus. It was too nice out to hide in the metro really. We made it to school on time and had a trés amusant first day of french class. We definitely feel more like living in paris with a rhythm with the start of schools. After class with had a light lunch in one of the many “petite cafe rouge” in the neighborhood, and walked around, mostly along RIver Seine,  for the rest of the day in the beautiful weather. Every now an then I get goosebumps looking at the majestically sculpted architecture around me. Do people fall in love with Paris all over again every morning when they wake up? Because I would if this is my home.

And of COURSE my camera ran out of batteries when we were coming up to the Jardin des Tuileries. I am sure I will come back again, and again, and again. So I am not worried.

It’s my turn to make dinner tonight. And it’s school day tomorrow. Something easy I thought. So I picked up some vegetables and pasta from the market.

Red bell pepper, zucchini, fennel, onions, shallots, garlic, cherry tomatoes, some diced bacon, and pasta, which I picked spinach tagliatelle for a change.

Thin sliced my zucchini. And everything else, onion, shallot, fennel, and bell pepper, julienned.

Cooked onions and shallots until they started to magically turn translucent.

Then throw in fennel and bell pepper in your pan, cook till you know when they are soft and beautiful.

While waiting for the onions and bell pepper to caramelized, cook pasta, toss with olive oil.

When the caramelization coming close to amazing, pasta now in pan, gentle toss. Fire UP for sizzles!

Feel free to throw in some greens of your choice and some halved cherry tomatoes. I always LOVE extra greens on my plates!

Now your plate is basically done. But I wanted a side veggie for the pasta, and also don’t wanna waste the juice from the pan. So here comes the zucchini!

Sauté bacon bits in the same pan after plating pasta, throw in sliced zucchini. Toss till zucchini turn soft, but still crunchy (just how i like them). Cook fast before pasta chill.

Plate done. Bon appétit!

Home work time comes after dinner. And WOW, its almost mid-night.

Bon nuit mon ami!!

It’s sunday and we decided to stay home. Reason being Alex has a lot of writing to catch up on, and I stay with him and did some planning for future traveling and museum visits. Since nothing super excited happen in the day, why not an exciting meal for the evening.  So I started with the prepping and Alex did the fire works.

Rinse Rinse Rinse, Chop Chop Chop…

Onion, Shallot, Garlics, potato, and tomato. Ingredients to rinse, chop, or cut

Thin Strip Onions

Same for the Shallots

Same for the Potatoe

Thinly sliced garlics

Throw potatoes strips with shallots, onions and garlic in sizzling pan!!

Cooked until it magically turns in to golden color 🙂

While potatoes are cooking, why not bring the lamb out, rinse, dry and season. Then load them in heated pan!! “SZZZZSZZ” (I love that sound!)

Flip Flip Flip. When they are about done to your liking, splash in some wine!! We ran out of wine this time so we use whisky.  Hmmmhmmm… Unload lamb from pan. So now we have some nice juice from the lamb and whisky!

Green beans and white asparagus are veggies for the night! Pre-cook them in boil water for a minute. Drain and rinse with cold water. Season with S.P.O.

Now throw your veggies in to the same pan with the lamb juice. Toss toss toss…

Remember your tomatoes? Go ahead and half them, season with S.P.O., aside

Layer from bottom to top, golden potatoes strips with shallot and onions, garden tomatoes, Lamb chops, white asparagus and green beans.

Tada!! Everything done in 40 minutes. To tell you the truth, I’ve been craving lobster all day for some weird reasons. But Alex decided to make lamb and it just turned out so perfect!!  C’est yumolixious!

Applause for the boss! Thank you for making dinner honey.

Although I am still struggling with my jet lag, I found guilty for staying in bed too late in the morning while the Paris spring is blossoming. We took a walk around the neighborhood today and found this alley, not far away from Jardin du Luxembourg, many public market for fresh fruit, vegetables and flowers. The street is also lined with cafes, patisserie, bucherie, et cremerie. I really enjoy buying fresh food and ingredients in the little shops and stands instead of picking out frozen food in the supermarket. Just looking at the public market makes me happy.

We sat down in one of the cafes here call Les 5. We were only looking for a snack originally, but this restaurant serves course meal. So we ended up getting two appetizers for snack.  Surprisingly, It was exceptional!  We already promised ourselves to come back here for dinner.

This dish was a real pleasant surprise. The fois gras was perfectly cooking in a really interestingly delicious sauce which is sweet but tangy, accompany with Some kind of shredded root vegetables and mushrooms.

Later, we decided to grab some fresh fruit before we head home. We grab a box of shinny berries and some strawberries. The strawberries here is always good. So I did not think twice and put a box in Alex’s hand. When we pay, the cashier said something to us in french that we apparently did not understand. So I just said “oui” as agreement. He then gave me the recipe. We were shocked, but tried hard to hide the expression. This cute little box of strawberries were 11 Euros! I turn back to look at the price on the stand and it clearly says “29.99/kg.” It was certainly an expensive lesson for “fruit stand french” and we got some ONE OF A KIND strawberries for snack tonight!

Pistachio Macaroons

Coffee Chocolate Caramel

Awesome finds of the day

Le me enjoying my macaroon

Le Alex enjoying the Arsenal vs. Aston Villa Match

Waiting for dinner now. Alex is doing some left over refinement. Another simple happy day.

It is a real treat to me to go to Aiweiwei’s first exhibit in Paris when we have only been here for two and a half day. The show is hosted in Galerie nationale du Jeu de Paume. It was not a big exhibition, but a very general introduction of Aiweiwei to his new audience in France. I found it very astonishing even though I am considerably familiar with the artist. Well, to be honest, he’s my hero. May be I am a little bias here, but I still think that it is worth going for a visit before it goes away.

Galerie nationale du Jeu de Paume

“I hope there will be more violence and Chaos in the future of China.” – Aiweiwei

This could simply be one of the best day of my life. After an amazing exhibition of my favorite artist, I was treated a dinner by my favorite chef, my personal chef if you will. This is our first cook-in in our lovely paris apartment. It is whole chicken roasted with garden tomatoes, mix mushrooms, golden potatoes, leaks, and olive oil with light vinegar for the night.



Seasoning Chicken
Shop for FRESH Ingredients
Wash Tomatoes and Toss with Olive Oil
Wash Mushrooms and Toss with Salt Pepper Olive Oil (SPO)
Cut Potatoes and Sprinkle with Chopped Leeks, and SPO
All You Need Is Love and Bowls
Put In Oven
I am happy to open my blog with a simple, loving and perfect day. Bon appetite!