OOLALA… The ultimate flea market – Les Puces de Saint-Ouen, one of the largest, and most famous flea markets in the world. There are numerous of markets a long the Rue de Rosier. In each markets, there are stores of almost anything you can think of, from antique furniture, vintage clothing, quirky utensils, to used buttons. Anything you wish to find. We are finally here!! One of the places that I wanted to visit the most in Paris!! It was OH SO SO GREAT! But the price tag really isn’t as cheap as you would think. You could probably find some pretty legit antiques here. I heard that even Bill Gates shop here for his furniture at home. Price tags are high but you can always negotiate with the shop owner. Always negotiate!! With good bargaining skill, you could often find good deals on your purchase. We were there for 5 hours today, and I can be there longer if they weren’t closing! We’ve already bought some stuff for our apartment in London which will not exist until the end of August! But yes we already found stuff for it! I can’t wait to come back again.
At the end of the trip we visited a very interesting cafe restaurant – Chez Louisette – tuck in an alley of Market Vernaison. The food is decent with the most anime atmosphere! Live performance none stop!
For one of the days like this one, your spent a long great day outside and you came home with a happy exhaustions, you might still wanna eat well but something can be make fast and easy. May be something like um…. pasta…? with eggplants? with some good imperator carrots? Yes. Pasta with sauté eggplants and whole imperator carrots!
Cut of carrots from leaves, rinse, pat dried. Throw in pan when olive oil with shallot reach medium heat.
Cook for a minute or two until shallot change color, season, add beer to simmer.
Cut eggplants to strips, season.
Saute in separate pan with garlic and olive oil. Cook pasta ready.
We also rolled up some Speck as side.
Cook carrot till beer reduce to a thick sauce. Toss pasta with eggplant. Place carrots and pour sauce on top. Side Speck. Simple health delicious.
Last but not least, I want to share one more wonderful thing with you. It is one of the most beautiful thing I’ve ever seen in Paris, happened yesterday. Feeling disastrous being wet and gloomy by the stupid rain, we rushed in the subway station, panicking to search for train tickets while drying our hair and body. All of a sudden, I heard Canon playing somewhere in the space. We turned the corned and a mini orchestra was performing right in front of us! An orchestra?!? In the middle of a subway station??! Playing Canon??! In the middle of a rainy day???!! WHO WHEN WHAT WHERE HOW could anybody come up with such amazing, romantic, and beautiful idea, to have an orchestra play pieces after pieces of impressive musique classique, here underground in the metro station!?! Only the Parisians!! We stood there and listened through the entire performance, totally forgotten about fixing my flatten hair and soaked sweater.
How could one possibly not fall in love with Paris.