08 August 2009

A Franco-American Breakfast

The Man of the Place has been working again and I find myself truly appreciating Saturdays. This morning, though much, much too early we awoke to find the earth covered in gray clouds and much needed rain.

Surely now the pole beans will produce!

But this morning my mind was not in my Potager. It was in Paris.

How I love Paris.

How I miss Paris.

Five years and counting but the smell of diesel still makes me swoon and a dreary rainy morning puts me right on the Boulevard Montparnasse, watching the resident cat and laying aside my ridiculous desire to charm that one cranky waiter who works under the awning at...
Le Select.

I love Paris when it drizzles.

Le Select is an old Hemingway haunt but never mind that. It's an old Parisienne Farmgirl haunt and on rainy, drizzly mornings it haunts both myself and The Man of the Place. We can almost feel the buttery croissants between our fingers and taste the best chocolat chaud on that side of town. None of those little wussy cups that leave us fat and sassy Americans longing for more. At Le Select you can order a private little pitcher of hot chocolate to sugar yourself silly. Avec Chantilly, mais bien sur.

This morning a little memory making was in order - Stateside. And I thought a Franco-American breakfast would do the trick. So, with every window in the house open to hear and enjoy the drizzly Parisian rain we enjoyed scrambled eggs and bacon (for the American in us) and sliced and toasted (longways of course) baguette with freshly homemade Lemon Curd and Confiture de Myrtilles. Blueberry Jam.
On Pandora we enjoyed Claire de Lune (Parisian type jazz not Debussy) and with a piping hot French Press the stage was set.







When visiting Paris many café's will advertise "American Breakfasts" but promise me you will never order one. Instead, head on over to Le Select and order a typical French breakfast of fresh croissant, baguettes, jams and café au lait or chocolate chaud. Bring your notepad and try to have a Hemingway moment or sit and enjoy some of the best people watching in town.



Pardon the photo quality - all my Paris photos are prints - pre-digital and I just can't bare to get out the scanner so I just take photographs of my photographs. Nerdy, I know.

12 comments:

Couture Allure Vintage Fashion said...

There's nothing like a good cup of coffee made in a French press, is there? Lemon curd and blueberry jam sounds amazing!

Berlin Deluxxe said...

Toasted baguettes, yum!

Thistle Cove Farm said...

Why do people insist on going abroad and then wanting what they can get at home? That boggles my mind! Your breakfast is making me hungry...

Joannah said...

I love that you bring Paris to you with your decor and your cooking. We've enjoyed doing that before, but French food is not Weight Watchers friendly!

I saw Julie & Julia today and got a little Paris fix. I think you will enjoy that movie.

My sister may be spending a few days in Paris a few weeks from now. I am SO jealous! I got down my scrapbook from that trip to help her remember the name of my hotel there, and found myself reliving that wonderful trip. I can't wait to go back, but first we intend to go to Italy. That's our hope for next summer.

Anne Marie said...

uh....no apologizes necessary!! to think you handled a film camera so well says alot Ang~

your baby is getting so big- and I love watching the progress on the sidebar- so cool!!

Bonjour Madame said...

We sadly made the mistake of eating breakfast at our hotel in Paris the first couple of days. After two ho hum average meals, I ventured out to the local patisserie and found the most amazing croissants. After that it's all I wanted.

I think I had an out of body experience eating that croissant for the first time! So perfectly crunchy on the outside and warm and soft on the inside. Divine!

Farmgirl Cyn said...

My French Press came crashing to the kitchen floor several weeks ago when a huge, wooden kitchen rack that I had hung on the wall fell down. I cried. I loved that pink press.

On a bright note, I was taken to see Julie and Julia yesterday as an early birthday present, and it is absolutely incredible. I must own it when it comes out in DVD. And I believe I might go see it again in a week or so....it is THAT good. LOVED IT. LOVED IT. LOVED IT.
And Ang...."You'll always have Paris."

sweettreats725 said...

I have been a silent fan of your site for some time now and just had to comment today that I think it is such a lovely place to stop and visit! The French Breakfast post is making my mouth water and bringing some bittersweet memories to the forefront of my time in Paris. I so wish to have my children see Paris - hopefully, with me! Thanks for all of the loveliness you bring to my day!:)

Old Centennial Farmhouse said...

Such a lovely description of breakfast in Paris....I've never been there...but through you, I have a little inkling of its pleasant charms. I liked your photos of photos...it made them look antique! It's been a long time since we ordered prints, no?
XOXO
Joni
PS: Love your new blog set up!

TRACEY.R said...

I am loving reading about Paris... i have been dreaming of going with my husband for 5years.... next year on 28 march i get to live that dream....
Tracey, from Australia :)

Belle said...

Goodness, what memories return via smells! Every time I smell a diesel-powered bus, I think of London, England, where I spent many happy moments in younger years.

I like your blog makeover, Angela.

Jennifer Schmid said...

Vavin was my metro stop! Le Select has the best (and richest) chocolate chaud! Didn't we go there together? I believe that we did....I miss you!