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Paris, in pictures. Day 2.

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At the metro station near Notre Dame.. our first stop for the day

At the metro station near Notre Dame.. our first stop for the day

 

Beautiful little shops by the river Seine selling vintage fare

Beautiful little shops by the river Seine selling vintage fare

 

 

The bridge that cross the river, to take you to Notre Dame

The bridge that cross the river, to take you to Notre Dame

 

Imagine my delight when we saw a fair just for Bread. Check out this whole bunch of kids sitting outside the fair area, eating...bread.

Imagine my delight when we saw a fair just for Bread. Check out this whole bunch of kids sitting outside the fair area, eating…bread.

 

At the fair, it was as if it was destiny. I was meant to be here said a voice in my head. It was Paris was sending me a secret message.

At the fair, it was as if it was destiny. I was meant to be here said a voice in my head. It was Paris was sending me a secret message.

 

Check out these chefs. They could be Godfathers hitmen.

Check out these chefs. They could be Godfathers hitmen.

 

 

Scores of bakers preparing pastries and breads

Scores of bakers preparing pastries and breads

 

 

That is Tartine of fresh bread with Nutella. Far more divine than something so simple deserves to be

That is Tartine of fresh bread with Nutella. Far more divine than something so simple deserves to be

 

 

Don't believe me? Take a look at that. And suffer :P

Don’t believe me? Take a look at that. And suffer :P

 

 

And the amazing Notre Dame. There are cathedrals. And then there are cathedrals.

And the amazing Notre Dame. There are cathedrals. And then there are cathedrals.

 

 

Some spaces have a way of changing you. Transformed in an instant from greedy to devout.

Some spaces have a way of changing you. Transformed in an instant from greedy to devout.

 

 

A view of the altar but can one do justice t a space so magnificent. Restrained, yet opulent.

A view of the altar but can one do justice t a space so magnificent. Restrained, yet opulent.

 

 

Mother Mary

Mother Mary

 

 

My devotion to food stands unchanged though. The best crepes we have ever had... outside the Notre Dame. Crisp, generously filled with chocolate and banana.. my heart was singing This could be heaven.

My devotion to food stands unchanged though. The best crepes we have ever had… outside the Notre Dame. Crisp, generously filled with chocolate and banana.. my heart was singing This could be heaven.

 

 

Then we made our way back across the river in search of the much talked about Jewish neighborhood of Marais

Then we made our way back across the river in search of the much talked about Jewish neighborhood of Marais.20140516-100650.jpg

 

 

The alleyways of Marais each have their own character.

The alleyways of Marais each have their own character.

 

 

The delicatessens that seem right out of a film

The delicatessens that seem right out of a film

 

 

A visit to the much outed about Felafel stall seemed to be in order

A visit to the much outed about Felafel stall seemed to be in order

 

 

These are supposed to be one of the best in the world. I hate to sound pompous, but I've made better. Atul would eat these. I liked them but just not that much.

These are supposed to be one of the best in the world. I hate to sound pompous, but I’ve made better. Atul would eat these. I liked them but just not that much.

 

 

Beautiful meringue cookies that are one display all over

Beautiful meringue cookies that are one display all over

 

 

Marais is chock full with shops that have on display prepared foods, charcuterie.. foods from all over Europe.

Marais is chock full with shops that have on display prepared foods, charcuterie.. foods from all over Europe.20140516-101147.jpg

 

 

A Boulanger (Baker) in Marais with the plump Brioche on display

A Boulanger (Baker) in Marais with the plump Brioche on display

 

 

Check out this man doing the crossword with much focus. Atul caught him on camera while having one of his many cups of coffee.

Check out this man doing the crossword with much focus. Atul caught him on camera while having one of his many cups of coffee.

 

 

Having soaked in Marais, we took a bus and got off at what looked like an interesting spot. In front of another historic church.. St Sulpice.

Having soaked in Marais, we took a bus and got off at what looked like an interesting spot. In front of another historic church.. St Sulpice.

 

 

And delightfully next door to Rue De Bonaparte - with the Pierre Herme store. My Mecca.

And delightfully next door to Rue De Bonaparte – with the Pierre Herme store. My Mecca.

 

 

The store is like a jewelry store. Each piece of pastry no less precious.

The store is like a jewelry store. Each piece of pastry no less precious.

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Our day ended at a musical performance at the Ogress theatre that seems like an interesting place to explore the alternative art scene in Paris. The music was lovely. A perfect end to a beautiful day.

Our day ended at a musical performance at the Ogress theatre that seems like an interesting place to explore the alternative art scene in Paris. The music was lovely. A perfect end to a beautiful day.

 

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  1. Hi Reshmy, Your pictures are so lovely! I landed up on your blog after all this while when trying to find if rye flour were available in Bombay (can you confirm if it still is easy to come by?)! I’m so glad I came back here. It’s so lovely to see your documentation. I’ve bookmarked your Onam post to come back to for a leisurely read. Hope you’ve been well and are baking up glorious loaves. I was wondering – have you given sourdough bread a go? I’ve been making that here in London (ever since I left Paris) and I keep trying to get better at it. I haven’t baked one in a while, but I’ve been documenting them on my bread blog http://theperfectloaf.tumblr.com

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    November 14, 2014
    • Hi Shaheen, for some reason I missed your comment! Thanks for coming by. I’m always looking at your pics and the lovely food you are cooking up and drooling. I’ve seen Rye flour gourmet stores like Natures Basket and the Foodhall though I have to say that it’s being in stock is rather unpredictable. You may also sometimes luck out with egrocers like Gourmet.in.

      I’m as in love with breads as ever but I haven’t been baking them as often as I would like either. I love your bread blog and am now feeling inspired to bake!! Oh! and its so good to see all that exposure you have to fantastic bakers, equipment and ingredients (dehydrated levain!!! Woah! How different did you find that from dried yeast?) Have been wanting to get my hands on a few proving baskets and kicking myself for not having picked a few up when I travelled! I have baked sourdough from Reinharts recipes and loved them especially since it seemed to be easier for my body to handle sourdough than regular yeasted doughs when I was going through and allergy phase. And then once when I was travelling my husband through out the precious starter thinking it was mouldy batter of some sort. Plan to start another one and bake from the Tartine book next! Currently, I’m in love with the Bertinet olive oil dough though..

      Oh! And do try the Onam recipes and report back.. How are you finding living in London?

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      January 20, 2015
  2. Meryl #

    The fooooooood :O !!

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    May 16, 2014

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