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Sunday, August 20, 2006

Une Soirée Parisienne!

While in Paris, Natalie and I actually ate twice at the Cafe Delmas - well we were actually at La Crêperie d'à côté (The creperie next door,) but I didn't realize that until we were home. At any rate, the crepes were so amazing that we actually ate there twice. Both times, I had Le Casino, which to the best of my recollection was a crepe filled with ham, mushrooms, onion and gruyere then topped with a soft fried egg. Utterly heavenly. While we enjoyed the first time around, we were completely stuffed and had to forgo the dessert crepes. The 2nd time, we went at the end of a long day of sightseeing and WALKING - and after we were thoroughly doused in a rainstorm. We only wanted comfort food! After another go 'round of Le Casino I had a chocolate crepe, while Natalie had the crepe with caramel ice cream and caramel sauce. It may well be one of the best things I have ever eaten - at least the bite I had! [I might add that our server there was most delightful. I'm sad I didn't get her name, because she was one of the nicest people we met all week. It was in part because of her hospitality that we wanted to go back after being soaked in the rain.]

So, Julene and I had a few friends over for dinner tonight. She wanted a little soirée in honor of my recent trip to Paris with Natalie. We had fun creating the menu - and I got to use the fun new placemats that I bought at the Louvre. I did my best to recreate Le Casino, and I think I was fairly close - though I did cheat and use an herbed crepe since I've never made the traditional buckwheat crepe that they use in France for their savory dishes. I also didn't stay true to the folded format of the crepe - thus leaving room for Dave's amazing spinach salad.

Come back tomorrow to see what we had for dessert!


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