Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Day 4. Hitting Le Pot de Jacques

What a fantastic time we are having here in Paris! Even though the weather brought us rain and clouds, there are still so many fabulous things to do that the grey skies didn't bring us down. Of course, our inability to be outside may have caused a slight expansion to the waistline... Museum going does build up a fierce appetite after all.

The morning brought us to the Pomidou Center, France's national museum for modern art. We enjoyed viewing some contemporary pieces as well as some classics from the 20th century. Below are a few photos of some highlights.




And we made the visit to the museum complete with a lavish lunch at the restaurant on the sixth floor, Georges. It was a very Chic space with a million dollar view.

We dined on escargots, a salad of green beans and shaved mushrooms, and pan roasted turbot with bearnaise sauce.

It was fantastic experience and it fortified us for the second half of our museum trip. Picasso, Brancusi, Bonnard (my new favorite), Matisse, and more awaited.

A little afternoon pick-me-up was required, so we made a stop at Mariage Fréres, the venerable tea shop. I had a beautiful tea from Nepal and Kyle had a tea that was named after him, Madame Butterfly. The accompanying pastries were also delicious.

We headed back to the hotel happy if not a little overstuffed from our decadent afternoon of eating. Little did we know that there was more bacchanalia ahead. But when in Paris...

Le Felteu turned out to be one of the nicest surprises of our trip. It's one of those places that you probably wouldn't stop into if you strolled by, but upon a recommendation, we were treated to a delicious repast.

We met up with friends who knew the place and had quite a meal prepared and served by 'Le Patron' avec beaucoup de vin rouge et Armagnac après diner. Kyle had sliced duck breast and I had veal kidneys fricaséed in mustard cream. Oh la la!

The potato gratin arrived as a suprise and we were thrilled to gorge ourselves on it.

We finished off the night at the bar with 'Le Patron' who also turned out to be the bartender at the one man show.

It was an evening that we are sure to remember for a very long time full of fantastic ambience, delicious food and drink, and resplendent company.

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