Monday, June 18, 2007

Angélina & Au Trou Gascon

My mom and my sister arrived last night to join me in Paris and we decided to start off slow today since they are still quite jet-lagged. We walked around the Champs-Elysée and Arc de Triomphe and then headed over to Angélina (226 Rue de Rivoli; M: Tuileries) in the afternoon for some hot chocolate and dessert. Everybody has been telling me about the legendary Angélina (reputed to be Audrey Hepburn's favorite) so of course I had to go and see it for myself. Their "chocolat africain" (hot chocolate) is thick and delicious and their "Mont Blanc"(meringue with chestnut cream) is the best I've ever had. They've certainly lived up to their reputation in terms of food. The only disappointment was that there weren't any cute guys in sight. My friend told me that they met some cute guys the last time they were here, but I guess that will depend on your luck! So unfortunately no Q for Angélina.

I did a lot of research on restaurants before I came to Paris and one of the sites that helped me a great deal was Chow Hound. I met a few people there and one of them organized a Paris gathering. We decided to try out Au Trou Gascon (40, rue Taine; M: Daumesnil), which came highly recommended. (I felt bad leaving my mom and sister since they just got here but this was the only night that worked for everyone.) It was great to meet other foodies who enjoy seeking out good restaurants as much as I do. Majority of our conversation for the night revolved around food and good restaurants - I love talking about food while eating good food! For my meal, I started with some "Gascony cured ham," which was cut directly from the bone and was very good (although I couldn't tell much difference between that and the good ones you can buy from charcuteries/delis). For entrée, I had the quail with foie gras. The quail was pretty good although I think the one at Les Ormes was better. Not everyone in the group liked their dish though so the food was a bit inconsistent. The one cool thing about the restaurant is that they are known to have over 130 different kinds of Bas-Armagnac (picture left). Alas, no cute guys though so no Q...

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Dude said...

Hello Ms. Lin,
You are such gifted person for journaling; love your pix and stories… My aunt is a professional baker and the pix made us want to plan a vacation… Thank you for up to date the info and bring us more delicious insides!

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I love the chocolat africain at Angelina! It's a beautiful place to have afternoon tea (or hot chocolate) - so jealous! The rest of us have to make our own crappy hot chocolate from a packet!

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Mwahah I bought a huge pack back for myself ^_^ It is not the same, but close enough. I miss it there too! I want to go back!

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