Wednesday, June 20, 2007

More Cooking and Eating

After my fun experience with the cooking course last week, I was itching to try my hands at another dish. My sister and I signed up for a class at the Ecole Ritz Escoffier, which is a well-known culinary academy at the Ritz Hotel (my friend S is studying there to become a pastry chef). They also offer lunch classes and today we made seared tuna with julienned leeks. A class at the Ritz school is three times the price of the one I took with L'Atelier des Chefs last week, but it was well worth it. The class is smaller (there were only four of us) and the instructor really taught us some cooking techniques, whereas with L'Atelier des Chefs it was more just cooking from the recipe. Both are a lot of fun, especially since we get to eat the end result! The seared tuna was simple to prepare but it was very tasty, and the flash-fried julienned leeks were not only delicious but also added to the presentation. If you are more serious about cooking, I would definitely recommend trying one of the courses at the Ritz cooking school.

After our lesson, my sister and I headed to Fauchon (since it's on the way back to the metro station). Fauchon certainly is an institution in Paris, known for their madeleines. We tried a number of different flavors, including some unusual ones like truffle and roquefort (cheese). They also have some beautiful-looking desserts and cakes so we picked up some pastries as well. (Yes, I know we just had lunch 10 minutes ago but we didn't have dessert!)

My sister and walked around quite a bit browsing the stores in this area (I think it's considered St Honore - around Madeleine and Place Vendome), and I noticed that there were a lot of good-looking men walking around. I'm not sure where they came from, but I've walked around a lot of different parts of Paris since I arrived, and so far I've found this area to have the highest concentration of attractive men. While I suppose I can't really rate an entire area, I will definitely have to come back and find a good café to people-watch!

11 comments:

Kat said...

I loved the Chef! It was tons of fun! I want to do it again! We need to go back for the Foie Gras class! It will cost an arm and a leg, but I will be in HEAVEN!

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