It’s Hip To Be Square

by Angela (Oh She Glows) on September 22, 2010

It’s not just the people who are polished and well groomed, it’s the trees too!

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They sculpt many of the trees to make them angular!

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Eric, get out the hedge trimmer. I have some work to do in our yard when I return.

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I got some tea in this awesome tea shop!

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Smelled so good.

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I wish I could write that good on my market boards! ;)

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I’ll show you what I bought yesterday at the bottom of this post. ;)

Then it was time for dinner. We ate in the terrace of our hotel. (Note: For those of you asking the hotel name, I will be sharing after the trip).

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Bread + oil & balsamic to start of course! I think I have eaten my weight in bread this week.

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Yes please!

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My sister and mom had the filet of sol with cheese risotto.

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and raw vegetable salad.

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They loved it.

I had the Wakame vegetable sandwich (without cheese) and it was quite possibly the best sandwich I have ever had. Ok, I say that way too much, but it was damn good.

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The veggies were sautéed and just succulent. It was also my first time having Wakame which is edible seaweed. I loved it! It was very thin and delicate, not what I was picturing seaweed to appear/taste like!

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This sandwich was all kinds of epic. The chef in this hotel is ah-mazing.

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It came with seasoned and lightly oiled parsley…

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and lovely PURPLE potato chips!!! These went fast.

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For dessert, we whipped out a bakery purchase from Michel Cluizel, which turned out to be our favourite chocolaterie in Paris. Wait until you see the dark chocolate I stocked up on today!

We bought a selection of the famous Macarons

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Everyone told us that we must try macarons while in Paris. We got a sample pack and each tried a bite.

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Lemon, strawberry, pistachio, and chocolate:

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No, these babies are not vegan (contain egg whites), but as you will see in my next post, there were a few food items on my ‘must try while in Paris hit list’ and these were one of them. I am hoping to make a vegan version some day and I have to know what they are supposed to taste like!

I also had 4 other food items on my hit list that I will be showing you in my next post.

But for now, back to the macarons!

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Our top two favourites:

  • OSGMOM: #1) Chocolate, #2) Strawberry
  • Kristi: #1) Chocolate, #2) Strawberry
  • Me: #1) Chocolate, #2) Strawberry

 

Can you tell we are related? ;) Chocolate was clearly the crowd favourite. I thought the chocolate tasted delicious, but the macarons were a bit too sweet for my taste. I am really sensitive to sugar now that I bake with such healthy ingredients.

This is the tea that I purchased from Kusmi Tea:

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If the loose leaf teas taste half as good as they smell, I am in luck!

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Apparently there is a location in Montreal too!

Coming up…I will be recapping our last day in Paris!

Things got a little creepy…

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[When your balsamic starts looking at you, you have had too much wine.]

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Apparently there might be a transportation strike here in Paris tomorrow when we are supposed to fly out. With any luck we may just get stuck here forever.

Stay tuned.

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[email protected] September 23, 2010 at 1:11 pm

I absolutely love all of your pictures. Reading this post let me pretend as if I was in Paris for a few minutes…and then I stopped daydreaming and realized I was still in Chicago :) All of the food looks heavenly. I am so glad you got your hands on some delicious vegan fare. Being stuck in Paris doesn’t sound too bad to me ;)

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Charmaine September 23, 2010 at 1:53 pm

The tea reminds me of teaopia…I hope it’s as good, if not better!

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Liz @ Tip Top Shape September 23, 2010 at 1:58 pm

haha, love the balsamic face!

Oh-and all that tea!!! I want some!!

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Andrea (@ Puppy Dog Tales) September 23, 2010 at 2:54 pm

Those macarons look fantastic…would you believe that I’ve never in my life had one. Must change that….STAT!

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Lea @ Healthy coconut September 23, 2010 at 3:29 pm

Paris looks so clean on your pictures Angela but it’s not always that way when I see Paris in the movies. I’m glad you are enjoying your time, I hope to go to Paris someday.

I agree about being sensitive to sugar. I am very sensitive to sugar high these days since I bake now with maple sugar and agave.

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Miranda September 23, 2010 at 5:18 pm

Thank you so much for blogging about your time in Paris. The pictures of both the food and the scenery are gorgeous. And the bread OY the bread! Makes my tummy growl :)

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Toronto Girl West September 23, 2010 at 6:37 pm

I’ve been so busy saying goodbye to my Blogger blog and starting a Wordpress one, I hadn’t checked my Google Reader in a while. Somehow, I managed to forget that you were still in Paris.

How lovely it was to be greeted by pictures of your absolutely fabulous trip to Paris. I’m thrilled to see the three of it are enjoying it so much!

PS: I’m part of your blog roll. Any chance you would mind updating the link now that I’ve changed my blog. I used to write at “To be the Whole Package.”

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Heather September 23, 2010 at 6:46 pm

everything is so beautiful!!! thanks for sharing

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Andrew Lowry September 23, 2010 at 7:55 pm

I am continuing to enjoy your posts. Thanks for sharing. The three of us now want to go back to Paris now. This time we will eat in the hotel. BTW I am glad that I did not mention the hotel name as you want to keep that private for now. All of your European fans would be flocking over to it for autographs. :)

I hope you have an uneventful flight (the best type iMHO) back to Canada.

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Dominique October 3, 2010 at 12:14 am

Just catching up on your posts…I’m behind on blogging and blog-reading ;) I’m loving your recap of Paris. I’ve been there a couple of times and am dying to go back with the BF. I’m hoping for next year–for our 10-year anniversary.

Kusmi does have a shop in Montreal. The BF and I were there during Labour Day weekend. The woman at the store gave us a sample of a green tea (I think Detox?) and it was fantastic. I ended up getting a chai tea (perfect for fall/winter) and BF got a smoked tea.

Macarons are one of my fave treats but they are way too sweet. I think anyone who has adjusted to a healthier diet with less refined sugar will find them too sweet. I find that the chocolate versions aren’t as sweet as other flavours though. Toronto has a plethora of shops selling macarons now but I can’t wait to see your vegan version!

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