Best Brunches In Paris

Old Nov 24th, 2020, 08:32 AM
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Basically, you just need to know that it takes a lot to impress people in Paris, so a little list of places where you liked brunch in the past (in a city that doesn't really indulge much in brunch except for late rising tourists) is unlikely to elicit a wave of enthusiasm.

You have received a little ripple of interest from some of the virtual tourists missing Paris and who want to read anything that can be said about it, but there is no cause for annoyance or disappointment if others disagree. This is after all a forum where a diversity of opinions is expected, not just a validation of everything that somebody writes about the city.
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Old Nov 24th, 2020, 01:31 PM
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Brunch in Paris? Never really thought about it. We always have breakfast in the apartment. Golden yellow yolk eggs, good oranges from Spain, fresh bread, and french butter. Strong coffee and after several days we get the right container of milk.

Kerouac, I saw a few pictures of the Christmas windows.
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Old Nov 24th, 2020, 01:56 PM
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Oh, the Christmas windows!! kerouac, please tell me you will be able to film them again. But I guess right now they are outside your allowed travel zone. Fingers crossed.
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Dang, forgot about the zones. Are you only allowed 1 kilometer? I will try and find the link. I was thinking about tartiflette today.
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Old Nov 24th, 2020, 08:53 PM
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I should be able to see the Christmas windows on Saturday when our one kilometer wandering limit will be extended to 30 kilometers.
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Old Nov 24th, 2020, 11:13 PM
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I meant 20 kilometers -- still enough to get around all over Paris, even though we will still need our permission paper.
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I thought I would share my husband and my experiences on a trip to the city of light. Paris was wonderful, the city was amazing, and the peoples are not rude, they were very gentle.
You have only to say bonjour, s'il vous plait, and they directly smile and greet you back. We had so much fun in Paris but what I did enjoy the most was their brunch. We had brunch in different places, but I can only pick the 4 most wonderful brunch spots.
For real, I can classify the Hollybelly5 asthe coolest spot to brunch in Paris. The meals vary depending on local and seasonal ingredients. Their homemade granola was heaven on earth. You will love it! And the staff was adorable. The next day I was craving some good pancakes, and a local recommended the Pancake Sisters. The brunch menu cost us €23.50, and this set menu includes a hot drink, fruit juice, two savory pancakes, and a trio for dessert.
Claus was amazing for their traditional French options of pastries and bread on offer, as well as a German-style dish of cheese, hard-boiled egg, ham, and fruit. The last day I thought of trying crepes, and the best place to enjoy is La Crêperie D’Alizée. We had
the gourmet brunch menu that includes crispy, savory buckwheat galettes topped with eggs and bacon, ham, or salmon; thick sweet crêpes you can coat in jams, home-made caramel, or chocolate; fresh fruit and even a small cheese platter. And all these delicious foods cost us only €20.
Let me know more about the places where I can enjoy food?
You should check out Zia. Great brunch experience, one of my favourites...
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Old Nov 25th, 2020, 06:31 AM
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kerouac, so happy to hear that! Something special to look forward to.
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Old Nov 25th, 2020, 07:20 AM
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Dang, forgot about the zones. Are you only allowed 1 kilometer? I will try and find the link. I was thinking about tartiflette today.
I'm doing more than thinking about it. I'm making it today for our early Thanksgiving dinner. Calories be damned! Thanks to a poster here on Fodor's for introducing it to me last year.

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Old Nov 25th, 2020, 08:14 AM
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Tartiflette is an excellent French classic even though it was only invented around 1980. People in the Alpine region only discovered its existence when it became popular in the ski resorts, which probably means that city chefs (Paris or Lyon) dreamed it up. In any case, nobody is complaining. I imagine that it was derived from the gratin dauphinois. which dates from the 18th century and which is called "au gratin potatoes" in North America.
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Old Nov 25th, 2020, 11:06 AM
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. . . called "au gratin potatoes" in North America.
Also seems very like what I know as "scalloped potatoes," variations on a theme. Rather than thinking of any potatoes as French, the French adopted it, like so many, from its origins in the Americas.
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Old Nov 25th, 2020, 11:58 AM
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Well, it's a lovely concoction whatever the origins. My scalloped potatoes and au gratin potatoes don't contain bacon, white wine, caramelized onions, creme fraiche and French cheese though, so it's definitely a treat for me.
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Old Nov 25th, 2020, 09:22 PM
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Well, it's a lovely concoction whatever the origins. My scalloped potatoes and au gratin potatoes don't contain bacon, white wine, caramelized onions, creme fraiche and French cheese though, so it's definitely a treat for me.
What do they contain?

Traditionally, we have them for Thanksgiving. I just do them with red potatoes, bleu cheese, and creme fraiche.
50 years ago, we had Betty Crocker Scalloped Potatoes out of a box (today, $1.39 at Target). We thought they were great!!!

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Old Nov 26th, 2020, 07:45 AM
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My scalloped potato recipe calls for potatoes, milk, flour, seasonings and sharp cheddar cheese. It's simple, but really good.

Can't honestly remember the last time I made au gratin though.

And then there's Boursin potatoes, with red potatoes, seasonings, heavy cream and Boursin cheese.

And sour cream potatoes with a crushed corn flake and butter topping...and garlic smashed potatoes...and twice baked potatoes...so many potatoes, so little time

Stu - I remember those Betty Crocker potatoes too - I used to like the hash brown version, but haven't had them for many moons.
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Old Nov 26th, 2020, 08:27 AM
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In any case, none of that is the same as tartiflette, which requires lardons.

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Old Nov 26th, 2020, 09:34 AM
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""Betty Crocker......but haven't had them for many moons""".

That's probably in your favor.

I make the Boursin potatoes exactly like you do.

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Old Nov 27th, 2020, 12:23 AM
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Is Paris or France an Ideal place for Christmas or New Year? I am planning a for next year
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Old Nov 27th, 2020, 12:25 AM
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Thank you in my other trip I will try
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Christmas is our favorite time of year in Paris. We were "supposed" to fly there next week for our third trip at Christmas time.

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Old Nov 27th, 2020, 09:55 AM
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Yeah, We're usually in Switzerland and Germany this time of year. Feels weird to be home.
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