12 April 2010

Birthday Supper

Whoops...we are moving at the speed of light in Paris to experience many things and ensure everyone sleeps well! I forgot to show you photos of my birthday supper. We decided on a tiny bistro in the Marais, about 25 seats and a lovely Prie Fixe menu and wine list called Le Petite Curieux. Our French is pretty shabby, but we could discern most of the foods on the menu, but not necessarily how they were prepared....hmmm, interesting! Our waitress/hostess knew very little english.

I went with the foie gras as an "entree" (appetizer) and got 2 half inch thick slices with tiny piles of salt and pepper. Indescribable and melt in your mouth! You have got to love a country that eats as much foie gras as France!

My "plat" was Tartare de Boeuf...Beef Tartare prepared with cornichons, capers and onions, lightly held together with a delicate mustard sauce! It was absolutely perfect! Add some tiny fresh potatoes brushed with butter, and a mixture of greens with vinaigrette, VIOLA!

John, Gina and Jamie had a duck confit with a sort of North African flair of warm spices and potatoes all wrapped in phyllo...so good! The chef made Julia a special plate of all vegetables with an aioli sauce...it was fresh and delicious as well!

A nice, young Cabernet Franc was the perfect wine pairing for these dishes!

We had stopped at the boulangerie earlier and picked up my birthday cake! Opera cake and Tarte Limon...we are full, but theres always room for dessert and coffee!

It was a special birthday to be in France with all of the family...I feel very grateful.

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