Though there are many more exotic and wonderful options for dessert on these Paris trips, I’m usually full by the time dessert takes place. That’s why café gourmand has become one of my favorite options, since it consists of little bites that are quite delicious, happily paired with espresso. No matter how full I am, I can usually rally and enjoy a little bit of this particular dessert, which is different depending on where you order it. Our plans here are nonstop and I’m still fighting a bit of a cold, so I’m a bit exhausted. The worst side effect is that I can’t taste everything as clearly, which is a bit of a tragedy when you’re in a place with such world-renown dishes. The flavors are as subtle as the words spoken and so a sense of smell is rather required. But, I’m still having a lot of fun! And though we only have a week left of our trip, I’m hoping there will be time to enjoy this little collection of desserts one more time before we head home.
Because it’s the season, we’ve had a few various versions of galette des rois, a French version of a king cake. I love this as well, as in its traditional form it has an incredibly delicious almond flavor. Also, the one who finds the fève, a small porcelain object of some kind inside, gets to wear the crown. Today we had a family lunch and spent the day at Philippe’s mother’s house. I only tried a bit of the tripes and andouillettes served, as I don’t mind the flavor, but the texture isn’t something I love. For those unaware of these dishes, the first is an edible lining of the stomach, usually from cattle or sheep. The second is a coarse sausage made with pork and intestines. Last trip, Philippe had pig’s nose at lunch, so this is the sort of thing he really enjoys. I’m not particularly opposed, but I can’t get past the thought of most of it. Then we spent some time drawing with our niece Alice as she called out various things that each of us would draw next. She was quite good at this and I consider having her write up the prompts for next month!
After a full day with family, we just have a few minutes break before heading to a friend’s house for dinner. We rallied, but it’s super late now and we’re both totally exhausted, so this post will be a bit short so I can get to bed and hopefully sleep off some of this cold. But, I’m pleased to say that we rallied and made it through all of the events today without falling asleep in our wine. That actually feels like quite an accomplishment as it was 12 hours of non-stop interaction. Something that would never happen back home, as we tend to be a bit like hermits, but it was such a delightful day. Granted, it was time spent only with the people we love most, so time like that always has a way of passing by without even realizing the time. In fact, I think that in the end, that these precious moments spent with our favorite people on the planet are actually my favorite dessert in Paris.
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