Her Paris - Five Budget Meals with Personality
Classic French food is wonderful; it's also very pricey. Guidebooks can help you find the best chefs in town but Journeywoman offers more modest meal suggestions designed to help balance your budget. It will be up to you to mix and match these local eateries with bigger splurge dining opportunities.
For a wicked Sunday brunch, try Tea and Tattered Pages, a quirky, comfy secondhand cafe-cum-bookshop. British expat, Kristi Chavane will heap your plate with goodies ranging from chicken and broccoli muffins to scrambled eggs, bagels and pancakes. P.S. She stocks over 7,000 English paperbacks and she happily welcomes browsers. So make your choice, settle in at the window seat and the afternoon will fly right by. Fixed menu, and reservations a must. Call 18.104.22.168 (24, rue Mayet)
No trip to Paris is complete without a picnic. For produce with personality, make your way along rue Mouffetard. Journeywoman promises you pate, patisserie and peaches that will remain etched in your personal taste bud Hall of Fame. Historical bonus--Rodin was born in this area and his mother shopped in this very same market.
If you're in the Marais area and, it's strictly veggie you crave, then Journeywoman heartily recommends Theatro Picalo. The dining area's small, the menu interesting and the ambiance oh-so-soothing. P.S. Their French apple crumble is a five-star choice. Ooh-la-la! (6 rue des Ecouffes)
Nobody goes to Paris for pizza. But some nights you're just too tired to leave your room and it's "hotel delivery" to the rescue. Call Pizza Hut (05.30.30.30) and within 30 minutes you'll have your meal. Minimum? No. Delivery charge? No. Credit cards? No. Will they deliver wine and beer? Yes. Yes. Yes.
Finally, Batifol is a chain
of local bistros that offers French food and pastries like grandmama
used to make. Expect modest pricing, healthy portions and the opportunity
to mingle with the locals. 17 locations in Paris. Why not start with
tea and goodies at the Batifol in the mall off the Avenue des Champs
Elysees? Should make for a delightful pause in your sightseeing sessions.
Food for thought...
Attention movie mavens, film buffs and festival groupies. You'll be pleased to know that March is film festival month in Paris with at least six screening programs (one especially for women) going on around the country. There's:
Ed. note: Several years ago I had the great pleasure of attending the International Festival of Women's Films in Creteuil (just outside Paris) and it was great fun. Not only did I meet female viewers from around the world but also the filmmakers that were there screening their own films. D�licieux!... as they say in Paris. For further information, click here.
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