A Better Brunch in Paris

16 February 2015

Of all the Food topics discussed at length in the last couple of years all over the world, brunch has perhaps been the most polarizing (a couple examples here and here). I’m all for it when the formula is respected – a sweet and savory offering that caters to a variety of tastes, good coffee, a fun atmosphere (since typically this meal is taking place before the start of a new week, a historically dismal day), and a fair price. As an early riser, I like that I can go for a late breakfast and continue my day while sleepyheads roll in after noon to while theirs away. When the craze infiltrated Paris, which I attribute in part to the influence of Sex and the City and a growing openness to Anglo traditions, it was at once parodied and emulated. No reason to reinvent the wheel, just pull the easiest and most cost effective elements from the borrowed concept, wrap it up in a fixed price package and tack on “Le Brunch” label and you’ve got yourself a trend. And it was initially amusing to see how ravenous Parisians were for the idea. Lines regularly snaked onto the sidewalk at Breakfast in America. […]…

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Hop on the little red bicycle…

30 January 2011

January has been busy and when I say busy, I mean it’s been hard to find the time to make myself a proper meal in the evening. But things are beginning to slow down a bit and I had time to stroll, play Paris tourist, and spend some time with Mr. Cheeseland over a piping hot pot of tea and scrambled eggs. Though brunch in Paris is largely a distorted version of the American concept – bread, butter and jam, eggs, possibly smoked salmon, pancakes, fromage blanc and freshly squeezed juice – dining out on a Sunday afternoon seems to make the end of the weekend slightly more bearable.  The sun finally made its appearance this month with her dear friend freezing-cold so wandering too far from home wasn’t in our plan. We are fortunate to live in a neighborhood with a great deal of activity, quality restaurants, top-notch bakeries and independent shops. We’ve tried almost every restaurant worth testing with the exception of few places so we decided to cross another off our list. A hop from metro Parmentier (line 3) sits Sur Un Petit Vélo (on a little bike), a charming and inviting little restaurant with perfect sun […]…

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