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Day 5 of France Trip 2010

Yeaaaa buddy, look at that arch! I'm on the way to become yet another stereotype tourist here in Paris. Day 5 was about seeing the Arc and eating lots of food. It was probably the most food heavy day so far. It probably doesn't start off as you might imagine... and I'll get to that in a minute. But I just want to mention that the trip is almost over and the blogging might come to an end after this post. I just can't keep it up during vacation, yo! This is vacation, after all. So we go from one famous arch to another...

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Golden arches baby! In Paris! Near the other Arc! Yeaaaaa buddy. I know it's odd to eat McDonald's in Paris. Here, the motivation matters. Steph has been telling me that Mickey Dee's in France is different than those in the U.S. For those of you who've traveled internationally, you know that there are menu items overseas that we don't get domestically. Here, they have a special sandwich that they claim is The American! It's THE BIG TASTY! It's actually better than the McDonald's burgers in the U.S.

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And then we have McDonald's macarons. After stuffing our faces full of fast food, I had the smart idea to buy macarons because you just have to... you're in France, and McDonald's sells 'em so... yea! We were gonna get two each... then the woman behind the counter convinced us to get five because you get the sixth for free... and that's how we ended up with six very average macarons. They're nothing to write home about, so if you're ever in Paris and you're a curious American!? BUY ONE! Just one!!

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So what you do after all that? You climb to the top of the arch! Yes!!!! And you do touristy things like take pictures of Paris from the top. I tell you, seeing Paris from a birds-eye view.

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We walked by the Louvre but didn't go in because we needed time for the other stuff, the food stuff. We have more time for museums later, but first... we need to eat some pastries...

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Laduree! Woo! Apparently they have a sit-down area in the store on rue Bonaparte. The dining room is flanked by an over-priced candle store and the take-out store. The most interesting thing for an America about this dining room is that you see the price markup between the take-out and the included gratuity that's in the price. I have a lot of say about this subject but not during the vacay yo.

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So let me show you a $10 bottle of juice. Yup, ten buckaroos. Who is this? Danny Moneybags?! We all do things on vacation that we don't normally do. What happens in Paris, goes into the coffers of Parisians. Ten dollars? WTF was I thinking? Yea it was good. Fuck.

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So I told you the take-out section is next to the sit-down section... well they take the pastries straight out of the take-out portion of the store. Then they bring it to you. So if the pastry is a little damaged like the one you see above, they serve it, and charge you $10 bucks. Damn. Laduree pastries were a disappointment in that they weren't so super awesome. If you want some, do take-out. There's a park a little ways down from the store... after you walk by Pierre Herme...

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But come on, I'm no idiot. You go to Laduree, you buy some macarons too. We took eight and tried them all. Some of the ones were bombs. The cherry seemed to miss flavor and one with some lime where the citrus flavor was super duper strong. One thing to note is that the outter crust is cracklin' good. As opposed to...

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Pierre Herme! We just took three of these because I mean... eleven macarons with two people is a lot, especially when the two people both eat two pastries a piece. The Pierre Herme macarons were more solid all around. There was an olive oil that was divine. It had the spot-on flavor, chewy innards, and ample filling. It didn't have the crisp outer shell that Laduree macarons had. All your cookies are belong to Pierre Herme, but it wasn't an all out win for that one thing.

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But the pastries... oh the pastries... these are wet dreams. These are the things that battery powered 'rabbits' can't do for you. And this the one vacation food blog post that makes really obscene and unnecessary references like that. But damn yo, get yourself some desserts. Sit your ass on a park and enjoy life. If this is to be the last vacation post, I hope y'all have a good weekend. Next week we resume normal operations. Peace out! J'adore Paris!

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  • When I was traveling a few years back, I made sure to try chicken nuggets and fries at McDonald's in every country I visited. Ukraine won!

  • Oh how i loved this post. You got to eat some of my favorite suff. Ive got to say im very curious to try the McMACaroons next time I go

  • Work has been keeping me way from all of my favorite blogs... I totally missed all of these posts from France! Man, I gotta catch up something fierce.

  • Did I ever tell you when I went to Paris, I held out the entire weekend for PH macarons, and on the day before I was supposed to leave I went and PH was closed! I actually came back from Paris without even eating one macaron. Totally lame on my part.

  • Ok, dude, the suspense is killing me. Did you get out of Paris? Are you still there sleeping in the airport?

  • Holy fuck, I'm going to have wet dreams now. And completely unreasonable ideas about jumping on a plane and going back to my dream motherland.

  • Aw man, I love those fat, plumpy Pierre Herme macarons. I'm glad you got to try em!

  • dude look at all those pastries! i'm not a big fan of the macaroons/macarons but those look awesomely delicious, Especially the PH ones. I hope u dont have to wait too much longer at the airport. I saw you on The Weather Channel lying on the couch while your right hand was supporting your face asleep. What a way to make it on National TV son! hehe

  • don't know if you're keeping up with the news while on vacation but I hope the volcano ashes from Iceland doesn't affect your trip back! Then again, more France is a good thing. I think you may be eating better than both of my previous trips combined ;-p At least more desserts anyway!

  • Dude, I second Jonathan about the macaron spelling! This is heresy for you to get it wrong (at least from the macaron obsessive like moi).

    Yup, PH is something "wet dreams" are made of. You should totally hit up other chocolatiers, patisseries, and boulangeries. There's waay too many to eat through but it should be fun. :) If you want a Google map full of the aforementioned, I'll hook you up.

  • Listen. The best bread based pastry in the universe is the pain au chocolat et pistaches from Laduree. Do yourself a favor and get some ziploc bags at Monoprix, buy as much of those pains at Laduree before you go. Put them in the plastic bags and put the bags in your suitcase. When you get home, you can freeze them and defrost to eat later.

    The other chocolate place to go to is Rochoux's on Rue d'Assas. I also reccomend you take home a lot of good butter and cheese. Trust me, too much wouldn't be enough. Just list candy, chocolate on the customs form, and they're usually pretty lenient at JFK or Newark.

  • if you like pastries, you have to try a "Paris-Brest" or a "Tarte tatin" at "La Pâtisserie des Rêves" - 93 Rue du Bac -75007 (www.lapatisseriedesreves.com)

  • wow. macaron mania. love it. uber jealous. or should i say tres jealous?

    FYI: Grace has yelled at me for spelling a million times so I can only pass along macaron vs macaroon.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Macaron

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Macaroon

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