September was off to a good start. On the 1st, I spent the day frolicking in the Luxembourg gardens on a gorgeous sunny day. It was the kind of day that made me feel good about welcoming fall.
Later in the week, Sadie, Jillian, and I decided to have a weekly Thursday night "Master Chef Night", where we would cook something delicious together and watch Master Chef after work. On our first night of watching, one of the challenges was themed around classic French pastries.
The pastries were numerous and beautiful, propelling us into a pastry-craving tailspin that could only be rectified by having a pastry party the next day at lunch. Here everyone expresses their excitement to dig into our giant box of Secco pastries. I wish I could show you the before and after. We destroyed them.
It was like when you get on an airplane and sit shoulder to shoulder with someone for 8 hours but both pretend the whole time that the other isn't there. I wanted to put some Tabasco on my eggs at one point but felt like my silent stranger boyfriend might judge me. And of course I'd look like a weirdo taking a picture of my plate of eggs, so I couldn't do that either. Once he left, I at least documented part two of the brunch, my first pancake in Paris. (Pancakes are not a French thing. But they the beloved crepe is the French pancake, so I can't complain).
I don't mind eating solo, but forced stranger-dining is just too much when a girl just wants to enjoy her eggs. I'm partially annoyed/don't want to go back, and partially dawning upon the discovery a brilliant new blind date opportunity in Paris. Maybe one day the model from Luxembourg gardens will walk in.
Other highlights include...
Having dinner with two new friends, Ludo & Svetlana. Ludo is a chef with an Italian restaurant who I met one night at Chez l'Ami Jean when he was there with his friend, Nicholas. Nicholas is now the chef at this new restaurant, Atelier Vivanda, and the three of us had a great time together trying everything on the menu that night. Talk about a perfectly cooked steak! I'm loving hanging out with these fellow food lovers.
We stayed til the end to see Nicholas and the team celebrate their successful opening night. The restaurant's concept is focused on meat, perfectly cooked in the open kitchen right in front of you. They offer 3 options for the first course, 4-5 meat options (steak, pork, lamb, sweetbreads), and just potatoes as the side dish, but you choose how you want them cooked (baked, au gratin, mashed, boiled, roasted). I would return in a heartbeat.