Dessert in the Jardin des Tuileries

After L’As du Fallafel we picked up dessert to go at Yann Couvreur Patisserie in the Marais. Yann is part of the new guard of French pastry chefs. His take on classic desserts are creative and whimsical. Decided to make the Jardin des Tuileries my dining room for dessert. Not a bad view at all.

Cute packaging

Tarte au Citron

Tarte aux Framboises

Room with a view



L’As du Fallafel Paris 4th

Stopped by L’As du Fallafel in the Marais for dinner today. I have yet to find better fallafel back home in the Bay Area. Got the grilled Merguez sausage to start and finished with the fallafel sandwich. Delicious. Comfort food no matter where you’re from.

L’As du Fallafel

Israeli Beer

Grilled Merguez

Fallafel Sandwich

Top view of sandwich

Le Comptoir Paris 6th

Had to pay a visit to Yves Camdeborde’s Le Comptoir in St Germain. Known as the father of the bistronomie movement, Yves’ food is rustic with an emphasis on quality ingredients. I started with the foie gras mi-cuit. The portion was huge and came with a lemon jam. I had this dish my previous visit here and I proclaimed it to be the best foie preparation I’ve had. Well it still is. My wife had the Chanterais melon with Basque ham to start. For mains my wife ordered the Daube of beef cheeks (red wine braised) and I ordered the veal chop with summer squashes, basque peppers & olives. Everything was delicious. A must visit in Paris.

Le Comptoir

Foie Gras Mi-Cuit

Melon with Basque ham

Veal Chop with Squashes, Peppers & Olives

Daube of Beef Cheeks

Allard Paris 6th

Dinner at Alain Ducasse’s Allard tonight. Located in St Germain des Près, Allard was founded in 1932 by Marthe Allard. Alain Ducasse took over the restaurant in 2015, keeping the decor and much of the menu intact. The food is classic bistro fare with fine dining execution. The service feels more like a fine dining Michelin starred restaurant than a neighborhood bistro. Allard has no Michelin Star, yet the food and service are at a higher level than some of the Michelin starred bistros back in the states. Double standard? Everything was delicious. My wife and I shared the Roasted Bourbonnais chicken for our main course.




Bread & Butter

Heritage Tomatoes with Goat Cheese Crostini


Roast Bourbonnais Chicken with Sides


Rum Savarin with Crème Chantilly

Cherries with Kirsch

Aux Près Paris (6th arr.)

It’s been three years since I last traveled to Paris. Although August is not the best time to visit Paris since many businesses are closed, I agree with Audrey Hepburn who said “Paris is always a good idea.” For our first meal my wife and I headed to Chef Cyril Lignac’s Aux Près in St. Germain. The cuisine here is eclectic, utilizing flavors from all over the world, but with a French restraint and balance. Everything we ordered was delicious and my sweetbreads were cooked to perfection. Great start to our trip.

Aux Près


Cocktail and Wine

Romaine Heart, Burrata, Cilantro Pesto, Pistachio

Seared Crab Ravioli, Peas, Spiced Crab Broth

Veal Sweetbreads, Snap Peas, Peas, Confit Orange, Marcona Almond


Shrimp & Grits in Savannah

Went on a road trip to Savannah, Georgia to check out the architecture and eat some shrimp & grits.  Checked out Public in the historic district for an al fresco lunch.  Afterwards walked around the historic district to check out the historic architecture.  The only downside was the temperature was 95 degrees.

Front of restaurant


Shrimp & Grits