Today, with the fabulous weather we didn’t want to stay inside, so I decided not to cook and that we would go out to the Cathedral Restaurant for lunch. This restaurant has never been a great restaurant but has always been “correct”. Oh my God! What happened? The usually excellent salad with 3 types of salmon was visually fine but tasteless, as if it had been in the freezer, defrosted, microwaved and put on the plate. Bleah!
The tournedo of duck had to be sent back because it was overcooked. It’s probably hard to judge the “cuisson” in the microwave. Double bleah! What a disappointment :) I realize that money is tight now in France and that they are not getting the clientele as before but really, there is a reputation to maintain. What would M. Parret say? I’m telling.
Jade’s pizza was fine and, unlike in the States, a size she could handle. Even then, she brought some home.
Jade ordered the panna cotta for dessert and what a disappointment that was. It’s like they just put in gelatin with a splash of cream. Jade complained that it didn’t taste like mine and refused to finish it. I thought this was a good opportunity to point out that it’s always better at Mom’s house :) But really it was almost nasty.
I ordered the Cafe Gourmand, which is usually good here, but it seemed as if they had watered down everything, including the fruits that are in season. Triple bleah! The coffee was good but except for the macaroon, we left the rest sitting on the table.
Anyway, still not ready to go inside, we stopped into the Tete de Veau, a bar restaurant not far from our house (nothing is). When my husband is in town, we really like having a coffee or a glass of wine here because this is a laid back place for random people gazing.
Pretty much, no one is shy here and they don’t mind the intrusion of the camera. In fact, there’s a sort of enthusiasm :)
This friendly dog definitely wanted to “make the scene”.
Because our house is so close and Jade wanted to take some pictures of Jade, she went home to change. Jade had bought some fashion accessories during the week and because the streets were pretty empty, decided that this was the time to “do Jade”. The following pictures are taken by Jade outside of our favorite fishmonger, L’Ambiance des Halles.
She had some help from the Tete de Veau clientele.