paris | maille mustard & galeries lafayette

By August 18, 2013 , ,

Remember when I said I was sick?  Turns out I have laryngitis. Fun.

And because of that, days five and six in Paris were basically a write off. Slept in till 11 everyday and took it REALLY easy. I swapped afternoons of waiting in lines with hoards of tourists for walks in small neighborhoods and some light shopping.

I have this crazy obsession with mustard, so we stopped by Maille to pick some up fresh from the pump, and also to sample their range of flavors. My favorite; Raspberry Creme with Basil. 

They have a hundred different mustard's stacked perfectly side by side on the wall. It's almost like walking into a candy shop. Purchasing mustard almost becomes an experience, like buying a designer bag. They have mustard specialists on hand, a sample bar with biscuits and drinks, and when you finally purchase something, everything is carefully wrapped, packaged, and decorated with a shiny ribbon. 

But if you don't particularly like mustard, Fauchon is just a hop skip away and it's filled to the brim with the most delicious things as well. Pastas, pastries, terrines, and the fanciest desserts.

Because I woke up late that day I didn't have the chance to grab lunch, so when we stopped by the Galeries Lafayette to pick up a few bags, we also stopped by the food hall.

I read David Lebovitz's blog obsessively before I came to Paris and one thing he stressed over and over again was how amazing Bordier butter was.

So I had to try it out.

We got sidetracked by the seafood section when we saw fellow tourists sitting on tables devouring stacks of seafood presented like it was afternoon tea.. Of course we couldn't resist.

We slid onto some chairs, grabbed the menu, ordered with whatever little French I could still string together, and a platter was brought to our table a few minutes later.

The table beside us had a platter overflowing with king crab and lobster which was so tempting, but we couldn't since it was already quite late and we had dinner plans afterwards...

It's difficult to eat healthy at home sometimes, and even more difficult to eat healthy when you're traveling. My parents try to make it a point to go to the local market or supermarket to pick up some fresh fruit during our stay and this yellow watermelon caught my eye.

It's been years since I last had a yellow watermelon since they're not readily available where I'm from, but this one was the sweet, dense, juicy and absolutely perfect. I wish I had gotten a few more.


You Might Also Like

3 Lovely Replies

  1. Gorgeous photos, hope you feel better soon.
    Take care

  2. Get well soon!
    Looks like you had an amazing time though all the food looks lovely in the photos :)
    Meg xx

  3. fantastic shots, following for sure : )