Monday, September 28, 2009

Some people fast today

But not me. As my friend Gina said last night, "I'm against religion trying to dictate what and when I can eat." Plus, who can abstain from eating while looking through pictures of yummy food from Paris? Oh, Paris. I want to go back to that time (three weeks ago) when I was in Paris and didn't have a cold.

So, Zack and I spent a lot of time in the "Jewish Quarter" in Paris. It doesn't seen especially Jewish at this point in time, but it's a cool place to be. Zack really liked the Centre Pompidou - a modern art museum.

But of course, I really just wanted some falafel. Every book I read, every friend I talked to (ok, really just Meredith, but I trust her) said that there was this one awesome falafel place in Paris and gosh darn it, I was going to go there. One day when we were close by, it starting pouring rain, so we made a break for it and ran for the door.

This place was a little different than the other places we went to. First of all, there were plastic plates and paper napkins.

But that just gave the food a chance to outshine the decor. We started with some eggplant in tomato sauce.

It was warm and spicy. I love eggplant. Zack refused to eat falafel (because he's crazy), so he had schwarma.

He liked it. It was kind of like meat stew in a pita. I had the falafel.

It was worth the trip! Crispy on the outside, warm and chewy on the inside - and about as big as my head. I could not finish it - despite my best efforts.

Seriously, this is a not to be missed experience. If you go to Paris - go to L'as Du Falafel.


Meredith said...

Yay! I'm so glad you went there. The apartment Michael and I stayed at was about a 5 minute walk from that place. I'm definitely going back when I go to Paris for school in November. What was it with that creamy cole-slaw-like salad? It made the thing amazing!

Adam said...

Om nom nom zack nom

Chris Giarmo said...

cecile lives in le marais and when i visited her this year she swindled a falafel guy into giving her some pita and hummus for free. that's what fake eyelashes can do for you, ladies.

did you have any hotdogs? apparently their good there too.

David Borgen said...

Now that looks good to me...Paris has had terrific Algerian food for the couscous too. Of course, NYC has good falefal too. I remember in the old days how the Lebanese and Israeli shops would compete on opposite sides of Bway...oh well...always glad to hear Lena is eating well (and vegetable based foods even)...I hear there is a new Vegan Soul Food restaurant in Oakland for her to try...db

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