Paris – A Moveable Feast!

Not many might be aware of French gastronomy having been declared ‘Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity’ by UNESCO. 

But it shouldn’t come as a surprise really, knowing the French obsession with things culinary.

Cuisine is greatly valued in many European societies. But the French take it up a notch. Here cuisine isn’t food. It is a tradition. A symbol of culture and national pride. Cities come to a standstill for hours during lunchtime. The subject of les meilleur (the best) wine or cheese or mustard is cause for much passionate debate. Even a simple cup of coffee is meant to be savoured, sitting down at a cafe table, all day if you so desire! 

No rushed meals on the go here, or God forbidmunching on a quick snack on the walk home! (Except perhaps to nibble on a delicately torn off bit of that baguette you are carrying under your arm!). 

But when they sit down for a meal they eat with joy and without guilt. And rarely alone. Michael Pollan in his book “In Defense of Food – An Eater’s Manifesto” talks about an experiment to demonstrate the French approach to food:

“He showed the words ‘chocolate cake’ to a group of Americans and recorded their word associations. “Guilt” was the top response. If that strikes you as unexceptional, consider the response of French eaters to the same prompt: ‘Celebration”

Come spring, meals are carried outdoors with the ritual and duration remaining as important, if less formal. And ingredients chosen with as much care. 

That is how I wanted to end my birthday. With a picnic on the Seine. The French way. Not a hurried sandwich from a nearby deli, with my legs dangling over the water, but a planned outing with the right components for a perfect meal.

So having partaken of a fantastic (despite everything R ordered being better than mine) lunch at restaurant Goust, and exploring a couple of beautiful covered passages, we went shopping for picnic supplies on Rue Montorgueil.

Here is what we ended up with……

Picnic on the Seine - Paris

Pain aux céréales from Eric Kayser – є3.00
Slice of 30 month old Comte from La Fermette – є3.00
Tomato, green grape & bocconcini salad & Baba au Rhum from Stohrer – є10.00
Macarons from Georges Larnicol – є8.00
A bottle of Riesling from Les Caves du Marais – є9.00

The view………….priceless!!!

Paris - Picnic on the Seine

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Hi, I'm Madhu. Wanderer. Travel blogger. Story teller. Bitten late and hard by the travel bug, I am on a mission to make up for lost time.

69 thoughts on “Paris – A Moveable Feast!

  1. hApPy BiRtHdAy, mAdHu!!! … What a dreamy gastronomic romantic perfect (have I missed any other words?) celebration! Eat your heart out! (Oh! Wait! You already are!) Bon Appetite!

  2. Love your blog, you rave about Paris and are from Mangalore…. We have a few things in common…. perfect picnic – Your post reminds me of our own birthday celebration in Park Les Halles with family and friends on a very warm summer afternoon…

  3. Ahhh … a leisure lunch fit for a queen on her last birthday day celebration. We July birthday girls require very little – a little cheese, a little dessert, a little wine, a magnificent view and a little amor. France is calling to me. I must add it to my Bucket List. I love romance and this photo screams AMOR …. ahhhh

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