Feb 8, 2013

France in February (Day 5)


A Leisurely Day in Paris:





                            Seine River




The Seine River flows through the heart of Paris dividing the city into two banks; the Rive Driote (Right Bank) and the Rive Gauche (Left Bank).

A walk along the river with a cup of cafe au lait in hand is a pleasant way to spend the morning followed by some crepes. Crepes are sold all over Paris from five star restaurants to crepe stands where you can witness your crepes being made right before your eyes.














Even if it might be cold in February in Paris it's still worth buying crepes from a crepe stand and sitting near the Seine River to consume this local specialty. (A true Paris experience)

Crepes are filled with everything you can imagine; bacon, cheese, ham, mushrooms, spinach, and smoked salmon. Then there's the dessert crepes. One of the most popular are the ones filled with chocolate hazelnut spread like Nutella or Nocciolata.



Crepes are always on my mind. I've been making them for years and I'm always coming up with unique fillings to share with friends and family. Below is a crepe recipe I'd like to share:




                                       Share some strawberry crepes with your loved one!





                           Adrianna's French Crepes
                                                   Strawberry & Yogurt Crepes
                                                                                                                        

                                                
Batter:

Beat together two eggs in a bowl and mix with 1 cup of organic whole milk. Add a 1/4 cup of vegetable or olive oil and about 1/2 a cup of flour. The batter should not be lumpy. It should have a liquid consistency.

Take a pan and melt about 2 tablespoons of French butter on medium heat. Once the pan is hot enough pour enough batter into the pan to make one full crepe. (A medium size pan is best).

Cook the crepe for one minute or until crepe is moist. Flip the crepe to the other side with a spatula. Then add the filling. Repeat until all crepes are cooked.


Filling:

Slice 2 cups of fresh strawberries. Put some strawberry preserves on the crepe with a handful of fresh strawberries and a generous dab of plain yogurt. Fold the crepe and sprinkle some ground cinnamon on top of the crepe.

Voila!

After eating your crepes head to the wide sidewalks and famous avenue of The Champs- Elysees where shopping and people watching are at their best. This is where you'll see attractions such as Arc de Triomphe and Grand Palais.






PARIS the city of lights, the city of romance, the city of excitment. There's just no city quite like PARIS!



                                                              PARIS

                                      (A little of this and that)


ATTRACTIONS:

Basiliqie du Sacre-Coeur

Catacombs of Paris

Cimitiere du Pere Lachaise (Cemetary)

Musee d' Orsay

Musee Picasso

Pantheon

Ste-Chapelle


DEPARTMENT STORES:

Au Printemps

Galereis Lafayette

FLEA AND FLOWER MARKETS:

Marche aux Fleurs

SPECIALTY FOODS:

Fauchon

Hediard

La Grande Epicerie de Paris

TEA SHOP (The best in the world)

Mariage Freres




 Side Trips from Paris

The Alps

The French Riviera

Lourdes

Normandy

Provence


The French Riviera; rubbing elbows with the rich and famous.
Cannes, Nice, St Tropez, and nearby Monaco are bursting with beauty and nature. You can have a beach of a time on the French Riviera in February.

If skiing is your thing, The French Alps have top notch ski trails. One of the most popular is Chamonix (Mount Blanc) and the skiing is fabulous in February.


France in February (To be Continued)





                                                      

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