Bavarois au cassis

Azzedine-Alaia-Musee-Galliera-Slide-01This is my second installment of the summary of our recent trip to Paris.

Day 3

I wasn’t sure if my husband would like the Alaïa exhibit, but it was a big hit. He analyzed each of the outfits as to whether or not they would have made good first date outfits. My favorite outfit was the jacket with a crocodile skin attached to the back as though it was a tail-coat. Talk about fierce glamour!

We had lunch at the Petit Palais. It was too cool for the garden terrace, which did take away much of the charm, but it was still a viable spot for a meal.


After lunch, we saw the Jordaens exhibit. Before we checked out the Dutch master, however, we examined a collection of dolls created by designers as a fundraiser for the children of Darfur organized by UNICEF. They were going to be sold at auction on December 2, 2013, but even though you missed this auction, this is an annual event. You’ll be able to bid on an original work again next year.

We walked to Angelina, the great tea room on the rue de Rivoli, for a cup of their rich hot chocolate. On our way there, we passed the Christmas market on the Champs Élysée. I must say that I was rather disappointed. For the most part, the stalls sold cheesy carnival trash, not artisanal items.

We walked back to the Marais and had dinner at Crêperie Suzette (24 rue des Franc-Bourgeois). I’ve eaten here before and find it to be a reliable spot for a quick and tasty meal. This evening was no exception. We each enjoyed a savory crêpe and then finished off our meal with their namesake crêpe Suzette.

Day 4

les-sc593urs-de-napolecc81onOur morning involved the exhibit about Napoléon’s sisters at the musée Marmottan. It was a great marriage of the setting and the exhibit. Napoléon clearly took an interest in each of his siblings, taking the time to counsel one of his three sisters on the fleeting nature of beauty. When he was banished to the island of Elba, his siblings came and went, establishing a full, formal court in exile.

IMG_2831Lunch was at Grand Bouillon Racine, 3 rue Racine. My entrée was filet de canette aux abricots et griottes, or duckling breast with apricots and morello cherries. It was quite scrumptious.


Afterward, we had some serious shopping to do – chocolates. First, we went to the amazing Jean-Charles Rochoux for truffles. Then, we went to Chapon at 69 rue du Bac, the winner of the best chocolatier in Paris. (We prefer Rochoux’s truffles, hands down.) Not only does Chapon sell chocolates, they also sell rich chocolate mousse by the dish, just like ice cream. What a great idea! Now that I know about it, I’ll be a frequent visitor, as it’s near where I work in the summer. Window shopping and coffee at Les Éditeurs rounded off our afternoon.

Bavarois au cassis

For dinner, we went to Polidor. The entire reason for this choice was to introduce my husband to one of my favorite desserts of all time – bavarois au cassis (bav-ar-wah oh kass-iss), which means black currant Bavarian cream. A bavarois refers to a cold, molded cream-based dessert; this one is served with a coulis of black currant sauce. I’ve been raving about it for over two years now. That’s a lot of press to live up to, but I needn’t have worried that it would disappoint. My husband was just as much of a fan as I am.

I’ll conclude with our final day in Paris in a subsequent post.

41rq+ZoHF+L__SL75_Rick Steves’ Paris 2014

About Patricia Gilbert

Patricia Gilbert is a French teacher. She's Canadian, lives in the United States, but dreams of living in France. Follow her on Instagram @Onequalitythefinest and on Twitter @1qualthefinest.
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5 Responses to Bavarois au cassis

  1. Ellen A. says:

    Great reading about places you and your husband recently visited in Paris. We are in Paris this Christmas week, and will try to get to some of the same marvelous exhibits. So nice to have suggestions for reasonably priced restaurants too. We tend to stay in apartments and make many meals “at home”. You’d be surprised how that can stretch your dollars here. I just bought mineral water, eggs, butter, milk, yogurts (the delicious kind in those little glass jars), and a small can of cassoulet for less than nine euros!
    Joyeux Noel and Bonne Annee to you, your family, and all your readers, who I am sure appreciate your writing and knowledge of France as much as I do. “One quality, the finest” is a wonderful gift to us.

    • Your kind comments are an early Christmas gift to me.

      I sgree that staying in an apartment and cooking at least some of your meals is a great way to stretch your dollars if uou’re going to be in Paris a week or more. One time we rented an apartment near rue Montorgueil and I loved my early morning market run to bring back the most scrumptious breakfast foods for a couple or euros.

      Enjoy your trip!

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