Judging by what draws a lot of comments, food seems to be a very popular topic, so I am devoting this post to three interesting foods we have tried. The first was an appetizer we had at a local seafood restaurant called fruits de mer. It consists of various raw and cooked shellfish served on ice on a platter. The raw oysters were from Normandy and were simply devine. They had a wine vinegar concoction you could put on them, but they were delicious with or without it. Our platter was heavy on whelks and winkles (periwinkles), which are two types of sea snails. The waiter showed us how to use our skinny forks to spear them and gently twist them out of their shells. The whelks were larger and were pretty chewy. The winkles were very small, were often empty, but were much more tender. The rest of the plate included shrimp and langostino. It was an interesting experience, but the next time we will just get the oysters. I failed to take a picture of our plate, so this one is from the internet.
In Rouen, we discovered the wonder of Macarons. The macaron is like a big Oreo cookie, where the cookie part is a colorful meringue based confection and the filling is a yummy cream or jam. So good! It is very hard to understand how the French stay slim.
Falafel is not a French food, but is a popular middle eastern food. The Marais area (the Jewish area) of Paris has a famous falafel restaurant that is in all the guidebooks and was recommended to us by a number of people. The first time we went by was a beautiful Sunday and the line for takeout and sit down was too long.
Last night we went down to the Eiffel Tower to see the lights come on. The lights twinkle for about five minutes on the hour. I was dreaming of a post called Winkles and Twinkles. Fortunately for you, the first twinkles were at 11 PM, and we decided not to stay that late; so you dodged a bullet.