Salut mes amis! This is a short-ish, lazy post – basically a rundown of my favorite eats and discoveries in Paris that spanned the two months of October and November. My bad for flaking out in October – my fall break trip to Italy has consumed most of it, and so I figured I could just combine the two months. Check these places out while you can – I strongly recommend everything that’s mentioned here! Arrondissements are in brackets.
I’m a complete slacker, I know. Fall break was a month ago, and I finally managed to roll this out. I miss Italy. My heart aches for homecooked pasta, fresh pizzas, and cannolis. I miss staring down the entire city of Florence from the Dome of Santa Maria Cathedral, listening to live, acoustic music on top of Piazza Michelangelo, and sitting in front of St Peter’s Basilica at the Vatican City because I couldn’t be bothered to line up to get in.
Imagine somewhere above Earth, an artist accidentally spilled his painting palette, splattering colors all over this island of Italy. That’s Venice for you.
Third time’s the charm, and L’Avant Comptoir is the poppin’ example of that.
A popular tapas bar sitting right in the middle of the center of Paris near Odeon, this was where my friends and I have been trying to go to twice before and had reluctantly turned away because it was simply too packed. The third time, we arrived at 5:30PM on a Friday, to snatch a spot in this tiny, quirky place. There is a seafood counterpart, L’Avant Comptoir de la Mer, and the actual sit-down restaurant, Le Comptoir.
I am no tapas connoiseur, and the last time I’ve had legit tapas was… actually, never. I’ve been to mediocre Spanish restaurants, but that’s about it. This was an eye-opening, eyebows-raised experience. But in the best possible ways.
I think I may have found my favorite Italian restaurant.
Bold statement because Italian is probably one of my favorite cuisines of all time. Nothing can win my heart quite like some hearty, well-cooked pasta and fresh pizzas.
It’s almost 11pm now in Paris and I’m sitting in my room at my host mom’s house, watching a “Follow Me Around Hong Kong” video on YouTube. It’s one of the many travelogues I occasionally watch. The YouTuber is filming herself getting one of her favorite Hong Kong food: glutinous rice rolls (腸粉). She drizzled on some sweet sauce, pooled on some peanut sauce, and finished up with a sprinkle of sesame. It is a traditional and iconic snack in Hong Kong, beloved for its cheap price and versatility as breakfast, street food, and dim sum.
Occasionally I watch different, random YouTube travelogues about Hong Kong. It amuses me to see foreigners/tourists/American-born-Chinese describe and navigate around the city I was born and raised in, eating all the food I grew up with and exclaiming how much they love them.
When you arrive in front of Auguste, its exterior doesn’t exactly scream “restaurant.” The black door and window frames, closed window blinds and dim ambiance accentuate only a single, small detail – an electric blue sign Auguste. If you try to peek in you’ll see nothing but a short, white wall that blocks the view of the interior. Anyone would’ve easily walked pass this place without knowing this little space hides a fine dining restaurant.