Thursday, March 13, 2008

The One Where I Go To Paris To Eat American Food.

So I spent Tuesday and Wednesday in Paris visiting my friend Nat and her husband Seb. They’re expecting their first little French-TexMex baby in a few months and I really wanted to get to see her while she was still all adorably cute and round. Fun was had by all. It was a much needed break from my recent working schedule. Plus with the new high-speed TGV it only takes me 1 hour and 30 minutes to get from my doorstep to the middle of Paris. Wait, why don’t I visit more often?

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Tuesday I headed over to La Grande Epicerie to buy some goodies for FrenchBoy and then I went over to Sephora on the Champs-Élysées to visit the MAC counter. And eventhough I’m a total lip-gloss whore, I didn’t end up buying anything.

Wednesday I went to the Pompidou to see the Louise Bourgeois retrospective and a few other exhibits, but before I did, I ran two other pretty important errands:

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Before yesterday I hadn’t had a piece of Fried Chicken in almost a year and I had been thinking about it incessantly. Starbucks was a total after-though, but since it was less that 100 meters away from KFC, I had to go see if they had carrot cake. And they did!

Now for those of you who are gonna go get all bitch-ass weepy at the idea of Paris being infested by Starbucks, if it’s any consolation, when I went in it was almost completely empty and the over-priced coffee I ordered did in fact taste like “pee-pee de chat”*.
Feel better now?

Also---How funny is it that the above photos are the only 3 photos I took in Paris?

*Commonly used French expression which compares the taste of American coffee to cat piss.


David said...

So, what do you think of KFC in France?

Because, personally, in the US, it was my guilty pleasure, but in France I don't really find it edible.
(on the other hand, I can't stand McDonald's in the US and love it in France).

I won't comment on Starbucks though, cause I'd get all bitch-ass weepy... ;-)
(couldn't stand it in the US, can stand it even less in France)

Madame K said...

David- As far as I can tell the French KFC is a greasier version of American KFC. I ordered a tiny order of 'Hot Wings' and I couldnt finish them. But that's Ok. I just needed to taste it for 10 minutes. I'm officially over it.

Starbucks. Eh, over-priced on any continent, but seems especially superfluous in France. 3 euros for cat piss? No thanks.

Le Tigre said...

David, I agree. I was really quite impressed with the higher quality of McDonalds in France. I haven't tried KFC here yet though...

Travel said...

I stopped for lunch at McDs in Normandy last summer, the delux potatoes were devine.

90 minutes by train from central Paris, I think I'd go every week.


screamish said...

Hmmm. I'm torn- KFC back home was a rare treat in my family. I was 10 before we were taken to one, it was our first takeway/junkfood experience!

Its pretty rare to find one in France if you dont live in a big city. But I read about their animal treatment/abbatoir practices so now I can't even visit one out of nostalgia, dammit.

Am I the only person in the world who has never been to a Starbucks?

Madame K said...

lol@ Screamish.

You can wear that fact as a badge of honor if you like, but people who haven't been to Starbucks are probably in the majority on this planet.... considering that the price of a crappy StarBucks "Grande latte" is nearly one month's salary in some parts of the world.

You ain't missing anything.

p.s. How's the book progressing this week?

Penny said...

Oh, I could really go some KFC nuggets...

Jim and Darcey said...

I have to say, that salad with vinaigrette I had tonight just ain't cutting it now with all this talk of American fast food. I have been in Paris now for a month, and I have to admit I have already had a Royal Cheese.

By the way, I work for didn't get anything??

Madame K said...

Jim&Darcey- It's all about the Royal Cheese. That's pretty much the only thing I eat at MacDo.

p.s. We need to have a serious discussion about how I can abuse your MAC employee discount. ;)

Cree A. said...

Wow! My Plan de Paris is famous now!