Sunday, February 27, 2011

Why I Heart France Reason #19: Fungus.

At the request of blog commenter 'Tired of Snow', Saturday night Frenchboy and I managed to get a table at one of the cities best restaurants, Au Pampre d'Or, without a reservation.

It's a tough job, but somebody's gotta do it.

It's true, Au Pampre d'Or happily lost it's Michelin star recently, but after ordering and being absolutely charmed by the 5 course Truffle Menu I have no effin' idea why.

Now, before we get to the food porn, can I just say how much I adore the French for their love of mold and fungus? Before moving to France, I had only heard of chocolate truffles (although I don't think I'd ever eaten one of those either). So naturally I am absolutely fascinated by the idea of eating a spore that costs nearly €2,000 for a kilo.

Last night we must have eaten at least 50 grams of truffles and I won't lie to you:

It was Divine.

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An Amuse-Bouche fit for Royalty.

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I love when they bring your food under a cloche. (What do we call that in English?)
The French do have a flair for the dramatic---even in their food.

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I wish had stolen a copy of the menu because describing this first dish as
"scrambled egg soup with truffles" doesn't really do it justice.
It was amaaaazing.

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Pigeon with truffles!

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How is it that I've lived in France for 7 years now yet I had no idea that you're supposed to eat your Munster with light sprinkling of cumin? Seriously? I'm just finding out about this heavenly combination now?

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I love when they bring you two platters filled with
what can only be describes as"pre-desserts".

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The cutest mini pistachio muffin on earth.

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Insane chocolate soufflé that what so perfectly light and fluffy that I felt like I was eating chocolate and mandarin flavored air.

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And a bit of Meringue for good measure.


Take that André Michelin!


INDIGENE said...

Geez, I would have died and thought I was in food heaven! Yum, Yum...I am so hating on you right now! :)

Trina said...

Geesh...I feel like I need to have a cigarette after looking at all those sensational pictures. Food porn, indeed!


MD said...

Omg! The Decadence! I can't stop looking and wishing that the pics could come to life. Everything looks sooooo delicious.

K.C. said...

So jealous!

K.C. said...

So jealous!

mwen said...

I want to cry...

The pictures are nice...but the way you describe the experience...
You go, Madame K!

Damani said...

You have the coooooolest life!!! Everything you are eating looks amazingly delicious. I am truly inspired by you and french boy.
You rock mama!

Madame K said...

Isn't food just....lovely!?!?

I'm so glad to have fulfilled all of your food porn needs for thsi month. I'll try to keep up the good work.

Huda said...

yum, makes me so hungry and envious of you with all those amazing food.

Anna said...

This looks delicious! I will have to try the Munster/cumin combination while I'm here in France. I've only lived here two weeks, but during my short time here I've met a French person who is completely offended by the American practice of mixing jam or jelly with cheese. Have you experienced any of this?

Matinee Maven said...

I love your food posts. Unfortunately nothing as beautifully delicious is available on the dollar menu at my local fastfood joint. One day.....thanks for sharing with the rest of us!