Where to begin? I suppose theres a few days to fill in since my last post so I'll start there.
Nothing too wild has really happened this week, except for today but i'll get to that a little later. My days have mostly been filled with working and the occasional afternoon in the park. I got to try out a few cool desserts to add to the menu this week and they actually sold quite well. I didn't realize how flattering it would be when someone orders one of your desserts! What were they, you might ask? WELL LET ME TELL YOU! First up we had the lemon meringue. But, oh, it was not your mommas lemon meringue. No, no. Shortbread crust, lavender lemon curd, velvety Italian meringue topped with shortbread crumble.
Up next we had a dessert that started as a pavlova but eventually just became "le déssert abricot" because it was a little too tricky to explain. But let me give it a shot. It was a base of egg cookies (not quite meringue but not quite ladyfingers), chantilly cream, fanned apricots topped with an apricot, wildflower honey and orange blossom sauce.
I also had the chance to develop a salad for Sunday's lunch menu. I was very much craving any kind of asian food this week so I thought i'd take this opportunity to fulfill my craving while trying to make something that other people would like too. Let me tell you, it hit the spot. It was an orange peanut salad, topped with leeks, carrots, oranges, red peppers, sesame seeds, candied peanuts and shrimp crisps tossed in an orange sesame peanut vinaigrette.
Anyway, i'll stop with all the food talk and get to the real reason we're all here. Buckle up kids, its story time.
So here was our plan for the day: catch the earliest bus out of Grignan to hop on the train to Lyon and spend the day exploring. Its only about an hour bus ride so we figured it was a perfect little day trip and we'd have plenty of time to enjoy the city.
Everything went according to plan, we caught the bus and made it just in time for the train. When we had looked online, there was a train to Lyon at 9:25. Perfect. We got our tickets and double checked the board to see which platform to wait at. "Gare de Lyon, platforme 2" so we head over to platform 2. We get on the train, all is well. As it turned out, the seats we picked were assigned to other people, not a problem, we can move. It happened again at the next stop and we thought to ourselves "why are we the only ones without assigned seats?". We didn't think too much of it an sought refuge in the bar car. We were having a jolly ol' time, laughing and chatting when I finally decided to look at my watch... 11:30. Hm, thought the train ride was only 1 hr. See where this story is going yet?
So I open up Google maps, hoping to see that we were approaching Lyon (maybe we were just on one that stopped more often?), but alas we were halfway between Lyon and Paris. I'll spare all the details of our little panic and hysterics, but yes, we were now on route to Paris. So where did this little confusion come from? For starters, there were two trains leaving at nearly the exact same time: one to Lyon and one to Paris. But how could I confuse such a thing, you may ask? WELL, a little french lesson for you... the word 'gare' literally means 'train station' in english. The name of the Paris train station is "Gare de Lyon", so "Train station of Lyon". See my confusion?
In any case, we ended up in Paris for the day. We wandered the city a bit and stopped in to a cafe for lunch. After an amazing little lunch, complete with an apéritif and a digestif, we went to go exploring. According to Google maps, we were quite far from any tourist attractions so we settled on trying to find some macarons. We saw the seine in the distance and thought it would be a gorgeous little stroll to walk along the river.
As we were walking, we saw some beautiful building peeking out from behind some trees. Since we had nothing better to do, we decided to investigate. Sure enough, it was Notre Dame!
After our bout of exploring, we were on a mission to find our macarons. We couldn't have spent a day in Paris and not had a macaron!! We stumbled onto an adorable patisserie with the most beautiful selection of desserts. We got a caramel macaron and a green apple mousse with an iced espresso. Pure bliss.
It was finally time to head home after our short 4-hour stint in Paris. I found this AMAZING little magazine at one of the stores at the train station. It's all about tarts... recipes, techniques and troubleshooting. Can't wait to try some out!
After such a crazy day, its time for this chick to get some rest.