French kiss me, Mr Croque.

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[Bibo, 205 Sturt Street Ballarat 3350]

That below is an sneaky shot of the menu front cover…. it is also pretty much what I look like in the face of great food lending to the embarrassing “Homer Simpson drool” moments I often experience. The longer the wait, the longer the drool, and the harder the food needs to work to satisfy… if you get my drift?

Basically, we waited for quite a L-O-OOOOOONG time for the food to arrive, and as I was a hungry little hippo, I thought I was going to eat my ARM before the breaky beauties arrived. Luckily for lil Mr Bibo, his breakfast arrived, and it delivered! *Homer Simpson drool* (due to foodporn in the shape of fried, cheesy, melty yummies)

Menu, voi la!:

Eggs Florentine:

Just LOOK at the gorgeous fatty deliciousness. mmmmm

Croque Monsieur:

Oui monsieur, tres bien!

The food was pretty tasty, but the service lacked immensely. Which leads me to a question I often ask : Would you prefer good food/Bad service, or vice versa?

At the end of the day, its how the food tastes and looks etc… however the service and overall vibe of the venue plays part too. But we’ve all been to an eatery where the service is a real treat for the senses, and that all adds to the perfect breakfast experience.

ps. the place could do with a bit of a scrub and re-arranging, there seemed to be some very excellent booth areas that Mr and Mrs Cardboard box and his kids were occupying.

Next time you’re in “the rat”, be sure to at least pop by for a real treat. Just make sure you bring your patient hat, and hopefully it will be worth the wait!

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Tastefully yours,

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P a r i s : n i g h t s [part deux]

[ La Marmite, Paris ]

Ok, so I may have been a little slack a la ‘stay tuned for the next installment…’ We are now flirting with august!!

Nevertheless, here we go!

This was immediately after Corrine enlightened us delightfully with her enchanting presence, we went across the road to the busiest looking restaurant which happened to be ‘La Marmite’

Our tummies totally took over the menu and Paul chose escargot [when in Paris!!] & I chose a salad…’Salad Océane’ [I thought this would be a lovely light alternative to actual dinner as it was quite late.

Boy was I in for a surprise!!]

Salade Océane :
Salade, tomate, maïs, crevettes, saumon fumé
[Mixed greens, tomato, corn, shrimps, smoking salmon]

I think they meant smoked salmon, European menus always make me giggle. 🙂

First came Paul’s dish, grossed me out, but looked pretty yummy and NORMAL SIZED!!!

Then, came mine!

Oh my god!! I don’t think we had actual room for the bowl-either in my tummy or the table… I was actually a little scared!

Bravely, weapon I hand, I started to explore and conquer the salad!

Size: I so don’t think the photos do justice! It was so big I thought about sharing with at least 3 others!And it was only 11€!! it was a salad bowl you place in the centre of the table FOR A FAMILY… Or a pig like me!! 😉

Taste: totally, totally delicious!! Packed with loads of smoked salmon, crunchy fresh leafy greens, fresh juicy tomatoes and surprise corn and shrimp flavours. Oh, and it lay on a giant bed of roasted sliced potatoes which were heavenly!! Maybe they roasted it in truffle oil, who knows, they were simply mouth-watering!!! Perfectly roasted, with a slight crunch that wakes the taste-buds!

Oui, I actually finished it!! So proud of myself! …. Not so sure how happy I was with myself when I ROLLED my ball tummy out of there in slight discomfort…. Haha!! But it was still worth it.

Not sure if I venture back I’ll be involved in another salad attack, but I sure would revisit to taste the whole menu! Food was fast and tasty, and the service was easy on the eye and friendly 😉

So kids, this concludes our segment starring Corrine, Vapeurs, La Marmite and the lovely city that is Paris… Ahh oui Paris, je t’aime 🙂

Enjoy the rest of this beautiful, sunny day, and until next time…

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Tastefully yours,
Joanna