P a r i s [in transit to germany]

[ Le Mathurin hotel and on the road to Germany]

Just a quick addition-Oops!! Forgot to mention possibly the yummiest hotel buffet breakfasts ever!!!! (Le Mathurin)
All included with the freshest fruits, fluffiest pastries and fresh thick yoghurts!! Oh yum!!

And whilst on the road back to germany, we came across these amazing road-restaurants! Surprisingly fresh and tasty treats to lessen the blow of a few hours on the road ahead 🙂

Tastefully yours,


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…

Tastefully yours,

P a r i s : n i g h t s… [part une]

[ Vapeurs, Paris ]

In Paris for a limited time to see the wonderful, enchanting beautiful Corinne Bailey Rae…

Now,what I’m about to say next isn’t too appealing…

‘airplane food’…

oh! but to the contrary, we discovered this interesting destination as an alternative to a sad looking menu accross the road somewhere in Paris [near Saint Lazare metro].

My initial thoughts were…’there is something very different about this place…’, followed by utter confusion. From what we could gather with our poor poor french, was that

a) there were a selection of premade ‘raw’ food, and

b) the ‘food’ was then ‘vapeurised’.

Luckily for us, on this rare occasion in Paris, the ‘garcon’ spoke english – albeit it was the speediest french-glish I have ever heard.[I think I preferred it when he spoke french…] We were kindly and speedily advised about the ‘steaming’ of the food of choice and all the health, environmental benefits… anywho, we bought the salespitch and went on our merry way to soak in a little bit of that parisienne culture.

Now, let me revert back to the term ‘airplane food’.

As this concept of carefully organised raw foods, arranged in eco-friendly, recyclable trays then ‘steamed’ is relatively new, I can only describe is as the new ‘healthy out-flight taste alternative’- HFTA, cuz you just HFTA try it….[oh dear, yes I went there]

I ordered a visually unique ravioli dish [they were all connected like in a sheet or something], and Paul chose fresh salmon with rissotto and Polenta – I sooo nearly stole this food, and yes I always get food envy! What is with that!?

Honestly, the flavour isn’t so amazing that I would consume it often, nevertheless, the atmosphere is very inviting with warm chocolate tones highlighted with contempory lighting and seat placement.

I did feel as though it was a bit mishmashed in execution, as some elements were so unique, like most of the decor and definately the idea, however others were juxtaposed with the highly monotonous and commercial. I felt as though it was a little confused in aesthetic execution, however has to be the one innovative tummy destination I’ve encountered and overall a every exiting experience.

Ironically, their philosophy states the following:

Full Steam is not just a restaurant. I wanted with my team, putting the project in his time and express environmental values and human. We are all motivated to offer something homogeneous, while both in terms of business management and supply to customers.

We carefully select our staff for the team is a reflection of innovation and humanism that drives us.

On the other hand, we select our suppliers for the quality of their products, of course, but also how they work, their desire to preserve a knowledge and authentic values.

ok, so…. I think to ‘offer something homogenous’ isn’t something you really want to be promoting, but maybe it got lost in translation.

Overall, Vapeurs offers an eclectic and creative mix of lifestyle, contrast and intrigue. Which as a Melbournian in Paris is the vibe I’m getting from the city.

[stay tuned for the next installement in paris nights… :)]


tastefully yours,