Travel is the only thing you buy that makes you richer.
One of the great joys of my adult life is being able to go to the grocery store. I've always been fascinated with pushing a cart, putting things in it and letting someone else pack my purchases so I can take them home. My grandmother would take me to the grocery store EVERY DAY after school to get foodstuffs for dinner. I'd dance in the aisles, in hopes that a casting director would discover me and I'd be asked to appear on the Disney Channel (I was an only child, I had to be creative with entertaining myself).
One of the great joys of visiting Paris was being able to go to a sampling of the dozens of markets in the city. Marché means 'market' in French.
|Carrots that look like fingers|
|Romanesco: an example of a fractal in nature, that tastes like cauliflower/broccoli|
|Howard the Duck|
|Giant Belgian endive|
|Little baby radishes|
|The BIGGEST SHRIMP EVER: 8 inches long!|
|Fresh from the vineyard: Chasselas grapes|
|Le Cordon Bleu!|
|Hot, delicious Mediterranean fare.|
|Baskets and baskets of calamari|
|I can see her face...|
|Mmm... French food... French beret|
Fast-forward a few days and I found myself between two worlds: Marché d’Aligre and Marché Beauveau in the 12th Arondissement. Aligre is full of stands, stalls and tables full of piles of plastic key chains, cigarette lighters, postcards, religious tokens, old magazines, old clothes. Dirt cheap prices. If you want to pick up large quantities of souvenirs to say, "I got this in Paris for you" for cheap, I suggest going here. After sanitizing my hands... on to Beauveau!
|BIG FAT RINGS of fried calamari, in the Roman style (which means battered).|
|I had a little bit of each. So fresh, delicious. They had a Facebook page. Totally legit.|
|Eat oysters, love longer.|
|Lard is not exclusive to the American South.|
|Pig's feet! And pork tenderloin!|
|Something familiar for you: clementines.|
|Famous Bresse chicken! They have blue feet and red heads.|
- Nikki @ NikSnacks
- I'm an award-winning private chef who writes and talks about my life as a food writer, culinarian, podcast host, and food tour guide, I'm a classical French trained chef with a BA in English from East Carolina University and a Culinary Arts Associate Degree from Le Cordon Bleu-Miami. I've worked as a researcher, an editorial assistant, reporter and guest blogger, catering chef, pastry chef, butcher, baker, and a biscuit-maker.