Friday, April 29, 2011

Dejeuner a l'Alsace Cafe, Champs Elysees, Paris

Dinner! We were so starved after spending the entire day at the Musee de Louvre in Paris that, as we crept back up the Champs Elysees, a particular cafe, l'Alsace--named after the Alsace Lorraine region where France, Switzerland, and Germany meet--just called out our names!

Perhaps it was the lovely red canvas canopy overhead with the gold fringe and lights, along with the busy chatter and smells wafting about le Champes Elysees that caught our senses!
Or, was it the color combinations of the glasses with the red Alsace wine that catches our love of complementation?
Cheers! (Mark seems to match the color combinations, of course.
We choose to share a couple of items from the menu, as otherwise we end up with too much food. One wants to have just enough, but not too much when walking along the Champs Elysees!
One can expect Alsace onions, wines, vegetables and meats from this spectacular region being served here.
Mark chooses une tart de l'oignon for the shared appetizer: a small quiche on a paper thin and flaky pastry topped with caramelized onions and a small side Ceasar salad du jour. Get your fork and dig in!
He then is served small lamp chops, carefully grilled and spiced with rosemary, olive oil, garlic and peppered with a fresh side of petit pois (small peas) and les haricots verts (green beans):
While Neil chooses the thinly grilled rib eye steak, pomme de terre, and...
fresh-made Bernaise sauce, resplendent with tarragon, saffron, blended in with a home-made mayonnaise (how French)!
Do stop by and see what other delights might befriend your palette! It is great fun watching the people parading by on the Champe Elysees, as well as the waiters and waitresses, all decked out in black and whites. The precision with which they operated was amazing, but rather humorous as the pecking order with the assemblage was very was like a small, well-organized division of Napoleon's army!

L'Alsace Cafe is located at 39, avenue des Champes-Elysees, 75008 Paris.

Disclaimer: This blog is not an official University of Minnesota or Fulbright Program blog. The views expressed are my own and not those of the Fulbright Program, the U.S. Department of State or any of its partner organizations, or the University of Minnesota.

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