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A HoneyMoon in Paris: The finale (Pierre Herme, Pierre Marcolini, Laduree, Le Severo, Benoit and more)

posted on January 28, 2010 at 3:53 pm

A glutton and her equally food-crazed husband on a honeyMoon in Paris can do some serious damage. But, I wont lie to you, dear readers. My stomach raised a white flag after the meal at Guy Savoy. I wanted to shop. I wanted to sit in a cafe and read. I wanted to go back to that amazing Thai massage place in the Bastille and let that 94 lb. Thai woman beat the hell out of me again. I wanted to do anything unless it had something to do with eating.

But the tantalizing sight of that damn Pudlo book kept taunting me with possibilities of Parisian delicacies I’d kick myself for missing. I couldn’t possibly leave Paris without taking Moon (and his macaron mania) to macaron mecca aka Pierre Herme.
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It’s a madhouse in there, but we happened to catch it before this crowd rushed the door.

Pierre Herme


David Lebovitz (a funny and amazingly talented sweets guru/fantabulous blogger) cited Pierre Marcolini as a must-try. It was just down the street so, we paused at a cafe for a coffee and free wifi sync up (one of 200 such stops on our trip) before we made our way.

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The facade.


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The sugared madness.


We filled our bag with homemade marshmallows, tangerines covered in chocolate, pate de fruit, truffles and more goodies to take home to Atlanta.

Pierre Marcolini

We just finished the last of it. Le sniff.


The rest of the day was filled with shopping and art.

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We walked across the Siene as the sun went down towards

The ChampsÉlysées

where we saw the Eiffel Tower and this ferris wheel in the distance.

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Being the dork that I am, I dragged Moon towards it for a quick spin.

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The view wasn’t shabby.
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We still had time to kill before dinner so we decided to go have a drink, but found this winter carnival on our way there. We naturally had to stop and see the sights. The French know how to throw a mean winter carnival.
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Grilled salmon with creme fraiche and chives.

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Sausage sandwiches.

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Crepes.

While we practiced restraint at the carnival, we couldn’t pass up a stop at the famous Laduree for some macarons. It is always this crazy in there.

Laduree: Paris

There was a clear winner in Moon’s macaron taste-test insanity. He gave Pierre Herme first place with Gerard Mulot in second.

After a ridiculously overpriced drink on the Champs, we hopped in a cab and headed to
Le Severo, a charming little steak place run by a former butcher. The owner is an odd man who almost seems uncomfortable playing front of the house. But he has a good thing going. The little restaurant is always packed and the beef is plentiful. The kitchen also serves some mean fried potatoes. You get your choice of a few different cuts, a few classic starters and a fabulous wine list.
Le Severo: Paris

If you don’t like your meat rare, don’t bother.

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My gorgeous steak frites. I want those potatoes in my belly RIGHT NOW.


The days were blurring together. We slept, saw the sights and ate more food. This time fresh seafood from this random seafood market/cafe in the Marais.
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We got the Platter Royale, a chilled abundance of sweet pink shrimp, whelks, langoustines, clams, oysters and more.

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French seafood completes me.

We had reservations at a bistro that night, but we just couldn’t eat another bite of pork, rilletes or bread. I was jonesing really hard for Asian food. We canceled and went hunting. Guess what kind of salvation was just around the corner from our hotel?

Ossek Garden: Paris

Hello lover. I’ve missed you.

We ordered the beef, duck, dumplings and some Korean-style tartare. The banchan arrived and I attacked it with the steel chopsticks as Moon watched me with an approving (and goofy) grin on his face. He likes to see his wife happy.

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Our
meats for the barbecue, which are very lean, but surprisingly tasty and very well marinated.


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Moon’s steak tartare.

Our Korean feast the night before gave my stomach a fresh start for our last day of Parisian food. We had plans to eat at my aunt’s home on our final night, so we chose a special lunch to finish off our trip. My parents raved about their meal at Benoit just months before. And they serve cassoulet, something that is normally cooked in Parisian homes and generally hard-to-find in restaurants. Most Paris natives will laugh at you when you ask where to get a decent one. Try it. I did. We started with a lovely Champagne and moved onto a serious 2005 Bordeaux chosen by my dear enophile of a husband. It was the perfect foil to this serious food.

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Gougeres.

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Veal tongue.

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Cream of langoustines.

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My beloved (and DELICIOUS) cassoulet.

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Moon’s Tete du Veau.


And, that’s that. We spent a lovely night at my aunt’s house overlooking the SacréCoeur Basilica.

After a requisite mad dash through the food stores at the airport to gather up last minute gifts for our loved ones, we settled into our comfy business class seats (my parents’ wedding gift to us) for the long ride home.

We’re thinking Venice and Tuscany for our first anniversary trip. Stay tuned…


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8 comments

  • Re: A HoneyMoon in Paris: The finale (Pierre Herme, Pierre Marcolini, Laduree, Le Severo, Benoit and more)
    posted by: Broderick · January 28, 2010  4:30 PM

    This post should come with a FRENCH FOOD P@RN ALERT! I'm so hungry right now…

  • Re: A HoneyMoon in Paris: The finale (Pierre Herme, Pierre Marcolini, Laduree, Le Severo, Benoit and more)
    posted by: Caroline · January 28, 2010  7:05 PM

    um, next time you go can you bring back some cassoulet and macarons for me please?????

  • Re: A HoneyMoon in Paris: The finale (Pierre Herme, Pierre Marcolini, Laduree, Le Severo, Benoit and more)
    posted by: Mau · January 29, 2010  8:38 AM

    Please tell me why they can't grill Salmon like that here?

    Absolutely beautiful.

  • Re: A HoneyMoon in Paris: The finale (Pierre Herme, Pierre Marcolini, Laduree, Le Severo, Benoit and more)
    posted by: Anonymous · January 29, 2010  2:05 PM

    Sounds like an amazing trip to Paris. We went to Benoit a few years ago and had a similar meal…country pate/fresh pea soup and cassoulet/tete du veau. Hearing about your experience brings back memories. It was all delicious.

  • Re: A HoneyMoon in Paris: The finale (Pierre Herme, Pierre Marcolini, Laduree, Le Severo, Benoit and more)
    posted by: Melissa · January 29, 2010  5:07 PM

    macarons. want!

  • Re: A HoneyMoon in Paris: The finale (Pierre Herme, Pierre Marcolini, Laduree, Le Severo, Benoit and more)
    posted by: the grammar monkey · January 30, 2010  8:05 AM

    Thank you for sharing all of this! And/or I shall shake my fist at you for making me crave things that're MUCH further away than Buford. Perhaps both.

  • Re: A HoneyMoon in Paris: The finale (Pierre Herme, Pierre Marcolini, Laduree, Le Severo, Benoit and more)
    posted by: Anonymous · February 2, 2010  7:37 AM

    You know how to live, lady.

  • Re: A HoneyMoon in Paris: The finale (Pierre Herme, Pierre Marcolini, Laduree, Le Severo, Benoit and more)
    posted by: RNaik · March 2, 2011  11:04 PM

    Where did you all stay in Paris? Can you recommend a hotel in the Marais? We are also honeymooning there but on a budget of about 100euro/night. Got any ideas?

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