We’ll Always Have Paris: Food

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As you may or may not have noticed the DJ and I went to Paris for the weekend. We actually planned to travel to some sunny island for a two-week holiday, but unfortunately the DJ couldn’t get the time off, so instead he surprised me with Paris. I should have known it coming, since he promised me we would go a long time ago. So after some thorough preparatory homework (which included watching The Da Vinci Code and Le Fabuleux Destin d’Amélie) we hopped on the Thalys for a few days of crêpes, French cuisine and champagne.

The first evening we found this lovely little Italian place (I know, we should have gone for local, French food, and we were planning to!). Just a few weeks ago we started watching The Sopranos, after most of my friends told me we really should. It never came to it, but immediately after the first few episodes both the DJ and I were hooked. So when we walked by this place we couldn’t just walk by and forget.

Restaurant Soprano in Paris

We both love Italian food. There’s also a little Italian restaurant in London which serves the best pizza in the world (or at least the best pizza I ever had). I can’t remember it’s name, it’s on a side road of Oxford Street. I’m sure we’ll go there next time we’re in London, so I’ll fill you in on the name of the restaurant another time.

I guess I’m getting off track. Soprano in Paris is located at 33 Avenue de Saint Ouen, and has some delicious pasta dishes. We tried the penne arabiata (the DJ’s favorite) and this delicious baby:

Pasta at Soprano in Paris

Unfortunately I can’t remember the name of the dish. I really have to start paying attention to things, if I want to blog about them!  But it tasted like I was in Italy. It helped of course that the owner was a real Italian and a big fan of The Sopranos (hence the name of the place and all the Sopranos photos on the walls).

Another lovely place that served great food was Le Trente Huit, near the Eiffel Tower. Besides the wine they served (OMG, if I would live in Paris, I’d probably be an alcoholic with all those delicious rosé wines), these were our choices:

Entrecôte for the DJ (with the best tasting roasted potatoes of this planet, I don’t know what they did to them, but it felt like we were in heaven) and Magret de canard au miel et gingembre, et gratin dauphinois (Duck Breast with Honey and Ginger, served with Gratin Dauphinois Potatoes):

Entrecôte at Le Trente Huit in Paris

Canard au miel et gingembre (Duck with Honey and Ginger) at Le Trente Huit in Paris

As this post is getting longer any minute now, I promise you guys some more pics of Paris coming up sometime this week! Let’s just call this Part 1: Food

Miso Salmon or Chicken Spinach Parm?

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Usually I’m a creature of habits: Broccoli Potatoes and Veggie Burger on Monday, Hot Curry on Tuesday, Pasta on Wednesday… you get the picture. But this week I decided to try a new recipe everyday. My focus: high in protein and a whole lot of veggies.

The highlights of this week:

Miso Salmon and Broccoli

Miso Salmon and Broccoli

Chicken Spinach Parm with Rice and Snow Peas

Chicken Spinach Parm with Rice and Snow Peas

Monday Eats

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Today’s meal plan is great for those of us who are trying to lose weight: low on calories, high on protein.

I just love starting my day off with a healthy oatmeal breakfast. I don’t always have the time to make it, but when I do… oohlahlah… it’s heaven in a bowl!

Since I have to work on Mondays (who doesn’t?) I planned and packed my snacks and lunch yesterday evening (please note that this is an exception, I usually wake up on Monday mornings, feel stressed out, ‘forget’ to pack lunch and end up spending too much money on lunch and not-so-healthy snacks at the office). I have a fridge full of carrots and hummus, measured, packed and ready to throw in my bag for the next few days. I just added fruit and nuts for a morning snack. I forgot who nice it feels not to have to think about food early morning and just throw a bunch of stuff in my bag before work.  I really should pack my food on Sundays more often.

Dinner was just quick and easy. Not very culinary I’m afraid. I cooked for one today and didn’t have much time, so I didn’t really make an effort. I planned to go carb-less for dinner, but ended up eating my half-a-sandwich with peanut butter — which I had planned to eat at the office — after work. Which was a good thing since I don’t normally do well on just protein and veggies for dinner…

Side note: the only thing not in the picture is the glass of milk I’m about to have as my pre-bedtime snack.   😉

Nutrition Facts: 1541 calories | 196g carbs | 60g fat | 64g protein

Thursday Dinner

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This evening I opted for a quick and tasty couscous with chicken breast en a bunch of veggies. I have to be honest: it was already assembled for me. The only thing I had to do was throw all the ingredients in a wok and stir fry the whole thing. But it tasted great, I can tell you!

Nutrition Facts: calories: 420 | carbs: 41g | fat: 16g | protein: 29g