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Our First Dinner Date! And Rue Montorgueil

After things had started to settle down a bit after the move and me starting work Lindsey and I finally decided to go out and explore places to eat. Since I was working 80+ hours a week and Lindsey was focusing on learning French, it left her with some extra time to explore Paris. She had done a bit more research than me about areas of Paris and had discover Rue Montorgueil, which is a really nice area near Les Halles in the 2nd Arr. She end up making reservations for us at L’Hédoniste. The dinner was almost a year ago now so I don’t remember everything we had but I do remember it being really good! It seems to be easier to find bad restaurants in Paris than good ones so I was pretty excited to have a nice meal! The space is great, romantic with the type of decor that makes you feel like you really are in Paris. I had just received my first paycheck from L’Arpege too so we decided to splurge on the wine a little. All in all it was great fun and I really recommend checking out the restaurant. They offer a formule for lunch and the menu is pocketbook friendly.

Rue Montorgueil is a great area for walking around. Lined with restaurants, cafés, bakeries, fish stores, cheese shops, wine shops, produce stands and flower shops you really can find it all. I also love it because it’s really close to the best Kitchen supply stores in Paris! E. Dehillerin, La Bovida, A. Simon! These are MY favorite places. Granted, they can be on the pricey side for kitchen ware, they do have some some really great stuff! There’s also some other cool stores around there, Kilawatch being one of my wife’s favorites! You could easily spend a great afternoon in this fun part of Paris!

Here’s some links to the places I mentioned.

http://www.lhedoniste.com

http://www.e-dehillerin.fr/en/index.php

http://www.labovida.com

http://espacekiliwatch.fr

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We Have Arrived!

On September 9th of 2011 my wife and I and our dog Oliver arrived in Paris. We had decide to spend at least 1 year in Paris after we got married to spend some time with my family over here as well as travel around Europe and see the site and to see if we might find something that we would really enjoy. We took a taxi to the apartment that we are renting from a friend of my mothers to drop our things off and begin to get situated. Pascal, our landlord, was at the apartment waiting for us. He showed us around the place and was sure to point out the view of the Effiel Tower from our balcony! After that we went to lunch. We were pretty excited that Oliver was allowed to come with us so things were so far, going great! I’ll always remember that first meal we had in France after our move hear. Lindsey ordered Steak Frites and ended up sending it back, twice, for being undercooked. We went back to our apartment and got in touch with family and started to settle in.

Since some of my family couldn’t make it to our wedding in the states we were having a wedding celebration at my grandmother’s country home up north near Le Touquet. My mom, my sister and her family, Lindsey’s brother Greg and a his friend Sloan as well as our friend Chris were all flying in for the event.

Once we were all together up north preperations were under way for the party. My grandmother has an amazing dish that’s she has prepared on numerous occasions where she cooks whole legs of lamb in the fireplace. It’s a beautiful dish and makes the house smell fantastic! After the party Chris, Greg and my sister Jess left and Lindsey, my mother and I headed back to Paris because I had a meeting set up with Alain Passard of the famous 3 Michelin star L’Arpege!

I ended up getting the job and would be starting a couple of weeks later! Lindsey and I ended up spending some more time with my family in the meantime. Our first couple of weeks had flown by and already I had a full time job and Lindsey was signed up for French classes! Not a bad start!

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