Bonjour Paris! (Day 1)
Finally, we are here! And by here, I mean Paris... Beautiful, vibrant and historic Paris. I don't know about you but I can't sleep on planes. And for some reason, Paris flights from Montreal are always overnight. Thus, after staying up for about 30-something hours, we ended up sleeping until almost 1pm, Paris time. Good thing we still have a month ahead of us!
Having only half a day left and still a little jet lagged, this first post will definitely not be that exciting and mostly about our wonderful new home (found on Airbnb) and settling in (get a monthly metro pass, called Navigo, grocery shopping & other necessities and figure out how everything works in the appartment).
Luckily, our appartment is located in the heart of Le Marais and 2 blocks away from one of our favorite eateries, L'As du Fallafel. A few years ago, we randomly walked into this place on rue des Rosiers (we had no clue it was world renowned!) and that's when we discovered what fallafels really taste like! Made with chickpeas, they are perfectly seasoned, small, crispy on the outside and moist inside... Oh, did I mention they are gluten free? Nothing to do with the big & hard tasteless balls (yes, I'm giggling too) you find in our Arabic fast food joints back home. Since then, using L'As as a barometer, we found similar ones in NYC (Taim) and Montreal (Sumac & Fallafel Avenue).
Marais and the other little neighborhoods are filled with cute boucheries (butchers), fromageries (cheese shops), boulangeries (bakery), fruiteries (fruit & veggie shops) and farmers markets. However, for inexpensive food like cereals, eggs, butter, oils (etc) I suggest you visit a Franprix and Carrefour.
Being allergic to gluten, I made sure to research gluten free spots around town. Although it's pretty much a trend back home to be "gluten intolerant", it's not as widespread here. Our first stop, Noglu (for NO GLUten, duh!) is located in the a hidden passage way near metro Grands Boulevards (not really a charming area FYI). On one side you have a GF bakery/pastry shop and across, you can eat full meals (brunch, lunch and dinner - takeout as well!) such as pasta, risotto and pizza. For now, we settled for a loaf of bread to go!