Our first dinner in Paris

 We arrived at L’Ardoise after a long day of exploration. My sister, my mother & I were seated downstairs amongst the crowd of patrons in a small yet charming room with brick arches & delicate lighting. Roughly in French but mostly in English, we ordered a bottle of vin blanc and deciphered through the selection of decadences. An order was placed, three courses. Once tasted and approved, we enjoyed the wine and spoke of our Parisian summer day filled with café lounging and people watching. The first course arrived. Tuna tartar with ginger and olive oil, crab croquettes with avocado & handmade raviolis in a cream base; our palate luxuriated in pleasure. To follow, the main course… baked hake in a puff pastry with snap peas and green beans, a fillet of cod with arugula, and finally for my mother, chicken with a grain called pignon, all dripping in a rich buttery sauce. Delightful satisfaction set in. Impossibly full yet longing for more, we were served our final and most desirable course, dessert. We filled our bellies with crème brulée, caramelized cream, assorted cheeses and a black currant sorbet. A sweet feeling of happiness seized my taste buds and being surrounded by such good company, I felt so lucky to exist in this moment.

Here are some photos from our first day in Paris.

One of my favorite things about Paris are the beautiful french doors.
One of my favorite things about Paris are the beautiful french doors.
Another beautiful french door.
Another beautiful french door.
One more french door.
One more french door.
An overgrown wall in Paris.
An overgrown wall in Paris.
Fruit and Vegetable Market remnants.
Fruit and Vegetable Market remnants.
Another favorite of mine in Paris, the flower markets.
Another favorite of mine in Paris, the flower markets.
TravelLauren Carlson