Last week I was invited to a bloggers brunch preview at Viola.
80 rue Lemercier 75017
Viola is an Italian bistro in the Batignolle area.
It was the first time I'd eaten Italian food since moving to Paris...
I'd forgotten how deliciously satisfying it is...
When I moved into my new place the proprietor proudly showed me the combo microwave (in lieu of an oven - supposedly it grills and nukes but does neither one very well) and he said to me,
"You can make pizza in this!"
Inwardly I sniffed...I don't make pizza.
Tarte tatin yes. Pizza no!
After eating this heavenly hunk of lush lasagna I'm not so sure...
If you have been to Italy, you will instantly recognize this as 'Macedonia di fruita'.
Just the best fruit salad IN THE WORLD!
If you have not been to Italy, it's worth going just for the macedonia.
Forget the Leaning Tower of Pisa and Sistine Chapel. THIS is it!
Of course all the bloggers were shooting up a storm...
I was enthralled by the adorable cups and saucers.
It turns out the bistro's owner, Charles Teboul, a Roman, is using only cups and saucers that belonged to his Mama.
Her name of course is Viola, also the name of the bistro.
Do go for an exceptional weekend brunch.
You won't be disappointed and it will be a refreshing change from quiche Lorraine for goodness sake!
Speaking of having brunch, this morning I decided to indulge at the new Hugo and Victor tea salon in Printemps.
With a stack of subscription envelopes waiting to be addressed it seemed only fitting to do it in an elegant environment non?
I must share a few secrets about La Poste with you dear PBers.
Did you know France, with all it's marvelous advancements, still does not have self-stick stamps?
Yes it's true sadly. And they provide you with an old sponge thing that belongs in the flea marché in my opinion. Then the stamps do not stick very well. What's more and this is VITAL INFORMATION for all travelers to France, if you dream of sending home letters/post cards with gorgeous stamps on it
There is just ONE very so-so looking stamp that has the correct amount of postage on it for overseas 20gr envelopes (.98€). All the beautifully-designed stamps are for usage INSIDE France only. This is taking chauvinism to a new level if you ask me, which no one is.
Yes, it's true you could buy a pretty stamp and then add to it the other homely stamps to reach the requisite .98€ but this is quite tiresome when you have lots to send out.
And of rant.
It's all part of choosing to live in a new country I suppose. One must accept. It isn't all Roquefort fromage you know...
By the way there are still a few watercolor scraps waiting to go out with available monthly sketch subscriptions on Etsy dear PBers ;))
Bon WeekEnd a tous!