Italian flare within a PARIS style brunch.
Smoked Salmon Eggs Benedict got slathered in a
Butter-Olive-Lemon-Caper-Maple Syrup sauce.

Just barely back from a whirlwind few weeks in Paris....
the city of love, food and everything in between.

The Notre-Dame church seen from Pont de l’Archevêché with their forever love locks

Appreciating this city as a quasi local permitted us to touch upon... 
all arrondissements...yes, all twenty of them.
As much as possible...
we were determined to experience different paths within the snail of Paris.
Place d'Italie (13eme arr.)... right in front of its Metro station

Although having travelled to this magical city on different occasions...
most typical tourist attractions were kept to a minimum.

We did make the time to smell the envious...they bloom earlier in Paris.
Flower markets everywhere we went

Jardin des Plantes (5eme arr.)...the Rose garden was my favourite

Entertained at all times...
We admired an Italian comedy (14eme arr.)...facade of ‘la comedie Italienne’

Free spirited musicality (5eme arr.) at the Marché Mouffetard 

Well, actually, once and a while we had no choice in...
criss-crossing paths with a few Paris enthusiasts.  
There are tons of them’ve been warned.

With so much to see and do...
there were very few sitting moments...
unlike for some of the privileged.
Statues laid back at Musée d'Orsay ...housed in a restored beaux arts railway station

Our feet were continuously inflamed from all the excess salt and sugar...
ankles were pulling abnormally from all the cobblestone...
and muscles cramped from all the ups and downs.  
rue Gabrielle...Montmartre (18eme arr.)

All this pain did however lead us to some well worth paths. 
Here are just a few that we appreciated.

Parc des Buttes Chaumont (19eme arr.)

Small neighbourhood park in the Canal Saint Martin area (10eme arr.)

Parc Monceau (8eme arr.)

Ran into a stunning Peacock at Bois de Vincennes Park (12eme arr.)
Yes, that’s his backside...seemed even more dramatic than the was honestly difficult for me to pick.

My favourite was this out of the way Parc - Square les Batignolles (17eme arr.)
...truly quaint and welcoming...much serenity.

Believe it or not, I complained less than usual and...
we both managed to do it in shear bliss.
Le Moulin de la Galette Bistro ...Montmartre (18eme arr.)

Hubby and I really made it a point not to get caught in...
the incredible museum and church visiting lines.  
Every time we passed one...we just could not get over the enormous waiting times.  
Instead, we stood in much smaller lines to get the best...
viennoiseries...bread...and of course, several pastries.

Poilane...(15eme arr. and also in the 6eme arr.) 
Great bread and and excellent chocolate croissant.

Viennoiserie / Boulangerie in the 15eme arr.- Avenue Suffren

Pastry from similar showcases around the 17eme arr.
Oh...and how could I not share my illegally obtained photo within the incredible... 
‘Le Bon Marche’s - Epicerie' building (7eme arr.-located in the Saint-Germain-des-Près area).  
I could have spent the whole day in there.  Also, I swear, I truly didn’t see the “no cameras allowed sign”. 

Yes...many...many hours were spent walking.
Did we shed any pounds?  
We related very well to our friendly Parisien model

With all that butter and could we!
A confectionary institution: 
‘A la Mère de Famille’ - the original shop [1761] is in the 9eme arr.)

I am now completely convinced that exercise is certainly good for...
the heart and mind...however, the fork to mouth will supersede it every time.  
Yet, we really did not overeat...

pedestrian street: Rue Poncelet (17eme arr.)

...well, maybe indulge in a little more chocolate and cheese of course.

Fromagerie Marie-Anne-Cantin (7eme arr.)

Considering what we faced every day...
we actually convinced ourselves that we were so incredibly reasonable. 
All in all, we at least managed to stay balanced.
Modern versus ancient facades next to: Musée du quai Branly (7eme arr.)

Those tiny bistro chairs or...
the latest, tight airline seats were not going to get us yet ;o)

Now...after all these goodies...
are you still interested in making this brunch with an little Italian flare?
A touch of Quebec maple syrup was added in dedication to the sweetness in all of us ;o)

Smoked Salmon Eggs Benedict
Butter-Olive-Lemon-Caper-Maple Syrup sauce

serves 2

(American / Metric measures)
. 4 large eggs
. 1 Tbsp. (15ml) white vinegar or lemon juice
. 4 slices of toasted bread (your choice)
. light spread of Dijon mustard (for bread)
. 4 Tbsps. [1/4 cup] (125ml) unsalted butter
. 2 Tbsps. [1/8 cup] (30ml) e.v. Olive oil
. 1 Tbsp. (15ml) Capers, crushed 
. 1 Tbsp. (15ml) Dijon mustard
. 1 Tbsp. (15ml) lemon juice
. 2 Tbsps. (30ml) Maple Syrup
. 1/4 tsp. (1.75ml) granulated garlic
. 1/4 tsp. (1.75ml) dried tarragon herb

Sauce:  Prepare all ingredients for the sauce in a small pot and place it on very LOW heat.  Whisk it right before serving.
Preparing toast and layer:  Toast the bread slices.  Spread a small dollop of  Dijon mustard evenly on each slice.  Place the salmon slices on top and set aside.
Poaching eggs:  Fill a medium saucepan half way full with water.  Add the 1 Tbsp.(15ml) of vinegar and bring it to a boil.   Afterwards lower the heat to MED at rolling boil.
. Break each egg and slip them one at a time into the simmering water.  Leave about 30 seconds in between each addition so that the water can have a chance to get warm again.  Finish poaching the eggs for about 2-3 more minutes in order to realize soft-set eggs.  Tip: usually when the egg rises to the surface, its a good indication of readiness.
Assembly:  Using a slotted spoon ladle, pick up the poached eggs one at the time and gently leak out the excess water.  Place each one lightly onto the prepared bread. 
. At this point, the whisked sauce can be poured directly on top of the egg.
. When ready to serve, make a small cross cut on top of the egg so that it gushes out of its cocoon.  Bon appetit.

I hope you enjoyed this mini tour of one of my favourite cities.  This was by far the very best idea on how to celebrate my mid-life turning point.  
Looking forward to sharing more of Paris with you on future posts.
Until then, enjoy your brunch ‘a la Parisiene‘...sort of ;o)

Many flavourful wishes in all your kitchen adventures.

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Claudia at:  foodessa [at] gmail [dot] com

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