Thursday, August 20, 2009

Heat Wave and Amanda's First Cooked Meal

Our first full day in Paris was 95 degrees! Unusually hot. The reason we picked this time of year was for the moderate weather but we got a heat wave. The forecast is for 85 on Thursday and mid-70s on Friday and onward which is more like it.

Having not yet adjusted to the jet lag, we both slept late, had a simple lunch at a local street-side sandwich shop... 15 euros ($22) for a couple simple sandwiches and drinks! We definitely need to do something about these prices!

Amanda did some grocery shopping to stock up while I caught up on some work.

We went shopping at Monoprix to buy a few household items.

I visited a local Orange store to talk about wireless access while in Paris. Orange is the primary brancd name for France Telecom, which is the primary supplier of telephone, mobile, and internet services in France. We have a Livebox in our apartment which supplies the TV and internet connection via DSL. The subject of connectivity requires its own blog post so I'll save it for later. Suffice to say it didn't turn out as good as I had hoped. There really are no good solutions.

Finally, we had our first meal in. Amanda purchased a French cookbook -- Savoring Provence: Recipes and Reflections on Provencal Cooking (The Savoring Series) -- and is determined to cook authentic French meals. So far so good.

The meal included two recipes:

1. Galette au Chevre et aux Tomates (Goat Cheese and Tomato Tart)
2. Pot-au-Feu de Poisson (Fish Stew)

When I eventually show you a picture of the kitchen she has to work with, it is amazing it turned out so well. They were both so good.

Starting to get settled in now. Still a few things to do before it feels like a home but it's certainly not as depressing as it seemed when we arrived. Haven't even begun to think about actually seeing Paris yet.


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