Rue Monge, Rue Mouffetard, and Michelin Stars

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Les Galettes du Roi - for the Feast of Ascension (3 Kings Day)

This morning we decided to try the croissants on Rue Monge. There were 2 bakeries that were on my list to try. The first one had a little line, but it went quickly and I got an almond croissant, and Morgan got a regular croissant and some brioche. The almond one was fantastic, but the regular croissant was not anywhere as good as the ones at Stohrer.

Rue Monge had a little market, but further down by the bakery we came upon Rue Mouffetard, which is also a market street. We ducked into a cafe for our morning double espresso (him) and cafe creme (me). Morgan pointed my attention to the wall...there was a photo of Anthony Bourdain, Chef Eric Ripert and another chef sitting at a table in that very cafe. We had plans to go to l'Atelier by Joel Robuchon for dinner, which was also featured on Anthony Bourdain's show.

L'Arc de Triomphe
We had eaten at a pizza place in Rome recommended by him as well.  It was starting to feel like we were following him around.

While in the cafe, Morgan noticed a long line to another bakery. He decided to go stand on it and see what the fuss was about while I finished my coffee. When I got out, he had bought another croissant and a galette du roi (the cake for 3 Kings Day, which was on the 6th, but I think was celebrated through today because it's Sunday). The galette had an almond paste in it and a really good flaky crust.

We took the metro to Concorde and then walked down the Champs Elysees to the Arc de Triomphe for a few photos, and then grabbed sandwiches and salads at a little cafe with a view of the Eiffel Tower, and then walked over to the tower and got on line for the elevator.
L'Atelier Joel Robuchon
Morgan's stomach hadn't been feeling well, and when we got on the line, the idea of a long elevator ride did not seem appealing any more, so we decided to look for a pharmacy and grab some Pepto Bismol. Unfortunately, it being Sunday, most pharmacies are closed. I dropped him off at the hotel and took the metro to Republique - which has one of the 24 hour pharmacies (there's one on the Champs Elysees, but we didn't realize that would be one of our only options until we got back to the hotel, of course).

I had no idea how to say "bismuth" in French, so I told the pharmacist I was looking for a product called "Pepto Bismol" in English for my boyfriend with a stomach ache. She said she understood and grabbed a box of pills that said they were for gastro-intestinal issues (in French), so I bought them and walked out.
L'Atelier Joel Robuchon
On the way to the metro, I read the insert, and I realized they're for acid reflux. Not the right thing. Ah well. Back at the hotel, I found a few Pepto tablets buried in my toiletry bag, so Morgan took those and felt better after a nap.

We got dressed and went to L'Atelier de Joel Robuchon--a 2-star Michelin restaurant--for dinner. This is our big splurge for the trip. And the tasting menu was even more expensive than I had seen on the internet, but I figured, you only live once. The place is very swank - all red and black. You sit at the bar looking into the even swanker kitchen (which is also red and black...everything...even the mixing bowls they use). The clientele was a lot younger and a lot less formal than the other Michelin-starred restaurants I had been to in Paris when I lived here.
L'Atelier Joel Robuchon
Totally new style of dining for Paris. Although, to be fair - most of the folks sitting around us were not Parisian - Aussies, Japanese, Brits and us. The two Japanese girls on the right side of us were just as geeky about food as we are - taking photos of every course. The food was impeccably prepared, although we both agreed that some of the flavors could have popped more - especially for a 150Euro tadting menu. There were a few stand-out courses, like the chestnut soup with foie gras and lardons, and the scallop with a slice of black truffle on top, but I think next time I want a Michelin-starred meal, I'd prefer to go back to Guy Savoy, or else try L'Ambroisie or Taillevent. But all in all, a fabulous evening.

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Les Galettes du Roi - for the Feas…
Les Galettes du Roi - for the Fea…
LArc de Triomphe
L'Arc de Triomphe
LAtelier Joel Robuchon
L'Atelier Joel Robuchon
LAtelier Joel Robuchon
L'Atelier Joel Robuchon
LAtelier Joel Robuchon
L'Atelier Joel Robuchon
Morgan saw the line for the bakery…
Morgan saw the line for the baker…
Classic cars were having their ann…
Classic cars were having their an…
LArc de Triomphe
L'Arc de Triomphe
We passed this building on the way…
We passed this building on the wa…
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Obligatory shot.
View from the cafe where we stoppe…
View from the cafe where we stopp…
Copy of the flame from the Statue …
Copy of the flame from the Statue…
Our fancy-schmancy dinner for Morg…
Our fancy-schmancy dinner for Mor…
LAtelier Joel Robuchon
L'Atelier Joel Robuchon
LAtelier Joel Robuchon
L'Atelier Joel Robuchon
LAtelier Joel Robuchon
L'Atelier Joel Robuchon
LAtelier Joel Robuchon
L'Atelier Joel Robuchon
Fountain outside the Palais Royale
Fountain outside the Palais Royale
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photo by: Sweetski