It's very springtime in Paris right now--Tulips everywhere, and wisteria too!
This is what people do here on very nice days--they sit out in the sun in very pretty places, like the Luxembourg Gardens.
Annegret and I got this tasty little treat for our time under the sun in the gardens
This week we had 2 catering classes. And it was great because we got to work with meats, fish, and vegetables, which is a fun change from pastry exclusivity. Here are some peppers I got to roast!
We also made a giant pot of cassoulet, which is a famous dish from the south of France.
But mostly, we worked on making about 15-20 different types of little appetizers (and about 60-80 servings of each).
|Ratatouille with sesame rouget and guacamole|
|the little fry balls on a skewer with herbed salmon and daikon radish|
We were making all these little appetizers for a cocktail party at the school so that we could meet all of the former students of the program who are either now in their internships, or are still here working in Paris.
It was really great and I met lots of new people. We were very proud of ourselves for making all of the treats!
|Stefanie, Shu Shu, Chef Averty, me, Johnny|
I was absolutely full of adrenaline afterwards, and we all decided to go out for a little drink. I think it's the first time our entire class (minus one) has been out all together!
|Vady, Shu Shu, Ji Sook, me, Stefanie|
Afterwards, the males of the group wanted to watch the rest of the soccer game that they were missing, so we went to this little Spanish bar. And it really is tiny, and it was completely packed, but that didn't stop them from having 2 guitarists at all times (on a rotation, I guess) AND a flamenco dancer.
Sunday I went to Fontainebleau. It is a massive chateau. It's about 40 minutes by train (after the metro-ride to the train station) south of Paris.
On our way from the train station to the chateau, Annegret and I spied a tempting little outdoor market.
This is Annegret and me trying on hats that we will wear to the horse-races one day (since there is a horse-racing track very near my apartment).
Here is the lovely Fontainebleau. It really is huge; I kept thinking about the movie Rose Red, where the house keeps building itself...
We stopped and had a picnic (equipped with cider, fresh cheeses, bread, and fruits from the market) on this little green area.
And then we ventured into the castle.
|Napoleon's chess table|
|detailing above a doorway|
|Wisteria, seen on our walk home|
Very lovely weekend. My mother is coming to see me tomorrow--I can't wait!!