Monday, November 12, 2007

Baguette Sandwich


I know I'm going to make some of you very jealous! But yes, yesterday, I had one of these delicious baguette sandwiches for lunch... Fresh, crunchy, fully loaded, just like I love them. Not to mention that this kind of baguettes - called La flûte Gana, created by Bernard Ganachaud - is one of the best kinds I ever tasted. I've tried to look for more info on the baguette, but I 'm unable to know if it was created under Napoleon or much later, in 1920. More info here or on Wikipedia.

34 comments:

  1. You're taking me back to school again Eric! My first baguette was on my trip to Paris on the coach when i was 13. These ones here look far more delicious though!

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  2. Yeah, that ain't all Lynn! LOL Couldn't resist when you beat me to be first. Here, that is...

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  3. I knew it Lynn, that is one of my super powers: I can read into people's history LOL!

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  4. When in Paris, I always follow the same gastronomic routine.

    First, stuff yourself on the hotel breakfast (and, if possible, steal a few portables for a mid-morning snack). Second, purchase a couple of baguettes so that you don't have to buy an overpriced lunch at the place(s) you are planning to visit. Museums, in particular, like to charge way too much for far too little in their usually overcrowded cafeterias. Thirdly, having saved a tidy sum on your first two meals of the day, locate, enter, and order a delicious meal at a pricey restaurant - with an expensive wine, spirit or cocktail as an added reward for your day-long frugality.

    Not surprisingly, then, some of my favorite recollections are those associated with the baguettes I ate on my ambles through Paris and its environs. The ones that immediately come to mind are: those leisurely consumed at the Jardin des Tuilleries and the Luxembourg Gardens; those gobbled in a small park near the Musée Picasso; and those arisocratically savoured on the lawns of Versailles and Vaux le Vicomte.

    Ah, the stomach is not only the way to our hearts, but also to some of our dearest memories!

    And, as I begin planning for my next trip - which will hopefully take place next year and be of no less than a month in duration - I am already salivating at the thought of how the pleasures of the body will be interwoven with the pleasures of the eye and mind.

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  5. Eric,
    Your bagette looks so delious! It almost looks like what we Americans call a "Italian Sandwich", which contains slices of cheese, ham or salami, pickles, olives, onion and tomato. Then of course you pour a little olive oil on top with salt and pepper. Yummy!

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  6. Oh I forgot it also has green pepper in it!

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  7. As far as I understand it, the baguette was created and used by Napoleon's soldiers, so that they could march with the bread in their trousers. Sounds a little unlikely though.

    By the way, for any occasional London Daily Photo readers (and anyone else come to that) I'm sure Eric won't mind me announcing that London Daily Photo is relaunched today, to raise money for charity. I hope you won't notice much difference!

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  8. Oooooohhhh, yesssssssssss!!! Better than the Eiffel Tower, I think ;) Excellent, excellent shot!!! :)

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  9. (Yikes... I just did the math here to figure out how many dollars I'm gonna need to buy this lunch in Paris... tsk, tsk, tsk... And the dollar isn't showing any signs of getting stronger any time soon... pffffffff... )

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  10. Oh to be back in Paris. This was one of my favorite parts of my visit.

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  11. Je l'aime, mais jambon et beurre pour moi s'il vous plait. (Je suis desolée parce'que je n'utilise pas la langue français dupis duex ans.)

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  12. My picnic on Pont des Arts last August was acompanied by great wine, cheese and of course, La Baguette!
    Priceless!!

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  13. Oh my God! When we were there last we found a small shop between Notre Dame and our rented apartment that served baguette sandwiches. We stopped there frequently and ate while watching the students/ crowds and just enjoyed the moment. Eric, you made me very jealous of that moment of serendipity. I know that everyone just wants to be some place else but I miss Paris terribly. Red wine, PDP and Parisian web radio make for mixed blessings indeed.

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  14. Je confirme l'excellente qualité des baguettes Gana, dont je suis moi-même un grand fan depuis quelques années. Je n'ai pas encore trouvé meilleure à ce jour.

    Et puisque c'est là mon premier commentaire, bravo pour vos photos que je suis tous les jours.

    Vincent

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  15. Oh wow Eric! Now I feel VERY VERY hungry! Some lovely looking bagettes. Funny to think they have all been consumed!! Greetings from TORUŃ DAILY PHOTO here in Poland!

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  16. Oh je veux aller gouter ces sandwich!! Où se trouve cette boutique exactement?
    Btw, magnifique blog :)

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  17. I am so hungry after seeing your delicious lunch, I can no longer wait.
    Louis London has also hit the nail on the head. That is indeed the correct way to travel in gaie Paris.
    Bravo !

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  18. Eric, your powers never cease to amaze me x
    Okay Michael the race is on for tonight...!

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  19. I am certain that my love of sandwiches is a direct result of my travels in Europe. But in Paris? Oh, in Paris they are not mere sandwiches - items like this are edible art.

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  20. Oh Eric, yummmmy! Miam. Miam. I haven’t been this jealous since many years ago, when my best friend who was studying at the Sorbonne called me from a pay phone the students had discovered they could make long distance calls on, without having to pay. She couldn’t speak but just a minute because she said there was long line of students waiting to make their “free” call. However she was on the phone long enough to tell me a group of them had baguettes, cheese, wine and chocolates, and were walking over to Jardin du Luxembourg to sunbathe and eat. How we continued to remain best friends after that is a miracle. ;(

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  21. Oh Mon Dieu...I'm falling off the chair with hunger..LOL! J'ai faim maintenant!! I love Gana!! Haven't had one in a couple of years!!

    tomate...are you planning a trip?? FYI...it rained again...where are you?? LOL!

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  22. Just a quick comment - sorry, it's late and I'm very tired!

    I took this photo rue Montorgueil, in the middle.

    PS: Ham of course I don't mind. I'll install you ribbon on PDP asap.

    Vincent (20.100!) Bienvenue chez les commentateurs!

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  23. C'est fait, HAM.

    TonTonFlaneur: I'll email you.

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  24. Oh my goodness...
    This really reminds me of Paris and its best baguettes in the world.
    I better have something to eat!

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  25. Ah, the baguette has hit paris eh! Just joking! I thought you Parisians all sat down to a 3 course + wine lunch every day? This seems très à la americain!

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  26. Bonjour!

    je suis étudiant étranger et j'habite à Paris en ce moment.. baguettes are definitely the way to go!

    Il me manquera quand je reviens à mon pays.. :P

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  27. Those look lovely - much nicer bread than most pistolets.

    We have very good baguettes and ficelles here in Montréal. My current favourite is a small boulanger a bit east of Jean-Talon market - an Algerian who makes crunchy ficelles with graines de nigel (nigella seeds?)

    They look much more tempting than the typical jambon beurre, which leave me aching for a bit of veg...

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  28. This is what we ate when we visited your fair city last March.
    So wonderful!

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  29. wow great i have read many articles about this topic and everytime i learn something new i dont think it will ever stop always new info , Thanks for all of your hard work!

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