Sunday, August 09, 2009

Dinner with friends


How many times did you tell yourself "I'd love so much to settle down in Paris and live the life of Parisians". You're not the only one, a lot of people feel the same! But much fewer dare to do it. Yesterday (Saturday) I had dinner at two people's who did: Stuart and Elizabeth, two Americans who got rid of their house in the US to move into an apartment near the Eiffel Tower. Little tip: Elizabeth made a very detailed "Paris survival guide", I'm sure she'll be happy to provide us with a link to it ;) Have a nice Sunday everyone.

32 comments:

  1. Stuart and Elizabeth are living my very dream. Good for them, even if I am officially envious. One of these fine days . . .

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  2. I would love to have a link to your guide, Elisabeth!
    And where did you have that lovely-looking meal?

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  3. OK, we can envy Elizabeth because she packed up and moved to CDG and didn't just talk about doing it. Then,I pressed the link and found out she is a very talented quilter. If you tell me that she made and then arranged this dish, I will then hate her. Too much talent in one person.

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  4. PHX for a moment I thought Eric was talking about you and Mr. Phx!!!!

    I thought the two of you had finally made it and moved to Paris!

    ;)

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  5. Oh my that salmon looks delicious!

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  6. Monica :

    I have better salmon :-))) Just caught today , But not a better city :-))))))))))))))))))))))))))

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  7. As my mom would say, "Deeeee Lish"! Looks wonderful AND healthy. I love your photographs of food Eric. They always leave me with an appetite for more...

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  8. Sounds like Elisabeth is someone I need to get to know! My musician cousin told me "You better move to Paris!" And one day I will.
    As for the salmon- mmm... is it 'raw?'

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  9. The fish looks great! I'm wondering what exactly is it resting on, though?

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  10. Your photo looks like something out of a gourmet foodies' magazine, Eric - a tribute to both you and your hosts. I'd be keen to see Elisabeth's Survival Guide too!

    Tomate ~ I've been trying to work that out myself. Soft baking paper?

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  11. Delicious! I envy your Parisian life. Dieu vous benisse!

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  12. Oooh,I'm envious on many counts. The salmon looks divine.

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  13. Eric - As always, we enjoyed being with you and catching up on your latest adventures. Your trip to the Luberon sounds devine.
    Thanks for sharing the photo of the saumon en papillote that Stuart made and for letting folks know about my little guide. Here's the link:
    Elizabeth's Guide.


    We hope to see you again soon!
    Happy Sunday!

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  14. Oh, Elizabeth—you live in Paris, you're friends with Eric, AND your husband cooks yummy things like this? My envy mounts!
    Thanks for providing the link to your guide—clearly a labor of love.

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  15. This is how I cook salmon too - this must have been just before going into the oven? Yum! An apartment near the Tower sounds divine. Well worth the move!

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  16. The salmon looks delicious. I read the link and would love to visit the l'Espace France Patchwork.
    I'm an american quilter and like Elizabeth have been making quilts since the late 80's. I do art quilts, collage, and mixed media and would enjoy seeing what is being created in France. I'll be there for all of October. Any chance of getting the address?

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  17. Good for them! To have the chance and make the best of it.

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  18. Eric...thanks for sharing Elizabeth with us. Elizabeth...thanks for sharing your guide! I loved reading the interview and seeing the 'Sweet Potato' quilt. I've done some minimal quilting (hand-pieced the tops and let the church ladies hand quilt them!) so I truly appreciate your talent. I think you need to be the Quilt Lady of Paris!

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  19. Yes, indeed the salmon is headed for the oven after it's closed up in the paper wrapper. We were lucky to find it in the first place since many shops are closed in August. Fortunately, the one on the nearby rue Cler is still open. If anyone is familiar with Rick Steves, then you probably already know about this market street.

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  20. Envy is a sin, and I'm a sinner.

    I love my life and I'm keeping it, but I wouldn't mind sprinkling it with a bit of yours from time to time.

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  21. I appreciate the nice comments. Believe me, I know how lucky I am to be living in Paris with a man who cooks (he's cute, too!), to be making new friends, and to be eating very well.

    Karen, I'm glad to hear that you'll be here in October. Please do come by l'Espace France Patchwork (www.francepatchwork.com)at 18 rue de l'Exposition, metro Ecole Militaire. Mondays are usually the best days for visitors. I'll send you an email with more info.

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  22. To Elizabeth: Very cool "guide" You're definitely of to a good start! :) (by the way, I'm glad you enjoyed Les Choristes. I just saw it a couple of weeks ago (it's on Netflix as The Chorus (2004), Les Choristes / Chorists )

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  23. It's the dream we are saving for right now, and what get's us out of bed many mornings........not the Salmon! I am always happy to see someone who has pulled off the move across the pond, as many people look at you like your crazy when you say one day that'll be us....


    Sean

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  24. Elizabeth, love your guide and wish I had known about it sooner...it would have helped my daughter who was in Paris from Jan-May studying fashion and textiles (although she knew about most of the places you mention).

    As a quilter who also loves Paris, I feel we may have a few things in common :-) If you get a chance, please pay me a visit and see the Paris-inspired artist trading cards I am making :-) Diane

    http://dwquiltart.blogspot.com/search?q=aceo+paris

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  25. Diane,
    Oh, the next time you're in Paris you really need to meet some of my friends who are into ATCs. I'll send you an email with links a couple of blogs. There's also info on ATCs on the France Patchwork website: www.francepatchwork.com.

    If your daughter knows some good spots in Paris that should be added to the guide, I would really love to know about them.

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  26. I'd like to recommend another book, 60 Million Frenchman Can't be Wrong - it was very enlightening about French cultural differences and attitudes.

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  27. Thanks, Tara, for the recommendation. I've seen the book in bookstores but haven't read it yet. Will do so.

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  28. Thanks Eric... Thank you Elizabeth for useful Paris guide...

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  29. i said that many times and yet I haven't got the oportunity to furfill that dream but it will still remain my dream and hopefully it will come true one day.

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    Pizza Pans

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