Sunday, November 27, 2005

Holiday Preparations

On Saturday, Dr. B and I decided to head out, and do a little shopping in Montparnasse. I use this word very loosely--we weren't planning on spending the money we don't have, thanks to many things that are awaiting reimbursal right now (long story, won't bore you.) But, we were both feeling a bit down in the dumps due to the winter blahs, and needed a little outing full of holiday cheer, glitz, and paper snowflakes to cheer us. We headed to the heart of Montparnasse, keeping an eye out at eye level for the lost glove (unfortunately--it was long gone, so I am officially giving up on the quest for the glove. Thank you for your help, though!)

We headed first to Créa, an art and craft supply store, for various small, needed items. We were on our way back to the CC at Place du Montparnasse for a little window shopping when we spotted this, with a line stretching behind it. Since it was mid-afternoon, and we hadn't had lunch yet, we decided to see what all the fuss was about.

The gentleman inside was dressed for the cold, but was warmed by the steam rising from the hot, fresh crêpes as he ladled them out on his sizzling griddles. The first person in line had their nose just inches from the surface, and he carefully browned the delicate, thin pancake, spread it with their topping of choice, folded it, and allowed it to warm through while preparing the paper wrapping. These were not pre-made, re-warmed wraps--this guy was the real deal. Fresh, homemade crêpes, made to order, with your choice of sweet or savory fixings.

We queued up, and hungrily planned our feast. Dr. B went for the Super Complet (fromage, jambon, oeuf et champignon) while I went simply for the jambon et fromage. (Fromage: cheese, Jambon: ham, Oeuf: egg, Champignon: mushroom). He ladled out the batter, smoothed it in a swirl with a little wooden instrument, flipped the golden brown, paper thin crêpe, topped it with the toppings, and waited for the cheese to melt. He folded, flipped, wrapped, and handed us our delicate, crispy-tender delights.

Oh. Dear. My. Mmm...

Warm hands, full bellies.

A new Christmas memory.

(Too busy eating to take a picture of ours--we devoured them long before we thought to take the camera out.)



At 4:28 PM, November 27, 2005, Blogger Katia said...

Mmmm, I love crêpe stands! What a nice lunch on a cold day :)
If you're looking for something to do one weekend before christmas, the marché noël at la defense is not to be missed - they have heaps of fun stuff to look at and lots of delicious things to eat : we've gone every year for the last three years, and we ALWAYS get a raclette or hot duck sandwich, accompanied by a vin chaud. MMmmm. Really feels like christmas :)

At 1:38 AM, November 28, 2005, Blogger ViVi said...

What a coinky-dink - we made crepes for dinner last night! Ham and cheese for dinner and we had the leftovers for breakfast with nutella. Mmm mmm good! :)

At 7:29 AM, November 28, 2005, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Have founda counple creperies here in Denver, the last one in Salt Lake City in October....aren't they great when they are fresh???!!! Made them a couple of times for dinner club we used to belong the dessert ones also....can you tell I'm hungry? seems this is a constant with me! Auntie B

At 7:29 AM, November 28, 2005, Blogger Karina said...

if you want real savory crepes, get a galette instead of a crepe. its made with buckwheat flour instead of normal flour and is the traditional (norman & breton) way to eat savory ones :) yum yum
add a little cider in the mix and whooooo :)

At 9:57 AM, November 28, 2005, Blogger ~steph~ said...

Nothing beats a real french crepe in Paris! I remember enjoying a couple when I was there in '94 ... yummy...

At 11:42 AM, November 28, 2005, Anonymous Laura said...

The weather has also been blah here in Wisconsin. Too bad there aren't any crepe stands here! I was in Copenhagen the last time I had a good crepe, with Nutella, of course.


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