This is going to be another excursion that warrants a full post next week, but let me just say...oh la la!!! Imagine a convention-sized space populated by some of the world's best chocolatiers giving out samples and selling their wares. Add some demonstrations, amazing chocolate sculptures and even fashions, and performances by musicians and dancers from some of the world's chocolate-producing regions, and you have a chocolate-lover's perfect day. We sampled until we couldn't taste another thing, and bought plenty to bring home. Fabulous!
We had an incredible dinner at Itineraires restaurant in the 5th. Even though the temperatures were dipping, it was a pleasant if brisk walk from our apartment. This is a place that's already achieved "destination dining" status, and we were lucky to be able to get a reservation. After all of the chocolate, I was hoping for something light yet savory and was not disappointed. My starter was a bit of lightly cured salmon topped with a dollop of lemon vodka sorbet, and the entree a rollup of tender lamb and a squash puree garnished with the most perfectly braised individual brussels sprout leaves. Heaven! Their desserts are also supposed to be fantastic, but after all of the chocolate, we just couldn't do it. Walking home, snapped this great pic of nighttime Notre Dame.
I'd like to thank you all for your kind comments. I've been very pleased with how my travel wardrobe has worked out so far, and wanted again to take a moment to thank Karen for helping me to coordinate.
Yes, I finally pulled out the skirt for last night's dinner! And yes, those are boots, new boots. I bought them at Arche on Wednesday; once I felt that buttery leather and slipped them on my feet, I knew they were coming home with me. They are beyond comfortable. Wore them all day underneath my black jeans and again to walk to dinner. Formidable!!!