5.29.2009

weekend reading...





A few weeks before I left for Paris, I stumbled upon David Lebovitz's site and became an instant fan. I printed out all his Paris recommendations, and then in between worrying about missing my flight, and consoling the whaling children I was leaving behind, my papers remaind on the edge of my desk. One of the few things I remembered from the list was L'as du Falafel. And, I am thankful everyday for this bit of wisdom because it was my favorite afternoon in Paris. Even if I didn't love Paris as much as I do, I would go back again just to eat there.

As of today I am only 58 pages through Davids new book, The Sweet Life in Paris (less than 1/4 of the book), but I think that is enough for me to declare my love. The charming tales of life in the city, the bits of French scattered about, (proving that those 2 years of high school french were of some use), topped off with David's delicious recipes. Yes, it is love.
I want nothing more this weekend than to sit in the grass and finish it so that I can start on his previous book, The Perfect Scoop. I have just barely skimmed through it (mostly just looking at the pretty pictures, of course.) And, am now dreaming of an old-fashioned, neighborhood ice cream social on a late July evening.

Needless to say I have dozens of tomatoes, peppers and basil plants that aren't going to dig their own way into the ground, (adding to that a birthday party, potential barbecue and prints to ship.) My weekend looks quite full. But, if you have a bit more time to spend underneath a big shade tree I would highly recommend David's books.

P.S. I am currently trying to figure out which type of ice cream maker to buy.
If you have one you really love, please let me know. Right now I am leaning towards the kitchen aid attachment. But, am open to advice.

Have a great weekend! xoxo- A.





10 comments:

Cafe Johnsonia said...

Don't get the KA. Get the Cuisinart. It's so great. I have nothing against the KA, I just really, really love the Cuisinart. And it's cheaper.

Char said...

I can hear the laughter and murmur of voices now. I will definitely check those out.

number17cherrytreelane said...

I think you just convinced me to get that book! Done!

donna baker said...

I can only recommend the cuisinart. The main plus for me is that you don't have to freeze the container before making the ice cream. I do not have that much extra room in my freezer being a gardener. It is not as quiet as I had expected though. I guess I thought if you spent that much on it it would be quiet. Maybe, are more expensive model would be quieter. This is its only drawback. Another hint, for the ice cream base, I use a can of sweetened condensed milk then add the cream and milk. It is delicious.

Irene said...

L'as du Falafel is definitely one of my favorites too.
I am going to check on that book, even though I've lived here all my life, I really enjoy reading people's experiences of Paris. I always learn a lot from them.

Michelle said...

One of my Twitter friends just directed me to his blog a few weeks ago. I love it!

Dorothée said...

Hello...
I am a long time but very quiet reader of your blog, which I love for your pictures and images.
I am French and parisian, was born in Paris, and have lived 30 years there before I moved out to a smaller city (Lyon) for many reasons.

When the first sunny spring days appeared, around March, my man and I used to go out and walk through the Marais. We would always get something to eat at l'as du falafel.

It is funny to read you mentioning it.

Definitely the best place to get a chawarma to eat out on the street. Whenever we go to Paris, if we have time, we go back to l'as du falafel.

How wonderful what sharing on the internet can bring, isn't it ?

Chris said...

I have a Kitchenaid mixer, so I'm curious to know what people think of the ice cream attachment. It'd be nice to get and use this summer.

Patricia Stuever said...

I stopped by B&N this morning while getting some Vitamin D rays and some nice fresh air. I read a few pages and it's definitely on my to read list. I've always wanted to know what it would be like to live in Paris. Although I don't know that I could dress that way. I would for sure miss my PJs. ;)

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