In honor of the Obama's dining at a little-known favorite bistro of ours Saturday night, The Fontaine de Mars (far left), I thought I'd post a couple of photos of the sweet little square and fountain right next to the restaurant.
Located in the 7th arrondissement, it is a few blocks from the Eiffel Tower and just across the park from our 15th arrondissement neighborhood. The New York Times reported the bistro had received reservations 10 days earlier but had no idea the name of their high-profile guests until Saturday morning. Owner, Jacques Boudon, exclaimed, "I saw God before me," as he described the President's smile and Michelle's radiance.
In case your inquiring mind needs to know, the Presidential party dined on foie gras, lamb and steak with shallots. I hope someone ordered the profiterole.
We once strayed on this square and decided to try a little restaurant across the way only to find on our plate frozen vegetables. We were shocked! Who in Paris, of all cities, would serve frozen vegetables?! Do you think maybe they're revisiting that idea this week?
Directly across the street is also one of my favorite boulangeries, A La Fontaine de Mars, of which I can't help but take photos every time I walk by as I find it to be one of the most ornate and stunning boulangeries I've seen in Paris!
If anyone knows of an even more ornate boulangerie in Paris, send me the location so I can start a collection.
Happy Monday everybody! And here's to the President's visit bringing Boudon much deserved business!
Photography copyright: Kirsten Steen