Archive for May, 2007

how NOT to enroll in the sorbonne: a cautionary tale

My plans have again drastically changed, and I’ll be taking a French Civilization course in the Sorbonne for the fall. It’s a program of the University of Paris IV: Paris-Sorbonne, but it’s not part of their regular curriculum. I really WANTED to enroll as a regular third-year student and take a regular curriculum, but I made a few harrowing discoveries upon talking to their Acceuil des élèves:

– If you’re from the U.S. (and other countries with four-year college systems):
To transfer in as a third-year Sorbonne student, you need to have completed your fourth year at your American college. French kids do three years of undergrad then go on to their Master’s, so this apparently makes perfect sense.

– So I had to have enrolled as a first- or second-year student. But for foreign students, registration to enter a given year as a first- or second-year student ENDS IN JANUARY. Compare this to the regular enrollment process, which starts in fucking JULY. The extra seven months seems to be due to getting a carte de séjour, but it’s French bureaucracy, they’re probably just trying to screw foreign students over.

Thus, I will now be paying €2,250 for three months of a single French class instead of €471 for an entire year of university.

France, I LOVE it when you screw me. You do it slowly and take a lot of time, but when you finally bring me to a climax, I’m completely helpless in your grasp and it takes all of my willpower not to scream out loud.


great free apps for mac os x 10.3.9

I bought a new laptop in my freshman year of college. Since I am a cheapskate and a computer junkie, I decided to get an Apple PowerBook G4 with Panther (OS X 10.3) instead of a MacBook with Tiger (10.4) to both save money and curb my addiction to the Internet and useless things on Windows such as the old-school Chip’s Challenge and Gunbound.

(Un)fortunately, I got fluent in Mac in about a week and am now a big fan. My Internet addiction has been exacerbated by all the beautiful and reliable Mac apps out there. I have very little incentive to pay for a piece of code when one can find so many wonderful and powerful programs for free on the Internet, so the following recommendations are all for free software.

My criteria for this list is as follows:

– Mac OS X 10.3.9 compatible
– Very fast*
– Doesn’t crash
– Doesn’t freeze*
– Good-looking
– Simple*
– Easy to use

The ones with asterisks* indicate that these criteria can be compromised if the app is strong enough in the other features. For example, Skype freezes for a minute during login, but it otherwise fits the other criteria very nicely. And NeoOffice isn’t the fastest app, but it sure as hell beats Word in price, Mac-friendly design, and stability.

Apps I Like

Skype – The ubiquitous VoIP app. Hangs a bit on login for me, but it’s got a skinnier interface and better call quality and is more internationally-friendly than Gizmo. I love its cute “call ended” sound effect.

xPad – A worthy replacement for TextEdit or Stickies (or both). Nice use of the drawer feature for organizing all the text documents– it keeps things from looking disorganized like Stickies. Plus it’s got autosave on exit like Stickies. I love this app to death.

iTunes 4.7 – Before they added all the memory-hogging features (videos, album visuals and crash-inducing Gapless Playback) and went corporate on our asses, iTunes was a great, fast, and easy-to-use app, plus ourTunes made filesharing in college that much easier. Do the world a favor and downgrade.

NeoOffice – Mac version of OpenOffice. Hefty, but fewer crashes than my pirated version of Microsoft Office or the free but buggy AbiWord. I also love the Dock icon– it’s a pirate ship!

Seashore – Mac version of Gimp, an open-source Photoshop. Fewer features but faster. It’s got all the basic image editing you’d need, like resizing (Scale) and cropping as a new file (Select, Copy, then New from Pasteboard).

Camino – Mac version of Firefox. Fewer features but faster. I decided to give up Firefox because it’s slow and eats up so much of my memory and my time– I mean, do I REALLY need ten RSS feeds and a weather forecast in my bookmarks bar?

VLC – Can play both music and videos, handles DVDs well and can play lots of things fullscreen (like .avi!). It often crashes for formats it doesn’t support, but that’s often ‘coz the formats are either proprietary (like RealPlayer) or buggy.

Honorable Mention Apps

Celtx – I can’t believe this is free. If you have ever written a screenplay or had an idea for a movie, you’d appreciate how much is packed into this powerhouse of a media pre-production app. The pre-made info fields for songs and characters can be a little too restrictive, esp. for the first-time writer, but if I used this more often it definitely wouldn’t be just an honorable mention.

Books – It’s a database for your books! And you can input info based on ISBN, which is crazy useful because there’s so much crap to fill in. It’s still a little glitchy because it was translated from German (and stubbornly uses Amazon Germany to look up ISBNs no matter what you do), but if you don’t mind looking up books by hand, you’re golden.

mini-apps i like

I define mini-apps as applications that only do one thing, but do that one thing very well.

Big Clock – A large clock that’s handy on laptops for timed presentations, and can be converted to fill the entire screen. Easy to use, but read the ReadMe first.

Rebuild (iPod Shuffle Database Builder) – This was a must for my new Shuffle after not being able to run iTunes 7 on my computer. It lets you drag and drop MP3s into your shuffle (like a detachable drive) and you just have to run the database builder in Terminal. One catch: files with weird characters (like umlauts or any Asian language) won’t be playable, so you have to rename them.

MP3 Trimmer – If your cell phone has Bluetooth and can play polyphonic ringtones, this is a simple app to use. It’s for MP3s only, but you can get around that with a converter.

Keyboard Cleaner – Freezes your keyboard so you can clean it or let your cat pounce on your keys. Sure, you could turn your computer off to do this, but who’s got the time for that?

iPodDisk – Lets your Mac mount your iPod like a disk image, so you can copy files off of someone else’s iPod. All the song names are intact and organized in the same way that they were on the iTunes that the iPod was loaded from.

Tomato Torrent – A BitTorrent client for Macs with the funniest dock icon ever.

AppDelete – An app that deletes apps and all their associated files. No more hunting for random folders and ghost files!

Stuffit Expander – WinZip for Mac. Well, all it does is expand stuff. But I never need to zip anything, anyway.

Battery Health Monitor – A simple capacity monitor made for iBooks and PowerBooks. (According to this app, my battery was supposed to have died years ago…)

Xinema – All it does is allow you to play QuickTime movies fullscreen, but that functionality can save you the $30 you might have wanted to shell out for QuickTime Pro.

honorable mention mini-apps

Caffeine – An app that doesn’t let your computer go to sleep. Useful for watching movies, but in 10.3.9 you have to force quit it from the Activity Monitor.

iClock – It’s a wonderful app– it puts world clock times in your menubar clock’s drop-down menu, plus it has alarm clock functionality with whatever sound file you choose. The catch? It’s $20 to register, and lots of the features get disabled if you haven’t registered. I’ve had it for 800 days and I still have two world times in the menu and the alarm clock. That’s all I needed, so it’s cool. But still– shareware. Ugh.

Fun Apps I Like

Bullet – Lets you shoot up your screen when you’re frustrated, bullet holes and all.

BinClocken – A good-looking binary clock. “Plus, I was drunk when I wrote it.” XD rocks.

Heart Monitor – I like visualizing stuff– I have the activity monitor pie chart perpetually running in my Dock to see how much system memory I’ve got. This heart beats in time to your CPU usage.

Oregon Trail – The original game (I think this is the Deluxe version). You need to start the OS9 emulator to run it, but it plays perfectly once you do.

BigFoot – A pair of feet that walk around your desktop. They sometimes play with the window edges, or with your mouse pointer. The settings are really funny: ‘Walking speed’ goes from Yoda to Michael Johnson, ‘Gregariousness’ goes from Greta Garbo to Charlie Sheen…

Goban – If you like playing go but are too chicken to play other people, this app is fun to try. (I can only beat the computer on a 9×9 board with a two-stone handicap.)

Okay, this was a really long list. I’ll post some other time about awesome 10.3.9 features and web applications that’ll give Google Apps a run for their money. In the meantime, I should probably give you an update on how I totally screwed up and didn’t realize that registration for Paris-Sorbonne for this coming year ended in January. x_x

one last food post for the win

Since my host mother is back and again in charge of my dinner, this will be my last food journal post (until maybe July, when I’m all moved into my own apartment). After this, it’s back to… our regularly scheduled program? What IS my regularly scheduled program, anyway?


5/15/2007 (T)
Brunch: vanilla, strawberry, citron yogurt, milk bread, baguette
Class: can of orange juice (1)
Dinner: arugula (?) with lemon, 2-egg cheese omelette with tomato, citron yogurt, milk bread, baguette, soymilk

I still don’t know what the mystery head of lettuce is, but it’s bitter on the inside and tastes great with lemon juice and/or balsamic vinegar. (Don’t take my word for this one, though; I love sour stuff.)


5/16/2007 (W)
Early Breakfast: soymilk and sugar ice cream, soymilk-bread-vanilla yogurt ice cream
Lunch: viennoise au chocolat (.70)
Linner: Quiche, Pain aux Raisins, Orangina (5.70)
Dinner: 2-egg cheese and tomato omelette, greens with balsamic vinegar and lemon, vanilla yogurt

I was looking through the ice cream page in HowStuffWorks and got to the part about Five-Minute Ice Cream. Since I had rock salt and ice from the freezer, I HAD to give it a try. The results were less than spectacular, but I made milk bread ice cream! How awesome is that? Surely more awesome than trout ice cream.

 bread ice cream iced bag of soymillk/yogurt/bread/sugar, on the rocks


bread ice cream the frozen finished product

I’m not at all opposed to having the same thing for dinner twice in a row. Seven times, though… that might be pushing it.
I love omelettes, and I finished up my emmental cheese (now two weeks old!) with this last one, depicted in all its messy glory, with brown egg scrapings from the pan on top and a bit of balsamic vinegar + lemon juice on the side. (I only took a few sips straight, then dipped the greens in.)

dinner may 16th


5/17/2007 (Th)
Brunch: soymilk and cereal, coco yogurt
Snack: rice cakes with jam, guac, cheese, strawberry yogurt, soymilk, grass jelly drink
Dinner: cheese (2.10), tabouleh, red and rose wine, chips, petit ecoliers, corn nuts, shrimp chips (!!!), crab quiche (!!!!!!!)

Today I attended a wine and cheese/chips/snacks on the Pont des Arts, and proceeded to freeze my ass off and eat things with seafood in them. Oh well; I’m trying my best to be a good vegetarian, but there are those occasional 2 a.m. beef ramen cravings…


5/18/2007 (F)
Breakfast: milk and cereal, citron yogurt, egg with cheese, rice cakes
Snack: box of delichocs (2.80)
Linner: creole (meringue), tea, greens with lemon
Dinner: lentils with tomato, onion and avocado, toasted whole grain bread with hummus, red wine

I’d been eating so well, and then promptly decided that I HAD to bring a box of Delichocs to my midterm. Until then my mind had been totally clear, and then I filled it with absolute CRAP. Yummy crap, though. My friends probably all think I’m a pig by now.


At least dinner was good– my first host mom dinner in a while! She hates cooked lentils, so I get lentil salad-type things a lot.


The grand total? About 100 euros on food in sixteen days. A wince-inducing sum, but good to know. Maybe I should invest in some tupperware to pack my own lunch.

My next post will be a geek post dedicated to free apps for my beat-up old PowerBook, which still runs on Mac OS X 10.3.9.

“10.3.9?” I hear you all say. “How preposterously outdated!” Well, hush. I happen to enjoy my Dashboard-free existence. Stay tuned.

the post about ice cream

There are two big ice cream shop chains in Paris: Berthillon Glacier and Amorino Gelato. Someone called metrogirl has already gracefully pitted them against each other in her picture-filled journal about the Île St-Louis, but here’s a little crash course for the uninitiated:

Berthillon is a French establishment traditionally known as “the best ice cream shop in Paris”. Their ice cream is “made only of natural ingredients”– milk, cream, eggs, and natural flavorings. On some days, the store on the Île St-Louis has a line that stretches around the block.

Amorino is Italian (hence the “gelato”), and their trademark is a waffle cone with the gelato artfully arranged in “petals” in the shape of a rose (though Gelati d’Alberto apparently also does this). They specialize in Italian flavors, and their menu is in Italian with French (and sometimes English) translations underneath.

Which one’s better? I have no idea! Anyway I think it’s a matter of personal taste. For me, Berthillon’s is way richer (which would probably make it more palatable to Americans), and Amorino’s gelato has slightly more subtle flavor, sort of like Japanese sweets.

You should really try them yourself to find out. As encouragement, I translated their menus!

I’ve always had trouble reading menus in different languages, and I remember my first time at Berthillon quite clearly– I didn’t know what half of the names meant and the serveuse was getting kind of impatient! And at the Dino’s Gelato near the beach in Barcelona, I got something that sounded exotic which turned out to be plain old caramel (or something normal like that).

So, in an effort to help you choose a parfum that is right for you (so you don’t waste 5 euros on flavors you hate!), I translated and did some research on the more uncommon flavors.

Here I present to you the menus for Berthillon and Amorino, with their English equivalents (when necessary).



Berthillon glaces
Agenaise – Agen prune [Agen is famous for its prunes]
Amandine (lait d’amande) – Almond tart (almond milk)
Banane – Banana
Café au whisky – Coffee with whisky
Caramel au beurre salé – Caramel with salted butter
Caramel au gingembre – Caramel with ginger
Chocolat noir – Dark chocolate
Chocolat du mendiant“Beggar’s chocolate”
Chocolat au nougat – Chocolate with nougat
Chocolat blanc – White chocolate
Créole – “Tropical” [coconut, pineapple, rum]
Chocolat blanc du mendiant – White “beggar’s chocolate”
Café Dauphinoix – Dauphinoix coffee [see “Dauphinois”]
Cannelle – Cinnamon
Dauphinois – [chocolate with almond paste, rum, nougat, nuts]
Feuille de Menthe – Mint Leaf
Gianduja à l’orange – Orange gianduia [chocolate with 50% almond/hazelnut paste]
Gianduja aux noisettes – Gianduia with hazelnut
Grand-marnier – [triple sec/cognac and orange liqueur]
Marron-glacé – Candied chestnut
Moka – Mocha
Noisette – Hazelnut
Pain d’épices – Spice bread [Gingerbread]
Pistache – Pistachio
Nougat au miel – Honey nougat
Noix – Walnut [Nut]
Noix de coco – Coconut
Plombières – Custard cream
Praliné au citron et coriandre – Praline with lemon and coriander [cilantro]
Praliné aux pignons – Praline with pine nuts
Réglisse – Licorice
Thé Earl Grey – Earl Grey tea
Turron de Jijona – Almond nougat
Vanille – Vanilla

Berthillon sorbets
Abricot – Apricot
Ananas – Pineapple
Cacao “Extra Bitter”
Cacao Whisky
Cassis – Blackcurrant
Cerise – Cherry
Citron vert – Lime
Cocktail exotique – Exotic cocktail [usually mango or passion fruit]
Figue – Fig
Fraise – Strawberry
Fraise des bois – Wild strawberry [“tiny and intensely sweet” according to Wikipedia]
Framboise – Raspberry
Fruit de la passion – Passion fruit
Groseille – Redcurrant
Litchees – Lychee
Mandarine – Mandarin orange
Mangue – Mango
Menthe – Mint
Mirabelle – Mirabelle plum [dark yellow, sweet and full of flavor]
Mûre sauvage – Dewberry [Wild blackberry]
Mûre de Framboisier – Black raspberry [Blackcap]
Myrtille – Bilberry [Myrtle blueberry]
Pamplemousse rose – Pink grapefruit
Pêche – Peach
Poire – Pear
Pomme verte – Green apple
Reine-Claude – Greengage [green-fruited wild plum]
Rhubarbe – Rhubarb
Thym citron – Lemon thyme



Amorino gelati
Crema (Vanille) – Vanilla
Cicoccolato (Chocolat noir) – Dark chocolate
Stracciatella (Lait avec pépites de chocolat) – Milk with chocolate shavings
Bacio (Chocolat et noisettes) – Chocolate with hazelnuts
Alla NutellaNutella [a chocolate hazelnut spread]
Pistacchio (Pistache) – Pistachio
Crem Caramel (Crème caramel) – Caramel cream
Yogurt (Yaourt)
Amarena (Vanille et griottes) – Vanilla and morello cherries
Amaretto (Biscuit aux amandes) – Almond biscuit
Caffe’ (Café) – Coffee
Nocciola (Noisette) – Hazelnut
Biscotto (specoulos) – Biscotti [biscuits?]
Amoriso (glace au riz, sans lactose, sans saccharose) – Rice ice cream, without lactose or saccharose

Amorino sorbetti
Banana (Banane)
Fragole (Fraise) – Strawberry
Limone (Citron) – Lemon
Mango (Mangue)
Frutto della passione (Fruits de la passion) – Passion fruit
Lampone (Framboise) – Raspberry

Amorino: Les Parfums du printemps – Spring flavors
[seasonal, so get ’em while you still can!]
Fiordilatte (Lait) – Milk
Amarenada (Lait, griottes et chocolat) – Milk, morello cherries and chocolate
Cremino fiat – Almond chocolate and hazelnut cube
Scorza – Chocolate shavings [“peel”]


There are tons of other great places to try new flavors in Paris, like my favorite ice cream stand at one of the entrances to the Jardin du Luxembourg. I couldn’t give you the directions or the name of the stand to save my life, but roboppy snapped a picture of the place already:

roboppy’s picture of my ice cream stand

At some point, I’ll translate the rest of those flavors. Until then, you can look for the same ice cream brand this vendor uses, Carte d’Or.

french holidays and craigslisting in paris

I realized that my posts have been kind of boring and food-y as of late. Sorry about that! Here’s a small life update from my side as I try to scrounge up more material for an actually useful post.

France has a ton of holidays in the spring
, most of which are Easter-related (Easter Monday, Ascension Day, Pentecost and Whit Monday). But unlike Japan, which avoids having a work day sandwiched between two holidays (and sometimes creates an in-between holiday just for that purpose), France has a few awkward spring Mondays when the following Tuesdays are fériés. For my friends, this has discouraged travel plans to other parts of Europe on more than one occasion. (For my Barcelona trip, I just used one of my allowed absences and played hooky.)

But Mondays aside, there’s a nice four-day weekend starting this Thursday. However, Stanford’s quarter system completely messes up our schedule, so my midterms fall on this Friday and next Monday. Gah! I’m glad I don’t have the money to take another trip, or I’d definitely miss more classes.

Summer in France should be really interesting. I hear that In the month of August, absolutely no one works. I hope I can find a summer job regardless.

In other news, I’ve found an apartment! It’s this tiny thing just on the outskirts of Zone 1 and close to the Parc Monceau, owned by a twentysomething Russian girl who’s lived here for three years and seems chill. It’s insanely, INSANELY cheap for a Parisian apartment. (It’s also tiny, and at the top of a seventh-floor walk-up, and the shower is in the kitchen, but shit, it’s 250 a month!)

How did I find it? I have no idea, because the housing section in paris craigslist is usually full of apartment broker ads and temporary room shares, both very pricey. But I used the craigslisting strategy and waited until I pounced on something that was in my price range (defined as "cheap as humanly possible") and didn’t seem too sketch. I stuck with craigslist, but there are tons of other places to look, I just wanted to make sure that the seller knew a fair amount of English.

That’s about it. In my next post, I will talk about ice cream. No, seriously.

and by twenty euros a week, i meant fifty

I decided to keep my food journal up for a little bit longer for future reference because my mom asked me to figure out my monthly budget while I’m in France. If I don’t eat out, I’m pretty sure I could survive on 100 euros a month food-wise. However, my self-control is kind of lacking right now, especially with classmates around.

By the way, I found out that the bread I got in Franprix is called “pain tagine” because it’s baked in a tajine pot.


5/11/2007 (F)
Brunch: milk and cereal, milk bread, yogurt
Bought: (~7)
– 10-pack milk bread (pain au lait)
– eggs
– 4-pack muesli yogurt
– box of potage aux legumes
– box of fake petit ecoliers
Dinner: lentil stew, milk bread, muesli yogurt, fake petit ecoliers

Oooooh, MILK BREAD. I didn’t think there was a bread sweeter than Filipino pan de sal, but this delicious dessert bread proved me wrong. Also, I had no idea what muesli was until I picked the yogurt up (on sale because its expiration date was on Sunday). I still don’t really know. But whatever it is, I like it.

I also re-created my lentil stew from last time, but this time I didn’t realize that too many peas spoil the broth. And I dumped the rest of my lentils into the damn thing, so I ended up having lentils for dinner for the next three days. Lesson learned: Don’t hedge your bets on one dish.


5/12/2007 (Sat)
Breakfast: milk and cereal, muesli yogurt, milk bread
Linner: milk bread and muesli yogurt, petit ecoliers
Dinner: poached egg, lentil stew with egg, milk bread, muesli yogurt, petit ecoliers

I had to finish the yogurt before Sunday, which explains why I had so much of it. But I had a lot of milk bread and petit ecoliers too because I decided to try a new kind of diet regime: eat healthy stuff during the week, but take a day off and binge on whatever junk you want. It apparently works by tricking your body into thinking that it’s definitely not starving, so it subsequently keeps your metabolism amped. Dunno if it’ll work because I eat something sweet virtually every day, but the idea’s pretty cool.

Also, how does a poached egg end up like this?:

poached egg…


5/13/2007 (Sun)
Brunch: cereal, yogurt, senbei, crackers, jam and guac on rice cake, mango juice
Dinner: poached egg, tea, lentil egg soup, yogurt with brown sugar and cereal

I ran out of milk, so I ate the cereal dry, then tried mixing it with my last cup of yogurt for dinner. I also ate a lot of crap because I ran out of everything else. For dinner, I poached an egg with the boiling water method but didn’t use any white vinegar, so I had lots of egg left over in the water and decided to toss some of the old lentil stew in there, plus more salt (which it didn’t need at all). It tasted like ass.

lentil egg soup


5/14/2007 (M)
Breakfast: package of chocolate sandwich cookies (1.50)
Lunch: viennoise au chocolat (.70), riz wokbar and jus ACE (carotte, citron, orange) (5)
Snack: banana-nutella crepe (4)
Bought: (9.76)
– 10-pack milk bread
– baguette
– 2 tomatoes
– 1 head of lettuce?
– box of bio soymilk
– 8-pack of la laitiere yogurt
Dinner: lentil stew leftovers, part of the baguette, rest of mango juice

I TOTALLY went on a spending spree today. I rushed to school, so for breakfast I bought some sugary, totally crap snack from a vending machine along the way (if you haven’t already been warned, metro vending machines are a no-no!!).

Lunch was better; there’s a place called wokbar near school where vegetarians can have a large carton of fried rice with carrots, peas, bean sprouts and egg for about 3.40. It’s the viennoise, drink and CREPE that killed me. The vendor right next to the Métro St.-Placide makes fantastic crepes, but they run from 3-5 euros a POP! Holy crap!

Then I went to Franprix to buy milk and bread when the assorted 8-pack of yogurt caught my eye. I really like the La Laitiere brand (it’s by Nestlé); their individual yogurts come in really cool-looking clay pots, and they’re so creamy and rich. I also bought some greens, but seeing as I have NO idea how to pick them, they’re probably gonna rot pretty soon. Well, the tomatoes should be good. My dad used to grow them in our backyard, so I know how to pick ’em.


I’ve spent about 85 euros on food in twelve days. Sweet Jesus. How’s that for a one-person food budget?

Sigh. At least my host mother’s coming back on Thursday…

forget about the twenty euros…

More yummy food this week! May means a ton of days off, so I haven’t been eating out as much as I did last month… but I’m still eating lunch with Stanfordiens. Which is BAD because we’re located in the 6th arrondissement, notorious for its myriad shops and cafés.

Stanford gives us a “meal stipend” of a couple hundred euros per month in a BNP Paribas account, but I use that for regular purchases since my debit card is not European. (Besides, credit cards usually work in cafés and restaurants, but you need cash for open-air markets, small epiceries and the like.)

Here’s the next menu set. Man, eating out is SO expensive.


5/8/2007 (T)
Breakfast: milk and cereal
Linner: tapenades and jam on rice cakes
Bought: (~7)
– pain aux céréales (demi-baguette)
– guacamole
– purée de myrtilles (bilberries?!)
Dinner: pain aux céréales, ensaymada, purée de myrtilles, guacamole

I found a Monoprix at Place de la Republique. It’s a little classier than Franprix, and contains more organic and bio products. The pain aux céréales (multi-grain bread?) looked good and healthy, so I got it even though it’s twice the price of regular bread (1.60 versus .70 or .80). Also, the purée de myrtilles was sort of like applesauce but with blueberries, good for mixing into my plain yogurt.


5/9/2007 (W)
Breakfast: poached egg w/ pain aux cereales
Lunch: viennoise au chocolat, broccoli and cheese quiche (3)
Dinner: lentil stew (with zucchini, tomatoes, carrots, peas, legumes), pain aux céréales, guacamole, purée de myrtilles, rice cake, cranberry/framboise juice

I finally remembered to take a picture! Even worked hard to make it presentable. For the stew I tossed in all the vegetables in the fridge, but I didn’t realize tomatoes could wilt so quickly. Must learn how to add vegetables according to how quickly they cook.

dinner, may 9th


5/10/2007 (Th)
Breakfast: milk and cereal
Lunch: 1/2 egg, mushroom and cheese crepe, 1.5 chocolate crepes, apple juice (9.50)
Dinner: milk and cereal, yogurt

For lunch we went to a creperie near the Tour Montparnasse. The crepes were drowning in oil; I couldn’t finish my galette (salty crepe) because of all the melted cheese tossed in. The sweet crepe was delicious, albeit not crisp enough, made of the creperie’s own chocolate (chocolat au maison). The food wasn’t worth 9.50, but hanging out with friends was.


By the way, I added a Travel section to the menu bar above. It contains tons of travel guide-related links, and my own guide to life as a broke American student in Paris. Still in progress, but you might find it entertaining.


This is a blog of things place-related, by a cash-strapped Stanford grad who's lived in various places and writes about life. She's currently looking for a job in Manhattan or the Bay Area.

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