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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?

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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.)

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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

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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…

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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.

delichoc

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.

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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.

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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).

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BERTHILLON

Berthillon glaces
Agenaise – Agen prune [Agen is famous for its prunes]
Amandine (lait d’amande) – Almond tart (almond milk)
Banane – Banana
Cappuccino
Café au whisky – Coffee with whisky
Caramel
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
Tiramisu
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
Melon
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

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AMORINO

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”]

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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.

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.

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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.

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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…

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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

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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.

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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.

a week on twenty euros, continued

Hmm… this experiment started to fail miserably when I got a 3-euro gelato cone from Amorino. I’ve already gone well over my 20-euro budget, but I blame it entirely on going out to eat, because my at-home meals were definitely under 20.

Here’s my menu thus far. Prices are indicated in parentheses if necessary. Also, the bread isn’t called matnakash, it’s something else. Sort of like a softer bagel, but quadruple the diameter and more flour-y. I keep forgetting the name when I look at it in Franprix.

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5/3/2007 (Th)
Breakfast: cereal and milk, 1 cup yogurt
Lunch: 1 egg botched poach, fried bread, rice cake, jam on rice cake
Dinner: 2 eggs w/ legumes and soup for sauce, rice cake, bread, cranberry juice, kiwi
2h30 snack: jam on rice cake

My sleep schedule was being reconfigured, thus the snack. Also, using the potage aux légumes verts as a sauce for the eggs was BRILLIANT (ta-ta-tasty!). It’s amazing what a .99-centime box of soup can do for you. I should’ve taken pictures.

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5/4/2007 (F)
Lunch: milk and cereal, 1 cup yogurt
Snack: gelato (3)
Bought: (~6 euros)
– 1 apple
– 3 tomatoes
– 1 cucumber/zucchini?
– 1 large can of lentils
– 6 more eggs
– 1 packet of grated Emmental (Swiss) cheese
– 2 1L bottles of water (this shouldn’t really count…)
Dinner: cheese and 1 tomato 1 egg omelette, finished off the bread, cranberry juice, jam on rice cake

I decided that one egg a night was enough to live off of (two eggs made me too full for dessert!). I don’t know the word for cucumber OR zucchini so I bought a random long, green vegetable and hoped for the best.

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5/5/2007 (Sat)
Lunch: tapenades on bread, jam with yogurt
Linner: 3 rice cakes with tapenades and jam, yogurt, ensaymada (bread with butter, brown sugar and cheese), apple
Dinner: 1 egg botched poach, legumes, fried bread, milk and cereal, cranberry juice

This was the night I learned that in order to poach an egg, you have to fill the pan with water first. Will have to try that sometime.
Also, ensaymada is a very good but ridiculously unhealthy Filipino dessert. To make your own:

1. mix equal parts butter and sugar together
2. smother the top of a piece of fluffy white bread with this mixture
3. top off with grated cheese.

The cheese is definitely what makes this dessert. I made a lot of ensaymada once I got the combo of oil, sugar and fat just right. And ate it all. And then I felt kind of nauseated.

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5/6/2007 (Sun)
Brunch: milk and cereal, yogurt
Bought: drinks, senbei (2.56)
Lunch: vegetarian samosa and egg roll, lemon tea (2.50)
Dinner: chinese buffet (10), banana split (4.30)

I went to the quartier chinois (read: Chinatown) on Sunday, which is why everything I bought was dirt cheap (but dinner was in the Marais). A fellow Stanfordian and I perused Tang Frères, a riot of a supermarket if I ever saw one outside of Asia, and stocked up on food that we haven’t seen in months.

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5/7/2007 (M)
Breakfast: senbei
Lunch: banana-nutella crepe (4), water (.80)
Dinner: 1 egg omelette with legumes, yogurt, jam on rice cake, cranberry juice

I bought food today because it’s a school day again. Besides, Stanford gives us a monthly meal stipend, so maybe I should actually use it for food this month.

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In all (including last week’s groceries and the last few days), I spent about 45 euros on food. I just did the math and it’s SHOCKING. Eating out was about 25 euros of that. I was even trying my best to be miserly…

Lessons learned from this week? Stop eating out. (And stop making impulse purchases!) The end.

i’m living on twenty euros this week

I was actually kinda happy when my host mother announced that she was leaving for two weeks and I had free reign over my food. Her food’s fantastic, but as you might have noticed in this entry, my low self-esteem has been begging me to go on a diet. (Though there’s no way in hell I’m giving up ice cream. Actually… remembering all the shopping I did in Barcelona will curb my cravings for a 4-curo cone.)

The thing is, I’m vegetarian and I’m broke. (Both of which are pretty much my fault, I know, I know.) I can’t eat out with my friends for lunch now. I had to steal cash from my mom’s account just to buy today’s groceries. But, inspired by the governor of Oregon’s decision to live for a week on a $21 food stamp stipend, I want to see how far my 20 euro (~$26) can go.

My first order of business was to take stock of what I already had in the kitchen:

– milk and cereal
– a small container of tapenades
– half a large box of green vegetable soup
– one kiwi (from a buffet in Barcelona)
– a little cheese that will soon be moldy.

(Host mom gave me 125 euro for dinners while she was away, but I used it to pay for my Barcelona trip.)

Then I went down to the neighborhood Franprix (NOT the neighborhood corner grocery store or bakery, which charge more) to supplement my diet with more protein, a little bread, maybe more legumes (both senses of the word), and something not too unhealthy for my sweet tooth. For 9.62 curo, I got:

– a medium-sized round loaf of matnakash
– a jar of apricot confit
– six large eggs
– two 75g packages of rice cakes
– a jar of carrots, peas and celery
– a box of cranberry-raspberry juice
– a 12-pack of plain yogurt
– a box of paper towels

Lunch: I made an omelette with two eggs and a few spoonfuls of veggies, then tried the matnakash (yummy with a hint of corn) and a couple of rice cakes (really dry).

Dinner: I had a cup of the soup with a poached egg and fried matnakash, with a spoonful of jam on a rice cake for dessert. I don’t drink much besides water, but I like the tart taste of cranberry juice.

The soup and the juice are good for about 3-4 days after opening, but I have a feeling I could keep them for a little longer. The eggs expire soon, but I’ll probably finish the rest before Saturday. I should make a cheese omelette…

According to Tim Ferriss (who gained 34 lbs of muscle in a month), repetition in meals is good for losing body fat. (And carbohydrates are bad, but I’m gonna skimp on that advice for now.) Unfortunately, since I am not a meat-eater, I will have to eat lots and lots of eggs. Should I get bio-friendly eggs? Twice the price, but better for the chickens… Hmm, my morals vs. my budget. That’s an argument that shouldn’t ever be allowed to happen.

De toute façon, I’ll probably do a few more posts than usual this week to show you how I’m doing with the 20-euro diet. And I have to get around to blogging about finding an apartment in Paris– off craigslist…

what happens in barcelona

This weekend, a friend and I opted to forego the Stanford-organized trip to Barcelona to go with the guys from the engineering school that the Stanford program is housed in. (Apparently the guy-to-girl ratio in techie schools is the same everywhere: only two French girls went with us, and they were both girlfriends.) Their fare was cheaper: 150 euro for the whole trip– half the cost of Stanford’s trip, which was half the reason why we wanted to go with a bunch of French techies. Because it was the first-ever trip organized by the bureau des élèves (student council), it wasn’t strictly organized and we were seventeen in total. This made our 50-seat bus pretty comfy.

From learning how to say “drunk” (bourré) and “weed” (le shit) to learning what a French impression of Borat sounds like, friend and I were entertained for hours on end during the fourteen-hour bus ride to and from Barcelona (when we weren’t sleeping, of course).

The boys were loud, and the jokes revolved mainly around bad puns, many in English:

Guy 1: “Madame Fly a trois fils. Comment s’appelent ils?
(Madame Fly has three sons. What are their names?)
Guy 2: “Shais pas (Je ne sais pas). Quoi?
(Dunno. What?)
Guy 1: “Abdul, Yves, Hakim. Abdul-Yves-Hakim Fly!”
(sing “Abdul-Yves-Hakim Fly” to the tune of “I Believe I Can Fly“)

They also watched a dubbed version of Dumb and Dumber on the way back. Thank you, globalization.

Barcelona was great. We stayed at a hostel off La Rambla and the boys (the couples, mostly) graciously ceded the only two-person room to said friend and me. We perused La Rambla and the Barri Gòtic at length, shopped for clothing, and dealt quite well with my gelato timer (in Europe, I crave ice cream at set intervals of the day).

I usually hate being a tourist, but I figured hanging out with a bunch of French guys in a foreign country wasn’t a bad way to learn a little more French. This was true, although it was hard to just approach a bunch of guys and start talking to them— like in most schools, they already have established cliques. Since we were both girls, friend and I waited patiently until they came up to us and broke out with their best English. (Which wasn’t bad at all, considering how bad it can get in Japan.)

Thankfully, alcohol seems to loosen everyone up the world over, and the drinking age in Europe is eighteen (eighteen months, that is– some French families dilute wine for baby bottles!). So we went bar-hopping with a few of the guys and had a ridiculously good time, with the booze greatly improving their English and bolstering our French. The end!

Food notes: if you’re vegetarian, fear not: there’s a whole chain of Maoz shops in and around La Rambla. I hope you have a hearty appetite for falafel, because you’ll have slim pickings at tapas restaurants.

And ohhhhh GELATO. I went to Barcelona four years ago and still remember the heavenly tiramisu gelato from one gelato shop two blocks away from the edge of the beach in Barceloneta. It’s still there! I think it’s called Dino’s Gelato (it’s a chain– there’s one in La Rambla), and the prices are reasonable (3.50 euro for three scoops in a large waffle cone? Unheard of in Paris). Taste-wise, it almost beats Berthillon‘s. Oh man, I got to try Roquefort-flavored gelato. (It’s not as sharp and moldy as it seems.)

But I’m back in Paris, safe and sound, and today is May 1– La Fête du Travail (Labor Day), when Parisians get the day off and of course turn to their second favorite hobby: protesting!


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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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