PARIS Cheap eats, Templars and Flammekueche 🍴

Selection of flammekueche, a traditional dish to share between friends.
Selection of tartes flambées or so called Flammekueche, traditional Alsacian dish.

Voila! Here we are, in France, a country well known for its gastronomy. And you ask me, what are my must try-foods not to miss in Paris? Some of us discover a city by its sights and landmarks, we all do it to be fair, but have you ever thought about seeing the city through its food? What people do eat and their habit is not only a popular trend today, but part of the identity of a given place. If like us, you have made your way through the capital’s classic bistros and bakeries with its fair amount of baguettes, pains au chocolat and unmissable macarons of all colours, we thought it was about time to explore further ahead.

Staring at delicious windows, what can we say, french bakeries…. Photo by Siebe Warmoeskerken on Unsplash

Everyone loves a good steak frites, and every little restaurant in town will offer it on their menu as a must try. But what about trying something different this time from another corner of this diverse country. Let us walk you through ” la rue de la soiffe” as many Parisians like to call it, and bring you the northeastern corner to you. A blend of France and Germany, I name it, the Alsace region, with its gourmet treats.

A stroll within the back streets of the capital. Photo by JOHN TOWNER on Unsplash

Flams les Lombards, located within the heart of the well known district Les Halles for the shoppers, brings history to your palate. At first glance, the establishment is not much to look at. But don’t be tricked by this first approach. Come along and discover sight you would not expect to find. At the underground level lies a chapel that has seen its fair amount of history on its old days. It was built in the XIIIth century by the Templars as a trade site. Do not hesitate to ask the staff for the full story, they will be more than happy to enlighten you on how the vaults downstairs were used as an kidding place during the revolution. We have been told on a whisper that many come on a pilgrimage to visit this unique site, and at some point voices were raised questioning the correctness of people feasting on such ground. Flams les Lombards, located within the heart of the well known district Les Halles for the shoppers, brings history to your palate. At first glance, the establishment is not much to look at. But don’t be tricked by this first approach. Come along and discover sight you would not expect to find. At the underground level lies a chapel that has seen its fair amount of history on its old days. It was built in the XIIIth century by the Templars as a trade site.

But straight to the point, what on earth is a flammekueche you will ask me? Be ready to be mouthwatering at the vast selection of tarte flambée, or commonly called Flammekueche if you dare to pronounce it! This traditional dish, very popular in the northeastern part of France, is perfect to be shared between friends. A mix between savoury tart and pizza, with nothing more than a thin crust with fillings as creme fraiche as many of our dishes in France do, onions and smoked slice bacon or lardons as you prefer to call it. And all of it made freshly in front of your dreamy eyes and baked on a wood oven. You can choose the traditional recipe, although you can get tempted by one of the 13 alternative versions to satisfy all tastes. Trust me, the must try will be the warm goat cheese and its honey sauce, or even the Montagnarde, if you ask me it is like having a delightful Raclette feast on a pizza!


And as we say, or I certainly do, there is always place for dessert. Make sure to not bite off more than one can chew, and try the unmissable sweet flame with raspberry and white chocolate. One word, Yuuuuummyyyy.
With so many options and so little time in Paris like we do, trust me, it has to be on your list to stop by. Bon Appetit, and enjoy every bite for us!



			
		

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