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The Best Exercise: Shopping

May 19, 2011

Hi friends! Last night, after kind of wandering around aimlessly for a while, we settled into an outside table at a little Italian restaurant.  My dad is a BIG fan of repetition—he likes to eat at the same places in Paris year after year (after year…), so he’s always a little reluctant to try a new spot.  Luckily, this new spot didn’t disappoint—and I think it might earn a spot on the rotation!

The restaurant was Italian…done right.  When we were in Italy last year, we were repeatedly struck by the difference between American Italian and Italian Italian.  So often in American, Italian food is covered in cheese and heavy alfredo sauces, but in Italy, the food is actually really fresh and light! Portion control helps too…last night, our dishes were pretty small, but they were actually perfect.  No one really *needs* four cups of fettuccine alfredo, but so often in America, that’s what we get!

I started with a delicious mixed salad:

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…and then moved on to gnocchi with a tomato basil sauce:

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Ryan ate veg as well, starting with bruschetta:

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…and then enjoying fettuccine in a lemon cream sauce for his entree:

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Today was our designated shopping day.  Not wanting to have to wait outside shops and check their watches every time we walk around the city together, my dad and Ryan agreed to give my mom and I one designated “shopping” morning.  They walked around and read their books while my mom and I shopped…works for me!  We both found some really cute clothes…we’re shopping for my sister too, and while it’s hard to shop for someone else when they aren’t there, I think she’s really going to like the things we got her!

As usual, shopping worked up quite the appetite.  One storeowner recommended a restaurant around the corner from her shop for lunch, and we took her up on the recommendation.  I’m glad we did—this might have been my favorite lunch so far on the trip!

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This salad was an unusual combo—lettuce, carrots, apples, raisins, goat cheese, and cumin seeds with a sweet olive oil dressing.  It was SO good—and BIG!

Ryan started with a really good salad as well:

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On our walk home, we stumbled upon a little piece of home:

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Haha…it actually didn’t really look like they were selling much from Louisiana specifically (unless pop tarts and lucky charms are from Louisiana)…but it was fun to see the name!

Hope you’re having a good day! Au revoir, mes amis!

6 Comments leave one →
  1. May 19, 2011 4:44 pm

    All that amazing looking Italian food is making me hungry! That gnocchi and Ryan’s salad look amazing!

  2. May 19, 2011 5:50 pm

    Paris was the first time I had fresh herbs in a salad as part of the greens and I fell in love! The food memories, for me, are really some of the best parts. Some hits and some misses, but they create amazing memories! It’s nice that you get to do this with your family too. I’m sure that adds to the whole experience.

  3. May 19, 2011 11:10 pm

    Wonderful food pics, I’m getting hungry! And the shopping day sounds wonderful, how fun! Too funny on the shop featuring junk food!

  4. May 20, 2011 1:20 am

    yes that is one thing I love about the European lifestyle, they understand what a portion is.

    Food looks great!

  5. May 20, 2011 12:38 pm

    Love shopping workouts! That salad looks fantastic. YUM on all the fresh food.

  6. greensandjeans permalink
    May 20, 2011 10:11 pm

    my stomach actually growled while I read this.

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