All in restaurants-cheeseplates
We braved the hundreds of Sunday joggers to cross Parc Monceau to eat lunch at the nearly 150-year-old brasserie Le Valois, which features cheese from the boutique of French master-artisan Marie Quatrehomme.
Croatia is a country largely unknown to Americans, save for regular viewers of Game of Thrones. But it has the same beautiful Adriatic coastline and weather of Italy, its neighbor to the west. It also has great food and cheese, which we sampled during our trip.
I had lunch with Sue Sturman of Academie Opus Caseus a few days before the Salon du Fromage at her favorite spot in Paris' 7th: La Fontaine de Mars. They do a nice cheeseplate using cheeses from Fromagerie Cantin, another temple of fromage.
One of our favorite restaurants in Levallois consistently has a very decent Ossau-Iraty on the menu. This time, there was also some fried camembert as a starter.
Occasionally during the week when I need to have a good think, I’ll head into town for a wander. Most recently, after a productive morning of reflection, I ended up at Le Petit Cardinal, a cozy brasserie in the Latin Quarter, for lunch. What should have been a real hit ended up being a bit of a disappointment.
Bistros are morally obligated to have cheese plates, and each time I go to Bistrot du Coin I order theirs, an expression of commonly-found but well-loved cheeses. I can find better in France, but when I’m not in France, this place does the trick.
I've written elsewhere about the joy of travelling in France and experiencing simple, regional meals in unassuming places. Our dinner at the restaurant of the Hotel Château Landsburg epitomized this as we were served delicious Alsacian potato galettes with munster cheese.
Our last decent meal after several days in Alsace was a late lunch at Aux P'tits Crocs, steps away from Strasbourg's fantastic Gothic cathedral. No main dishes for me. I couldn't wait to try the munster and local tomme d'Alsace.
Basel is a melting pot of German, Swiss, and French culture. Why not, then, eat fondue! Dinner was simple and delicious.
Baulne-en-Brie is a miniscule town thirty minutes from the town of Épernay. the epicenter of the world of champagne, and wouldn't have made it onto our radar were it not for an intriguing listing for the restaurant on TripAdvisor.