The week Frank and I spent in Paris in October is feeling more distant with the arrival of freezing weather here and vast shortage of funky cheese and rich red wine in our Kansas City life. As if I hadn't photo-bombed you all with enough with that last Paris post, I just wanted to pop in with a few more from one of the most fun things that Frank and I did during our week in Paris - a Paris by Mouth food tour.
Note: This is NOT a sponsored post. Just something we loved, paid for ourselves, and wanted to share.
Paris by Mouth has a few food tour options, but we chose the "Taste of the Latin Quarter" largely because it was in a part of the city that I wasn't super familiar with. There were just seven of us on the tour (we were told that all the tours are kept about this size). We started at a lovely patisserie, wound our way up Rue Mouffetard (a charming, ancient street lined with food shops) and ended at a wine shop.
Here's one more shot of the pastry we sampled, because that eclair is a thing of beauty. Topped with figs and filled with mint cream, it might have been my favorite flavor combination ever.
We had the lemon tarts in the back later. With wine.
Our guide, Aurélien had answers to everything that our group asked about French food and wine. And was high skilled at slicing things into perfectly even pieces so we could all sample a few items during the tour.
Including this very fresh goat's milk cheese that was so tangy and tart and redolent of fresh thyme that I could taste it in the back of my throat the moment it touched my tongue.
Though we sampled a few things along the way, part of the tour that was so fun was that our guide was basically assembling a cheese / meat / dessert board as we walked. It probably goes without saying, but I'm not sure there's anything I like more than a cheese / meat / dessert board assembled in Paris.
To round out the sampling, we stopped for some sausages and a pheasant and poached peach terrine that was the perfect combination of savory and sweet.
The tour, wisely, also included chocolate. The chocolatier even boxed up a few beautiful little chocolates and candies that we took back to our hotel and cracked open later that night.
Finally, we found ourselves at a charming wine shop where we crowded around a high top table, sipped a few bottles and were schooled in the ways of French cheese.
And wine. All around a pretty delightful way to spend an afternoon.
Paris by Mouth
Frank stumbled across the site Paris by Mouth in the months leading up to our trip. In addition to food tours, the site is packed with restaurant recommendations and other food-related resources that we found really useful (especially when doing touristy things). Posts like Not Terrible Near the Eiffel Tower and even a Gluten-Free Guide to Paris offer something for everyone.
We used the site to make a few restaurant reservations (all of which we loved). The tours are very well thought-out and great for people looking to become more familiar with the food in a certain part of the city or who just really love food and wine. If you're vacationing in Paris, it's also nice to have access to a French guide for a couple hours so that you can ask him / her all your burning French food questions - like should you eat the rind of those funky cheeses.
The answer according to Aurélien. Yes. Always yes.
Note to self, must eat more funky cheese.
In other news, we decided to test all known limits of toddler patience this weekend and get some family photos taken on a wet, freezing day. Outside.
I *may* have stuck a bag of candy corn in my pocket for coaxing out smiles. #noregrets
What a wonderful food tour! How delicious and fun. I checked out the website for Paris by Mouth, and it looks great. I love all their tours and resource guides. Thanks for sharing. And what a great picture of your girls!
More than the food, that wonderful building over the storefronts! Gorgeous!
Oh my goodness, I know Mary Ann - can you believe that? I've never seen anything like it - so detailed!
We love Paris. It's such a romantic place to visit. Perhaps one of the top "to be visited" cities in the world, just behind Stockholm.
Thanks for sharing your pictures, it's always a pleasure to peak in at other peoples journeys.
This post is simply delicious!! thanks for sharing Jess and Frank. 🙂
Thanks so much Amanda! we enjoyed every.single.bite!
My husband and I took the St. Germain tour with Diane and had an amazing time. It was very educational as well as delicious. The food and wine tasting were awesome and Diane was a fabulous host. We also really enjoyed getting to know the other people on our tour and experiencing new tastes together. Would definitely recommend this tour to anyone who wants to explore what this delightful neighborhood has to offer.
We're looking forward to doing another one when we're in Paris next, Stephanie. What a fun way to explore the city! Thanks for putting in the good word for the St. Germain tour - it's going on our list!
Last year I visited Paris with my wife. It was a memorable trip and loved "Hank Burger". Thanks for sharing this post.
Awesome post! What a great experience. I really like the chocolatier that boxed up a few beautiful little chocolates and candies.
Great post! Thanks for sharing this.
Cheska - you're so right. The little boxes of chocolates and candies were one of my favorites AND definitely my favorite to discover in my bag after dinner later that night. 😉
Hi Jess & Frank,
How delicious was your Paris food tour, I really like the whole article with all pictures, especially cute girls. Thanks for sharing your food tour.
Andy - it was so wonderful! Can't recommend it highly enough!
i m going to paris. it is very useful for me. thank you for sharing this suuperb post.
Have a great time, Debra - it's such a great city!