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Not everyday people,
This review is from: Paris in Love (Kindle Edition)
This is not about the Paris of everyday people like you and me. I couldn't afford to go to all those swanky shops and starred restaurants. Nor live in that upper-class area of 9th arrondissement Paris. Eloisa admits to being obsessed by luxury - aren't we all, but which of us can truly afford it. This was an essay of a person who had the luxury to swan about Paris free-style for a year: sitting at cafés watching the world go by, going to museums, window shopping at exclusive boutiques, etc. Didn't seem to do much of the everday "normal" life. Lucky for her. It was an easy pleasant read as such, nothing in depth or though provoking. I preferred Lunch in Paris by Elisabeth Bard much much more, and her delicious recipes scattered throughout the book.
Oh, and as an American now petmanently living in Europe (unfortunately not Paris) I was appalled by the comment of Eloisa trying out Beef Snout (such an ugly name for Museau de Boeuf even if it IS the literal translation): it does NOT taste like Spam ! It's a jellied concoction served with mustardy/shalloty vinaigrette and if you don't try to translate the name, it's actually quite good. Same goes for Tete de Veau (veal's head) which is NOT a brain tart and for that matter, brains don't even come into the recipe. And it's NOT a whole head served on a platter. Maybe she'd better stick to risotto ...