Paris. One of my favorite cities in the world, and one I’ve been lucky enough to come back to on a regular basis for the last 2 years. One thing I was DETERMINED to do in my lifetime was to plan a trip, and travel out of the country, ALONE. Me, myself, and I. No safety net, no other opinions, no voice to follow but my own. Don’t get me wrong, I wasn’t coming from a place of oppression, quite the opposite. The idea sprouted at the ripe old age of 18, while beginning my undergrad studies at Cal State Northridge. Studies my parents worked hard to provide for me (thanks Mom and Dad!). I just saw the potential for growth. Self evolution. Challenge. All things I needed, and still need.
Travel changes you, whether alone or not. It forces you to be exposed to other cultures, and literally expands your mind. Not everyone has the urge to travel alone, but if you do, if there’s that itch inside of you that just won’t go away, then by all means, DO IT! And if you want to travel with friends or family (both things I love too!), then DO THAT! Follow your heart. Don’t ignore those deep wishes. I worked, and saved the money, and researched, and planned. It was a journey, every step of the way, and it changed my life. Quite literally. I met my husband on that first trip to Paris. 🙂 His Mom, my now mother-in-law, began as my sweet and kind airbnb host. She invited over her daughter, her daughter’s boyfriend, and her son, Baptiste (my now husband). And, well…the rest is history! 🙂 That being said, I had an early introduction to living like a local while visiting the city of lights.
So, enough about me, let’s get back to the food and this awesome restaurant in Bastille, which is in the 11th district, in Paris. Bastille is a trendy area, full of great shopping, and a ton of small cafés such as café des anges. This was my second time here (last time I got their cobb salad), and both times I was very happy with my meals. The place is always packed, so don’t be shocked if your seated within arm’s reach of your neighbor, that’s just how it goes. Small cafés, lots of people, you gotta do what you gotta do. And for me, it’s an amazing part of the experience, but for others it’s hard to adjust to since seating in LA (and across the US) is pretty spread out.
I got their veggie burger made from chickpeas. It was delicious and hearty despite being a vegetarian meal. And can we talk about those fries. I mean, c’mon. Those babies were cooked to crispy perfection. Just look at the golden brown goodness. *drool* And a salad included! No longer forced to decide between one or the other. My kinda place.
Barely slept, and fresh off a plane, but nothing a fun hairdo and an aperol spritz can’t fix 😉 So if you’re in Paris, and want to eat like a local (or you need some yummy vegetarian options) make sure to stop by café des anges! You won’t regret it! Have an amazing day!
XOXO ~Michelle ~
66, Rue de la Roquette, 75011 Paris, France