I hope you had a wonderful weekend full of warmth and good cheer.
Mine was laid-back but lovely.
On Saturday I finally went to Angelina to try their famous hot chocolate. I was tickled to be a tourist in my adopted city for Christmas – what better time? Angelina has a grand dining room and the hot chocolate does not disappoint.
Next I strolled from the Tuilieres to the Marais where my friend and I grabbed a falafel.
Yes, my Christmas Eve dinner was a falafel from a Rue des Rosiers joint. As we sat eating our falafels on a stoop (classy all the way), we remarked this was the fun of being an expat, especially during the holidays: no rules. No expectations. You make it up as you go.
Continuing on with the unconventional Christmas Eve I then watched a decidedly un-Christmasy movie with another friend (“The Getaway” with Steve McQueen and Ali McGraw).
The next day I took it easy (yeah, as if the day before had been difficult!) then was adopted by my friend and her family for a proper French-American-Scottish Christmas dinner.
This is another cool thing about being an expat during the holidays: friends take you in.
The onion soup and confit de canard were delicious, but the Buche de Noel made me laugh. The traditional “Yule Log” was yet another French thing I’ve seen for years, but never tried. For me, it was confirmed why. It’s cute and all, but wasn’t really that tasty. I love that shot of it up there, though. Look how it glows! (Trick of the light only, I assure you).
This week should be pretty quiet, too, but no complaints. My cozy, unconventional Christmas is kind of just right.
And you? What did you do? What are your plans? Still on holidays or back to work this week?