One of the fondest memories I had on our first trip to Paris was of the magnificent lightness and damn fine ingredients put into a decent crepe. So one of our first goals was to try out a few creperies.
First up: Creperie Josselin.
The decor had a nice warmness to it. I'm not sure if it was my jet-lag, the culture-shock of it being the first day in France or the confusion still over getting pick-pocketed, but the interior was inexplicably ringing the bells of non-authenticity in my head, resulting in a bit of cognitive dissonance. I knew I was in Paris and that this place could very well have been around for quite a long time, but every time I looked at the cross beams running along the ceiling, I kept on thinking of the Dutch settlement, Solvang, outside of LA or other similar touristy reconstructions of old-world cultures.
Anyhow, it was inherently obvious how to dispel mental confusion. With a bit of alcohol. We ordered the cider and rather enjoyed it. It was like a very light, slightly alcoholic apple cider that just went down very smoothly.
And the crepes were wonderful.
Chestnut Cream - Simple, but delicious. A light crepe, filled with a jam-light filling, made of chestnuts. The chestnuts lend a nice almost neutral flavor to the crepe, not overly sweet as jams tend to be in the U.S., but definitely flavorful.
House named crepe - Ham, cheese, mushroom - Fabulously light crepe, ham not the usual cold-cuts that you find in the States. This had a slightly preserved/salted taste. Just lovely stuff
I tried to think of this meal as the first real meal in Paris and certainly, this was a decent way to kick things off in Paris: simple, but well-executed, with quality ingredients and satisfying. We hoped things would only get better meal-wise from here.
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