You don’t think we can eat out every night, do you? Sometimes you just have to endure an ordinary meal at home.
Earlier in the day we had grabbed a really bad panini on the street, so we were ready for a nice dinner at home after cocktails around the corner. (Another adventure in ordering Lynn’s vodka and soda.)
Just across from the Pantheon is a small grocery store that offers only–ONLY–frozen foods. The entire place is composed of waist-height freezer compartments from entrance to check out. They have whatever you want in fine French cooking, but all frozen, ready to heat and serve.
We pulled a box of a dozen escargots de Bourgogne (aka butter and garlic), frozen and ready to heat. 2.95 euros.
Then we walked down rue des Ecoles to a combination boulangerie/bistro, where we grabbed two huge slices of quiche for 3.95 each. With a half a baguette (how else would you sop up the Bourgogne sauce from the snails?), total bill came to 8.30 euros, just below the 8.50 minimum for charging to a credit card.
With a 7 euro, higher end bottle of Bordeaux purchased from the little FranPrix down the street, we settled down to a simple, delicious and incredibly inexpensive French dinner in our apartment. J’aime France!