A grain of salt in Paris

Daniel is in Paris to see his mother and came by Bob’s place to say hello. With a bit of time on our hands, we decided to grab a bite to eat at a local cafe. The Fête de la Musique was beginning to start, so we decided to move off the major streets and find a cafe that was a bit quieter.

Luckily, we came across Au Grain de Sel, a small restaurant near Place des Vosges. They had apparently just opened and were anxious for new customers. I have to say, the service was wonderful. I was going to get a simple salad but they insisted I get a vegetarian selection.

A vegetarian can usually request a selection des legumes in a French restaurant. This will feature various side dishes the chef is preparing for the evening. It’s usually quite nice and features simply prepared tomatoes, potatoes, and mixed vegetables in various states.

The presentation was great. The first course was a small container of watermelon gazpacho. Following this, the vegetables were arranged around the plate with asparagus and fried herbs on top. The veggies were a bit over-cooked, but the enjoyable service made up for that in spades.

At the end of the meal, the chef presented us with a small gift of salt. She explained that it is a traditional gift that ensures happiness and a good heart. I’ve got the salt on a bookshelf right now and feel the good vibes already… or is that Jim snoring?