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Croque Monsieur et Croque MadameΒ 

* Croque Monsieur et Croque Madame *πŸ—Ό 

During summer last year, I became slightly addicted to French comfort food, the Croque Monsieur. πŸ’–

When prepared right, this delicious French sandwich can give even the best of American grilled cheese sandwiches a run for their money. 

The story behind the Croque Monsieur (which literally means crispy/crunchy mister πŸ˜‰) is that, some French labourers accidentally left their lunch boxes filled with Ham & Gruyere Sandwiches near a hot radiator, & by lunchtime, those sandwiches turned into gooey, grilled ham & gruyere sandwiches…which then became a very popular snack among the labourers. 

I’m not sure, if this story is true, but by the 1900s the Croque Monsieur was a standard on every French cafe menu, & the rest, as they say, is history. 

So what’s a ‘Croque Madame’ then ? 

Its basically a Croque Monsieur with an egg on top ! (a fried egg, most of the times)

And just in case all that Ham, Gruyere, & Egg isn’t decadent enough for you, we have additions/substitutes like Bechamel Sauce, or Blue Cheese, Smoked Salmon instead of Ham, thinly sliced Tomatoes/fried Potatoes etc. 

And a definite must have with this snack, is a glass of white wine ! 

So now you know why I got ‘slightly addicted’ to this French comfort food, while I was in Paris, right…? 😜

 (PS- My favourite out of the 2, is ….ahem …the Crispy Mister/Monsieur πŸ˜‰…..and None of the sandwiches available here in town, can even dream of coming close to the ‘Real’ French ones….Seriously.)

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Sacre-Coeur, Montmatre. Paris – Travel Diaries.Β 

The Basilica of the Sacred Heart of Paris, commonly known as Sacre-Coeur, is a Roman Catholic Church, in Paris. 

This majestic structure situated on the top of Montmatre hill, is one of Paris’ major tourist draws. 

And it is from a point on this very hill, that I clicked a picture of the gleaming  Eiffel Tower at night. 

Its best to walk up the hill in the evening (no worries, it’s a regular cobbled street, very safe, and you wouldn’t have to struggle your way up on an actual hilly terrain. However comfortable walking shoes are a must) 

You can also enjoy shopping & eating, on your way up or down the street, since the entire route is dotted with beautiful quaint cafes, & shops. 
I was so hungry by the time I walked down, I had to stop by a cafe, for dinner. They close pretty early though (atleast by the Indian standards), so mine happened to be the last order of their dinner service that evening.

 Lol….I have this habit of placing ‘last orders’ no matter where I am in the world ! Be it Pune or Paris, I guess some things just never change πŸ˜‚ 


Evening Strolls & Window Shopping around Sacre Coeur, Paris – Travel Diaries.Β 

​Evening strolls around #sacrecoeur were more like ‘window shopping strolls’. 

These quaint shops dotted along the cobbled streets leading up to Sacre Coeur offer a huge variety of delicate hand crafted home decor articles, knick knacks like mugs, coasters, planters and other souvenirs. You can buy some beautiful pottery articles, aprons, wall decor pieces to take back home, or simply spend a couple of hours admiring them and just window shopping.

I spent an entire evening just walking up n down the street, enjoying the weather & stopping by the little street cafes for a crepe or coffee, in between strolls. 

And then, as it starts getting dark, there’s a special ‘sight’ in store for you. Stay tuned to the next pic, for more on that πŸ˜‰ 


Travel Diaries – Paris day 1

​I just realized, I literally have thousands of pics from my travel diaries, which I haven’t even posted on Instagram (yeah…I know, my Insta posts are just FOOD !πŸ™ˆπŸ˜) 

Anyway, so now when I’m not eating, reviewing, cooking, tasting, consulting or training, I’ll be sharing some random travel pics & experiences as well. 

Places I’ve visited, fun things around the world (FOOD pics will always outnumber though πŸ˜‰) 

So….This, happened to be the very 1st pic I clicked, as soon as I woke up on a beautiful cold morning, in Paris. 

It was around 06:00 am, I opened my eyes & saw dewdrops on the window. The baby pink sheer curtains, the tall phycus plant which almost touched the ceiling. The view outside the bedroom window….everything was surreal. I thought I was dreaming πŸ™ˆ

So I grabbed my phone from the bedside & clicked a picture, just to make sure later. πŸ˜‚

My dream vacation had just begun…