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I actually discovered Coté Bac on the Deck & Donohue website, and was so excited to find somewhere in Asnières that served their delicious beer. If you didn’t know already, we live in Asnières, so just outside of the city’s northwest limits. The other few times we’ve tried to make it to this place it’s been last minute, and they were always booked up. One night during the heatwave, we made it for a dinner date.

If you haven’t noticed already, most neo bistros and seasonal bistros are in the 10th or 11th districts. Yeah, I know. Frustrating. People are definitely not getting creative with locations. I looked at my saved places on my mobile Google Map, and it’s depressing how many empty neighborhoods they are (I do have more exploring to do, of course, but most of my saved places are either favorites or “to try” places that I see on Instagram or hear about through friends). ANYWAYS. Long story short, I was thrilled there was something unique to discover in Asnières.

Côté Bac is a seasonal bistro. French food. Presented very nicely, on the pricy side. Bottled craft beer and good wine on the drinks menu. It’s definitely a gem in the sea of kebab places and opticiens in this particular suburb. Entrées were colorful and full of flavor, I went with a tangy shrimp dish and I don’t remember what Louis got. As for the entrées, Louis’s fish was far too grilled, sadly to the point where not edible because the taste was solely the burn and not the fish – but I think and hope it was just a one-time error – they docked the bill by a couple of euros as the young waitress noticed he had only like 2 bites when she took his plate after being “terminé”, ugh, a shame… is it American of me for wanting them to offer dessert or something? Whatever. On the contrary, my filet mignon was sublime with super-duper-thin-cut fried veggies and a perfectly sized portion of risotto. My dessert was a magical meringue cut-out paisley ball with fresh red berries and sorbet inside… oh là là… My date went with the chocolate profiteroles, one of his all time favorites. This joint is definitely on the pricier side, count on 50 euros a person or so if you plan to do appetizer, entrée and dessert with wine. Despite the heatwave (I think we went one of the days when it was 40 degrees celsius), the staff was friendly and rather attentive. They did alter the time of my reservation when requested over the phone that same day, which was odd because the place wasn’t full at all when we were there that night, but whatever. A nicely lit place to check out again for lunch or dinner. It’s nice to know we have a nice neighborhood joint with quality grub for when there are visitors in town.

Côté Bac
30 Rue du Bac, 92600 Asnières-sur-Seine
01 47 94 28 94
Reservations recommended

albert-kahn-de-quelle-planete-es-tu-06I am still not over this weather. Somewhere inside me I still feel like I may need some more winter chills, or was I took busy with work and didn’t see the winter season pass us by? As I haven’t seen snow, I’m a bit puzzled.

Regardless, flowers are blooming and Parisian blue skies are bringing out the terrace seating and packed parks. As the days get longer I get mad at myself that I am anxious to wear my sunglasses a lot, and wander without a scarf and hat in my bag at all times with a big coat and heavy socks. For a girl who always loved the winter chills, perhaps this year I’m prematurely ready for Spring, and I blame this sudden burst of warmth.

One place I like to go for a stroll in the springtime is the Jardin Albert Kahn. It’s a magical little area just on the outskirts of Paris, like the Serres d’Auteuil, which are also magical, a beautiful park with various gardens. If this sun keeps up I’m going to have to go for a stroll there in the near future. Where do you go for a stroll as soon as the weather shapes up?

albert-kahn-de-quelle-planete-es-tu-02albert-kahn-de-quelle-planete-es-tu-01 albert-kahn-de-quelle-planete-es-tu-03 albert-kahn-de-quelle-planete-es-tu-04 albert-kahn-de-quelle-planete-es-tu-05Jardin Albert Kahn
10-14 Rue du Port, 92100 Boulogne-Billancourt
Tél: 01 55 19 28 00
Métro: Boulogne – Pont de Saint Cloud (10)

 

La Defense - De quelle planete es tu? -1This is a part of Paris I had been meaning to go to for a stroll for quite some time.

La Défense is Paris’s business district, on the Western outskirts of the city.

La Défense houses many major companies and is the head of metro Line 1. La Grande Arche, as the French call it, was built in the late 1980’s. Apparently you can take a tour and go to the top of this fantastically unique building for a breathtaking view of Paris and its outskirts.

It’s pretty mind boggling, in my opinion. Have you been?

La Defense - De quelle planete es tu? -2 La Defense - De quelle planete es tu? -4When my friend Theo was in town on his way from down under to London, we went for a stroll with my friend Valerie who had just moved to Paris.

The day was foggy and cold. The sky was so gray and constant.

Since we went before lunchtime hit, we had the space to ourselves, with no hustle bustle of the businessmen and women that shuffle to and from lunch around 1pm.

La Defense - De quelle planete es tu? -5 La Defense - De quelle planete es tu? -6 La Defense - De quelle planete es tu? -7 La Defense - De quelle planete es tu? -8I never realized how much art is at La Défense. This red sculpture reminds me of a similar sculpture in Denver, right in front of the Denver Art Museum. Very well could be the same artist, but I’m certainly not a pro at that.

We felt far far away from Paris, in a modern world where the beige 6-story buildings didn’t stick and they were replaced by enormous fancy high rises.

With a little squint, you can see from under the arc of La Défense all the way through the Arc de Triomphe (above) and if the weather permits it, even beyond. This view is certainly the longest in Paris, what they called the Historical Axis, stretching from La Défense through l’Arc de Triomphe to the Louvre. It’s a straight line. If you don’t believe me, check out a map!

Pretty intense if you ask me.

La Defense - De quelle planete es tu? -9 La Defense - De quelle planete es tu? -10You can read about the giant thumb sculpture here.

La Defense - De quelle planete es tu? -12 La Defense - De quelle planete es tu? -13 La Defense - De quelle planete es tu? -15  La Defense - De quelle planete es tu? -17 La Defense - De quelle planete es tu? -18 La Defense - De quelle planete es tu? -20 La Defense - De quelle planete es tu? -21 La Defense - De quelle planete es tu? -22I was surprised so see so many bursts of color surrounding the modern gray high rises. I think when the weather gets nice I’d like to sit under the La Grande Arche with a sandwich and just enjoy the vast view.

You won’t feel like you’re in Paris when you go here. There’s something awkwardly intriguing about it.

Contrast at its finest.

If you’re interested in checking it out, just hop on line 1 and go to the end, the stop titled La Défense. You’ll feel super small in a big big world.