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camion-qui-fume-de-quelle-planete-es-tu-01Burger Trucks, and other trucks, took Paris by storm last year (or maybe before? I don’t remember exactly when). I think they are fantastic. I’ll admit I’ve been loyal to the Camion Qui Fume (the first food truck in France) because it’s spots for lunch just happen to coincide with where I am. I have had the luxury of having them for lunch several times at Madeleine, where there are many hungry workers like myself, and also at the Porte Maillot stop one weekend. The line is always insane, and part of the experience is indeed accepting that you will be hungry, waiting for a burger for quite some time. Speed doesn’t seem to be a part of their philosophy, but boy are their burgers delicious and well worth the wait. It’s always a win at Camion Qui Fume.

I look forward to the sun rays when the long line won’t matter because being outside in the sun is so lovely. On the steps of Madeleine, at the Point Ephémère on the Canal Saint Martin or at the BFM…. bingo.

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They also have a book!

Paris-New York - De quelle planete es tu -1Burger places are blossoming across the city of lights, and this one is a gem in my book. Paris-New York not only has a fabulous location (Strasbourg Saint Denis), it has a fantastic atmosphere with bright lights and all the condiments you could ever need. What a great place for a dinner date. Anne and I popped by to give it a whirl, and I must say, I was impressed.

The decoration is casual, simple and bold. The floor tiling is colorful and geometric with a contrasting ceiling of evenly spaced lights, almost like the kind you would see at a fun fair park.

Did I mention they have cheesy fries with bacon?

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50 Rue du Faubourg Saint-Denis, 75010
Tél: 01 47 70 15 24
Métro: Château d’eau (4)

LoHi-Stroll-De-quelle-planete-es-tu--4All this gray in Paris was making me want to show some bright colors from across the pond.

Memories from summer are still drifting along in my thoughts everyday, in particular, this magical day in the Lower Highlands with my honey.

We strolled under a cloudless blue sky, and enjoyed a burger and beer at Highland Tap and Burger (on my Denver guide!), one of my favorite spots. Did I mention that painted bricks are just fantastic?

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East Side Burgers - De quelle planete es tu - 1East Side Burgers is Paris’s first 100% vegetarian fast-food joint.

I’m not sure if you’ve noticed, but Paris isn’t the best place for vegans and vegetarians. Obviously you can always order things without meat and whatnot, but what about places dedicated to this lifestyle?  I always felt like when I get asked about where to go if you’re a vegan, I never have much to say. Now I do and I’m stoked about it.

One doesn’t have to be a vegetarian to enjoy a delicious veggie burger!

The way East Side works is simple: you queue up, choose your burger, drink, etc.  & make your order, have a seat, and they’ll call your name when your burger is ready.

East Side serves two or three different kinds of burgers a day. The day that Steph and I popped in, the choices were  their Fromager burger & their Basque burger. I went with the Basque, which had a basque style tofu patty, caramelized spicy pepper, tomato & cheddar cheese. It was so delicious, and the perfect size. Their fries were equally delicous and I was thrilled to have room in my belly for both and not feel overly full.

The basement cant seat about 20 people (according to their website) and the turnover is relatively quick. I got the feeling most people in the line were getting burgers to go, as after a 15 minute wait before ordering, we went downstairs to the dining room and half of the tables were open.

It gets better. They don’t just serve burgers. They had all of their desserts (cheesecake!) on display that was quite tempting. They also carry vegan quiches and cheese nuggets amongst other snacks. You can even just stop in for a hot dog.

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60, boulevard Voltaire, 75011
Métro: Saint Ambroise (9)/Richard Lenoir (5)

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Date Night - L'Eclair - De quelle planete es tu? 1Sometimes a dinner out is exactly what I need. It’s always a tickle to my tummy to have to pick a restaurant for a date. This particular evening, Louis and I picked L’Eclair, a somewhat new spot on Rue Cler in the 7th arrondissement. I had been here for cocktails a few times prior, but always drooled when I saw them serve the food. It was destiny to go back for a date with my chou.

Don’t get me wrong, I love cooking at home, but a little push to treat ourselves for a dinner out every once in a while is a nice change of pace. Wouldn’t you say?

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The menus themselves are even lovely. The fonts & style. Yum!

And of course concerning the grub. We both couldn’t resist burgers that night, they sounded too damn good. And they were delicious. Home run.

The atmosphere is a bit noisy, so this place isn’t recommended if you’re looking for a quite and calm place to chat and such. It’s rather dark, but with beautiful furniture and decoration with upbeat tunes and vintagy goodness. I dig the casual-ness of this bar. It’s quite trendy.

Completely off-topic, but I hear their brunch is to die for.

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You can check them out on Facebook and on Yelp for visual proof and reviews.

L’Eclair
32 rue Cler, 75007
Tél: 01 44 18 09 04
Métro: École Militaire/La Tour Maubourg (8)