Brasserie Le Petit Zinc, Belle Epoque Dining in an Art Nouveau Setting

Le Petit Zinc, Belle Epoque Dining

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Taste the elegance of a by-gone era with a visit to the charming,  Parisian brasserie, Le Petit Zinc.    In the St. Germain des Pres area just minutes from the Luxembourg Gardens, you can treat your palate to delicious foie gras or the house seafood specialties.

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Although it’s tempting to sit outside and watch the hustle and bustle of the street, the interior is a “can’t miss”.   Decorated with parts of old Metro stations, a large zinc bar and even part of a former Biarritz casino, it’s difficult to focus on the delicious food amidst all that grandeur!    Sole Traveling Mama didn’t find it one bit “stuffy” or pretentious.   The clientele is a good mix of ages, including locals and tourists, children welcome.   Continual service from noon to midnight with a well-priced menu makes this brasserie a big winner.

Located at 11 rue Saint-Benoit, Paris 75006, Metro Line 4 stop St. Germain des Pres

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The Original Macaron

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On a recent day trip to Nancy, Sole Traveling Mama and her eldest daughter were delighted to discover and taste test what are deemed to be the absolute original macarons.    For over 200 years, the secret recipe has been carefully guarded and passed down through the generations.   The secret is currently “held” by Nicolas Genot of the Maison des Soeurs Macarons.

Originally created by the Benedictine nuns in their Nancy convent, the dear nuns escaped with not just their lives, but their baking secrets intact after the 1792 Act of Suppression for Religious Orders shut down their convent.    Seeking refuge in the home of  Doctor Gormand at 10 Rue de la Hache, they baked their macarons as a means of supporting themselves, and “voila”, the famous Nancy macaron became a commercial  success!   It took until 1952, however, for the city of Nancy to rename the street on which their convent once stood, La Rue des Soeurs Macarons (The Macaron Sisters Street!)

Unlike the macarons we are accustomed to devouring, the Nancy “original” macarons are what we would think of as the top half of a macaron – no filling.    Delicious with a coffee or tea, the macarons are a delicate blending of sugar and almonds.   Yum!!

Offering a variety of  gift tins and boxes, beautifully wrapped, these make a lovely edible souvenir of a great trip to an interesting city.

Located at 21, rue Gambetta, Nancy France 54000, just steps from Stanislaus Square in the heart of the Old City.

http://www.macaron-de-nancy.com

http://www.mangerbouger.fr