And… Savez-vous planter les choux is pretty much complete! It took a little longer than anticipated and the release date is now for March (ironically the same day as my French, 41 weeks due date) but it has a release date! While organizing a few photos from the the ten days that my mom was in town – is it strange that wanting to organize my computer is a part of nesting? – I came across a few phone snaps from an amazing, not new but not old restaurant in the Marais.
Considering I was about to embark on 4 weeks of sleeping, eating, cooking and dreaming about cabbages, this spot was more than appropriate. And it was incredible.
We’d spent the morning with the book’s photographer, hunting down beauty shots of different chou and me showing my mom around the President Wilson Market, to give her a taste of when I have a free Wednesday morning to take my time and wander up and down the different stalls.
After the market, we headed to Miznon because I’d been told that there are a lot of great options for vegetarians.
Located around the corner from Paris’ uber-famous L’as du Falafel, you might miss the spot. What it lacks in outdoor presence it more than makes up for on the inside. Loud music, open kitchen with meat frying away and groups of people clamoring for a table and to place their orders at the front counter. Things move fast here. We didn’t know where to begin, the menu offers so many solid options but settled on a cauliflower pita sandwich, garlicky green beans and a whole head of roasted cauliflower to share.
Could I have picked a better lunch spot to inaugurate my month of cabbage to come?
Fresh produce lines the walls and windows and you don’t escape it when your food arrives either. The green beans were crisp, the cauliflower pita juicy with al dente chou and a tahini sauce the right combination of tang and salt. This spot doesn’t serve falafel so there is no reason to ever have to choose between here or the famous spot nearby (which to be honest, is good but this place was 10x better).
The food is top notch although I did not find the atmosphere to be overly relaxed but again I think that might be because we went during the rush lunch hour. You can sit up front at high tables and stools or in the back where there is more traditional seating. I also would choose this spot for a faster lunch stop and save the lingering coffee for a nearby Marais spot of which there are now many to choose from. Hands down, a great vegetarian option in a spot where you might frequently find yourself.
22 rue des Ecouffes 75004