Sunday, July 3, 2011
I am not a food person. I can't profess to having a sophisticated palate, any particular skill in the kitchen, or any real interest in developing either. If I could get all my dietary requirements from a pill, I would. My favourite foods are corn chips, watermelon, french fries, guacamole, sandwiches, and toast with avocado and tomato (Dizengoff does it best). But whenever I tell people I'm going to Paris I end up getting stuck in one of those awkward conversations about how amazing the food is, how the restaurants are out of this world and how I must be ever so excited about all the eating I'm soon to be doing – after all, Paris is a gourmand's dream city. The truth is, I don't really like French food. I find it heavy and way too saucy and filled with peculiar things that I don't want to put in my mouth like liver and pâté. However: there is one place that I have to go to every time I come to Paris – Le Loir Dans La Théière. It's a cafe in Le Marais that specialises in lemon meringue pie, and in my extremely humble opinion, theirs is the best in the whole dang world.
The meringue is at least 15 centimetres tall, and thick as freshly whipped shaving cream.
The citrus is tart and perfectly counteracts the sweetness of the meringue.
The base is soft and delicious and crumbles in your mouth with every bite.
I can't imagine a better way to spend €6.50 (or an afternoon) in Paris.
Attempting to eat a slice by oneself is a fool's errand – I'd advise sharing it with two friends.
Le Loir Dans La Théière is situated at 3 rue des Rosiers, 75004 Paris.
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