Mmmm..Mexican food. It's great to be in Paris, where there are so many amazing restaurants and food is a serious art, but sometimes I'm just dying for good Mexican food. Coming from Chicago, we were used to going out for Mexican at least once a week, and I went into serious withdrawal when we got to France. We spent the first two years here trying to find a good Mexican restaurant. We tried a few after getting recommendations (both in Paris and in the suburbs), but nothing was really great. One place had good food, but the tacos had goat cheese in them! Tasty, but not what we were looking for! Then, at the end of the second year, one of my students recommended a restaurant in his town, Marly-le-Roi, about 20 minutes outside of Paris. So, we tried it, and it turned out to be pretty good! I wouldn't put it on the same level as the authentic Mexican food you can get in the Chicago area, but it's the best we've had in France. I've been craving it lately, so we went last weekend. The pictures turned out kind of blurry, because we had the camera on the wrong setting - oops! Anyway, you can still get a feel for the place.
The restaurant is called Cafe Rosa, and it's on this adorable little street that's just full of restaurants (when we walked past the Italian place, there was a line out the door...we'll have to try it soon!). Most of the restaurants have outdoor seating too. At Cafe Rosa, the margaritas are excellent and the food is pretty good (no goat cheese in sight)!
I got enchiladas verdes (with chicken) and Kevin got a burrito. I love how they put an orange slice and a slice of pineapple on the plate! ?!?
^^This basket of chips is actually pretty huge for France! We were used to the giant, bottomless baskets in the states, so we had to get used to baskets with about 10 chips in them over here. Maybe that's why we lost weight after moving here (or maybe it was because the margaritas are half the size - ha!)
The desserts are pretty good too. I got chocolate ice cream, and Kevin got the "cafe gourmande." Most restaurants here offer some version of "cafe gourmande." It's a little coffee with three mini desserts. This one was a brownie, a raspberry thing and a scoop of ice cream. A perfect end to a good meal.
Kevin dropped me off and then went to find parking - with all the restaurants on this street, you sometimes have to park pretty far away. He offered to go get the car after dinner, but I decided the walk would be good. As it turned out, it was quite a way off, and all uphill...Baby and I made it, but I was breathing hard!
This church was at the top of the hill. I just thought it was so cute, so I had to take a picture!
Moving from America to France with two preteen girls, two dogs and a cat was an incredible adventure. After four years living just outside of Paris, the Family McLean is back in the U.S. (minus the cat, but with a new baby boy). There's always something new to discover, whether it's a family outing, a new recipe, or the next fun vacation.