Most people go to France, well planned for the ‘bigger’ things – Paris, Eiffel Tower, Champs De Elysees, Louvre, gourmet food, haute couture, churches, Riviera, wine, the brasseries, the patisseries, et all. No doubt France is all these and more!! But tucked away, in nondescript corners, are another favourite of mine, the humble Crepes.
A part of France’s street food, a Crepe is a big thin pancake with a wide variety of toppings to choose from – egg, chicken, shredded ham and cheese, nutella, strawberry, chocolate, etc. The salted ones are called Crêpes Salees and the sweet ones are Crêpes Sucrées. The price could vary depending on the location of the Creperie. We paid 5 euros for one in Paris, while the Creperie near our hotel in Nice quoted 3.20 euros. The cheapest (basis our itinerary) was at Eze, where we paid under 2 euros for a strawberry crepe.
Crepes are awesome and quite filling if had for breakfast. This particular Creperie, La Havane, was close to our Hotel Ibis in Montmartre, Paris . The previous night, we had dined at a brasserie nearby and on our way back to the hotel, noticed it. I went up to the guy to find out what time he opened shop in the morning. He said, 8. So the next morning, before heading out for the Palace of Versailles, we stopped by, and ordered 2 egg crepes for my daughter and myself and one ham and cheese for my husband. It was a chilly morning and I simply loved watching the guy make the crepes. We also ordered a strawberry one for our sweet-tooth, and boy, does it taste great on a cold morning. The steam still coming out, and taking bites of it from the neatly folded packet, we started our second day in Paris. They were good!!!
Don’t miss them the next time you are in Paris!!
This was a Crêpe Sucrées we had in Eze. The pancakes had been kept ready from before. All that the man did was re-heat them, spread the sauce and fold them in a packet. Wasn’t great, for it lacked the crispiness. Nonetheless, we enjoyed it that cold evening in Eze.
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