Friday flavour with some rock ‘n roll birdies

The sun was sky high and so was I this Friday. I hit the streets of the Marais to check out some galleries, soak up the sun and oogle at the Über fashionable lot of the third 😉 First stop was Espace Claude-Berri with the Gilles Barbier’s exhibition. A hum-drum of paintings and sculptures with bananas, tubes, worms, Aladin’s treasures, speech bubbles, architecture models, a naked man…inteprete it the way you want to.

Rolling out, past a cute knit shop which do fingerpuppet shows of Little Red Riding Hood and onto my favourite Pâtisserie in the 3rd, Le Pain du Sucre for a sweet treat. I resisted buying a chocolate hippo and went for a orange flower water/rosemary cream tartelette instead. The tartelette (soon to be devoured) and I sat down in the garden, opposite the Musée Picasso for some people watching where there was a collision of two worlds. On one side kids, running around like they just care and on the other, the Ray Ban wayfarer wearers looking like they just don’t care.

After I had scraped the last bit of remaining tartlette out my box. It was off to check out some rock ‘n roll birdies at the Céleste Boursier-Mougenot exhibition, Galerie Xippa. Originally a musician, Céleste Boursier-Mougenot creates installation pieces which combine sound with movement.

The exhibition also contains other mixed media pieces but the one which stood out the most, was of course his piece with the birds playing the electric guitar. Although some might say “gimmicky” I think it was a refreshing and original piece of installation Art. Go check it out for yourself…

Last stop that day was the opening of Itinéraires. The owners of Le Temps au temps, a little gem of a restaurant next to La Cocotte, have taken their magic touch to French cuisine to a larger venue in the 5th.

With a glass of champagne in hand and some delicious Tapas (oysters with a roquette sorbet, anyone?) in the other, we waited at the bar for our table. There’s the option of just having some Tapas at the bar or a full sit down menu or the both. The menu changes daily has 3/4 dishes per course. I regretted stuffing my face with the delicious tapas as I just couldn’t manage the 3 course menu @ 34€ instead I settled with the a main & dessert (29€). My friends started off with green aspargus with foie gras vinaigrette and dried tuna starter.

I had a melt in the mouth cheek of beef (not pictured) with potato purée as smooth as silk. The highlight for me though, was the chocolate ganache with mint sorbet. A kinda posh retake on After Eight.

And that, folks was my flavoursome Friday!

Espace Claude-Berri
4 Passage Sainte-Avoye 75003 Paris
(entrance 8 rue Rambuteau)
Exhibition until 10/05

Le Pain du sucre
14, Rue Rambuteau ,
75003 Paris
Open everyday apart from Tuesday & Wednesday

Galerie Xippas
108 rue Vielle du Temple 75003 Paris
Exhibition until 17/05

Restaurant Itinéraires
5 rue de Pontoise
75005 Paris
Tel.: 01 46 33 60 11


One Response

  1. Many thanks for these great recommendations – we are hoping to try Itinéraires next month.

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