Always Having Paris…In Philly

1 Aug

Searching for a bit of France this side of the Atlantic, I discovered that a local restaurant, Bistrot La Minette, had several French movie nights during the summer months.  After having discovered this, I got my dad on board and made the reservation–one half of my brain cackled wickedly in excitement, the other just thought, “My poor father.” It was one thing dragging him off to a French bistro where salmon definitely wouldn’t be on the menu, it was an entirely different thing to make him sit through a film called “Coco Before Chanel.”  But oh well.  He said he wanted to practice his French, and best of all, he was willing to pay for the experience, so of course I’d come along.  Unfortunately, he ratted out to my mom that I was trying to get a dinner out of it (c’mon, it was “Corsica” night!), so we settled for dessert instead of the whole nine yards.

My dad ordered the pot de crème au chocolat (“chocolate pudding, cat’s tongue cookies”) and due to a rushed/gushed suggestion from our waiter, I ordered mousse à la rhubarbe (“rhubarb mousse, fromage blanc, wild strawberry sorbet”).  I had my eyes set on the vins de dessert—after all, what is more French than some fancy French pastries and a glass of wine? —but ended up ordering roobios-chai tea (my two favorite types in one bag!).  While neither dessert was out-of-this world, the movie playing in the little courtyard more than made up for the lack-luster dessert ordering on our part.  As we sat enjoying our desserts under the glow of overhead twinkly lights, the lull of lilting French accents echoed around us as we drank in the parisienne atmosphere.  Unfortunately, the ominous clouds overhead decided to open up and dump buckets on our heads, so we had to leave early or risk turning into human mops.  However, our water-whipped sprints to the car were made a little more bearable knowing that we’d always have this part of Paris (in Philly, at least) to come back to.

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