One of the highlights of my trip to Paris was getting the chance to meet Emily of Tomato Kumato. (If you don't already read her blog, you totally should -- she is lovely, inside and out, and her writing is terrific.) She was so sweet to spend an afternoon with The Foodie and me, showing us vintage shops, translating for us, and filling us in on lots of fun facts.
We started the afternoon with lunch from L'As Du Falafel (fun fact: it's Lenny Kravitz's favorite). The sandwiches were delicious, and different than the ones I get locally. To begin with, they are a more manageble size and served in a pita pocket. There was also cole slaw (or a similar cabbage salad) in it. The combination was really good.
We sat in a park and ate our sandwiches, surrounded by French people on their lunch breaks. The afternoon was filled with food talk, laughs, and shopping, and it ended with delicious ice cream from Berthillon and a stop at Shakespeare and Company, an English-language bookstore. (Fun fact: part of the building housing the bookstore is in the half-timbered style dating from Shakespeare's time.)
A day doesn't get much better than that.