Thursday, January 24, 2008

Because My Mind Wanders - Eggs on Food

CY made my brain go backwards recently. I read her post about Heidi's lentil soup and got myself into the wayback machine to my time in Paris and the ability to have an egg cracked over damn near any food item at a restaurant. Croque Monsieur with an egg? Sure. Croque Madame it is.

And pizza. Pizza with egg on top is awesome. And ubiquitous in France. It's everywhere. Trust me. The parody of real French cuisine that's paraded on the Champs-Elysses? That stuff that has to be mass produced for people willing to wait for too long to get 'authentic' food while the food itself must be paradoxically 'real' French because they're showing it off to the non-natives? Yup, these guys found it. I've been to Pino. Great place, actually fairly representative of the pizza options you'll find in western European cities large enough to have a big pizza joint with patio seating.

Another thing I love? The fact that towns don't have to be that big at all in Europe to support a large restaurant of some kind that that outdoor seating/cafe in the summer months.

4 comments:

I'm The Chez said...

I was watching Anthony B. on The Travel Channel last night. He was in New Jersey. He went to this farm where they make their own cheese. (Side note: They are the first individuals in over a century to actually export cheese back to the UK.) They had a huge brick oven outside in one of the open walled buildings on the property. They made a whole wheat pizza with all the goodness and at the end cracked an egg over the top and threw it back in the brick over for a few minutes. It looked rockin'! I actually thought for a minute about going to New Jersey. Then I realized that there are brick ovens in WV and I wouldn't actually have to go anywhere near there.

cook eat FRET said...

i just had a pizza here in nashville at a new cool italian place. wood burning ovens - kinda hip for nashville. it was pickled mustard greens, some kinda bacon, some kinda cheese and an egg in the middle.

thank you god.

redneck muppet said...

just saw the No Reservations on Jersey today. God bless days off to catch up on Tivo.

As for pickled mustard greens...YUM.

cook eat FRET said...

i saw that episode too
loved it