Yesterday was the hottest day we've had the whole year. 31C in the shade. I decided to have sushi for lunch and when I tried to pay the bill I realised I had left my wallet in my other bag at home. Husband drove out to bail me, a 15 minute trip in normal circumstances but yesterday it took him 45 minutes because of the terrible traffic jams all over the city. In the evening, he was stuck again because they closed off most of the roads around Champs Elysee and his 10 minute car journey turned into a 2 hour nightmare. Moral of the story: leave the car at home.
June came and went in a flash. We had looked forward to welcoming friends and family and before we knew it, they had arrived, conquered and waved us au revoir. Weylin and her boy-boy made us sumptuous breakfasts while we slept, and one night there was even a laksa gravy bathed fish! Mummy and Aunt L enjoyed the shopping- this year discounts run deeper and earlier, many stores slash at least 50% off and 70% is not unusual- as well as the pastries, chocolates and Iberico pata negra.
The eating, well, it has been really too hot to eat much. We get by on granitas and frozen grapes and other fruits including canned longans by Aroy-D (their longans and stuffed rambutans leave the competition in the dust). The cherries have not been fantastic, the weather had been too rainy this year. Flat peaches and strawberries are slightly better. Asparagus was good, one day I even found wild asparagus selling at 3 bunches for 1 euro! Zucchini flowers appeared, and we grabbed a trayful, they started curling within a few hours but were still very tasty fried up with or without stuffings of goat cheeses. We are easing into tomatoes and more salad leaves: cold tomato soup with mint cream and a hint of sweet peppers served at kitschy Findi's (24, Ave George V in the 8th, T: +33 1 47 20 14 78) was one of the best thing I ate recently.
Next week Barcelona. I need to starve a bit before going, our champion gourmand travelling companion has earmarked 4 major meals a day at all the greatest hits places in the city and beyond. Will I be able to wear any of my new dresses by the evening of THE dinner remains a big question.
Also, in August we are going to Singapore from 4-8, and then KL from 9-21. I am planning our itinerary in Singapore but KL is still a big blank. Fellow food bloggers in KL, please email me if you organise any makan sessions I would love to meet up with y'all.