Fresh off the plane we checked into our Airbnb suite, had a quick shower, and headed out to explore the beautiful city of Paris.
The first necessity? A map. After travelling in various directions with the intent on reaching la Seine, we finally admitted defeated and purchased one from a street vendor.
With our directions back on point and a few hours to spare, we headed down to the Hotel de Ville and checked out the bustling scene. The sun was shining down on us, in scorching heat, but I didn’t mind one bit. Embracing it, we walked through tiny streets and admired the classic parisienne architecture. Dainty sculptures, elaborate parks, and of course grey rooftops.
After a brief exploration we headed into La Cuisine Paris for our first activity. A French sauces cooking class.
Our chef, the ever talented Eric – a former chef at a 2 star Michelin restaurant among other accomplishments, took the 7 of us beginners down to the kitchen and promised to teach us the basics of all French sauces. A little nervous, we started with the easiest: the classic French vinaigrette.
We whisked, measured, and stirred our way through the class, accomplishing 6 different delectable sauces and both hot and cold infusions. We made Bechamel, Vinaigrette, Red Wine reduction, brown sauce, mayonnaise, and the hardest of all – the béarnaise.
Not to say we performed perfectly, but we did get a few head nods and “very goods” on a couple of our finished products.
After we cleaned up and admired our creations, we were presented with a feast of fruit and veggies to actually test what we made. Pretty good if I say so myself! My favourites were the béchamel and vinaigrette, but the red wine reduction and mayonnaise were getting quite the high praise from my companions.
And to top it all off, chef whipped us up a couple pots of chocolate sauce and salted caramel for dessert. You can probably guess which I delved into the most…
The class was a great way to start our trip – and the perfect activity to keep us awake through the jet-lag. I highly suggest you check them out. They have all sorts of classes from baking macarons to French feasts and the small class sizes make everything really hands on.
On the way home we stopped for a quick pizza and a tour of the Bastille, before jumping into bed to prepare for a big day of exploring.