Cheap eats in Paris – L’As du Fallafel review

I’m pretty lucky that my mum lives in Paris, it means I regularly get to visit one of the most beautiful cities in the world. One of my favourite things to do is visit all the amazing places to eat! Parisians do food well, from warm freshly baked croissants in the morning, to crusty homemade French bread sandwiches with soft, melting French cheese and paper thin ham… I could go on and on. However, if you want to try somewhere a little different, with fresh food and huge portions all at a reasonable price, then look no further than L’As du Fallafel.

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After strolling through the picturesque cobbled streets of Le Marais and spotting Sasha Baron Cohen and Isla Fisher casually walking by, we stopped at L’As du Fallafel for some lunch. This is one my favourite places to eat in Paris; an Israeli falafel restaurant in the heart of the quaint Jewish district. This is a MUST try during your time in Paris and is inexpensive when compared to many other tourist traps close by.

If you want to avoid the queue I would recommend going for lunch (or getting a takeaway and eating on the go)! At dinner time you can sometimes be waiting over an hour for a table, but pop by at lunch and you shouldn’t be waiting more than 20 minutes for a table.

If this is your first time then you have to try the falafel, there are several other options on the menu such as chicken liver and schwarma all served in a warm pita bread, but the falafel is a good place to start. The pita comes stuffed with salad, red cabbage slaw, grilled eggplant and tzatziki; their homemade harissa is to die for and not too spicy, so make sure to add a generous helping!

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The hustle and bustle, and authentic Israeli cuisine transports you to the Middle East. The falafel is light and packed full of flavour and spices, made using a secret recipe making this the best place for falafel in Paris, if not Europe! I mean what other food still looks amazing half eaten?

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You can forget fine Parisian dining in this place, food is served on plastic plates with plastic cutlery and eating with your hands is acceptable, if not expected!

L’As du Fallafel is closed on Friday evenings and Saturday’s due to the Jewish Sabbath so make sure you visit during the week or on a Sunday, you don’t want to miss out!

 

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A chocoholics dream: review of Chocolate House in Luxembourg

Whilst visiting the beautiful (but tiny) country of Luxembourg I came across a stunning little cafe that I had to share with you!

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I’m the definition of a chocoholic, therefore as I strolled past a bustling little cafe called the Chocolate House I dragged my boyfriend inside to see what they had to offer. My jaw dropped as I walked inside and saw the hundreds of chocospoons on display; solid blocks of high quality chocolate set on a wooden spoon that you melt in milk to create a beautiful hot chocolate.

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The flavours were endless: milk chocolate, cookies and cream, chili and orange, stracciatella, (I could go on and on). The cake display was full of giant, decadent cakes making me feel like I was attending the mad hatter’s tea party. Unfortunately after eating a ridiculous amount of food at the hotel breakfast buffet, the humongous slices of cake were a bit daunting, but we did try three of the chocospoons.

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The flavours we picked were Baileys, Hot Chili and Black and White. You pick your spoon, take a seat and then the waitress brings you a big mug of steaming hot milk, the rest is pretty self explanatory. As the chocolate melts it’s difficult not to eat it straight off the spoon, but the wait is definitely worth it! My boyfriend chose the Black and White spoon which was a bit too sweet for my liking. The Hot Chili spoon was beautiful; it was smooth, creamy and intensely chocolatey followed by a subtle heat from the chili. The baileys spoon was my favourite, the milk chocolate made for a sweet drink with the baileys making it a more grown up beverage.

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If you ever happen to be in Europe and pass through the charming little country of Luxembourg I would highly recommend visiting this chocolate gem.

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