Asparagus for sale on the street in Paris. The main difference I notice is that you can buy them individually. Here in the US, they bundle them into packs forcing you to buy the pack. Over there you can buy only as much as you need, and select the best spears.
Also, if you have some asparagus and don’t know what to do with, try making this soup
I don’t know why everyone is obsessed with the giant one. these towers are everywhere in Paris. I didn’t see the price of the giant one, but these seem pretty reasonable. 1 for half a euro or 13 for 5 euro. They also have African gentleman with armfuls of them underneath the big one and in the metro stations offering them for 3 for a euro. this picture was taken in Montmartre, which is on the other side of town, in the Place du Tertre, behind Sacré Cœur (there they also french army soldiors with submachine guns keeping the eiffel tower selling gentlemen away from the tourists) I ended up purchasing a slightly larger (6” tall) one at the airport for 13 euros, after deciding the giant one, weighing in at 10,000 tonnes far exceeded the air france luggage weight allowance of 23kg, also it won’t fit in my house ;)
so in the Paris hotel, i ordered a pizza from room service. on the tray was the above scene. cool i thought to myself, a complimentary shot, but what is that spoon for, i asked myself.??? Taking the cautious route, i decided to use the spoon to sample the shot. I brought a bit of the liquid up to taste with the spoon. i noticed it didn’t smell particularly like alcohol. What the heck, I thought and consumed the spoonful. Taste - nothing at first, no alcohol burning. I set the spoon down. Then about 10 seconds later, it kicked in! This was some kind of hot sauce!!! And a serious kind at that! This seriously far out-hots the crushed red pepper flakes in packets we get over here in the US. After about 2 liters of water i was back to normal, but i dread if i had taken that shot as a shot!! Seriously fancy hotel people, are you trying to assault your guests with this or what?? Who serves hot sauce in shot glasses???????
postscript: - I have arrived safely back home, and am trying to catch up on everything! Thanks for the wonderful tumblring everyone!! Keep it up ;)