Apologies for the sparse
posts lately – I’m just having too much fun in Strasbourg!
I had a delicious lunch the other day – it was a cold, grey day so I spent the
morning at the fantastic Musee Historique de Strasbourg, and then went for a
long meandering walk as I tried to find somewhere that struck my fancy for
lunch. L’Epicerie was worth the wait when I did stumble across it though – a
tiny, cosy restaurant tucked away in one of Strasbourg’s winding pedestrian backstreets (click here
if you want to know more).
As the name suggests, it was once a little grocer’s shop, and the walls are
still lined with vintage packaging on high shelves, while the patrons share
long wooden benches and tables decorated with enamel jugs of wild flowers,
chintzy red-and-white checked napkins and mismatched cutlery. After my long
walk in the chilly air I was very happy to enter the café’s noisy fug, order a
glass of red wine and read my book.
L’Epicerie specialises in
the ‘tartine’, which literally means a slice of bread, but in this case refers
to thick homemade doorsteps, lightly toasted and topped with a generous helping
of something delicious. The one I chose was thickly spread with the creamiest
goats cheese, and sprinkled with fresh thyme and olive oil. It was cheap,
simple and utterly scrumptious. This is a great example of why the French are
so good at fast food – never let them get away with saying they don’t like
MacDonalds, because that’s a barefaced lie, but they also have many fantastic
ideas for something quick and tasty that isn’t just a sandwich. Of course, the
wonderful ingredients (not least the bread) make a big difference, and it just
goes to show that it’s always worth spending money on nice food, because very
little extra faffing about is needed to make something utterly delicious.