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eiffel tower

See that? It’s probably one of the most recognizable symbols around the world. I’ve always dreamed of the day I made it to France to see L’tour Eiffel up close and personal. On our way to Morocco we had a 13 hour layover in Paris and there was no chance we were spending it in the airport. (I’m going to do another post at some point talking about long layovers and how to spend them out of the airport.)  There were three things that I needed to do in Paris.
1. Eat a great lunch
2. See Notre Dame
3. Take a boat ride on the Seine.
 Check, Check AND Check.
The hardest part of my plan was finding the right place to have lunch because it had to be perfect. How many times does one get to have lunch in Paris? We walked A LOT and I couldn’t decide where to stop. Maybe it was because we were so hungry or maybe it was just indecision. Finally when I couldn’t stand walking anymore we just sat down at a small bistro a few blocks from the Eiffel Tower.
It was there I ordered one of the best things I’ve ever had. MarocBaba ordered a dish with organic chicken that was juicy and full of flavor. I ordered a salad with microgreens and goat cheese tartine. A tartine is a French open-faced sandwich that is generally a step up from the American idea of a sandwich. This one was on a thick slab of brioche bread with goat cheese melted on top. Drizzled over the cheese was honey and hidden underneath thyme. I’ve been dreaming of this meal for weeks now! But, it’s hard to find the same great honey that exists in France. American honey is thinner and sometimes has a sugary after taste. But I’ve found a great honey here in the US.
At Eat, Write, Retreat last spring I received Honey Ridge Farms Lemon Creme honey. Love in a glass jar. Now I’ve got all of the flavors to test out and play with. When the box came MarocBaba immediately seized the jar of Honey Creme Clover and swears it’s the best honey he’s had in the US. This coming from a Moroccan whose grown up eating honey just about every day of his life really tells me what a great product this is. There are 7 flavors of honey creme but for this recipe I stuck with the clover honey. (I’m going to introduce you to all of the flavors in a future post). Here’s my version of my Parisian dream lunch.

The salad component can be whatever you like best.  But, for the tartine here’s what you will need.

  • Good bread a brioche or french baguette will work well
  • Chevre (goat) cheese
  • Honey Ridge Farms Clover Honey Creme
  • Za’atar mix (you can get that here, but essentially a mix of thyme, sesame seeds and salt)

To assemble, spread slices of bread with the honey creme and sprinkle za’atar on top.  Next add a layer of goat cheese.  Place them under a broiler in your oven or toaster oven until the cheese starts to melt slightly and the bread starts to toast on the edges.  In another small bowl melt a few teaspoons of honey creme.  Place the bread around the salad and drizzle with the melted honey before serving.

Chevre Tartine


Disclaimer: This post is part of Honey Ridge Farms “Spread the Love” campaign. I was not compensated for writing this post however did receive complimentary products. All opinions are my own.

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Amanda Mouttaki

Curious world traveling, mom of two busy boys, foodie at heart, addicted to social media and lover of all things Moroccan.

  • Marcy

    November 8, 2011 #3 Author

    How great to get out of the airport and have such a great lunch in Paris! The meal sounds delicious.


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