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May. 28th, 2010 05:30 am Un Cafe S'il Vous Plait!

The best thing about Paris is of course its cafe culture. The side-walk cafes that serve, well, coffee, d'oh, and a lot more. Drinks are welcome, so is smoking. Puff it away. A few food items too. But not caramel macchiato. Yuppies, please exit through the side door. These are only for parisians to socialize after work and yap about anything under the sun and do people watching.

The choices at a cafe as per my guide book: cafe is espresso, cafe creme is espresso with milk, noisette is espresso with just a dash of milk, cafe calva is espresso with a shot of apple brandy, which is what you would need on most days in paris I'd think. And what is cafe au lait? Good question. Cafe au lait is espresso with hot milk, pre mixed in a cup or served separately, where as cafe creme is espresso with room temperature milk, as I understand it. And I often understand it wrong.

But my guidebook doesn't tell me what should lactose intolerant desis are supposed to do in paris?


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Date:May 28th, 2010 11:06 pm (UTC)
And do you want to avoid espresso because it's too strong?

If you're looking for a "normal" black coffee "café noir" might do the trick. But best to confirm with a local, there are plenty of English speaking ones :-)
Date:June 15th, 2010 07:34 pm (UTC)
Nah, I like espresso. But the thing is I am not much of a coffee-person. I only like the idea of sitting at a cafe, sipping something hot, for long hours, and a cafe americano often works. An espresso is too little, gets too cold too soon. :)