Saturday, January 30, 2016

Friday 29 January - Apero at Gail's

A machine for making Calisson almond paste candies 
Calissons are a traditional French candy consisting of a smooth, pale yellow, homogeneous paste of candied fruit (especially melons and oranges) and ground almonds topped with a thin layer of royal icing. Calissons have a texture not unlike that of marzipan, but with a fruitier, distinctly melon-like flavor. Calissons are often almond-shaped and are typically about two inches in length. Calissons are traditionally associated with the town of Aix-en-Provence, France; consequently, most of the world supply of calissons are still made in the Provence region.
Lunch today was a thin crust pizza topped with a fried egg - from a pizzeria on Legendre just around toe corner.
The pizzeria had a green wall in the main dining room.  It did not contain living plants but gave a good effect.
This evening we went for drinks and snacks at Gail Boisclair's apartment on the Square de Clignancourt near Jules Joffrin metro.  It is a large, airy place  on the top floor, luckily there is an elevator.  In addition to Larbi, we met Yasmin and two old cats who have very distinct personalities. A couple from Toronto, who also rent through Perfectly Paris were also there.  It was a good evening with lots of conversation.  Larbi is an excellent artist and his work is hung throughout the apartment. It deserves wider showing.

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