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I would've bought way too much at that Market! You exercised a lot of restraint on those cows!
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We went to the Market last Saturday to get some tree ornaments and candle holders as Christmas gifts. Well we failed to get enough. I have the hairdresser this morning before the greys take over but after that we have to go back, Rory had some Churros so guess he will be looking for more
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What a great time at the market! It looks like they had everything!
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It never ocurred to me that Paris would do a Christmas Market. For some reason I just pictured that as a strictly German thing to do. I guess it's "European" instead.
I think it's fair to say that they started out as a German thing, now everyone has them. Seriously, every shopping mall I've been to here in the last couple of weeks has at least a couple of small huts outside selling food or gifts in a small scale European market.

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I have to say I'm often like that, but I was conscious that I didn't bring that much cash with me and I wasn't expecting to buy a lot, so things would've had to go on the credit card, and I was also concerned by how much the backpack was filling up and how much it was starting to weigh.
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I admit I wondered when you had eaten the onion soup if you had just made sure it was vegetable broth. I'm sorry it's been ruined for you now, but at least you know.
Definitely better to know and it's just something that genuinely has never crossed my mind at all. If it's called onion soup, surely it's made with an onion/vegetable base? That's certainly how I'd make it anyway...

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I couldn't face it right now - very big dinner last night at our work Christmas do!
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Love the Christmas market! Some day I'll do a winter tour of Europe to hit lots of these. Probably should start collecting spending money now!
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I do now feel very naïve about this....
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We went to the Market last Saturday to get some tree ornaments and candle holders as Christmas gifts. Well we mama fade to to get enough. I have the hairdresser this morning before the greys take over but after that we have to go back, Rory had some Churros so guess he will be looking for more
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Thursday 5 December – part eight: I had no idea McDonald’s did these!

We quickly found the Disney Store and got some photos outside, as a few years ago, I was told by a security guy in there that no photos were allowed. It’s the only Disney Store in the world that’s ever happened to me, so understandably, today I was a bit wary.



Once again, there was a big security presence inside the store, so I did a couple of sneak photos to test the water inside and then I didn’t get thrown out I became a bit more obvious and there was no issue. Maybe the guy that day had just been a bit over zealous.



All the Paris stuff was downstairs and they had a cool selection and I ended up getting a card holder, as Mark’s been telling me to get one for a while. I don’t know about you, but on this side of the pond, it feels like every single store has a loyalty card, and I always spend forever finding the right one for the right store whenever I’m out shopping these days.



The whole of the downstairs area was very cool.



And look what I found!



There was also a very cool Steamboat Mickey here and if you pushed the button by him, then the music from the film played and he did a little dance to it, which was really neat.



But perhaps coolest of all was the wallpaper they had down here.



Once we were done in there, we headed back into the cold of the Champs Elysees. By now, the hat, the snood and the gloves were all in evidence (I was very glad for my winter coat at this point… ) as it was getting a lot colder outside now. It wasn’t unbearable once we were all togged out, but there was a definite nip in the air and I’d say Accuweather was right yesterday with its prediction of temperatures in the low 30s, rather than the mid to high 30s, although in fairness, that was probably the temperature earlier on in the day.

We kept walking up the Champs Elysees…



….and we stopped off in this shopping arcade…



… because of this…



Now you know me and macaroons and if you don’t, well I love the things and I rarely get them at home, so I was in heaven here.



I got five in here and then we headed outside again.



It wasn’t long before we both wanted a break and a chance to sit down. I saw a café, but Mark had spotted a McDonald’s a little further along and that worked for me. After all, it would be cheaper.

What I wasn’t expecting to find in there was macaroons and, even better we got a box of six for €5 (c. $6.90), we weren’t expecting much from them. Oh wow, how wrong can you be? They were superb and much better quality than we had expected. In fact, they were so good that when we’d finished eating those and the hot chocolate we also got, we headed back downstairs and I got a box of 12 to take home with us!



Next: is anyone going to take those seats?
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Wow, macaroons at McDonalds?! Or were they McAroons?

When I saw the first picture of the Disney Store wallpaper, I thought it was JUST your donkey boy! Had it been, I wonder if you'd be papering your bedroom?
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I am so glad you got your favorite treat! I am planning on trying these next chance I get. I mean not from McDonald's in Paris, but when I see them around here. Lol! Now if our McDonald's was like that I would eat there more often. I swung through there yesterday and got oatmeal. It had a hair in it. I swear this kind of thing happens to me all the time. Sorry, rambling. Anyway love this update!
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The Paris stuff in the Disney store looks so cool! What a neat area. And Eeyore!! You could have fit that big guy in your backpack. Sure.

McMacaroons! That's funny. Were they better than the ones you just purchased at the bakery? Maybe they contract with the bakery and they're the same ones!?

Ahhhh, the Champs Elysees. We did a similar thing, wandering around looking for a snack and we ended up at Ben and Jerry's. How authentic.
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That Disney Store looks wonderful! I want that wallpaper. I've certainly never seen a MacDonald's around here with anything other than the usual menu. ALL those baked goods, not just the macaroons, look fabulous.

One further note about the onion soup... I know there's no Trader Joe's grocery store in the UK, but in the states they make a VERY good frozen French onion soup that is vegetarian. Perhaps a similar store near you would have an alternative. I make my own with vegetable stock and it's not hard, freezes well.
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French Onion Soup
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Serves 4

Ingredients:

5-6 cups thinly sliced yellow onions (3-4 small ones)
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/4 teaspoon granulated sugar
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour (I used whole wheat, mostly because it was there)
1/2 cup + dry white wine (I used a chardonnay)
8 cups mushroom stock (low sodium, if you can find it)
2 cups water
Salt and pepper to taste

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1 to 2 cups (to taste) grated Swiss*
8 to 12 1-inch thick rounds French bread, toasted until hard

*The world of kosher cheese is sadly limited. And the selection of kosher cheeses available to me in DC is even more limited. So my options, while adequate, are not necessarily the best. For cheese, I used Miller’s Swiss cheese slices. Each bowl got one long slice of cheese, either ripped up in pieces and sprinkled on top or cut in half and layered on. If you have shredded Swiss cheese available, then use the measurements above and heap it on.

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1. Heat the oil in the bottom of a stock pot over medium to low heat.

2. Add the onions, toss to coat them in oil and cover the pot. Reduce the heat some more, cover, and walk away. No, seriously, go away. The onions don’t need you right now. What they need is a 15 minute break. It’s not you, it’s them.
3. After 15 minutes, uncover the pot, raise the heat to medium-low, and stir in the sugar (it helps draw out the water and helps the caramelization process). Let the onions caramelize for the next 30 or 40 minutes, but make sure to stir them often. If they start crisping, lower the heat. You want them to be dark golden brown, but they have to stay soft. Also, I will tell you from personal experience, if you don’t let the onions caramelize properly, your soup will not be French onion. It will just be oniony soup, which is very much not the same thing. It’s sad when this happens, trust me. If it looks like they need some more liquid, add some wine, a little at a time.
After the onions are fully caramelized, sprinkle the flour over them and cook for about three minutes, stirring the whole time. Next, add the wine. If you used wine in the last step, I still want you to use the full 1/2 cup. There is no such thing as too much wine with your caramelized onions. Also, use the wine to deglaze the bottom of the pot (read: scrape up all the brown bits of flavor from the bottom of the pot).
5. Add the stock and the water slowly, stirring as you go. Once all of it is in, bring the soup to a simmer and let it do it’s thing for another 30-40 minutes, partially covered. Feel free to salt and pepper to taste during this time (Note – if you’re adding cheese to the top, go easy on the salt since the cheese will add some to the dish as well).

Your soup is now done. In fact, it’s delicious. It’s also vegan, so if you don’t eat cheese, please enjoy this amazing soup right now. It’s amazing. For those of you who do eat cheese (and who still have the patience to continue smelling this amazing soup but not yet being able to eat it), please continue reading to get the full effect…

6. Toast your French baguette rounds until they’re hard (but not browned, so set them in your toaster on a very low setting and keep an eye on them). Take a stick of butter/margarine and lightly coat both sides of each round.
Preheat the oven to 325F. Line a cookie sheet with tin foil and place your oven-proof bowls on it. Ladle some boiling soup into them.

8. Top each bowl with as many slices of bread as you will fit, and cover those with cheese( see cheese note above). Place in the oven for 20 minutes, then put it on broil for an additional three, or until the cheese is bubbling and starting to brown.

9. Remove the bowls from the oven (carefully, they’re very hot) and serve immediately. If you want, feel free to sprinkle on some dried oregano or herbs de Provence.
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