Wednesday, August 10, 2011

[ i love paul ]

PAUL AND I first met back in 2001 in Lyon, France. After a day of touring Lyon and trying to find which tiny street the car was parked on, Paul appeared around the corner. It was love at first sight.

Paul smelled so good and ahhh... those buns! I knew this was a love affair that would last a lifetime. We met again in Paris years later and I was still feeling the love. Little did I know that I would find Paul again in Dubai.


Not only does Paul still have the buns I love, in Dubai, Paul locations include a restaurant with a great menu of salads, sandwiches, hot gratins and amazing desserts. A stop at Paul is like an afternoon in France, minus the airfare.


Paul has become my favourite lunch spot and I'm anxious for Ramadan to be over so that it will open up again during the day.

a basket of crusty buns and breads...


paired with a lovely salad...


finished off with a delicious latté or cappuccino...


But the best part? Choosing what to bring home to continue the love well into the night...

perhaps a tart or pastry...


some little biscuit cakes for coffee...


or some french bread...



So what normally comes home with me?


a tarte aux framboises of course!


Mmmm....
So have you fallen in love with Paul yet?

lisa

21 comments:

Blue Fruit said...

It seems like you are discovering endless countries within Dubai Lisa. Talk about around the world in 80 days, this is more like around the world in 80 Dubai streets. What a fascinating place!

(Also, you got me with the opening paragraph about falling in love with the buns... I thought this was going in an ENTIRELY different direction...haha!)

Robynne's Nest said...

I agree Lisa, Paul's is fantastic...we had lunch at Paul's in Paris recently...we, of course, looked like typical tourists with our cameras dangling around our necks...so of course we were shown into the cafe/bistro area...this was fine...lots of atmosphere being adjacent to the shop (and pastry cabinet)...however I did look longingly into the dining room where all the 'better dresses non-tourists' were seated...perhaps next time! Robx

T's Daily Treasures said...

Yep! We have Paul's here but no one ever seems to want to go there anymore. In Qatar, I went with a friend for lunch and had the most wonderful sandwich. So good! I love bread! But so many people think it is fattening. It's not the bread, it is everything else they are eating. :/ I look forward to bread and cheese and wine in Paris at the end of this month. :) Hope your day is great. Tammy

Formerly known as Frau said...

Yes and I can see why you love him too!

Jo @ In Corners of My Mind said...

I've not had the pleasure, but if one can fall in love vicariously...I just have.
Thanks for sharing.

carolyn said...

YUM! everything looks divine. i will definitely be keeping an eye for a paul in paris next month!! there MUST be one, don't you think?

dreams on 34th street said...

Hi Lisa!
Paul is officially on the dream board! I did some research...
We have a few locations on the East Coast here in the US!
~Lynne
[w/l]

jeanette from everton terrace said...

Drool is hitting my keyboard. I don't know which I want more, a basket (yes an entire basket) of the buns or a box of the tarts. Divine.

Lisa @ Fern Creek Cottage said...

You had me going there Lisa! I actually thought you were talking about your honey and was quite startled when you mentioned his buns! Boy, do I feel silly! lol

Susan said...

Yummm.....I'm dying to meet your Paul! :)
Thanks for your lovely visit,
Susan

Meeling said...

Oooo La La...I think we might have to wrestle to see who gets Paul!!! ;-)

That tart looks scrumptious!!

Marianne {Style For Living} said...

I want a love affair with Paul! I cannot believe all of the great places you have in Dubai. So jealous!

Robynne's Nest said...

Lisa, in fairness to Paul's it looked like the dining room (which was beautifully decorated by the way) may have been booked out by local families as they were large well dressed groups...at least that's what I'm choosing to beleive. I understand that there are places in Paris that simply wont let you in if you are not dressed up! Robx

Pinecone Camp said...

Holy delicious! Does your husband know about you and "Paul"?

Debby said...

LOVE this post... it's adorable and makes me want to hop on a plane a.s.a.p. !! xo

Maureen Cracknell Handmade said...

Yum! Everything looks so wonderful. Oh how I miss gluten and carbs!!!

flowers on my table said...

I am married to Paul, but not the same one. Can you be in love with 2 Paul's? It looks like my kind of place. The bread and pastries look amazing! Thanks for sharing! It's none too shabby there in Dubai, isn't it? Love Linda x

barbara@hodge:podge said...

Oh my goodness, that food looks heavenly. Why can't they have stores like that in suburbia?

annie said...

I haven't thought of "Paul" for quite sometime....but I think I remember buying some things at a Paul location at Charles de Gaulle airport before boarding a flight to NY. These images are lovely.

SHERRY HART said...

I think Paul and I could be very happy....as I was reading this, I was starving and it just made it worse!!!

Paul said...

Terribly disappointed. I came to this post thinking it was going to be about me!

(hehe!)

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