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Breakfast in America

When I first heard there was an American style diner around the corner, I scoffed and said I'd never step foot in it. Well, this morning, my foot, my other foot, and the rest of me not only stepped inside, but slid into the booth and ordered a huge plate of pancakes. My son begged for pancakes for two weeks, and we finally relented. Rather than make them at home, we decided to join the rest of the homesick expats in the tiny, American-style diner. Much to our surprise, the clientele was mostly French. This was a bit annoying because we assumed they viewed us as the typical American family who comes to France and seeks out chicken nuggets or McDonalds. But after the initial self-imposed embarrassment, we swallowed our pride and took pleasure in my son's syrupy smile and the break from struggling to speak French for an hour. If you're ever in Paris with a child who needs an American food fix, I highly recommend it. Bonus: The fifties-style red toasters on every table keep the little ones busy while you sip coffee from a diner mug. Breakfast in America, 17 Rue de Ecoles


Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by Terriaw

That diner looks great, especially the food and the coffee. I think it’s nice to hear the place was full of French people, like they weren’t snubbing their noses at an American restaurant. Looks like fun!

Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by High Desert Diva

Love the toaster! Sometimes, familiarity is best.

Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by nichole

They are adjusting pretty well. We are living in a much smaller space, so there are a few issues related to that, but all-in-all considering their ages, I am quite proud of their ability to go with the flow a bit.

Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by sweet fine day

that is a really cute story Nichole. How are the kids adjusting anyway? I love how most of the time they take things in stride, no matter what you throw at them. Sometimes I forget that they are so little but we expect so much from them. Sounds like your boys had a really nice breakfast,

Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by Cheryl

It’s funny what you miss and seek out as an expat. I have the same feelings when go to McDonalds here! ;)

Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by TiLT

Syrupy smiles definitely make it worth it :)

Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by Leslie

Yum! Looks like they got it right, at least. Now I have got a hankerin’ for pancakes!!

It sounds like you’re all having an excellent adventure!

Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by sarasophia

I am loving your stories of Paris.

How do you manage to move your entire family there? Just bite the bullet and do it? Did your husband have a job lined up?

Moving to Europe has always been a dream of ours but seems so inaccessible. How did you achieve this?

And pancakes are like the Euro.
Relevant ANYWHERE.


Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by Rosa

Love your blog! I’m like you, who needs American food in Paris? But after a while, I’m sure it still tastes good. Especially to little palates. Oh and the little red toasters sure caught my eye also! Love them!

Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by becca.elpy

those pancakes looked divine.

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