My heart weeps like the rain upon the City…. – Paul Verlaine
What a sad day here in Paris. The grey skies and light rain have a really mean influence on my mood. But I think being overworked and exhausted contributes more than a little to my feeling down today. I need a break. Luckily I have tomorrow off and I’m hoping to take full advantage of it!
Under the clouds, even the hospital chapel had lost its radiance and aura. La Salpêtrière was built in the second half of 17th century under Louis XIV. A century later, it was the biggest hospital in the world. During the 19th century, under the impulsion of Dr Jean Martin Charcot and his students (which included Sigmund Freud!), La Salpêtrière became famous for its neurology and psychiatry research. Students from all over Europe would come to attend Charcot’s famous lectures. His work helped understand the pathophysiology of diseases like multiple sclerosis (he was actually the first one to use this term).
After my morning round, I realized I had a couple hours to kill before teaching my class in the afternoon. I decided it was a sign that I could upgrade my usual saturday lunch from Starbucks to Le Paradis du Fruit. This is actually a chain of restaurants that focuses on fruits and veggies, hence the name “The fruit Paradise”. They have vegetarian and non vegetarian options but everything is fresh. I scanned the menu for a while to make sure I was making a healthy choice. This was pretty easy since the healthiest items on the menu are highlighted (and calories detailed). I went for the green veggies “Marmite” with curried Tofu and coconut milk/ zucchini sauce (250 Kcal). For dessert I had the 0% fat yogurt with fresh fruit (this totally blew my mind). And a Café Noisette (an expresso with a small amount of milk added). Despite its name it has no hazelnut added to it.
Everything was so delicious! I highly recommend this place if you are looking for a fresh, healthy yet very satisfying meal! I think I’m going to replicate the Yogurt and fruit dessert at home. Guiltless pleasure.
Once at home, I took a quick nap. And now just prepared dinner. Turkey chili with one surprise ingredient. I’ll post the recipe tomorrow morning so stay tuned!