After my canceled first French class, I headed to Josh’s office to meet him for lunch at a Kosher dairy restaurant called Squeezed in the 9th arrondisement on Rue Richer, which is only open for lunch and dinner. I had stopped into the restaurant once to looked at the menu, and it looked like an easy place to grab a quick and inexpensive lunch. The menu was quite small compared to most other places we had eaten out, but the place had a very small town Mama’s and Papa’s feeling. The owner of the restaurant was the only one working there. She took our order behind the small counter and prepared our food for us as well. I ordered the Melanzani Panini because it sounded delicious- stuffed with eggplant, cheese, sundried tomatoes, zucchini, and tomatoes (7 eruo). It was definitely satisfactory, but it was not something to write home about. The sandwich was made on an extra long baguette, but it tasted kind of like wonderbread. I can imagine that this Panini would have been delicious on a honey whole grain bread (like the kind at Great American Health Bar) but I have to keep reminding myself that I am not in the U.S anymore and Paris does not do the whole wheat thing!
Josh was interested in ordering a pasta dish and asked if they would be able to add fresh garlic. Her response was “we don’t cook with garlic in Paris.” That explains why the pizza in most restaurants here lacks flavor! Josh ordered a vegetable soup that was more like a cream of potato soup (4 euro) and a yogurt with strawberry compote (3 euro). I would say that this is definitely a decent place to run and grab a light lunch, and the owner proudly attests that everything is home made.