Croque Madame at the Louvre
Nah, we’re not here to talk about a French fortuneteller who hangs out at possibly the most celebrated museum in the world. We’re here to talk about the common French snack called such, particularly the one served at Cafe Marly at the Louvre. If you’re going to Paris, you shouldn’t pass up the Louvre. Next to the Eiffel tower, the Louvre museum is Paris’ top destination.
There’s but one restaurant inside the perimeter of the Louvre square (or at least just the one that we found) and Cafe Marly is it. They serve mostly traditional French food and have an excellent view of the Louvre pyramid. The view alone should be reason enough to convince you to dine at this cafe if you’re at the Louvre. Sipping wine facing the iconic Louvre pyramid is a fine way to soak in the beauty of the place. Another reason is of course, the nomz.
A Croque Madame, is a typical snack food in France served everywhere where noms are required- fastfoods, parties, restaurants, picnics, lunches, even in McDonald’s. The snack is generally a grilled ham and cheese sandwich, with folds of thinly sliced ham between the bread slices, loads of Emmental or Gruyere cheese on top, and a poached or fried egg on top of all that gooey goodness. Yum! Easy enough to make too, even at home (We’ll give it a go one of these days. If successful, we’ll put up the BaconTunaMelt recipe for a croque madame).
A more common variation of it is called the Croque Monsieur, which is the same sandwich minus the egg (IKR?!). I would also like to note that although the direct translation of ‘croque’ is ‘undertaker’ *cue giggles*, Croque Madame can be loosely translated to “a crunchy mistress.” *cue louder giggles* Don’t look at me, I didn’t make up these names and translations.
But really, if you’re in the area to have a look-see at the Mona Lisa and other equally great art, do take a timeout at Cafe Marly. Go grab a Croque Monsieur or a Croque Madame depending on your gender preference (LULZ, I keed), get a glass of wine, and soak in the lovely sights at the Louvre.
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