Bastille

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Bastille was a fortress in Paris, it played an important role in the internal conflicts of France and for most of its history was used as a state prison.  On 1789 it was stormed by a crowd in the French Revolution, thus becoming an important symbol for the movement.  The 14th July or “Bastille Day” is now French National Day.  Of course, nowadays, people go to Bastille for Place de la Bastille, Opera Bastille, restaurants and loads of shopping there.  But one must remember its significance in French history.

I was brought to Le Bristrot du Peintre in avenue Ledru-Rollin in Bastille by a French-vietnamese last summer.  Established in 1902, the Bistrot displays all the charm of typical Parisian bistros in an Art Nouveau setting inherited from the 1900’s.  The food is prepared and cooked in passion and quality with a very reasonable price.  I was recommended to try one of the famous French dish called L’andouillette which is basically a coarse-grained sausage made with pork intestines, pepper, wine, onions and seasonings.  Not everyone likes this, I suppose.  You would either love it or hate it.  But if you dare to try, you would have the best AAAAA andouillette here.  5A andouillette is a certificate (diplôme) given by The Association Amicale des Amateurs d’Andouillette Authentique to producers of high-quality andouillette.  J’adore!

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