When I briefly lived in France, I would live the life of a frugal college student during the week, eating 1,20€ cheese and butter sandwiches from the school cafeteria or making a really basic version of “cacio e pepe”. I ate this for almost all meals. It’s amazing what we will do at that age just to save a little money, although, the barely-functional hot plates of my dormitory floor kitchen - that would warm just enough to trick you into trying to cook on it, only to find yourself 2 ½ hr later still trying find a burner that would heat sufficiently to boil water - made the decision to make quick-assembly pastas that much easier. The justification for living this way, I told myself, was that I’d live cheaply during the week, but on the weekends, when I would travel, I could eat whatever I wanted - within reason, of course.
At the end of my stay, my mom came to visit. And as most college students are wont to do, I relished this opportunity for my diet to become a little bit less pathetic. In Paris, this even went so far as to include a few Michelin-starred meals, one of which was at Kei, a one-star restaurant at the time. For both of us, it was one of our first Michelin experiences, and we loved it. They have since gained another star, and so on my most recent trip to town, I decided to make a return visit.
Date: September 2018
Camera: Leica Q
Good lord. THANK GOD my photography has made improvements.
Date: November 2012
Camera: Nikon D40