ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — If you ask most people about their favorite meal of the day, their answer might depend on factors such as their schedule or their family or their recent experience with a great lunch spot or a new crock pot recipe.
However, ask a Parisian, and my guess is going to be late breakfast – and extended lunch. Those relaxed hours when a person can sip a coffee, nibble on pastries, and have a light entree with a glass of wine. Those are the meals you can enjoy without going to Europe when you visit La Quiche Parisienne.
Enjoy the airy space (formerly a national baked ham chain) dotted with tables and hugged by pastry cases displaying anything from croissants ($2.50) to loaves of brioche ($5.75) to dainty madeleines ($5.50 per half dozen) to seasonal specialties like late January’s king cakes ready for Mardi Gras.
Make your selections early before your appetite is blunted and the favorites are gone – croissants have a short retail life at this palace of butter and flour – then peruse the elegant menu for anything that sounds delicious. Forget the clock – have an omelette at 2 p.m. or a salad at 9 a.m. or whatever your heart desires. My favorite omelette is Provençal ($10.50), a delicate raft of eggs folded over ham, bacon, tomato and fresh herbs.
Standard lunch items include sandwiches made with in-house breads, whether croissants or slices.
The Croissant au Jambon ($9.50) is a delicious warm mess of ham, cream and swiss cheese.