Simple joys in life...
Discovering a restaurant that serves
becomes a journey away
from ordinary living
and takes us to a delightful outing.
Each step takes us closer and closer to France
and further and further away from home.
Bananas Foster Soufflé
the name of a Dallas restaurant,
alludes to the soufflés
that are its specialities.
And the n°1 in its name
alludes to France,
The co-owner is the daughter of a French mother
and a partner with a French-born chef.
"Dream becomes reality"
according to the restaurant's menu.
Located in an urban shopping center,
the restaurant is a little corner of France in the United States.
When I first saw the chairs lined up
along the sidewalk outside the restaurant,
I remarked this looks like cafés in France,
before I knew the heritage of the restaurant's owners.
All over France, these very same styled chairs
are in cafés, bistros, and restaurants.
Then at the end of the line of chairs there it was,
a hallmark of every French village and town.
Bit by bit,
our trip for lunch was becoming a
small get-away to France.
More French-styled bistro chairs lined the wall
in the tiny exterior courtyard entry.
How authentically French!
Just inside the magnificent wooden doors
were French linen towels for sale,
displayed on wooden shelves
lit by wrought iron light fixtures.
Through the door...
Are we in an urban American building
or an old French building?
Jacquard patterns imported from France
remind us that France is known for its linens.
Soft linen towels are serviettes (napkins) at the dining tables,
and small cut squares are hand towels in the toilettes.
Authentic old world bathroom fixtures ...
like recipes made by the owner's mother
a delectable dessert made
from a simple egg.
and simple joys of life...
found by stepping through the door of
a salon de soufflé
in an urban American shopping center.
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