Working Girl Lunches

Several times this past week, I’ve gone around the corner to le Marché des Enfants Rouges, which is a cute (covered) open-air market with food and fruit stands.

Not surprisingly, I’ve gravitated to the Japanese stand, whose name I don’t even know. The first day, I decided to eat there, which was a mistake because it was freezing outside and service took forever. I ordered the bento box* with grilled sardines, which was quite yummy, if a little salty.

Bento box #1

I’m a little ashamed to admit that I wasn’t supposed to eat the white rice due to my cleanse, but I couldn’t resist—you just can’t put sticky rice in front of an Asian girl and expect her not to eat it!


Today, I decided on takeout and got the bento with grilled mackerel and “Korean sauce.” It turned out to be a version of gochujang, the kind mixed with sesame seed oil and maybe a little soy sauce—I don’t know what it’s called.

Bento box #2

Takeout is definitely the way to go because it’s so much speedier. This was better than the sardines (must have been the Korean sauce) and I only ate half the rice this time. <pats self on back>

*Yes, it appears I’m having a bento box moment.


le Marché des Enfants Rouges
39 rue de Bretagne
Paris, 75003


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