The next Bond Girl

The Royal Mounted Indian Food Police and I had lunch at Laduree on the Place Madeleine. I love Laduree. It is gloriously pretty, the service is impeccable, their french fries come in a cute stack and the butter comes rolled up all pretty-like (I had a plain omelette…with fries). Sitting next to me on the banquette was the next Bond Girl, Lea Seydoux and her famous actress mother, Valerie Schlemberger. I mean on the banquette, at the table right next to us. 

In a million years I would never have known who they were but apparently the talent for spotting inauthentic Indian food is closely related to spotting French movie stars. Although she did win best actress at Cannes last year so one might have reason to know her but neither one of them looked anything like the picture below. And certainly not a soul in the place recognized them. It’s a good thing there wasn’t a curry on the menu, he’d have been all over that shit too.

Laduree, Champs Elyées

I love this place. I have fond memories of it, dining alone and with family and friends. It is so beautiful. The service is lovely and the food divine. If only the loud mouth jerk and his date hadn’t been seated inches from our table. He never ever stopped talking about himself from the moment he sat down until we paid and walked down the stairs to get out. I noticed that while she smiled at all times, she did stop smiling long enough to take an aspirin.

Ashish nearly ran screaming into the Champs Elysées when lunch was done.