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Chipotle in Paris

September 4, 2015

I love Instagram, but will admit that I (like many others) often only share the highlights of my day (mostly good food that I do not cook).

Rarely do you see a picture of my not-so-great moments. But trust me – there are many.

So in keeping with my attempts to keep this blog honest, I thought it would be nice to share some of the not-so-great moments of our trip to Paris last week:

  • Maya refused to speak in French which was a huge part of the reason we planned the trip.
  • After threatening her with her life she finally came up with one sentence, and I believe it had something to do with requesting more guacamole.
  • At Chipotle.
  • Judge me as you wish – I deserve it for letting her eat Chipotle in Paris. But I just didn’t have any more fight left in me.


  • Ali discovered Google Translate’s camera function and spent the trip obsessively holding his phone up against everything saying, “Can I translate that for you?”
  • I wanted to throw his phone into the Seine.
  • Until I needed Google Translate’s camera function to figure out if my prepackaged salad had cheese in it.
  • Yes, I ate a prepackaged salad as I enviously watched Maya devour her tacos.
  • Sometimes I wish I didn’t have such strong principles.
At the Baccarat museum. Which apparently only I enjoyed.

At the Baccarat museum. Which apparently only I enjoyed.

  • It rained and was freezing cold for the duration of our trip. Until the morning we left, of course, at which point it was sunny and 85 degrees.
  • Because of the rain we did a lot of indoor things including a visit to the beautiful Baccarat museum where Ali and Maya yawned incessantly.
  • Maya said she wanted to see the Mona Lisa instead, at which point Ali declared the Mona Lisa “a waste of time.”
  • Honestly, I don’t understand the appeal of the Mona Lisa either so I didn’t fight him (unusual for me). Feel free to judge me again.


I won’t bother to bullet point the status of my hair on the trip (frizzy thanks to the rain), another minor bout of food poisoning (must stop eating smoked salmon), or my constant nagging that Ali and Maya pick up their s@#$ so I stop tripping all over it.

In conclusion I have to admit that I love the escapism of Instagram as much as the next person. But sometimes it’s nice to put things into perspective. Yes?


31 Comments leave one →
  1. September 4, 2015 8:37 am

    As hilarious as ever! I laughed out loud on ‘something to do with requesting more guacamole’.
    Wish you would post more often ๐Ÿ˜‰ I am being greedy now.

    • September 4, 2015 6:55 pm

      Thanks Sameera, I appreciate you reading my posts…I know they are random! I wish I could get on a schedule of some kind. Maybe one of these days…

  2. September 4, 2015 8:39 am

    But hey, you were in Paris!

    • September 4, 2015 6:55 pm

      No complaints there…everything is better when you’re on vacation!

  3. September 4, 2015 10:55 am

    After my first trip I never went to see the Mona Lisa again either, and Maya did said “merci” to the cashier, so the trip wasn’t a total loss ๐Ÿ™‚

    • September 4, 2015 6:56 pm

      Seeing you in Paris was such a highlight Elaine! So glad we made it happen.

  4. September 4, 2015 11:01 am

    I mean, the Mona Lisa really is a waste of time, especially if that’s the only thing you’d enter the Louvre for. I didn’t go into the Louvre on my second trip to Paris because I honestly didn’t see the point in it, and I prefer smaller museums. Instead, I did a second tour of Musee D’Orsay and a first tour of the Picasso Museum. Enjoyed those much more.

    And I think Maya was more willing to speak French than my 27-year-old friend, so props to her for that.

    • September 4, 2015 6:56 pm

      So glad you agree that the Mona Lisa is overrated! I feel like you are VERY cultured so if you think it’s nothing special then I can’t be wrong. ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Taking On Magazines permalink
    September 4, 2015 11:25 am

    I grew up in a French family and still don’t like speaking French to anyone so yeah, I empathize with Maya. It’s a lot of pressure. ๐Ÿ™‚ Also, I’d have eaten the tacos.

    • September 4, 2015 6:57 pm

      If I could speak French I’d speak it to everyone…but then again I’m not as humble as you are! ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. hcoving permalink
    September 4, 2015 11:26 am

    The Mona Lisa is overrated but I would go back the Louvre for the Delacroix, Liberty Leading the People. It’s far more impressive. I’m glad to see you occasionally slum it from a culinary standpoint and that picture of the Baccarat museum gives me anxiety just looking at it. I would be petrified my kids or I would break something.

    • September 4, 2015 6:58 pm

      So you obviously know your stuff…because I have no idea what the Delacroix is. No idea at all! But I will make an effort to check it out next time for sure. ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. September 4, 2015 11:30 am

    That’s like my cousins going to India and refusing to talk to our grandparents in Gujarati!

    But the upside was that you guys were in Paris! ๐Ÿ™‚ That counts for something!

  8. September 4, 2015 11:49 am

    No judgment about the Mona Lisa – it is a waste of time. It’s incredibly small, swarmed by people so you can’t even get near it and you can’t appreciate it from afar because of every idiot there is holding up their iPad for a photo. The Louvre as a whole, for me personally, was a bit of a bore. Give me Impressionism and sculptures all day long. I found myself happier at Orsay and Rodin.
    Also: if what you define as “frizzy” hair is what is illustrated in your photos – give me your hair. I can trade you so you can see what the real beauty of frizzy is ๐Ÿ˜‰ I kid, I kid. You look beautiful and radiant as usual! โค
    Glad you had some time in Paris! ๐Ÿ™‚ Safe travels home โค

    • September 4, 2015 7:00 pm

      Exactly…a few years ago Ali and I made the effort to check out the Mona Lisa and it was so swarmed we could barely see anything. Frankly I appreciated the outside of the Louvre far more than the contents of the inside. I think the pyramid is beautiful!

      Thanks for the nice comment Aparna! I appreciate it.

  9. September 4, 2015 11:57 am

    I love everything about this post. Our couples therapist told me I need to let the boys be more self regulating. I wanted to cut him. I told him if I died the napkin would remain on the table for eternity. So I’m with you but have many a chipotle moment or at this point chipotle hours. My kids LOVE it, my eyes swell for days.

    • September 4, 2015 7:01 pm

      I am trying SO HARD to let Ali and Maya be self regulating. Giving up the control is nearly impossible.

      Chipotle hours…I love it.

  10. September 4, 2015 3:42 pm

    putting things in perspective is a good thing.
    And my perspective is always right! Just kidding.
    What a super beautiful family!

    • September 4, 2015 7:01 pm

      Thank you for the kind comment my friend, so nice of you!!

  11. Nadia permalink
    September 5, 2015 12:06 am

    Hysterical Ameena as always!! Loving the pictures I want to see every shot inside the baccarat museum how incredible didn’t even know that existed! I’m sure you had many croissants and Maccarons to make up for the chipotle, hilarious! Really looking forward to catching up! Must be so good to be home! Xx

    • September 5, 2015 8:45 am

      Funny, I didn’t eat even one croissant or one macaroon. They just aren’t my thing at all! I know that you would LOVE them though. Can’t wait to catch up. ๐Ÿ™‚

  12. September 5, 2015 3:11 am

    I just joined IG a couple weeks back. Will have to figure out how to be your friend there.

    My parents never took me to Paris or anywhere cool for that matter, so I say big points for you despite Chipotle.

    And the hair looks fab.

    • September 5, 2015 8:45 am

      My IG name is @ameenadin…would love to connect.

      And thank you for the compliment Andrea. ๐Ÿ™‚ I appreciate it.

  13. September 5, 2015 5:07 am

    I completely agree with your thoughts about Instagram. If people only knew how many pre-packaged salads I ate or how half my food posts are mostly my BF’s dishes (who wants to see my food-pornless peanut butter sandwiches or bowls of cereal? But anywho – at least your eyebrows are on point!

    • September 5, 2015 8:46 am

      I have to say, I LOVE peanut butter. I wouldn’t have a problem looking enviously at your sandwiches (I developed a nut sensitivity after Maya was born – thanks Maya!).

  14. September 5, 2015 6:48 pm

    I can imagine future me with AS and Chhori in this post. Good captures from France.

  15. September 13, 2015 4:11 pm

    I promise not to judge you Ameena. Lovely post as always ๐Ÿ™‚

  16. September 30, 2015 2:45 pm

    I need to take a trip back to Paris, I didn’t enjoy it much the first time. Wow, they have Chipotle in Paris.. so cool. I need to get this Google Translate. your comment about throwing Ali’s phone into the Seine made me LOL. Thank you!!!

    • September 30, 2015 7:25 pm

      I didnรขย€ย™t like Paris the first time I went either! It takes a while to get used to it I think.

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