Now any excursion around multiple districts of Paris would make anyone famished and by this point I was starving! Lucky for me my black Paris tour did not have to end because Jaqueline has an entire section in her city guide dedicated to African cuisine and food marts. I searched and read through the multiple mouthwatering entries but one specifically caught my eye, La Kaz. This was mainly because it was located in Le Marais, my home sweet home, and it was only a 15-minute walk from my Rue de Rivoli apartment in the 4e arrondisement. According to my precious city guide, La Kaz is the second restaurant in Paris to Caribbean cuisine (Guadeloupe, Martinique, Guyana and Indian Ocean territories.)
Today would be the first time that I would try a bokit, which is a popular sandwich straight from Guadeloupe. The sandwich is then additional ingredients are added such as cheese, meat and vegetables. It sounds delicious, right?
The feel of the restaurant was very hip, colorful and welcoming. There was good African infused rap playing in the air which made the experience much more authentic. Above in the gallrery is my Agoulou Poulet that I ordered to perfection if I must say so myself. It consisted of émincé de poulet rôti, oeuf and emmental (minced chicken, eggs and cheese). I added onions for added flavor and I made it spicy for that extra kick. Accompanied by des frites, it may have been one of the best meals that I‘ve eaten since I’ve been in Paris. I would be lying if I didn’t note that the spicy kick that I asked for was more of a beat down because boy was I sweating at the dinner table. Nonetheless, the food was amazing and just what I needed to end my day in Little Africa. Who knows, I may go back once more for another bokit!
All in all, I can say that I am so fulfilled with today’s events and I could not have asked for a better tour day. I came across the most beautiful souls who are doing God’s work but accentuating and recognizing the black and African influence in Paris.
I was only able to visit just a little bit of what the city has to offer but that little bit was resonate with me until I make back to this side of the pond. I will surely take this experience with me back to the states and try my best to share what I’ve learned and hopefully inspire at least one person to embark on a journey of their own heritage and culture.