Parisians are that cool.
One of the dimensions of cool in Paris implies being over tomatoes. As for all determinants of cool, being over tomatoes is something the Parisian is completely oblivious to. The Parisian happily eats tomatoes, but no longer buys them. When it comes to tomatoes, it seems that cool was a word simply created for the Parisian.
Meet the thrilling cherry tomato. All the qualities of a tomato, minus the defects. When asked “Why cherry tomatoes?”, all Parisians would agree that “J’sais pas, j’aime bien et puis ça change“. Say no more Parisian – change is your passion, we all know that. We understand. Adieu tomate. Bonjour tomate cerise.
Cherry tomatoes are everywhere in Paris. In restaurants, a quarter of a cherry tomato does wonders to decorate a plate. At a supermarket, placing neglectfully une boite de tomates cerises in your cart shows everyone around that you can afford that extra euro. At home, cherry tomatoes have the good taste of needing no slicing. Minimal effort, maximum effect. There is now no inviting friends over for a casual dinner without serving cherry tomatoes as an addition to your apéritif. “C’est tout simple mais c’est sympa, c’est frais“.
This evolution has tragic consequences on the Paris food scene. First collateral victim: la salade de tomates. Cherry tomatoes now make presenting a plate with actual tomatoes in it cheap and passé. RIP salade de tomates. Thankfully enough, the Parisian leaves Paris at times. When his peregrinations take him en province, he may notice that old school tomates still exist there. Making him resolute to give tomatoes a second chance. Organic tomatoes that time.
Needless to say these resolutions won’t last too long in front of the cherry tomatoes shelf. Seductive little things…
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Sound like a Parisian: “J’ai invité Nico et Elisa pour l’apéro. Tu peux passer chez Monop s’te plait?! Tu prends une bouteille de rosé, un peu de saucisson et des tomates cerises. Moi, je me grouille, je passe à la boulangerie avant que ça ferme!“