Planning for non-adventurous husband
My husband gets to go to Paris next week for business. He will be arriving next Thursday morning and staying until Saturday afternoon. His hotel is on Blvd Raspail not far from Blvd du Montparnasse. I'm trying to scout out the best options for dining. He isn't especially adventurous when it comes to food. He is definitely a sandwich kind of guy. That being said, he does like seafood (but not raw) and would like to have more of an authentic French experience. Also, are there any must-haves that I should put on the shopping list for my presents?...after all, I am staying home to take care of the kids! ;)
If he walks south on Raspail and crosses Blvd du Montparnasse, turns right off Raspail onto rue Huyghens and right again onto Edgar Quinet, he will be very close to La Cerisaie, a small, welcoming bistrot with excellent cooking, usually a fish or so, very well priced. He does need to call ahead for a reservation since it's tiny and popular.
If I could choose what I would like as a food present from Paris, I would ask for Christine Ferber jam. It's spectacular. My favorites are the apricot and framboise. He can buy them at Bon Marche in their "food hall" -- La Grande Epicerie. Also, at Pierre Herme, where he can pick up some macarons as well.