Add: 72 rue Bonaparte 75006 Paris
Tel: +33 (0)1 43 54 47 77
Hours: 10am~7pm (7:30pm on Thu-Fri, 8pm on Sat)
Price: €4.50~7.30/individual dessert
Visited on: May 2013
From May 7 to June 30, Pierre Hermé reinterprets the classic Saint-Honoré in five flavors: traditional, Montebello (strawberry + pistachio), Ispahan (rose + raspberry + litchi), citron, and chocolate. Here’s Saint-Honoré Carrément Chocolat (€6.90), composed of puff pastry, caramelized choux pastry, chocolate mascarpone cream, and dark chocolate crisp.
Du Pain et Des Idées
Add: 34 Rue Yves Toudic, 75010 Paris
Tel: 01 42 40 44 52
Hours: 6:45am~8pm (closed Sat & Sun)
Visited on: May 2013
Back at Du Pain et Des Idées to pick up some bread (read about this charming corner bakery in this previous post). Slightly disappointed by the viennoiseries which I loved so much on my first visit, but happy to have discovered a heavenly brioche called mouna. Details below.
Day 3 in Prague, it’s finally (kind of) sunny!
Breakfast: more trdelník. Crispy skin and fluffy underneath…couldn’t get enough of this!
Day 2 in Prague, woke up to the rain. Our morning walk led us to David Cerny’s giant crawling babies outside Kampa Museum, which effectively enhanced the eerie mood. A little disturbing, yes.
Then, The Disappearing Man, a memory of what it was like to live under Communism.
Thankfully, the gloominess was wiped away by a sunny breakfast at Cafe Savoy.
Savoy breakfast (178 czk): toast, prague ham, organic Emmenthal cheese, lightly boiled egg, housemade bread, farm butter, housemade jam, nut marble cake, hot chocolate savoy.
It’s a little bizarre to be blogging about winter in Prague during Paris’s gorgeous spring time, but what needs to be done needs to be done. Without further ado (….it’s been 5 months already), here are some snapshots of snowy Prague from back in December 2012.
On our way to Old Town Square, we came across “Man Hanging Out”, a sculpture by David Cerny depicting Sigmund Freud hanging by a hand and pondering whether to hold on or let go. Read more about it here.
Arrving at Old Town Square and greeted by a lively christmas market. What a dramatic contrast between Prague’s melancholy winter sky and the warm buzz beneath it!
It was on this very first day in Prague when I discovered trdelník, is a traditional sweet pastry in Czech Republic (as well as Slovakia and Hungary). It is a rolled dough wrapped around a stick, grilled, and topped with sugar and spice. It smells heavenly, and tastes heavenly too.
Spring has finally settled in Paris, and the city is back to its charming self again after months of melancholy. Sunshine, blue sky, light breeze, flowers in full bloom…’Tis the season for picnics!
Finally, a compilation of (most of) the pastries I’ve indulged in since moving to Paris 8 months ago.
Click HERE for the list!
La Pâtisserie des Rêves
Add: 93 rue du Bac, 75007 Paris
Tel: 01 42 84 00 82
Hours: [Tue-Sat] 9am-8pm [Sun] 9am-4pm (closed on Mon)
Price: [individual desserts] €5.50~6.90
Visited on: May 2013
Dropped by La Pâtisserie des Rêves yesterday to try the supposedly very delicious tarte mangue-ananas, only to find out that the item is already off the shelf. What?! Devastated and unwilling to leave empty-handed, I picked up a tarte aux framboise instead.
The tarte aux framboises (€6.90) looks simple and straight forward – just a tart piled with raspberries – but it’s a bit more than that. The cross-section below shows you the layers: sweet tart shell, almond cream, rhubarb confit, vanilla cream, then fresh raspberries. It’s overall a very pleasant tart – the acidity of the raspberries and rhubarb well-balanced by the vanilla cream – though it doesn’t quite blow the mind.
Also, madeleine and brioche feuilletée.
Last time I proclaimed my love for Pâtisserie des Rêves’ madeleine (€2.20), but recently we’ve been making madeleines at work and (all bias aside!) ours are even tastier – softer, more delicate, and a more pronounced vanilla flavor. But of course, Pâtisserie des Rêves’ madeleines are still very good and perhaps one of the best you can find in Paris.
Des Gateaux et Du Pain
Add: 63 boulevard Pasteur, 75015 Paris
Tel: 01 45 38 94 16
Hours: [Wed-Mon] 8am-8pm (closed Tue)
Visited on: Apr 2013
Once again, back at Claire Damon’s impeccable Des Gateaux et Du Pain for a good dose of patisseries and viennoiseries.
It must be strawberry season, because all I see is fraise fraise everywhere. Tarte aux fraises à l’ eau de fleur d’oranger (€6.20) is shortcrust pastry topped with almond cream, orange flower water cream, fresh strawberries, and transparent cubes of orange flower water.
Orange flower water, a perfumed distillation of fresh orange blossoms, is traditionally used in pastries as an aromatizer for its distinctive citrus-flora scent.
Les Fines Gueules
Add: 43, rue Croix des Petits Champs, 75001 Paris
Tel: 01 42 61 35 41
Hours: [Mon-Fri] 12~2:30pm, 7:30~10:30pm [Sat-Sun] 7:30~11pm
Tasted on: Apr 2013
Had a quick and very pleasant dinner at Les Fines Gueules, 2 months after my first visit to this wine bar/bistro. Love this place for its casual atmosphere, tasty dishes, lovely wine, friendly service, and the fact that last minute dinner reservations actually work here.
Velouté de petits pois, eclats de chèvres (€10), soup of green peas with bits of chèvres.