Add: 73 Rue d’Aboukir, 75002 Paris
Tel: +33 1 77 32 97 21
Hours: 8am~2am (closed on Sun)
Price: [coffee] €2.50~5 [pastries] €2~5 [plates] €6~14 [cocktails] €6~10
Visited on: Jan 2014
Lockwood: coffee shop by day, cocktail bar by night. Just opened a month ago in December 2013, this “espresso/aperitivo” spot is a collaboration between three Lehoux brothers (ex-Ten Belle, Silencio, and a few bars in London and Sydney). I visited on a calm Saturday afternoon and was an immediate fan of the decor, the music, the food, and already I can’t wait to come back at a later hour for aperitivo.
But what initially drew me here was AJ (you’ve already read about him here and here), an uber talented classmate from Ferrandi and now the man in Lockwood’s kitchen. He alone whips up all the pastries, lunch plates, and light bites for aperitivo. Good food, guaranteed.
Snapshots from Beaune.
Snapshots from Dijon.
Follow the owl?
Found THE owl, on a corner of Notre-Dame.
Just 30 minutes by train from Strasbourg, Colmar is another cute Alsatian city with a well preserved old town. Like Strasbourg, it’s especially charming during Christmas time, though I imagine it to be a good day-trip destination anytime of the year.
Finally made it to Strasbourg for its enchanting Christmas festivities. But first, some snapshots from during the day, starting with a stroll up North in the German Quarter.
Back to the town center, climbing up 332 steps to the top of Strasbourg Cathedral.
View of the Rohan Palace from the Cathedral climb.
Hello 2013! The year started with counting down and feasting in London, followed by a Ferrandi end-of-the program trip filled with oysters, Grand Manier, and other good stuff.
Des Gâteaux et du Pain
Add: 89 rue du Bac , 75007 Paris
Tel: +33 (0)1 45 48 30 74
Hours: [Mon-Sat] 9am~8pm [Sun] 9am~6pm
Price: [pastries] €5~6
Tasted on: Dec 2013
Newly opened! A second boutique of Des Gâteaux et du Pain, just steps from La Pâtisserie des Rêves on rue du Bac. If you’ve read my previous posts on this pâtisserie here, here, and here, you know it’s one of my favorites in Paris. The new boutique is designed in the same style as the original on boulevard Pasteur – sleek, modern, elegant, a bit too much so for my personal preference – but anyway, let’s focus on the pastries.
On the left side of the boutique is a long display of petits gâteaux, and on the right is a lineup of viennoiseries, gâteaux de voyage, confitures, etc.
My acquisitions of the day.
‘Tis the season for chestnuts, and Claire Damon came up with her interpretation of this popular winter ingredient. Mont-Blanc Cassis (€6) from the bottom up: shortcrust pastry tart shell, black currant compote, bits of glazed chestnuts and meringue, chestnut paste, and chantilly. Pastries from Des Gâteaux et du Pain tend to be quite light, and in comparison this one is more on the sweet side. Having said that, it’s still less sugar-loaded than the traditional mont blanc, and the thin layer of sour black currant compote does well in cutting the sweetness. Like.
Add: 33 rue de Turenne 75003 Paris
Tel: +33 (0)1 45 77 29 01
Hours: Tue-Sun 11am~7pm (8pm on Sat, closed on Mon)
Price: [pastries] €6.50~13 [drinks] €4.50~11.00
Tasted on: Nov 2013
If it seems like I go to Jacques Genin all the time, that’s because it’s true. I’ve already talked about this chocolatier/pâtisserie/salon de thé here and there, but I just couldn’t resist putting up yet more photos of this place…
I mean, just look at this chocolat chaud traditionnel (€7). So rich that it seems to ooze out of the pot rather than flow from it. And no, it’s not too sweet or too thick. For me, it’s perfect.
And the Paris-Brest (€8), with its gorgeous hazelnut praline cream piped generously between two rings of choux pastry. Just divine.
I also tried Genin’s Saint-Honoré (€8) for the first time on this visit. What it is: three petit choux filled with vanilla pastry cream and glazed with crunchy caramel, lined with more vanilla pastry cream and chantilly cream, all sitting on top of a piece of puff pastry. Excellently done in all aspects – the choux, the pastry cream, the caramel, the chantilly, the puff pastry – but as I’m generally not a fan of pastry cream, this isn’t one of my favorites.
Add: 58 rue Saint Dominique, 75007 Paris
Tel: +33 1 45 51 12 12
Hours: [Mon-Sat] 9am~7pm [Sun] 8:30am~2pm (closed on Tue)
Visited on: Nov 2013
I was very excited about Gâteaux Thoumieux, the new pastry shop from famed French chef Jean-François Piège. I had been to his Brasserie Thoumieux once and remember fondly of his beautiful and delicious tarte au citron, so right when his pastry shop opened about 3 weeks ago, I went in for a look.
A soft blue-green interior, which can be either soothing or dull depending on your taste.
Jean-François Piège was there himself, arranging the pastries on display and serving clients. His pastry chef in the kitchen is Ludovic Chaussard, previously at Ducasse, Fauchon, and Tour d’Argent among other establishments.
The selection includes petits gâteaux (tarts, eclairs, choux, etc.), gâteaux de voyage, macarons, viennoiseries, and breads.
Add: 19 Rue Lucien Sampaix, 75010 Paris
Tel: +33 9 73 60 13 64
Hours: [Mon-Fri] 8am~6pm [Sat-Sun] 10am~6pm (closed on Tue)
Price: €2.50~4/coffee, €4~13/breakfast items, €9~12/lunch items
Visited on: Oct 2013
Yes, bacon-glazed brownies do exist in this world, and you may have them with a cup of glorious latte at Holybelly here in Paris. Nico Avery and Sarah Mouchot, a very sweet French couple, have spent some time working in the food and coffee scene in Melbourne, and are bringing back that simple deliciousness to Paris. I have actually been to Nico’s old workplace Market Lane when I visited Melbourne two Springs ago, and can attest that it’s a very charming place. Holybelly opened just two months ago, and the difficult but rewarding process has been chronicled on their blog - a fun read for those who are interested in dipping their toes in the F&B business, myself included.
That’s Nico, behind the bar.
That’s Sarah in the kitchen, accompanied by Lise, who is actually a classmate from Ferrandi.