Sunday, October 28, 2012

Paris pastries

Well, it's been harder to update my travelling situation than imagined! I've finally come across a computer so I can now share with you the ton of pastries and desserts I've tried...honestly, a ton would not be an exaggeration.  As soon as I hit Paris, my friend and I made a very solid effort and trying the classics: creme brulee, macarons, eclairs, Sainte Honore, Religieuse, nutella filled crepes, citron tart, and the list continues. What was most exciting about all this sampling was that it was for the first time! I had been to Paris twice before but for some reason never had tasted French macarons or crepes or creme brulee..or really anything classically French.
So, this post is a photo montage of our favourite sweets. Trust me, this is not even half of what we ate. I've included the address and what's noteable about the places we visited. I now have my favourite patisseries and can add something to the debate about Ladurees or Pierre Hermes macarons.. 

Rose and Raspberry Sainte Honore from Laduree
Verdict: Perfect pastry, and presentation is by far the best we came across. However, I prefer the classic Sainte Honore  because the rose creme is very floral, girly and in large amounts is overpowering.

Mystere (meringue and chocolate ganache) from La Parisienne Patisserie on Rue Odessa, 75007.
Verdict: I would highly recommend this patisserie. We tried many of their products throughout our stay and they were always delicious and fresh.

Sainte Honore from Le Grand Epiciere 75007.
Verdict: Best Sainte Honore in Paris! The creme patisserie inside was a lovely surprise and not too sweet. I prefer Sainte Honores that are custard filled like this one here.

Caramel religieuse from Laduree
Verdict: Beautiful presentation, which is typical of Laduree, and there was nothing we could fault with the taste!

Les trois chocolats from La Parisienne on Rue Odessa
Verdict: Beautiful presetation in this local bakery, and this dessert was one of my favourite mousse style desserts that I tried in Paris or even Lyon. 3 layers of light, yummy mousse!

Citron tart from Le Grand Epicerie.
Verdict: This was the best citron tart in all our sampling! The pastry was perfect in lightness and sweetness, and the lemon curd (although on the strong side) was balanced.

Pierre Herme macarons
Verdict: His vanilla is his best by far! The filling is generous at Pierre Herme and so what he lacks in his shops decor, he makes up in taste. That said, Paul's vanilla macaron and its cake-like texture won high marks from me. As another option, Le Grand Epicerie held the best chocolate macaron I tried.


 

29 comments:

  1. OMG! I am so envious of you right now!

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  2. All I can say is - you lucky, lucky, girl!

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  3. Oh, everything looks so scrumptious! (Particularly that citron tart.) :D

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  4. OMY Brittany all are absolutely wonderful!!

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  5. I had to laugh reading this as every time I walk into our boulangerie I have to avert my eyes. Have you stood on the scales recently? Sounds like you are having a good time despite the weather being quite cool. Keep well Diane

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  6. You are having a blasting delicious time there! So envious! Thanks for the pictures and making me drool... LOL!! Have fun!

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  7. Fabulous photos and comments on each of the pâtisseries. I have made a note of the one on Rue Odessa as I have not been there yet.

    I have never gained weight while in Paris and I think that it has to do with the walking, walking, walking...

    So glad you had a great time!

    Bises,
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  8. All look tempting! So glad you had an opportunity to visit such a great places..

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  9. Oh...lucky you! I'm drooling all over my keyboards now. Okay, now my monitor is scratched because I've been trying to grab one of those beautiful pastry off my screen. :P Wish I'll have a chance to travel to Paris someday! ;) Enjoy the rest of your trip!

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  10. Yum! You really select the best of the best, enjoy!!!

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