I am realizing that this trip to France has caused me to be on a mission on two fronts: first to take pictures of all the places and things readers might be intrigued to see; and two, to try many of the sweets and breads outlined in David Lebovitz’s new app, called, “Paris Pastry”. This app is a MUST for travelers to Paris as it outlines the best places to buy chocolates, ice cream, breads and pastries in the city. I love Lebovit’s blog and book, “The Sweet Life In Paris” and he recently came out with a new book “Paris Kitchen”. I won’t say I am trying to hunt down every single place he has mentioned; however, many of the names are now on “my radar”.
For example, on my way to school each morning, I cross Luxembourg gardens and go down Rue de Fleurus. Low and behold there is “Bread and Roses” (7 Rue de Fleurus) which David has pointed out, has wonderful meusli and brioche loaves.
I quickly purchased a croissant and walked quickly to class; however, I went to a bench across the street first to eat it……devour it, making me late for class. After I ate every morsel, I ran up 4 flights of stairs to class, where I arrived sweating, but happy that I had been able to eat my croissant.
Unfortunately, at the end of the day, my trek to Galeries Lafayette’s Gourmet shop which has all the well known patisseries housed here, proved to be fruitless. It was already 7:30 pm and all of the green apple éclairs with salted caramel at the renowned “L’éclair de Genie” were SOLD OUT!!! The lady said, “Demain”, meaning, “Come back tomorrow for some”. I was SO disappointed.
I have three days left and I have to have an éclair either from this place or Dalloyau (2 place Edmond Rostand, just across from the Luxembourg Gardens). Dalloyau has been around since 1682 and was discovered by Louis XIV and “dazzled the court until the French Revolution”.
Yes, it has crossed my mind to postpone my trip home until I get that éclair!
By the way, for those of you who decide to check out the Gourmet section of Galeries Lafayette, check out the basement level. You will never find such a glamorous fruit and vegetable department on earth.
I ended my day near Rue de Mail and across from Restaurant Chez Georges where my sister, neice and I had dinner a number of years ago. I ordered a Kir (white wine and cassis liqueur) and the waitress also brought toast slices and a salmon spread. It was very good. Sitting outside at a café is the way to live!