Patisseries and French Food

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I don’t know about you, but food is one of the main reasons I travel.  When I go to a new country, part of what I enjoy discovering is the amazing, local cuisine.  For this reason, I usually only eat the food that is from that culture.  Hence, in Italy I eat only Italian not Japanese or Peruvian.  In the past when I have travelled to France I have only visited ‘French’ restaurants.  Yet all that has changed since I moved to Paris.  It’s different when you live somewhere.  I find myself reveling in the local French cafes and restaurants but also partaking of and enjoying the diversity of the Paris restaurant scene.  I am discovering delicious places I would have never tried if I was just visiting, such as excellent Thai, Vietnamese and Lebanese restaurants.

IMG_2724Also, in the past I’ve always purchased the classic baguette at the bakeries.  After all, when in Rome….  But now that I’ve settled into Paris and had time to stuff myself full of baguettes, I have begun to branch out.  Not only do the French know how to make a mean baguette but all their other breads are pretty amazing too.  I am discovering just how good multi-grain baguettes and boules, walnut and whole-grain bread are here.

IMG_2723Luckily I have found two patisseries that I adore within a 2 block radius of my house.  They each have about a dozen types of bread (along with assorted pastries) and my goal is to try each one.  So far, one of my favorites is the multi-grain baguette pictured above, which is vaguely reminiscent of sourdough but lighter.  The seeds add a nice crunch and it is perfect with everything from jambon to nutella.

IMG_2725My other favorite bread is the multi-grain boule that is pictured at the top of this post.  The texture is an amazing combination of soft and crunchy.  I used this for a school lunch the other day with stinky French cheese, apple slices, arugula, spicy dijon mustard and mayo.  The sandwich was so delicious that I plan to make it over and over again.

IMG_2726Oh and if sweet is more your style, they’ve got you covered as well.  This plum tart didn’t last five minutes in my house!

 

La Fournée d’Augustine

96 Rue Raymond Losserand, 75014 Paris

01 45 43 42 45

 

Le Quartier du Pain

 93 Rue Raymond Losserand, 75014 Paris
01 45 42 23 98
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2 responses

  1. Yes the diversity of food is super nice in france and like you I’m a foodie. The last time I was in Paris I went to a simple but excellent restaurant called Chez Gladines (rue des cinq diamants 13e). It is a french basque bistro, always packed, the food is great and is not expensive. They don’t take reservations so you will have to wait for a while but in the front of the bistro you have a bar so you can sip a glass of wine or a beer while you wait

    Have a great weekend

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