Cupcake Monday! The Paris Edition
Yesterday I explained that while I ate a lot of tasty Parisian food, it was devoid of Cupcake Monday subject matter. I promised I would make up for it, which I did, and I have the sweet breath and searing stomach pains to prove it.
First, the savoury (though I must admit I ate macarons for breakfast. They were there.) We had lunch at a nostalgic place, Le Cercle cafe in our old neighbourhood at the corner of Rue Gay Lussac and Blvd St-Michel, adjacent to one of my most favourite places on earth within my most favourite place on earth, Jardin du Luxembourg. Not only are its typically Parisian sidewalk tables great for people watching, you can count how many jaywalkers nearly get run over crossing the intersection! Seriously, it's nuts.
I had the duck confit with frites, Le Cercle has the best, and because all of that wasn't fatty enough I had them with the peppercorn sauce they serve with their pepper steak. I regret nothing!
Having nothing to do but sit, eat and walk around all day, we decided to go somewhere else for coffee and dessert. So we headed down to Les Editeurs just behind St-Germain, a stylish library of a restaurant-cafe with creative dishes that for the most part I have only ogled on other people's tables. A great place for food watching?
We had only coffees - I was saving the sweets for later - but Baby Swelle had the cassis sorbet which came with two chocolate wafers that mostly ended up in crumbs on the table, and how I wanted to eat those crumbs:
Next I was on my way to Place de la Bastille to meet Richard Gilles, you may remember him from that fantastic shopping and pampering tour of Fauboug Saint Antoine he treated us to recently. It was great to spend a bit of time chatting in his neighbourhood at Café Français, and the topper was my personalised tour of the area's best patisseries and chocolatiers.
Seduced by the glossy pinks and rich chocolates of the ultra slick Lenôtre, I went a bit nuts. I was handing over euros for pastries so fast it never occurred to me that they all had to be eaten tonight! Naturally the bar fridge in our room isn't working, either.
We did manage to show this pretty treat from Dalloyau who's boss:
And I just love this mini latch-lid canning jar of strawberry and white peach which I will eat once we locate a spoon!
The packaging came at no extra charge. I love taking home pastries like they're little presents.
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