Monday, August 8, 2011

French Mademoiselle in Paris: Day 5


Today was all about food.
Seeing it, sniffing it, sampling it,
buying it, devouring it, loving it.

I followed Jamie Cahill's list of the best pâtisseries
in the 2nd arrondissement (my neighborhood).

I first headed out to royal pâtissier from Louis XV,
Stohrer to sample their legendary baba au rhum.
Unfortunately it was fermée (closed in French).


Still dying for something sweet, I bought a delightful croissant from Boulangerie Paul.
Boulangerie Paul is as common in France as Starbucks is in America.
I've seen countless shops but I've never been in up till today.

Boulangerie Paul

I then went to G. Detou to browse their endless vary of (mostly bake) ingredients.

"G. Detou has been supplying serious (and not-so-serious) pâtissiers
with every imaginable ingredient since 1954. Shelves are stocked with
tubs of liquid clarified butter, bags of nuts, candied ginger, saffron
and hard-to-find spices, and dozens of types of sugar."

G. Detou

Walking through the wonderful Galerie Vivienne I decided that it was time
to rest my legs at A Priori Thé and sip on a hot chocolate, while enjoying
a scone with "fruits rouge sirop" served with ice cream.

Galerie Vivienne

Galerie Vivienne

A Priori Thé

In the afternoon I took the metro to Rue de Sèvres and shopped in Le Bon Marché.

Le Bon Marché

Le Bon Marché is a department store, very much like the Printemps or Galeries
Lafayette in Paris, but they had an amazing section of baking supplies.
It was very, very hard not to buy everything in sight...

Le Bon Marché

Le Bon Marché

Le Bon Marché

As if Le Bon Marché wasn't tempting enough, I'd made the mistake of entering
La Grande Epicurie, Paris' mecca food store.
Me and my wallet sorely regretted ever entering that store...

La Grande Epicurie

All in all, a very good day for me and my sweet tooth!

See you tomorrow again,


Nicole Schyns said...

Dear French Mademoiselle,
Black monday for your wallet as well! From now on only window shopping? Your photos convince me to visit Paris soon. Sleep well, liefs Nicole

Anonymous said...

Ahh... my dear - you were in my neighbour hood. Le Bon Marche was just up the road from our apartment in Paris. I have to say I somehow missed the bakery section but didnt miss the food. We would often stop and get our supplies from there. The Lavender chocolate was to die for ---enjoy everything!!
I am so jealous.

The Dainty Dolls House said...

Amazing!! I will be going here on my next trip!! I really want one of those mixers!! Keep enjoying xx

Kathy S. said...

I have been following both of your blogs for some time now but never commented. Just want you to know how bright and charming your posts are...and how much enjoyment I get from reading them all. Took my dad to Paris a few years ago and it was one of the best trips ever..longing to go back..

Anonymous said...

I love your blog! Your photos have my mouth watering and my mind racing. You have amply inspired me for my next trip to Paris!

Keep on enjoying!

Liliart said...

Lovely indeed!
congratulations for your blog!