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.
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."
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.
In the afternoon I took the metro to Rue de Sèvres and shopped in 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...
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...
All in all, a very good day for me and my sweet tooth!
See you tomorrow again,