Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Une bonne idée

Ever since I moved to Paris, I’ve been wanting to try Du Pain et des Idées, one of the best boulangeries in the city.

The problem is, it’s only open Monday to Friday. So it took me awhile to get there.

But, wouldn’t you know, Adorable Isa’s sweet and talented copain, Alexi, is working there. So in addition to sampling bread, a croissant, a chausson aux pommes and an escargot amandes—puff pastry rolled with delicious almond paste and cream—lucky me, I got a behind-the-scenes tour of the kitchen.

Look at Alexi go!

It was a small thrill to see an authentic French boulangerie’s kitchen. The entire staff was so warm and welcoming—something that is truly extraordinary about the French. They are proud of what they do and happy to share it with you.

After Isa and I split a croissant, I took my chausson and escargot home, where it was all I could do not to demolish everything at once. This place is the real deal.

As are Isa and Alexi.

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