I’m starting to get the flow of things at the hospital…and I’ve made friends with some of the nurses. Also, my understanding of French is getting better…so things are going well 🙂 Today had to purchase insurance for my attachment, so I ventured out near the Montmarte area. This part of Paris is very different from what I’ve seen…here, it was a lot busier, a lot noisier. Hmm…you can say it’s like Tsimshatsui in Hong Kong. In fact, there were a lot of Indians/Middle East men standing around on the streets asking tourists to buy this and that…………it’s so TST, right?? I didn’t have much time for lunch, so I wandered around until I found a boulangerie/patisserie.
I bought a Tarte Normande, which is a pâte brisée filled with custard, almonds, and topped with apples and powdered sugar. Unfortunately the photo I took was really blurry, so you’ll just have to imagine. I had it cold, but I found out that it’s supposed to be better warmed. I ate it while walking to an insurance company as I had to buy insurance for my elective though, so I had to eat it cold. It was a huge piece and filling…and only 2 euros.
Well, after that, it was back to school for another grueling few hours of outpatient consultations. Got out of school around 8 pm, and the sky looked like this.
Ahhh April in Paris is like June in Vancouver (and never in Hong Kong…damn pollution)!! So off to my daily pastry march again. Where did I end up today?
Huré is a bright, modern boulangerie/patisserie which almost looks like a chain store, but only has one other shop in Paris. It always has a longggggg lineup in the late afternoon with locals getting their daily baguette. They have a beautiful window display as well, with sablés, cakes, tartes, and other goodies seen from the street. Within the store, there are huge glass displays filled with various goodies, traditional and innovative. However, I did find that their pastries are a bit on the expensive side considering their ingredients and innovativeness (3.xx – 4.xx euros for cakes).
They also had these GIANT PALMIERS which were bigger than my face……really cheap too, considering the size. I’ll get one one of these days and photograph it next to some familiar items to let you get an idea of the size. It’s a shocker and an instant attention-getter.
I, however, got something a little more refreshing. This cute pastry grabbed my attention by its pretty spring colours. Oh, by the way, I need to mention how I LOVE the way Parisian patisseries wrap their cakes! For those who don’t offer boxes for one pastry (less upscale bakeries), they wrap them in paper which is folded into a pyramid. It seems like all the bakeries do this…and it’s amazing how sturdy this paper pyramid can be! SO what was in MY pyramid?
See? I told you the colours are soooo pretty! It was light green and dark raspberry red, with really pastel piped cream nestled inside the eclair. I was actually really craving chocolate that day and was going to get something chocolatey, but one look at this and I knew I had to get it. Something interesting I’ve noticed is the French love pistachio flavoured things. I’m sure you’ve all had pistachio macarons. They also have pistachio eclairs like this one, pistachio flan, pistachio sables, and the list goes on. They even have pistachio YOGURT!
Surprisingly, pistachio goes really well with raspberry not only colour-wise but flavour wise. The cream inside was lightly flavoured with pistachio, and the strong-flavoured, juicy, tart raspberries complemented the smooth rich cream very well. The icing was sweet, and tasted remotely of pistachio. The choux, unfortunately, wasn’t very good. It was a bit dry. So in conclusion, the best part was the innards.
To end this post…let me show you something weird I found at the supermarket. Gouda wafers! These were quite addictive…the filling is kind of like the texture of Garden wafers – a bit oily and grainy. The cheese flavour and smell was very strong…these actually went quite well with milk. My salty-fix when I had too much sweets! Don’t worry…I’ll have real cheese too…