Tag Archives: Hure

Hectic Tuesday

26 Apr Passionata from Boulangerie Julien

This morning, I spent the morning scrubbed in with Dr. Pulvermacker in the OT. As I caught a cold, I wasn’t feeling very well and left early….

Really small

Really small

Headed to the Musee de l’Histoire de la Medécine at the 2nd floor of the Faculty of Medicine in the université de Paris V René Descartes. It was really small, occupying just one room. Interesting…but not TOO interesting. Gonna go to Musée Dupuytren tomorrow, which holds a lot of wacky medical specimens. Should be more interesting!

Un Dimanche à Paris

Un Dimanche à Paris

Being a bit hungry, I headed across the street to Un Dimanche à Paris to get one of their mini trio sets. I wish I bought more of their stuff, as everything was really good! The mini lemon tart was….very tart! But had a sweet lingering citrusy note….the tart base was very crispy. The eclair was OK. I’m beginning to think I don’t really like eclairs lol because I’ve had 2 just OK eclairs these 2 days from 2 great patisseries, so maybe it’s just me. Finally, the mini chocolate fondant was verrrrrryyy melt-in-your-mouth. I wish I had a giant version of this.

Then, I headed to Montparnasse to look for Des Gateaux et Du Pain….i kept on walking in the wrong direction till i got there 1 hour later 😦 with very sore feet. And………….found out it was closed. 😦 Argh!!!! I really wanted to try the Pomme Tatin. Don’t think I’ll have time to come all the way out there in the next few days either. Oh well…next time.

So i went back to the Les Halles area as I wanted to go to the kookai outlet which closes at 7:30. I got there at 7:00 pm, and they didn’t let me in anymore. BOO. To heal my disappointment, went into Monoprix to get a Petit Pain aux Raisin Poilane (which tasted not very special either). Then I went to Rue Montorgueil…wanted to run into cute salesguy at Kayser. He wasn’t there, so I left (JUST KIDDING…I wanted a ficelle and they were out). Ok. Maybe NOT so kidding haha….nonetheless, I headed to Stohrer instead to do the same thing (KIDDING…although the salesguys at Stohrer ARE incredibly cute). Actually, I wanted to get their tarte aux fraises bois, but they were out ALSO 😦 It’s only 7 pm! So I got some chocolate thing called a Marie something…which was dark chocolate wrapped around praline with half a cherry glacé on top and half on the middle. It was…kind…tasteless. I threw it away after 2 bites.

Continue reading

It’s Friday! Friday!

8 Apr Random patisserie on Rue Parmentier...so pretty!

Unfortunately, gotta keep this entry short as I didn’t get to go goodie hunting much today. Today I watched a few surgeries, and was really really tired. Lunch was a brioche bought from one of the many many bakeries around the area I live…this bakery appears to suck though. I think they source their breads/vienoisseries/pastries somewhere else, as there is never a great smell of bread wafting from their store, and this brioche tasted like Maxim’s bread. I’m not even kidding. It was very uniform in shape, the crust was tasteless, and the innards were tough. It was also a scary yellow…I know brioche uses lots of eggs, but still…it didn’t taste eggy either.

Brioche

Brioche...kinda commercial in taste & texture & COLOUR

So on the way back to school for more surgeries, I passed by this bakery near the metro station of my hospital.

Random patisserie on Rue Parmentier...so pretty!

Random patisserie on Rue Parmentier...so pretty!

And got a financier. Which I devoured immediately and didn’t take a picture of. After my long, long day, I took the metro to the Rue Montorgueil area as I was craving bread today. I decided to do a taste test between Boulangerie Kayser and Boulangerie Paul, both big names in the bakery scene. Unfortunately, both were out of petit pains au naturel and I can’t finish 2 demi-baguettes…so I had to get a petit pain au complet (whole wheat bun) from Kayser and a bacon bun from Paul.

Taste test: Kayser Petit Pain Complet vs Paul Petit Pain Aux Lardons

Taste test: Kayser Petit Pain Complet vs Paul Petit Pain Aux Lardons

I was so enamored by my bread that I forgot to take a picture of the innards. Don’t worry…I’ll be back though. 😉 The Kayser bun was really really good….the crust was chewy and toasted to a crisp crust. The innards were moist, chewy, and actually did taste whole-wheaty, unlike many so-called “wheat” breads in HK. Paul’s bun, on the other hand, didn’t fare so well. The skin was tough and tasted floury. The innards had that same floury taste..but the bacon saved it. Can’t go wrong with bacon. I’ll be back to try their baguettes someday….this isn’t really fair basing their quality on a petit pain.

Huré again!

Huré again!

Of course I needed something sweet to end my day. I ended up at Huré again, the neighbourhood bakery I featured 2 days ago. I got one of their most expensive creations (I think it was around 4 euros)…a chocolate dome topped by a macaron called Le Marais, perhaps a tribute to the area they are located in.

Le Marais

Le Marais

Le Marais Innards

Le Marais Innards

From top to bottom, Le Marais consists of a biscuit base, a layer of cream, a caramel tasting ganache-y layer, milk chocolate ganache, and wrapped in a dark chocolate glacé layer. This wasn’t very good…the biscuit base was soggy. The milk chocolate ganache was reaaaaaaally gooey and I already let it come to room temperature a bit. The glacé was very thick and chewy and sugary. If it was a bit thinner, it’d work better. I have a very high sweet tolerance, but this was still way too sweet and stuck in my throat. I had to wash it down with water. =S Should have gone to Stohrer instead while on my bakery march.

Well, really tired now….off to bed, hopefully for a great exploring weekend tomorrow. The weather looks promising!

The French Love Pistachios

6 Apr Giant Palmiers

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.

La Montmarterie

La Montmarterie - random but good

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.

La Tarte Normande

La Tarte Normande - apple almond custart tart

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.

Beautiful day seen from Hopital Saint Louis

Beautiful day seen from Hopital Saint Louis

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?

Atelier Huré - 18 Rue Rambuteau

Atelier Huré - 18 Rue Rambuteau, 75003

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).

Giant Palmiers

Giant palmiers - more than 1 feet across!!!

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.

Package of delight

Package of delight

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?

Eclair Pistache Framboise

Eclair Pistache Framboise
Eclair Pistache Framboise

Eclair Pistache Framboise

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.

Weird wafers!

Weird wafers - gouda!!

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…