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A Day with an Old Friend

16 Apr

Today I hung out with my friend from Vancouver who moved to Paris. Her parents are French, and she moved to Vancouver when she was 18 months, then moved back to France 3 years ago. What a lucky girl! We went to lots of places, including the Eiffel Tower, Les Invalides where Napolean is buried, L’Arc de Triomphe, Galleries Lafayette etc. She also brought me to less well-known places, including some far off arrondissements and the covered passages. (Photos to follow…too lazy to edit them now.)

After the long, long walk throughout half of Paris, I needed my nourishment! As our walk ended at Rue Montorgueil, I headed there for more amazing food shopping. I wish we had something like Rue Montorgueil in HK!! I guess our wet markets are something like that…where you can find veggies, meat, and bakeries all in one spot. But everything is so much more “gourmet” in Paris sob sob.

First stop: Stohrer. This time I took a few photos of the interior. As you can see, the ceiling is beautiful. The guys working at Stohrer are also very cute and très sympa aussi. I think I mentioned that before? Heh. They immediately switch to English if they sense that your French is moyenne. Of course, for someone who wanted to practice her French like me, that could be bad 😛

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Finally an Awesome Baguette

13 Apr Carl Marletti Belle Helene

Today I stayed in the operating theatre, and there weren’t that many so I got off early again. Off to Rue Montorgueil for food hunting! I had already bought something special from Carl Marletti earlier for dessert.

Chain store...but good!

Chain store...but good!

Demi-baguette Monge

Demi-baguette Monge

Look at the crumb...yum yum

Look at the crumb...yum yum

First stop was Eric Kayser for a baguette as I had only tried their petit pains before. I got a demi-baguette Monge, their most famous baguette. I was lucky to get one still warm!! Obviously, I had to start eating it as soon as I got out. It was soooooooo good. The crust was crunchy rather than brittle, the innards were fluffy, chewy but not too chewy, and made even better by the fact that it was warm. I had to stop myself from finishing off the whole thing before I got home.

The best cheese shop...LONG LINES

The best cheese shop...LONG LINES

Next stop is probably the most popular cheese shop on Rue Montorgueil. Every time I pass by there’s a huge line. I got something to go with my baguette.

Munster Fermier

Munster Fermier

This is the pasteurized version of munster. I actually wanted the unpasteurized one, but they only sell it by quarters, and I didn’t want that much, so I settled for this. I’ve never had munster before. The rind is very sticky, which I’m told is a good sign that it’s ripe. The rind is thin, not like the thick rind of brie. HMm..2 words to describe this cheese: VERY stinky. My hand brushed against it and it remained stinky for a while even after washing my hands. The interior was soft, but not runny. The bottom had a 1 cm layer of extra-soft, extra-stinky cheese which was saltier with crunchy bits…salt? I really liked it and I actually ate the whole demi-baguette with this cheese. SO FULL I feel like I ate an elephant. Recurring theme in my blog? Nonetheless…on to dessert.

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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!