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All the Big Names

21 Apr

This week’s been boring at school. For some reason, most of the surgeries have been facial surgeries like lifting, eyelid surgeries, cancer excision. That means that if I scrub up, I’ll be pretty useless standing there…and probably being in the way as well. I miss last week, especially Thursday when I got to actually scrub up and help with the surgery. There was an abdominoplasty where it was just me, an intern, and an extern in the OT. I handed them instruments, did diathermy, handled all the equipment. The first time I actually felt useful in the OT. Hopefully next week (my last! :() will be more fruitful. Left early today to go to the Louvre…

Afterwards, I did another patisserie march. First stop was Carl Marletti again. Remember last time I had an AWESOME Belle Helene? This time was pretty awesome too.

Carl Marletti storefront

Carl Marletti storefront

Carl Marletti: inside the store

Carl Marletti: inside the store

This time I managed to get shots of the exterior and interior. Like I said, it’s very low-key and you’d miss it if you weren’t looking. It’s across the famous Saint Medard church and right next to a bright, shiny, Greek traiteur. Inconspicuous, but its pastries are not.

My haul...all the pretty bags

My haul...all the pretty bags

I then headed to the Grands Magasins to get some big name pastries. I had planned to get a Tarte Tatin from Laduree at Printemps, then an Opera at Dalloyau. Unfortunately, Laduree was out of Tarte Tatins, and I settled for something at Cafe Pouchkine, which is a Russian royal pastry cafe with a pop-up store at Printemps. By the way, Grands Magasins is paradise…shopping AND food paradise. I guess it’s a good thing I don’t live in Paris…or else I’d go bankrupt in a few months (or weeks)? SO first, an amuse-bouche…

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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 brisĂ©e 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

HurĂ© 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 sablĂ©s, 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…