Sunday, November 29, 2009

Paris, city of pastries and chocolates

Warning: This post contains serious food porn.

On Friday, as is our Thanksgiving tradition (since last year) we went on a chocolate tour, given by Paris Walks, on the Right Bank of Paris. Our guide, Mary Ellen, an expat who has been living in Paris for 17 years, has a Master's in French History and teaches French school children English, was very good -- as were the pastries and chocolates.

If or when you next go to Paris, I highly recommend the Paris Chocolate Tour. In the meantime, here are some highlights.

First stop Boulangerie-Pâtisserie Gosselin à Paris (Jon and Kate bake great?):

Note: We went to the branch at 125, Rue St Honoré, near the Louvre, and their Opera pastry was the best all of us ever had, which is saying a lot.

Next stop: Le Côte de France chocolatier at 25 Avenue de L'Opera:

Ensuite Chocolat Michel Cluizel:

Et enfin
Jean-Paul Hévin, where we tasted lime-infused chocolates (you put the lime in the choc-o-late you mix 'em all up...):

Mon mari (aka "the spouse"), ma mère (aka "Granny"), ma fille (aka J-THREE-O), et moi also stumbled across a marvelous (and some say the best) macaron (and chocolate) shop in Paris earlier in the week, Pierre Hermé, where we sampled several different macarons:

Here's hoping you had a sweet (or at least tasty) Thanksgiving....

Next up: My Eiffel Tower obsession.


Little Miss Cupcake said...

Yum-o-rama! I think I need to get out more. Now I know where to go! Thanks, J.

EMM said...

P4500 had a very tasty (more heavy on carbs than chocolate) Thanksgiving.

The bon-bons look sublime!

Anonymous said...

Between Turkey Day (stuffing and gravy-yum) and your pictures-I have gained about 12-15 pounds.


Lizzy said...

Sounds divine!!! Who knew - a chocolate tour! Thanks for the inside information!

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marindenver said...

Ooh-la-la! Those look yumalicious! I just posted a link here over in RR's new Food Pron forum.

Sounds like a fabulous trip!