I’m exhausted after a busy Tuesday of eating and walking around the Left Bank of Paris. I hope I don’t forget any of the places I went today, but here’s a quick recap. Breakfast was at Laduree, home of the macaroon. I had a coffee macaroon and it was positively lovely. Sadly I was not permitted to take any pictures of the window displays or inside the store, but the packaging is so beautiful that I’m tempted to buy a box just so I can take the box home with me.
After Laduree, we went to visit a number of chocolatiers and bakeries. Wonderful chocolate tastings at Patrick Roger and Jean-Charles Rochoux and a trip to the chocolate shop of Pierre Marcolini. We met Jean-Charles Rochoux himself and I had possibly the most amazing chocolate hazelnut spread I’ve ever eaten in my life. Aside from being the mastermind of this most brilliant invention, Rochoux was fantastically charming and lovely and signed all of our bags for us. Truly a most super fantastique experience!
Not to be outdone by chocolate, a couple of bakeries really stood out. We sampled bread at Eric Kayser and the kind people at Poilane’s boulangerie took us on a tour of their bakery. It was quite something to watch the process of bread making. Let’s just say there isn’t one bread maker involved….
The afternoon finished with a visit to La Grande Epicerie, which is like the Harrod’s of grocery stores. There I saw possibly the largest containers of Nutella I’ve ever seen. One of my fellow tourgoers has offered to buy it for me because she thinks it’s something I really should have. With a big crusty baguette from Poilane….that would last me maybe a week.
Tomorrow…off to Normandy