The problem with going to Paris is you think, “Oh, I am totally going to to lose weight. The French are SO skinny and I will walk EVERYWHERE.” But what you forget is how delicious the French pastries are and how truly impossible it is to say no. Every morning here, I wake up and tell myself I’m cutting out sugar. Sometimes it works, mostly it doesn’t. So, I decided I would chalk it up to doing some blog research on some of my favorite chocolate and pastries here in Paris.
3 Chocolates You Have to Try in Paris
This list will continue to grow (I’ve only been here two weeks), but in case you decide to come to Paris to visit me (hey Mom), now you have a starting point.
Macarons from Pierre Hermé
I had the passionfruit chocolate, it is moist, dense, imaginative and delicious. But quite frankly, any kind of ganache filled macaron is going to be the best day you ever had. And in case you aren’t getting to Paris any time soon, check out his cookbook and let me know what you think: Pierre Hermé Pastries.
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Angelina’s hot chocolate
I felt like a cliché when Joe and I strolled over to Luxembourg gardens to pop into Angelina. However, it’s cliché for a reason. Hands down it is the best hot chocolate I have had in my life. Maybe you live next door to a fancy chocolate place and they serve you sipping chocolate every day so this is old hat to you. But Gainesville isn’t quite the booming culinary metropolis that is Paris. This chocolate was silky, warm, cozy and decadent. Optimally, it should be drank by a fireplace with a dog, a blanket and a good book. If you don’t have that, strolling through some of the most beautiful gardens in Paris is a close second.
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Chocolate Eclairs from La Pâtisserie de Rêves
And the tastiest bit I’ve had (thus far – remember I’ve got another month folks) is the chocolate eclair from La Pâtisserie de Rêves, which means the bakery of your dreams. And it is indeed what I’ve only dreamt. Yummy, yummy, and bliss are the best words to describe it.
My apologies, I don’t have a very good picture because a) there aren’t many on flickr b) I only had my iPhone when we went c) I ate it before I remembered to take a picture. (It’s the chocolate covered one on the right). But it was divine and if you are ever in Paris this is a must.
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Now I want your suggestions. What hedonistic epicurean sweet am I missing? You can live vicariously through me. I promise to find (if possible) and tell you all about it (rough life I know).