Monthly Archives: September 2016

Du Pain et Des Idées

Christophe Vasseur’s breads are worth crossing town for, and many people do. Beyond the famous pain des amies pictured above, his viennoiseries are really something special. Croissants and pain au chocolat are reliable, but the various escargots, with flavors that change with the seasons, always present a delicious dilemma. On a recent visit, both the pistache chocolat and citron amande made it into my bike basket. The chausson aux pommes is filled with pure, not-to-sweet apple, and is something of a revelation for those used to run of the mill apple turnovers. Sample your sweets (or some of the savory breads sold from a basket near the register) at the picnic table outside, or on a bench at the banks of the nearby Canal.
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Taste of the Latin Quarter

About this tour

Throughout its long history, the Latin Quarter has hosted the city’s most prestigious educational institutions, along with an eclectic mix of students. More recently, and more in keeping with our gluttonous aims, the area has seen the arrival of prize-winning cheesemongers, sweet shops and other food artisans.

What we’ll taste

In addition to sampling savory charcuterie and cheeses from one of the most historic cheese affineurs in town along with bread and wine, we’ll be sharing a wide array of treats along the sweet spectrum. That includes  chocolates from the hand of a Meilleur Ouvrier de France (an MOF – the highest rank for a French chocolatier), and the city’s best lemon tart. Although we will be sampling a bit along the way, the bulk of our tasting and discussion will take place while seated in a comfortable wine shop where we can select and pair different wines to enjoy with the wonderful items we’ve collected during our walk.

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