[Los Angeles] Chapter 5 : Hallucinations / Religieuses by The Sweet Nuns

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It’s almost unnoticeable, barely a little stroke of the tongue. Light as a feather, this little candy which we swallow, eyes closed, nevertheless takes us to a parallel world. It goes to our brain, makes us dizzy. Here in L.A., should one simply go along with the flow, and free oneself of the constraints of the real world? We hang on to our dreams and loose our footing, we leave surrounded by bursts of laughter, which echo in our ears like reminiscences from the past. Mirages, hallucinations pound our head like projectiles. We lose the sense of our own materialness, and a sudden feeling of exhilaration comes over us: the mysterious sensation of having communed – a religious emotion which gives rise to an insatiable appetite, which only the most spiritual treat can quench. There is only one thing to do: make our way to Sweet Nuns in Faircrest Heights, where we will kidnap four religieuses (French for nuns). Continue reading “[Los Angeles] Chapter 5 : Hallucinations / Religieuses by The Sweet Nuns”

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[Los Angeles] Chapter 4 : Love / Raspberry Saint-Amour by Bottega Louie

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The curtain veils ripple like a ghostly appearance in front of the window, rays of dying sunlight piercing through them and scattering throughout our hotel room, like white dust hanging mid-air. We are foreigners on this west coast, where time and space seem to expand with simultaneous gentleness and violence; jetlag casts its shadow on our dark-rimmed eyes. Our thoughts awake us just as we think we are sleeping; melancholy overwhelms us. Illuminated by the backlight streaming in from the veiled window, a silhouette advances slowly upon us, beautiful and mysterious, awakening in us emotions which had long been slumbering. Is the city of angels also the city of love? To find out, it is this Saint Amour which we invoke – or rather purchase – at Bottega Louie, the renowned pastry shop in L.A.’s financial district. Continue reading “[Los Angeles] Chapter 4 : Love / Raspberry Saint-Amour by Bottega Louie”

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Paris-New York by Angelina

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Who cares whether we are travelling from Paris to Brest or from Paris to New York, as long as the journey is a delicious one? For we know how to find pleasure in each moment of voluptuousness, and the journey which blends the tenderness of a generously buttery choux with the indulgence of praline cannot fail to pique our interest. At Angelina’s, the Paris-New York trades the almond and hazelnut of classic praline for the American pecan. This is reason enough to inspect it from top to bottom. Continue reading “Paris-New York by Angelina”

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[London] Three Eclairs by Maître Choux

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Let’s race to South Kensington for the last audition of our week in London, for it is there that Joakim Prat just opened his boutique specializing in éclairs and pastries made with choux (cream puff) dough. This young French pastry chef has already passed through several Michelin-starred restaurants in London, which only sharpens our interest in his creations. How do these éclairs fair? Given they are ambassadors of the art of French pastry amongst our British neighbors, are they pampered and showcased as they should? The stakes are high, so we inspect them without further ado. And we shall be uncompromising. Continue reading “[London] Three Eclairs by Maître Choux”

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Saint-Honoré by Le Mandarin Oriental

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At the Mandarin Oriental in Paris, the Saint-Honoré seems to be pastry chef Pierre Mathieu’s masterpiece. Having already had the pleasure of judging his Lemon Cheesecake, we hold high expectations for this unusually constructed Saint-Honoré. Let us inspect it with our inflexible rigour and decide whether it is worthy of our interest. Continue reading “Saint-Honoré by Le Mandarin Oriental”

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