[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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Nuits Saint-Georges by Hugo & Victor

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Nights spent in the countryside have a distinctive flavor. We sometimes wake up in the dead of the night, and tiptoe through the slumbering house to the kitchen. Behind the kitchen windows, we discover a pitch black night, as opaque as Chinese ink, vast and cold, an unfathomable abyss which both frightens and beckons us. We are in the witching hour, when villains and demons come out. Thankfully, Cake Justice is awake and alert. The court passes judgment even at the most ungodly hour. And it’s time for this Nuits Saint-Georges, found at the pastry shop Hugo & Victor, to reveal its truth to us. Continue reading “Nuits Saint-Georges by Hugo & Victor”

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Moist Cinnamon-Blackcurrant Cake with Oat Crumble Top by Claus

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One can wonder at the duplicity of human nature, yet this trait is far from surprising to who dares to delve into the realm of introspection. Our supposed individuality is as changing as it is mysterious. While it may be perceived as the sum of our acts, our feelings and our thoughts, it is in equal measure the sum of their opposites. How many times did we make the unsettling discovery of finding ourselves – simultaneously and in equal intensity – brave and timorous, mature and childish, joyful and morose, in love and unmoved? Like us, cakes also hold in them this disconcerting duality, and need to be understood. This Moist Cinnamon-Blackcurrant Cake with Oat Crumble Top, for example, claims to be simultaneously moist and crunchy. We analyze this cake found at Claus, the Breakfast Grocery Store (Epicerie du Petit-Dejeuner). Continue reading “Moist Cinnamon-Blackcurrant Cake with Oat Crumble Top by Claus”

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Fraîcheur by Pain de Sucre

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When one tastes a pastry, the experience is often like an introspective journey in search of the right flavors, and especially for the emotions which they convey. Fraîcheur by the pastry shop Pain de Sucre is one of those sweets which beckons you on a journey, similar to this same pastry shop’s Gyukuro, which we had previously judged. Its flavor are announced like the program of a culinary excursion, and its elegant caravel shape invites us to step on board. Let us set out to discover this pastry and see whether the journey lives up to its promises. Continue reading “Fraîcheur by Pain de Sucre”

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Blueberry Blackcurrant Tart by Cyril Lignac

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The Chef Cyril Lignac, unavoidable figure of TV culinary shows, has two boutiques in Paris in which one can revel in pâtisseries, viennoiseries (croissants, brioches etc.) and various specialty breads. When we last visited his shop, we set our heart on the Blueberry Blackcurrant Tart for a ruthless cross examination. We were told that it was superb – but does the small screen always speak the truth? We investigated. Continue reading “Blueberry Blackcurrant Tart by Cyril Lignac”

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