The Princess by Thévenin

Heavens, a princess! Could it be anything else but pink, graceful and covered in sparkles? Ah… Surely what every little girl dreams of? A world of glitters, bedazzlement and starry-eyed giddiness. The Princess by the Thévenin pastry shop adorns itself with its most beautiful nymph thigh colored gown, and we adorn ourselves with our most beautiful knife. Let’s see what this Princess is made of. Continue reading “The Princess by Thévenin”

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[Los Angeles] Chapter 3 : The Ocean / Lemon Tart by Pitchoun

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At midday, during the hottest hours, we make a pit stop on the Californian beach to lay down right where the water kisses the shore. Lying there on the edge of this land, we have the strange feeling of having been abandoned by the rest of the world. Our feet are warmed up by the fine sand in which they dig deeper and deeper, waves lick our skin as they gradually rise up our legs, finally covering us entirely with their foam, as the rays of sunlight descending from above pierce through our skin. All at once the current strengthens, we feel the power of the ocean which could snatch us from this world at any moment. Soaking wet, tongue dry, we are suddenly gripped by an imperious craving for something fresh. We need something sharp, acidic, which shakes us from head to toe, such as a good lemon tart which one bites into voraciously, eyes closed. Will the one proposed by the Pitchoun pastry shop hit the spot? Continue reading “[Los Angeles] Chapter 3 : The Ocean / Lemon Tart by Pitchoun”

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Manza by Demoncy-Vergne

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It’s amusing, and often surprising, to see the associations we create: the mysteries of the game of seduction often escape us. What brings us apart, and what draws us together? The answer is less obvious than may seem, but it often rests in a couple’s creative potential. Together, the two are worth more than the sums of their parts, creating an alchemy and an equilibrium which are so strong that one no longer sees the pairing’s strangeness. Let us demonstrate this most rigorously by taking the example of the apple-lemon coupling: common flavors which, when artistically paired in the right quantities, pander delightfully to our sweet cravings. The Manza dessert offered by Demoncy-Vergne adopts these two flavors, but will it attain the harmony we crave? We’re about to find out. Continue reading “Manza by Demoncy-Vergne”

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La Souris by Une Souris et des Hommes

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We all have fond memories of biology class – the drosophila, the xenops, the chicken embryos, the sheep hearts, the rabbits and other joyful creatures which we explored. But the dissection of the mouse is perhaps the exercise which leaves the biggest mark in our memories: occurring early on in the path of learning, it allowed us to practice the care and dexterity required for such an activity. Let us take up our dissection instruments again, and turn our attention to another type of mouse: the one currently on offer at the pastry shop-cum-bookshop Une Souris et des Hommes.

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Paul Sésame by Colorova

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Few things in life are as dependable as a lemon tart, and few pastry shops dare experiment with modern twists on the recipe, such is the fierce following enjoyed by this classic. But the chefs at Colrova evidently lack neither boldness nor creativity: their dessert – playfully named Paul Sésame – takes the basics of a lemon tart and adds black sesame in various forms and textures. Should we lament this twist or rejoice in it? Continue reading “Paul Sésame by Colorova”

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