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 7 : The Last Day / Fraisier by Chaumont Bakery

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Some journeys are essential; they must be made. We leave and come back not quite the same. As if our lives had seamlessly deviated from the original path ahead. Though this change might be imperceptible when it happens, it nevertheless transforms the future. As L.A. starts to fade into the past, only images and memories remain, moments which are no more but whose trace we will forever carry. We chose one last comforting flavor before departure, considered a childhood treat for many: a Fraisier by Chaumont Bakery. Continue reading “[Los Angeles] Chapter 7 : The Last Day / Fraisier by Chaumont Bakery”

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Le Fraisier by Stohrer

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Let us prolong the pleasures of a season which is too short by returning to a mainstay of summer months: the Fraisier. The pastry of childhood for many, this comfort food nonetheless demands good craftsmanship, and can easily lend itself to an unsuspected refinement. Let us judge the one offered by Stohrer – the oldest pastry shop in Paris, with a storefront dating to 1730 – which follows this pastry’s classic codes. Continue reading “Le Fraisier by Stohrer”

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[London] Vanilla Strawberry Tart by Melba at The Savoy

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There are places whose reputation have forever left their mark on the world of pastry making –and the Savoy hotel in London is undoubtedly one of them. Indeed, it is here that the Peach Melba was invented by Auguste Escoffier in honor of the coloratura soprano Nellie Melba – a dessert which has since made its way around restaurants throughout the world. The hotel recently opened a pastry shop aptly named Melba, which offers various temptations to passersby and clients of the hotel. Among this selection, it is a vanilla, strawberry and rhubarb tart which we decide to cross-examine, for past glory should not prejudice us against the possibility of present excellence. Continue reading “[London] Vanilla Strawberry Tart by Melba at The Savoy”

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Strawberry Tart by La Petite Rose

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We are told, again and again: only eat fruits which are in season! An iron law which we often follow, but sometimes give in to. But how easy and pleasant to follow this rule when the season in question is berry season! Let us not miss this opportunity to be good citizens, and without hesitation inspect the Strawberry Tart by La Petite Rose. Continue reading “Strawberry Tart by La Petite Rose”

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