Zéphyr by Pain Pain

Whispers fill the air during the sweet nights of June in Montmartre. Sitting atop the Montmartre hill, we allow ourselves to be rocked by the zephyr wind which carries the perfumes of dusk, basking in the warm golden light. This gentle wind caresses our cheeks and brings new desires, a thirst for things that stir us inside, a longing for fresh and tangy – yet still gentle – pastries. We make our way to Pain Pain to discover their Zephyr, a dessert with a promising name created by Sebastien Mauvieux. Continue reading “Zéphyr by Pain Pain”

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The Flan by Pascal & Anthony

It is accused by some of being too soft, by others of being too thick, and by others still of being in a perpetual in-between. We accept it for what it is: a flan, quite simply. Why ask more of it? We only ask that it be made in an artisanal manner with natural vanilla, quality ingredients, and lots of love. So, what do we make of Pascal & Anthony’s flan? Let us tell you everything. Continue reading “The Flan by Pascal & Anthony”

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Banana Cream Pie by Amami

The most noteworthy desserts are not always lacking in imagination – indeed, sometimes excessive accumulation of various elements leads, paradoxically, to a certain sense of harmony. At Amami’s, the chefs do not turn their nose up at banana, and instead burry it under mounds of cream. Let us explore the Banana Cream Pie created by this Japanese-influenced Parisian pastry shop, whose appearance is a touch over the top. Continue reading “Banana Cream Pie by Amami”

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Vanilla Tart by Utopie

There are moments when the world as it is seems unbearable, when we hit the wall of reality and stop in front of the barriers which rise ahead. Sometimes we feel chained, we give up on ideas which had previously guided our steps, we forsake certain paths… Yet in the end, this lucidity is a gift for utopians who – confronted with reality – search for, build, and escape into a new paradise. We believe that, far from hardening us and making us shrivel up, life’s challenges make us more optimistic. And we firmly believe in utopias. Perhaps we share this conviction with this eponymous bakery and pastry shop, whose specialty – a white Vanilla Tart – we audition today. Continue reading “Vanilla Tart by Utopie”

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The Mandarin by The Mandarin Oriental

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We’ve all reveled in one of those little moments of pure vanity, where we indulge in scrutinizing and studying ourselves with relish. Like Narcissus subjugated by his reflection in the water, we are fascinated by the shiny dark chocolate icing in which our own image is reflected, darkened by a mysterious veil. Our face is printed on the somber and intriguing glaze which coats the flagship dessert of the Mandarin Oriental in Paris: we stare at it and it stares back at us. Oh! What little resistance we put up when stung by the sharp needle of desire. Looking only lasts so long – it’s now time to touch. Let us taste this dessert, soberly names the Mandarin. Continue reading “The Mandarin by The Mandarin Oriental”

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