about this blog

Who is the Food Network Addict? He's the guy serving up the latest news and gossip on your favorite celebrity chefs. From Rachael Ray to Ina Garten, Paula Deen to Giada, he's got you covered. Stop by daily and feed your addiction.

blog advertising is good for you.

Friday, July 31

Petit Paris Post: Poilane

When I was in Paris last week, I knew I'd have to make time to visit the world famous Poilâne bakery, the Ina Garten recommended boulangerie featured in her Barefoot in Paris special and cookbook.

Getting there was kind of an ordeal. After the RER train broke down one stop away from the airport on the day we arrived, I thought my experiences with travel disruptions would be over. Not so.

Overall, the metro in Paris is great. It runs everywhere I needed to go, so I decided to take metro to Poilane. So, I got out my little ticket, entered the station, and got on a waiting train. Well, there was a disruption almost immediately after getting on. Not knowing French, I simply followed the others out of the metro car after the announcement in French was made several stops before my intended station. No one seemed that upset. I waited with the other morning commuters until another train came and got one. Two stations were passed and another French announcement came on over the loudspeaker. This time, people seemed to be getting perturbed.

Once again, we had to exit at this station, only this time there were metro employees yelling at us to get out of the station. I asked someone I heard speaking English what was going on and he didn't seem to know, either. Oh well... I'll just walk, I thought.

I had a copy of Clotilde Dusoulier's (Chocolate and Zuchinni) wonderful book Clotilde's Edible Adventures in Paris with me and found what sounded like a great crepe stand to check out before hitting Poilane. Well, sadly, after checking multiple maps and wandering small streets, the spot was no longer there (now up on Clotilde's updates page). Perhaps someone was trying to make sure I arrived at Poilane on an empty stomach, I thought.

Giving up, I popped in to the cafe next door and grabbed a coffee at the counter, just like the dapper businessmen who came in for a few seconds to read the paper and drink a quick coffee. It was a cool environment.

Moving on, I was only a few blocks away from the charming bakery known as Poilane. I peeked inside and finally spot those signature loaves with the trademark P stamped on the front.

I told the friendly salesperson I'd like one pain au chocolat & one small loaf of bread, paid the clerk, sampled one of their famous "punition" butter cookies, and made my way out to find some place to dive into the goodies (I was hungry since there had been no crepes earlier).

I had read that eating in public, other than at street cafes, was considered uncouth in Paris, so I tried to avoid smearing chocolate all over my face and avoided eye contact with all passerbys.

It was so good--buttery, flakey, and just enough chocolate. I ate it so fast that I actually walked back to the bakery and got two more, plus two croissants for good measure.

There's definitely a reason Poilane is considered by some to the best bread in Paris. You have to check it out if you make it there. I miss it already.

Labels: ,



At 7/31/2009 7:48 PM , Blogger Marie said...

Things have changed in Paris,Jacob. I see people walking to the metro while talking on their cell phones, eating a sandwich, or smoking. I love being in a cafe but the business types are as busy as we are during the work week it seems. I know this is your first trip- but I have seen things change. Perhaps your readers can share what is new

At 8/03/2009 2:20 PM , Blogger rebekah said...

will you post more about your trip?

At 8/04/2009 9:35 AM , Blogger jacob said...

Yes-- soon!

At 10/27/2011 3:28 AM , Anonymous RS Money said...

Overall, the metro in Paris is great. It runs everywhere I required to go, so I made a decision to think about metro to Poilane. So, I obtained out my tiny ticket, entered the station, and obtained over a waiting train. Well, there is a disruption practically immediately right after getting on.
What can we do in the relax time ? Listen to the music, watch TV, how about play the online games? We can play the WOW to spend the boring time and can also get the best WOW Gold during play the game. We can also play the famous Korea online games--Tera, this game is very famous in the world and there are many World Of Warcraft Gold waiting for you! And we can also play the.

At 2/09/2012 9:02 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Fossil cambridge satchel - Fossil is famous for making fashionable and trendy handbags and the Camille satchel is one of their best. This colorful hermes handbags discount satchel is functional, durable, and very easy to wear. It has a woven drawstring trim and o-ring accents attached to the 8.5-inch shoulder strap which makes hermes kelly bag very attractive.

At 2/23/2012 7:56 PM , Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think in Portland - do a grilled cheese celebration all through the holiday.Cheap Soccer Shirts|Cheap Soccer Jersey|Cheap Football Shirts|henry 12 arsenal jersey|messi jersey 10 argentina|fabregas jersey arsenal|david villa barcelona youth jersey|benzema soccer jerseys|cristiano ronaldo real madrid jersey|cheap rooney soccer jerseys|kaka soccer jersey|real madrid shirt|new fc barcelona jersey|argentina jersey 2012


Post a Comment

Subscribe to Post Comments [Atom]

<< Home

CrispAds Blog Ads


blog archive