|By Lana (Lana) on Monday, August 18, 2003 - 11:03 am: Edit|
My name is Lana. I've being reading discussions on this side for two years now but was to shy to participate. I am dessert caterer and cake decorator relatively new in the business. I learned a lot from reading this forum. You all are great. Originally I am from East Europe; I make my desserts from scratch, mostly French pastries.
In the end of September my husband and I are going to Paris. It will be our first visit and we are much exited. Now I need your advice. Please give me names and addresses if possible of "must see" pastry shops and equipment stores in Paris.
|By Pastrygirl (Pastrygirl) on Tuesday, August 19, 2003 - 02:59 am: Edit|
I've never been to Paris, but I'm excited for you! There's a book called "Paris Sweets"... pick it up if you want to find the best places in Paris for pastries and candies. But, THE ONE THING that I suggest that you try are the MACARONS! They aren't the nasty coconut things they have here in the States. They are these slightly crunchy-soft pastries that are filled with silky ganache usually...WOW! I had a French Chef do a demo on these things. They blew me totally out of the water!
|By Pastrycrew (Pastrycrew) on Wednesday, August 20, 2003 - 02:52 am: Edit|
you may want to check out hediard, fauchon and la duree while you're in paris. there are tons of places but those three are a good start. you may also want to check out Gaston Lenotre as well, there's a couple of their stores around. They also have books, especially check out La Duree, perhaps you can pick up a copy of Pierre Herme's book.
There's one store called MORA that sells equipment, tools etc. Just around the corner there's another store as well, but I can't remember the name :/
You'll have to check out on a map and a telephone book for the addresses but they're worth it. Those three pastry shops are very popular, a resident should be able to give you easy directions as well.
It's been a few years since I've lived in Paris, but hope this was a little helpful. I would ask around a lot when there to find out the hottest new shops.
All the best,
|By Matisse (Matisse) on Wednesday, August 20, 2003 - 08:35 pm: Edit|
You cannot go to Paris without running into a good patisserie. They are on every corner. Especially, check out some family owned neighborhood bakeries where you find so many versions of pithivier or religeuse and such.