I’m happy to be back in Normandy to celebrate my two-year anniversary of living in France. I wrote a whole post about it, but in short the time has gone by very quickly. I’m especially appreciative for Normandy because without it my overall impression of 2020 would probably be very different. Today’s finds feature a favorite Paris Sunday morning coffee and croissant ritual, Stohrer, the oldest pâtisserie in Paris, a new favorite pâté and more.
Sunday Morning Coffee and Croissants
Sunday morning coffee and croissants is nothing new for me, but I’ve found my new Paris spot. I’ve always loved Le Saint Germain for a weekend café au bar, but for whatever reason it was never my spot for a croissant as well. I have to say…it was pretty much as good as it gets for me in Paris. The croissant was so flaky and crunchy on the outside but perfectly soft on the inside. I’d highly recommend giving it a try.
Tuileries Flowers that Extend to the Musée du Louvre
I’ve enjoyed the flower beds in the Tuileries and knew they were done in partnership with the Louvre, but I didn’t know they actually extended to the Louvre. Outside of the Cour Carrée there’s a small Jardin de l’Oratoire that features the same flower bed designs currently in the Tuileries. I love the contrast of the almost wild looking (but of course very intentional) flowers against the Musée du Louvre.
Pâté au Piment d’Espelette
I can’t tell you exactly what’s in Pâté au Piment d’Espelette (I could Google it, but I really don’t want to know), but I will tell you if you like pâté, this is a variation you need to try. The famous Pays Basque Piment d’Espelette gives the pâté a nice little kick. I’m a big fan of anything with a kick and will definitely be keeping my eyes out for it in Paris.
A Stack of Magazines from the 1940s
Romain’s mom saved a stack of fashion magazines from the 1940’s that she found in the house in Normandy and I am in love. I haven’t had a chance to flip through them all yet because I just got them yesterday, but the articles and ads that I’ve seen so far are so good. I can’t wait to dive into them fully and will be sure to share some snaps on Instagram.
Stohrer: The Oldest Pâtisserie in Paris
Last but not least, I have a new favorite from Stohrer, the oldest pâtisserie in Paris. Stohrer was founded in 1730, so you know anything that’s been around that long has to be good. This time I tried the hazelnut-centric Russe (which I didn’t take a photo of) and it was incredible. Romain said he didn’t want anything and then proceeded to eat more than half of the Russe – it was that good. I don’t think you can go wrong with anything at Stohrer. Next time I will be sure to get two treats!
I hope you enjoyed this week’s Five Friday Finds from France. I’ll be back tomorrow with Weekend Links!