Monday, May 25, 2015

Saines Saveurs, Paris by Bureaucrat

Oiu, oui! Is what I said when the opportunity came up for me to spend a few days in Paris. The fact that I would spend almost as much time on the plane as I would be in Paris was of no concern to me.  

Arriving at 6am on a Sunday, it was dark and really, really cold.  Nothing was open at the time and we couldn't check into our hotel until much later. So in the vein of Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy in Before Sunrise the Lawyer and I rambled around the streets of Paris and our fast-paced conversation was centered around what we could experience at this time of day.  

Our spirits perked up when we stumbled upon some food markets around the fifth arrondissement. A few fresh hot flat breads filled with cheese kept us going until we found Saine Saveurs, a bakery.  The French know what they're doing when it comes to bread - crusty and crunchy on the outside, light as air on the inside, and ever so full of real bread-y flavour.  This salami and cornichon baguette, which was slathered in real butter, was simply divine - parfait!

And how could we not get some pastries? I picked my favourite pain aux raisins, which was crispy, flaky and butter and had a generous amount of plump raisins and nice swirl of custard throughout.  And the pain au chocolat was simply wonderful - sweet but not overly so. 

Verdict: nous avons adorĂ© (we loved it)

You can hardly go wrong when it comes to pastries and bread in France and Saines Saveurs didn't disappoint. 

2 rue de Bazeilles
75005 Paris, 5e

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