08 Jul2009


After our lunch at the Marche des Enfants Rouge, we took a leisurely stroll through the Marais towards the 4th arrondisement and the Place des Vosges, Mrs. MM’s favorite square in all of Paris. With identical red brick facades, the buildings face a very green park that is indeed one of the nicest neighborhood parks. We decided to sit on one of the park benches, and opened up our box of pastries from La Fougasse.


Place des Vosges is approximately the same age (some 400 years old) as the market I featured earlier.


We had five desserts for five people; but we split some of them so that we could taste several… Each dessert was topped with a sticker of the patisserie, OTT branding, if you ask me. We had a luscious strawberry tart with incredibly green bits of pistachio, up top.


My personal request was a slice of apricot tart with some blanched almonds, cut from a long rectangular tart. The fresh apricots were ripe, flavorful and still moist, one of the best I have had in a long while.


The Teen requested an eclair, and while I didn’t get to taste it, she seems to nod enthusiastic approval when I asked how it was.


And finally, one half of the raspberry tart which I also tasted and it was delicious as well. Between the desserts and the setting, it was a perfect way to enjoy a leisurely mid-day in the the 3rd and 4th arrondisement in Paris…




  1. natie says:

    what a feast for the eyes and mouth….

    Jul 8, 2009 | 6:56 am

  2. KennyT says:

    This beautiful place reminds me of Intramuros in Manila^^.

    Jul 8, 2009 | 7:10 am

  3. NYCMama says:

    Mmmmm, I had that same eclair the last time I sat at Place de Vosges!

    Jul 8, 2009 | 8:55 am

  4. Artisan Chocolatier says:

    I’m speechless!!

    Jul 8, 2009 | 9:09 am

  5. thelma says:

    goodness! those are all yummy looking desserts!

    Jul 8, 2009 | 9:10 am

  6. tna says:

    That’s one luscious tart! Sounds lascivious but very apt for the first picture. Oh and how beautiful the park!

    Jul 8, 2009 | 9:11 am

  7. Lou says:

    Scrumptious tarts! One of the best things to happen to fruit.

    Jul 8, 2009 | 9:50 am

  8. millet says:

    torture by pictures.

    Jul 8, 2009 | 11:35 am

  9. GayeN says:

    Ohhh!!!! This is torture!!! I can hear my stomach rumbling lol!
    Thanks for sharing MM!

    Jul 8, 2009 | 11:54 am

  10. Fabian M says:

    Kulang na lang kape. ;)

    Thanks for sharing MM

    Jul 8, 2009 | 12:02 pm

  11. ragamuffin girl says:

    your posts have been making me extremely hungry

    Jul 8, 2009 | 2:04 pm

  12. Lava Bien says:

    Can’t wait to take my wife to Paris!

    Thanks for educating/teaching our kababayans some good livin’. I’m sure it gives hope to some to be able to travel and enjoy some old history, good food, new perpspective in life.

    Through the days, I’ve come to respect you.
    I’ve known peeps here in Cali that have the money but no time or desire to travel. They’ve only been to Cali or Philippines (because they were born there) and their kids have not even travelled to the Philippines. I think they’re missin’ a lot.

    My fellow kababayan, please encourage our people to travel or at least inspire others to travel or be succesful in life. Not just for work but for leisure or education.

    Specially Spain, it’s like tracing back our history.

    If all the Filipinos would come out of the Philippines for at least a couple of years we would no longer succumb to the corrupt system of our country. Just look at the results of studying and working abroad have done to MM and his family.

    Love the Philippines!!! Be slaves no more!!!No more GLORIA!!!

    Jul 8, 2009 | 2:44 pm

  13. Vanessa says:

    That beautiful eclair!

    Jul 8, 2009 | 3:01 pm

  14. marissewalangkaparis says:

    Yummmm…pass the eclair please..

    Jul 8, 2009 | 5:34 pm

  15. Ingrid Mediarito says:

    I love good food and traveling! You are a very blessed one for having this kind of life :)

    Jul 8, 2009 | 8:38 pm

  16. Jun b says:

    Yummy….Been away for sometime and the last few topics are really interesting. I need to catch up on them when time permits. Welcome back MM.

    Jul 8, 2009 | 10:10 pm

  17. Albenia says:

    Thank you for all this good photos, at least we get the sight and a wonderful imagining of this fabulous place and dessert you had while in France.

    Jul 8, 2009 | 10:48 pm

  18. patty says:

    Apricot flan – my Parisian desert find. On our last day in Paris, I stopped at a patisserie for some goodies to take with us on our flight back home. The apricot tart looked so thick, luscious and was screaming ‘buy me’. Not wanting to hurt any tart’s feelings, I bought 2 squares. These lucky 2 squares would eventually cause some confusion during the flight and break a woman’s heart.

    When my husband and I decided to eat them midway thru the flight, the woman seated next to him kept asking the flight attendant/s for what my husband was having. Of course, the flight attendant can’t comply and kept saying, “we don’t have that”. The woman finally asked my husband where he got the yummy-looking thing he was eating. Husband replied, “I don’t know. I’ll ask my wife.” :)

    Back home, search for recipe began. Googled for apricot tart; got some results but never really tried them. I discovered a local French bakery and asked if they have apricot tart. Reply was: “We have apricot flan.” Bought those, and that was very similar to what I bought in Paris.

    Jul 9, 2009 | 12:10 am

  19. patty says:

    an ooopsie… it should be dessert find…the sweet, not the arid kind

    Jul 9, 2009 | 12:19 am

  20. Gina says:

    MM, did you have the falafel at L’as du falafel? I had read about this famous place from foodblogs and did not expect that it would be along the route of the Marais walking tour we took. You can’t help but be drawn to the place as there was someone on the street animatedly egging on the tourists to sample the falafel, proudly declaring that the NYTimes considers theirs (and not the competition across) “the best.”

    Jul 9, 2009 | 2:11 am

  21. Vanessa says:

    Gina, I tried L’As Du Falafel’s rival down the street Chez Hannah, as the former was closed for Shabbat when I was in there. The queue at takeout was equally legendary, snaking across the block. Chez Hannah was the bomb! Their fried aubergines was the stuff of dreams. The falafels were scrumptious. It was the taste of Tel Aviv for me. Next time I will compare both establishment’s offerings but it seems that each has a share of fervent followers in Paris.

    Jul 9, 2009 | 5:06 am

  22. Lilibeth says:

    This post just reminded me to make some of those tarts while strawberries and raspberries are still in season and cheap too. Thank you, MM.

    Jul 9, 2009 | 7:55 am

  23. lyna says:

    no wonder the French earned the rights to “French Pastry”

    Jul 9, 2009 | 1:12 pm

  24. Gina says:

    Hi Vanessa. Apparently Mi-Va-Mi, the other falafel place across the street, is also considered a competitor of L’as Du Falafel. This I gathered from reading the blog thegirlwhoeatseverything. There’s another street that we discovered by accident–rue de la Huchette, very near Notre Dame. This is a very narrow street, made even narrower by the riot of Greek, Turkish, and other Middle Eastern restaurants on both sides.The atmosphere is boisterous and colorful and loud, with maitre d’s practically grabbing you to enter their establishments. Pita and chickpea balls and hummus and gyros at every turn.

    Jul 9, 2009 | 2:52 pm


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