On our second morning in Paris, we had arranged to meet with a couple of very good friends, she an old classmate from our high school days, and we suggested an early lunch in the Marais district, in the 3rd arrondisement. I wanted to check out a market in the area, as suggested by “mikel” a long-time reader with extensive knowledge of the local food scene. But wandering from the metro station on the way to the market, we passed by a bakery with an utterly stunning display of pies and tarts in the windows…
We stopped briefly then kept walking down the street, only to circle back and check out that bakery again. A serious line was forming outside the bakeshop and the last time I saw a line of customers outside a Parisian shop, it was tourbus loads of Asian tourists lined up outside the Louis Vuitton main branch… So we figured they must be doing something right and decided to get in line, whatever the brouhaha was about.
We bought a box of assorted fruit tarts and other goodies and since everyone seemed to be buying baguettes, Mrs. MM had them throw half a baguette into our purchases for good measure. We decided to enjoy the pastries for dessert after lunch, but as soon as we got outside the doors of the store, pulled out the french bread and tasted it…
…SUPERB! One of the finest baguettes I have ever tasted. It’s amazing how something so basic, and made millions and millions of times a week can be so incredibly superior to the average specimen. The crust was crisp yet yielded to a chewy, light and tasty interior. Amazing. Some things I would never aspire to make. Expecially if you can go out every morning (if you lived in this neighborhood) and just buy it! I looked the bakery up later and it seems that they are quite well known for amazing pastries and bread. If I’m not mistaken, the owner even won some award for some of the best baguettes in France. A serendipitous discovery. Don’t miss La Fougasse if you visit the Marais.
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