~aventures du louchette flâneurse: 11ème~

November 26th, 2009

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Low-key and lovely Thanksgiving in Monmartre at the home of a journalist friend from high school and college. She managed to bring an impromptu yet impressive table together for a cluster of expats, visitors, and a lone French guest who made a pumpkin pie from a pumpkin. Also had a incredible plum tart, and one of chocolate and pear from (I think) Le Petit Miron. Carmelized bottom. Amazing.

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Monmartre has the city’s concentration of best patisserie (pastry shop) and boulangerie (pastry, bread, lunch menu). Others I plan to try: Au Levain d’Antan, Coquelicot , Le Grenier à Pain. The Le Grand Prix de la Baguette contest awards one shop the Meilleure Baguette de Paris honor each year. There are many types, from Ordinaire, which is least expensive, to Tradition, which is my preference–slightly sour, more oommph.

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I love my neighborhood in the 11th–generally recognized (by Parisians) when I say Rue Oberkampf, a street that dominates the area with shops, bars, restaurants and Bobos–but I envy our host’s proximity to the greatest baguette of Paris!

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