An outstanding new French bakery/patisserie/café opened recently in ‘The Barnyard’ shopping & arts center of Carmel, California, only a few winding miles away from my door, and I think these industrious cooks are going to be a big fat hit, even as they help make the local population big and fat … period. The name of the shoppe is Lafayette and they specialize in freshly created EVERYTHING, from delicate crème-filled macarons of alluring pastel hues to croque monsieur sandwiches and earthy little pizzas. Their bread selection (croissants and pain au chocolat included) is nonpareil, along with the rest of the fare, and part of the reason for such excellence can be attributed to particularly meticulous attention to detail, not to mention the fact that they import all of their butter and flour directly from France. Holy Arc de Triomphe, Batman!
That, dear friends, is a.u.t.h.e.n.t.i.c.i.t.y. up at the sharp end.
One will not find more exquisitely crafted or tasty treats in any Parisian atelier and you can believe me, because I have lived and eaten in Paris. Extensively so. Make no mistake about it: the good people at Lafayette (French-speaking and French-born) had better get settled-in for a nice, long stay. If I know anything about my own weakness for such comestibles, then I could conceivably keep them in business single-handedly. Never the less, I’ll have to take a number, like everyone else in line.
My most recent visit to Lafayette also reminded me why Parisians are so uniformly and effortlessly skinny, even though food this scrumptious is never more than a block away from any of them and (in general) they don’t exercise anywhere near as often and as furiously as I do. The answer? Parisians will be content to savor one or two of those little macarons seen on the right in the photo above, whereas I must eat five, along with a tartlette framboise, a beignet au pomme (if steaming hot & fresh out of the oven) and at least one custard-spewing Napolean in a single sitting.
I think that makes a difference when it comes to trepidation about stepping on the bathroom scale. Oink. Oink. Bonne chance, mes nouveaux amis au Lafayette!
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