I’m thinking of Paris this weekend and how thrilling it would be to stroll by the many chocolateries and patisseries during the Easter holiday.
A favorite moment of mine in Montmartre last fall was watching this charming family that I was fortunate enough to capture in photos. It was a charming (of course, EVERYTHING is charming in Paris) small patisserie and as we were approaching on the cobblestone streets I noticed “un garçon” running ahead of his parents straight toward the window of the shop. His family caught up with him as he was standing on the ledge to get a better view of the goodies inside. (J’adore the soft mint green color of the façade.)
At his persuasive pleading in French, his mother agreed to purchase a yummy treat. Ahhhhh, quintessential Paris moment.
I was also reminded of this colorful box of macaroons from Ladurée that was sent to us as a welcome gift from Philippe, the owner of the Paris apartment that we rented. I can honestly tell you they were as good as they look. You can visit the famous macaroon maker here http://www.laduree.fr/en/scene
What lucky shoppers to find themselves in this scrumptious place. Oh, Paris how I miss you. Food is such an art form in France and everything is elevated to a more delicious state!
My mind travels back to a myriad of endless treats awaiting eager patrons such as myself. I find it is not a chore to wait in line. It is quit pleasant listening to the chatter in French as I make my selections. My mouth thanks me for the reward of tasting such confection perfection. How I would love to have any of the following deserts spread out on my Easter table with all their French yumminess!
Œufs de Pâques en biscuits roses
(Easter eggs in pink biscuits)
Crème au chocolat à la cassonade
(cream in chocolate brown sugar)
Petits nids à la noix de coco
(small coconut nests)
Petits œufs à la nougatine
(small egg nougatine)
Lapins aux pépites de chocolat
(rabbit with chocolate nuggets)
Poule au nid
(chicken in a nest!)
(images 7 thru 13 from Marie Claire Maison)
(recipes here, but in French: http://www.marieclairemaison.com/,recettes-de-paques-originales-et-gourmandes,200088,500064.asp)
I came across this photo below on “google images” and loved it’s simplicity and color. It reminds me of this season so symbolic of life, growth, and re-emergence.
Remember: HE IS RISEN!
Now that’s something to celebrate!
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