It’s January again, and you know what that means: galettes des rois! It also means a new year, and a new project. Last year I visited (virtually or otherwise) a different French region every month. This year I want to focus on my adopted hometown, Paris. My goal is to have (and write about) at least one food adventure in every one of Paris’ 20 arrondissements. I haven’t yet decided if I’ll be doing them sequentially or not, but I’m starting with the 10th because it’s close to home, and home to one of my very favorite bakeries in town. Yes, I’ve already written about Du Pain et Des Idées, but that was before I became a regular. (And before Clotilde convinced me that sometimes it’s ok to repeat yourself on a blog, especially if it is about something that gets repeated frequently on your table.) It is safe to say that I have by now sampled all their products, except the ones with walnuts, to which I am allergic. For those of you who are wondering, the best mini-pavé is the Bayonne-Reblochon-figue, a lovely sweet and savory bite of cured ham, stinky cheese, and fresh fig. I am also a big fan of the seasonal fruit tarts, which for most of the winter consist of apple caramelized in salted butter. But I had yet to try their galette. Until now.
As you can see, it is spectacularly beautiful. Fortunately, it tastes every bit as good as it looks. Nick and I split a small one (which I am pretty sure is intended for four people) for breakfast on Sunday after a morning walk along the sunny Canal St. Martin. The puff pastry is golden, buttery, and extremely flaky, and the almond filling is just right: not too sweet, moist as opposed to dry, and all the almond flavor comes from actual almonds. After polishing off the galette (I got the bean, and used my powers to decree that I didn’t have to wear the silly paper crown) and our mugs of home-brewed coffee, we headed over to the Centre Pompidou for a free Sunday (the first Sunday of the month, many of Paris’ museums are free!) modern art fix. But that’s another arrondissement.
Following me on my adventures around Paris is easy – check out my Platial map, the Gourmand’s Map of Paris. It has markers for places I’ve written about as well as ones I’m keeping to myself. I try to keep it up to date, and give useful information such as addresses, Métro stops, and opening hours. Here’s to a fun new year of exploring!
Originally published on Croque-Camille.