Around Paris: 10th: Du Pain et Des Idées (again)

5 01 2010


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.

Gorgeous galette

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.




11 responses

6 01 2010
hungry dog

What a beautiful galette! And I love that you and Nick split something made for 4–that’s my style, too. Sounds like a perfect sunday morning!

6 01 2010

Oooh, I like this idea! I’m planning to visit Paris for the first time in February or March, so would love to have some trustworthy advice about food in the different arrondissements!

Also, love stinky cheese and fresh fig. I’m going to be keeping my eye out for that one…

6 01 2010

hungry dog – Hey, if you can’t overindulge in pastry every now and then (oh, who am I kidding?) Paris is not the place for you! 🙂

Hannah – So glad you’re excited about it!

6 01 2010

You have no idea!! Paris was always the *first* place I wanted to go to… except instead I’ve been to Mauritius, Japan, and America twice. I fully intend to set aside a day to read through your entire blog and take notes 😀

7 01 2010

Happy New Year! I love the idea for your new blog project. I can’t wait to follow you around Paris. Much cheaper than a plane ticket!

9 01 2010

Ah, la galette des rois ! This one looks as tasty as la boulangerie looks beautiful ! Glad you got the bean… your year will be a great one ) !

9 01 2010

Hannah – Cool, have fun!

Jessica – Indeed. 🙂

isathreadsoflife – Another reason it’s one of my favorite boulangeries in Paris – beautiful inside and out!

9 01 2010

Beautiful galette. American bakers rarely let things brown enough, in my opinion. 😉 Puff w/almond filling–that reminds me of the Pithiviers that we made in culinary school. Same thing, or similar?

10 01 2010

pastrychef – I completely agree with you. And yes, it is a pithivier, except the only people who call it that are people who study/teach in english-speaking culinary schools. Here in The France, it is always a galette. 🙂

15 01 2010

Ah finally!Sounds like a great Sunday! I love the area around Canal St-Martin; I knew it when it was totally undiscovered, about 30 years ago. Having a galette des rois from this boulangerie too is a treat! Aah!

16 01 2010

Tasteofbeirut – Pretty much everything from this boulangerie is a treat. 🙂 I bet the area has gone through a lot of changes in the last 30 years!

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