Friday, February 09, 2007

*Le Leche-Vitrine..

Gerard Mulot My nose is forever pressed

Against a French shop window.

Gerard Mulot

I didn't go inside

I felt shy...

When I think of how I passed on by...

Some of the best,

I almost get depressed.

Gerard Mulot

But back at home I can pretend

To go in the door

Of that French store.

I look again

At pictures taken then.

Inside I go.

The curtain lifts,

Begin the show.

There is no snow...

Gerard Mulot's chestnut gateau

*Le leche-vitrine means literally in French to lick the windows.

But figuratively it's an expression for window shopping...

BTW, I went many times into Patisserie Gerard Mulot, mostly to look....

18 comments:

Di Overton said...

Confession - I am a sniffer not a licker. I lurk in Parisian chocolate shops and sniff the air. There's nothing like the smell of good chocolate.

Wanderlusting said...

That Moulet Gateux beige cake looks to DIE for! Is that a dried apple slice used as garnish?

BTW - the New Years Eve in Paris post is up! But it's really not that exciting ;)

Waspgoddess said...

Mmmm... my favourite kind of window shopping.

ShabbyInTheCity said...

If ever there was a time not to be shy...this is it.
Don't be shy, eat the pie!

Anonymous said...

OH MY...drooling here. You need to paint that chocolate cake thing with the ..what are they..big Raspberries..? ..on the top. WOW. That looks good enough to eat and paint. ;-)
Cris

Anonymous said...

"Le leche-vitrine:" What a wonderful expression. Those cakes and sweets look divine.

michaela said...

Bakeries are like museums for the masterpieces of pastries!

kenju said...

I can gain weight looking at them! I saw very similar confections at the Boulanger Patisserie in Versailles last Oct. The eclairs were to die for!

Margaret said...

Such lovely pictures! Your blog is always so inspirational...now, if only I had a bakery like that around the corner. Only in Paris...

Jann said...

gee-wiz, these are great shots-wonderful window shopping!

tlchang said...

Lick the windows - yes! I'm afraid the apparent delectableness would overcome residual shyness... These look incredibly wonderful.

Anonymous said...

every one a work of art. Yum.

purplefugue said...

Oh help!! I think I died and went to heaven! Those cakes look like they belong there, and I bet they taste that way too.

You have awfully strong will-power to not cave, duck in and buy just one slice...or two. Especially those eclairs. I'm a sucker for eclairs. Sigh!!

Helene said...

See, my problem is my other self takes over and I end up entering the shop...and ordering pastry after pastry...
Nice poem!

Anonymous said...

Woa
Where do you go running after all these wonderfull pastries ?

Very nice picture, now I wonder if I will not have a quick round back to my baker !
cheers

Parisbreakfasts said...

josephbouvard..you just have to go to 75, rue de Seine.
AND you don't have to take a plane to get there...

Anonymous said...

^--^

Anonymous said...

Carol,

Love your blog . . . I've done a few "head butts" myself, embarrassingly. Sometimes I just want to crawl right THROUGH the window, I get so intent on wanting to just eat the whole thing...but then I wake up, Cheers, Robin K

PS Are you coming to Paris in Jan/Feb in 2010? I will be there and thought we could meet again and maybe go have lunch together?