Wednesday, April 11, 2007

Boulangerie


Petit Dejeuner, watercolor, 9" x 11 1/2"
Melissa asked me, would I please visit the chain a boulangerie/patisserie this trip. Since it was right across the street from my hotel on rue de Seine, I had petit dejeuner there.

*Note the petit dejeuner is called "Le Parisien"
I do have a problem with the French insisting on calling Danish pastries, "ViennoiseriesI took this up with Merisi from Vienna, but I forget her response
They have set up this demo tray in the entry so you know what your getting.I think in fact I went all out and got "Le Continental" = The Works.
When C. emailed me in Paris requesting I bring her back boxes of French chocolate,
my immediate response was,
NON! NINE, NIENTE, NADA, DE JEITO NENHUM (Portuguese for NO WAY!)
My bags are filled with what Marcel Proust calls Remembrances of Things Past..True, I do bring back empty chocolate boxes, but that's for still life usage.Do Paris cafes have my picture up? WANTED DEAD or ALIVE for stealing sugar cubes etc.
Petit Dejeuner, watercolor, 9" x 11 1/2"

M. says many cafes no longer put their name brand on glasses etc, like Cafe de Flore, so they won't find a new home. The spoon is from Italy by the way...The dining area...


I love the use of old graphics and typography on their outdoor signs..

15 comments:

Anonymous said...

I knew the paintings would be wonderful when you got back from Paris. I was right. Keep em coming...
Your blog makes me want to go out and find a quaint litte french restaurant for Breakfast..But I don't think I can wait that long to eat... ;-) Toulousaine gave me some 'Banania' from France yesterday.. Think I'll have some of it this morning and pretend I am in a quaint French restuarant. ;-)
Cris in OR

Jen said...

I'm so lucky: I've got a Paul in London Bridge Station, opposite my office. I don't miss Paris so much now (I'm half French, and I missed my chaussons aux pommes...). I do love your paintings. Sigh.

Anonymous said...

When my son was small, I used to actually make those baguettes--I have the curved pans for it and everything--I haven't done that in years, but your photos are making me want to make some...my recipe makes 4 loaves. I could eat them all just slathered in butter. These are great...I love to take home napkins and coasters from places I've visited, too--all that ephemera is so nostalgic...thanks for the vicarious visit to Paris for all of us...

Anonymous said...

ps
Carol, those little jam pottery containers are wonderful, too! They're a perfect, squat size! Love those!

Anonymous said...

I always stay right around the corner from Paul in Paris and go there every visit.
It's fun to see the pictures.
But I wish I was there right now and not in
rainy San Francisco

Anonymous said...

I can't think of anywhere I would rather go upon awakening every Saturday morning. Lovely post and painting.

Anonymous said...

Paul!
He is or I should this bakery is
on top of my list.
I hear he imports his water and flour from a certain part of France.

Again you have scored A+++++ on another wonderful painting!

Anonymous said...

A paris perfect painting!

K and S said...

I love going to the Paul we have here in Osaka, although they don't open until lunch time and don't serve breakfast, they are great for lunch or to pick up bread.

Anonymous said...

I see, you have painted very well les petits dรฉjeuners !
Bon Appetite :)

Catherine said...

There's a Paul in West Palm Beach, strangely enough.

Anonymous said...

This brings back so many nice memories of Paris mornings...
Merci
TERI

Jan's Art said...

Bonjour! your Petit Dejeuner at PAUL watercolors are just lovely. The china just glows!

Tania McCartney said...

I want to go there. Now.

karla said...

this may be way overdue, but here in denmark, we call what you americans call "danish" wienerbrรธd... which means vienna-bread... so in a way, the french are right ;)