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"

That one is for us ParisBreakfasts readers!

I do have a problem with the French insisting on calling Danish pastries, "Viennoiseries"

I took this up with Merisi from Vienna, but I forget her expert response - maybe she'll come to my rescue here...

They have kindly 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:

  1. Anonymous10:21 AM

    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

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  2. 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.

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  3. loveitaly12:08 PM

    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...

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  4. loveitaly12:25 PM

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

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  5. 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

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

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  7. 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!

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  8. Anonymous4:03 PM

    A paris perfect painting!

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  9. 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.

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  10. I see, you have painted very well les petits déjeuners !
    Bon Appetite :)

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

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

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

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  14. I want to go there. Now.

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

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