Tuesday, July 07, 2009

Boulangerie!

A boulangerie for a Frenchie is like a pub or local for a Brit. They go in daily, even 2X a day or more.
I had to paint a PB reader so I got upclose and familiar with boulangeries.

This was my local boulangerie last trip but I never went in even once!Too many lines I guess.

This was my local boulangerie when I stayed on rue Vavin. I never went in there either, but now I go all the time for their great grainy baguettes. Go figure.

Always march right in.

When you see this sign in the window/vitrine. This is the equivalent of an Olympic Champion du monde gold star winner for baguettes!

This is the President's boulangerie - not to be missed under any circumstances!

Our bakeries could take a few lessons from a Paris boulangerie...maybe a lot of lessons! So pretty and inviting.

Another reason to go inside.

I love their old-fashioned paper bags too.

Boulangeries are the best place to pick up a terrific sandwich. The bread at SECCO is to die for. All the kids know this and line up at noon.
One thing you probably won't find in a boulangerie. You have to go to a patisserie for this!C'est la vie...
BONJOUR BOULANGERIE!

25 comments:

  1. Oh ... be still my heart ... ;-)

    Simply gorgeous, appetite-inducing post with a beautiful painting to boot!

    Love the image with the shadow cut-out breads in the shop window.

    May I mention that Vienna has great bakeries too?

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  2. As if I wasn't missing the food as it was... Fabulous post with wonderful photos!
    xo

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  3. Foodwalker10:52 AM

    Even in Maury there might be a line at the Boulangerie.....at least two people ahead of you! But, as I have told you, our baker really needs to work on his baguettes.
    Have you ever tasted Acme baguettes from Berkeley? Pretty good but chewy not crisp.
    xxx

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  4. Janine10:56 AM

    I love these facades..
    So uniquely Parisienne.
    Where else can you find these, outside France?

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  5. I miss boulangeries when I was in NYC. Now, I have many boulangeries, but I miss NYC!!!!!

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  6. That bread would make a samdwich to die for!

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  7. When I first visited Paris I remember being so charmed that I saved the boulangerie/patisserie bags from each of my purchases (if they were not so smeared or butter stained) and wrapped my friends souvenirs in the authentic Parisian gift wrap (the said bags). They were charmed too.

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  8. When I first visited Paris I remember being so charmed that I saved the boulangerie/patisserie bags from each of my purchases (if they were not so smeared or butter stained) and wrapped my friends souvenirs in the authentic Parisian gift wrap (the said bags). They were charmed too.

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  9. When I first visited Paris I remember being so charmed that I saved the boulangerie/patisserie bags from each of my purchases (if they were not so smeared or butter stained) and wrapped my friends souvenirs in the authentic Parisian gift wrap (the said bags). They were charmed too.

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  10. Anonymous1:02 PM

    Hi Carol,

    Fun blog as always.

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  11. Thank you Carol,
    We LOVE the portrait!

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  12. great as always...the tile photo made me laugh, as on first glance, it looked like a bathtub surround. Now, THAT would be something!

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  13. Our bakeries could take more than a few lessons..they haven't a clue over here.!!!Well that is a bit harsh I suppose, depends where you live, but the majority should be sent to France to get some lessons!!

    Your first lines make me laugh, I don't know many people that go into a pub once everyday or two or three times, no way is it like that here. And our pubs sometimes do not open til evening or they open for lunch for 3 hours and then in the evenings...I would like to know how you came too this way of thinking :-) :-)

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  14. Restoration England Anne is where I got this idea Anne of Oxford.
    maybe I should have added a "but"
    It's the French who go back again and again to the boulangerie in one day..ahem

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  15. bonjour!i just have to tell you how much i adore your blog,posts and especially art! i am planning to move abroad within the year and you have kept my spirits high.some days when people say"are you crazy?" i think of where i will be soon and keep on working towards my goal. thank you so much for inspiring me. ann-marie

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  16. Oh my, you've made my stomach growl and my mouth water. I miss all the wonderful breads and pastries, and those sandwiches..!!!

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  17. The patisserie and boulangerie experience in Paris is thoroughly unique. I was just thinking about that the other day. It's like walking into an art gallery with all the finely crafted breads or pastries on display waiting for you to admire - and eventually purchase, and enjoy! I wish I lived in Paris.

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  18. nancy6:12 PM

    I took my French staff and American intern to Angelina's for lunch (we were six) to say farewell to the intern (college student, so impressive) and we reserved a table and had a lovely lunch in August, despite the tourist crush.

    I've heard that the bagged chocolate mix is not a success. Have you tried it?

    nancy

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  19. Love that boulangerie painting, Carol! Yahoo--great job! I think I could very easily live in a boulangerie and be very happy--everything I'd ever want would be there.

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  20. Alice9:10 PM

    I only looked at a little of it and instantly gained 5 pounds.
    OY VEY
    Alice

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  21. How common is it to find a boulangerie with the olympic champion rating (too tedious to copy the text in French!) or the presidential seal? Every other boulangerie or every 10th or every 100th?
    I, for one, am glad our bakeries have not taken lessons from the French - I'm too easily drawn in already! :-)

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  22. I just found your blog and can't wait to look through all of the posts. I'm so excited. I love it already.

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  23. Yes they are the equivalent to our Pubs but at least you come out sober

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  24. Julie5:30 AM

    Yes, they are pretty and inviting, but mostly divinely delicious, they put us to shame.

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  25. I love reading your blog, it is like traveling in an armchair. Beautiful images both photos and paintings.

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