P comme p'tit sac
As previously discussed you can walk into almost any shop in Paris and request just one of something. One macaron, one caramel, one cupcake. No one will look down their nose at you. Giving yourself a little/petite treat is respected here. But often the vendeuse will respond to your request with what sounds a lot like
'Empty sac Madame?'
In fact she's asking if you'd like a little sac/bag for your single edible treasure. The French are given to compressing words like an accordian so:
petit becomes p'tit or sounds just like T
So many times I've paused and asked myself why is she asking me if I want an empty sac? C'est comme ca. Don't forget to ask for a sticker or two..
Un p'tit sticker is nice to put on your p'tit Molekine if you have one. The French are very big on the word p'tit. For example p'tit dejeuner and les p'tits refers to the little ones or kiddies...
Have you been to Pistacherie? They have a whole array of p'tit sacs starting at just 50 grm
Their collection of pistachios from around the world could never be called p'tit! These are from Grec and semi-salted.
5, Place de l'Alma 75008
Henri Le Roux is known especially for his CBS - caramels au beurre sale
But I died and went to heaven when I tasted one of his 'orange gingimbre' - not to be missed. Try one!
1 rue de Bourbon le Chateau 75006
I was curious to visit Christolphe Adams new eclair shop, L'Eclair de Genie in the Marais after seeing his pastries at SIRHA
Of course I got his 'baguette' eclaire which comes already wrapped in a newspaper bag. The vendeuse proceeded to place it inside another sac, but I requested un p'tit boite instead. Inside was a thin plaque of milk chocolate sandwiched between 2 layers of chocolate-flavored whipped cream plus a layer of framboise jam on the bottom half like...I don't know what!? Unique to say the least.
14, rue Pavee 75004
It's easy to end up with quite big collection of p'tit sacs in Paris.
What to do with them?
So what French expressions do you know that begin with p'tit?