This has been FRAISE DES BOIS WEEK for me in more ways than I can count.
It's the first time this year Berthillon put fraise des bois up on the flavor board. Fraise des bois was the first and only flavor Berthillon offered when they opened in 1954. My landlord says he believes he was their 1st customer (at age 4). He put a 1 franc coin on the counter for 1 boul (a single scoop) and is still eating fraise des bois today.
I went into the shop to get as many carte de visit cards as possible to put in your envelopes. Muriel (in the fraise des bois red sweater), the owner of the shop (her father and grandfather opened Berthillon) told me on Wednesday they were expecting a shipment from their special purveyor in Spain but the ice cream would take time to prepare and to come back on Friday.
I remember seeing fraise des bois tartes at Frederic Cassel Fountainbleau.
And admiring them like elegant Dior handbags, but way out outside my pocketbook.
A little searching on the net and I found Frederic Cassel, Pierre Hermé and Berthillon's supplier Arzagot in Malaga - strawberry supplier to pastry stars of France.The line was pretty short on Friday. Even though I was going to meet PB readers for lunch I figured I could have an ice cream 'apero' pre-lunch.
There are whole berries in Berthillon's fraise des bois in case you were wondering. I've never tasted it before. It's just plus .30 centimes more than the other flavors but maybe it seemed too luxe for me.
Living in Paris this past year has been one of the best years of my life but there have been challenges. Counting out centimes like this girl on the Metro has become a daily experience.
But thanks to your response and generous show of support, PBers to the new Monthly sketch letters my Paris life has changed for the better overnight. I've been kicking up my heels all week with so much joy! Pharrell Williams' Happiness song best expresses my delight in your support.
BIG MERCI PBers !