I have been doing daily research on the croissant d'amande in the Luberon. This straight-up boulangerie is in Saint-Saturnin-les-Apt. Hands down they can beat out Paris every day of the week in the croissant d'amande arena. I'm ready to put good money on it.
FYI, a croissant d'amande is a day-old croissant flattened, filled with almond frangepane, sprinkled liberally with slivered, toasted almonds sprinkled on top. Provence being the home of French almonds, I'm guessing (and hoping) they are usung the local product, thereby achieving a far better tasting end result.
Naturally when we went to another hilltown the other day, Saignon, I felt obliged to do a little comparative testing.
Chez Christine is a cosier pastey shop.
Their croissant d'amandes are bigger and pricier, but not necessarily better.
Still you must factor that you're sitting under a red umbrella at chez Christine's cafe
With a stunning view of Saignon's romanesque church perched on a hill. All the towns of the Luberon seem to be perched on a hill (why getting wifi here is rather frustrating...ahem).
One mustn't grumble but Angelina could really clean up in the hot chocolate area here.
Nestle's, please go away from all Luberon cafes and stay away IMHO.
I would love to meet Mireille, the owner of this charming facade in Saignon. Pretty adorable you have to admit oui?
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