Tuesday, August 27, 2019

Paris Ice Cream Chariots

Yes it is HOT in Paris (90 degrees). But not as hot as in July (104 degrees). The buses were free yesterday (so Parisians won't faint in the street)? What better antidote to the heat then ice cream/glace?
On Saturday post-pool I went to the new Pierre Hermé cafe at Odeon, 125 bd Saint Germain. They have an ice cream chariot outside. All flavors are based on Hermé's macarons. I got the 'Montebello'; pistachio + strawberry (3€) They said 'Ispahan'; rose, raspberry, litchi was their most popular. Inquiring minds etc..
The smallest size goes down so fast its hard to tell what it was other than cold. I have concluded Paris is 'Ice Cream City' second only to any town in Italy.
Paris is definitely first when it comes to chariots, ice cream or other-wise. Tell me this isn't so. Daily I have been hunting ice cream.

Sunday I bought small pots to paint from Picard,(no chariot sadly) the frozen food specialist (2€ each). Their cerise/griotte studded with black cherries is divine. Blueberry/mure is a good runner-up.
I saved my Hermé orange cup for painting still lives.
Yesterday I made ice cream rounds in the 6th post-pool.
Lots of chariots in sight.
Though I ended up with an all-pistache from 
Grom who has no chariot. You're entitled to 2 flavors. I have yet to try any other flavor in 12 years. Call me unadventurous. Admittedly if Pozzetto was next door like they are on rue de roi de Sicile, their pistachio wins the day.  Suggestions for today's ice cream are welcome. Thanks for reading and sharing Parisbreakfast. Subscription Paris letters 💌, maps and ice cream chariot watercolors are in my Etsy shop. With love💋from Paris🐻🍦

28 comments:

  1. Kathleen10:01 AM

    I don't think I have ever had pistachio ice cream...not sure where I would find it in Denver but will look around...

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    1. This is Tragic.
      You must move. Puleeze🙏🏻

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  2. Carolyn10:05 AM

    You and that darn ice cream! I am not even a big ice cream fan and you having me craving it!!! That pistachio ice cream looks interesting. Don’t think I have ever had it but will make a point of getting some in October in Paris!

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  3. Pistachio is a transformative flavor.
    Life changing.
    You can not go to Italy without tasting it.
    People! Get yourselves to ITALY PDQ (pretty damn quick).

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  4. Mmmm...pistachio ice cream! We bought a pint of pistache at Martine Lambert on rue Cler. It kept (almost!) forever in our freezer as the flavor is SO intense, you don’t need much. So sad that we only visit Paris in the off-season - no ice cream carts. Thank you for bringing them to us via your beautiful watercolors. ❤️

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    1. OK I will give her a try. I was not knocked over last few times in Trouville, her Normandie branch..

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    2. PS No ice cream has ever lasted more than a day in my freezer I have to admit.
      You have tremendous restraint Bonnie !

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  5. I love the ice dream chariots - so Parisien. I do like pistachio but had a pine nut gelato once in Italy that I've never found again and am still dreaming about. If you ever see that flavor, do try it. Looking forward to meeting you & Bear in a couple of weeks.

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    1. I think you would have to go back to Italy for that. I've never seen it anywhere...

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  6. Un billet charmant et délicieux!:)

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  7. Jane G1:32 PM

    But your devotion to pistachio - reminds me of my husband Richard who, faced with all the flavor possibilities in the world, always, always chooses vanilla!

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    1. Your husband is correct. Vanilla is the benchmark.
      Forget the fancy flavors.

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    2. PS and forget chocolate, which can come in so many variables though I do love Berthillon's chocolat noir sorbet...yum yum

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  8. Like so many, I enjoy living vicariously with your adventures in paris!
    Mille merci

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  9. Allie8:35 PM

    Terrific ice cream wagon art!

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  10. We were in Maine all last week, also devouring way too much ice cream on a daily basis.
    The ice cream stand in the heart of Stonington sells such deeeeliscious ice cream.

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  11. Pierre M10:02 PM

    Thanks for posting Paris ‘life

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  12. Anonymous12:37 AM

    Right across from La Comédie-Française: Dulce de Leche Ice Cream from Häagen-Dazs...
    Cheers!
    MR

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    1. I have been there in a dire pinch
      It surprises me that Hagen-Daz is so popular in France..
      I'd rather buy from a smaller 'fait-maison' place.
      Latest discovery is the very yummy Boulangerie Lorette close to the pool at 2 rue de butte au Caille.

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  13. I love them all!!!

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  14. Susan2:09 AM

    Your photos make everything so enticing and beautiful. Would you mind sharing the make and model of your camera. Or, paint a watercolor of it!

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    1. Thank you Susan
      I use an old iPad mini 4 ;))'
      Nothing fancy.

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  15. Carolyn8:38 AM

    Your paintings are fabulous! I really like this series!! Obviously, your love of ice cream is shining through!!

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  16. Oh, i love all your paintings! just tickles me.

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    1. The ice cream hunt is over.
      I broke a filling or something on a potato chip ;((
      Chips are perfect post-ice cream 🍦
      A Visit to the dentist today was not fun or funny;((

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  17. You are nailing these ice cream carts, or chariots. I will never look at them the same again! It is all I can do to not run to my freezer right now!!

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  18. I live in Berkeley. There are probably ten ice cream makers who do a good pistachio. But I still can't wait to get back to Paris for some Berthillon!

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