Wednesday, November 21, 2007

Dessert Alert!

French Pastry watercolor - Paris Breakfasts Are you bringing dessert to your Thanksgiving dinner destination?French Pastry - Paris Breakfasts Bad things happen to good desserts when they are in transit.
French Pastry - Paris Breakfasts I took these 3 desserts to Barbara Bleu. The trip was too much for these fragile beauties.French Pastry - Paris BreakfastsHere's a lovely example of red and green harmony from Pierre Herme.
French Pastry - Paris Breakfasts Not so lovely result after a trip on the Paris Metro. It went slip sliding away, because I did not treat it with kid gloves.
c'est la vie
French Pastry - Paris BreakfastsMy 1st day in Paris I made a B-line for Pierre Herme and bought this lovely creation plus 2 others, thinking I'd have painting material for a while.
Paris Metro - Paris BreakfastsI made the fatal error of entering the Metro at rush hour.
Quelle idiot moi!
I know why French women snack on Pierre Herme's fabulous desserts in the street.
Plus I did not request these three to be packed seperately.
Live and learn.
It would be wise to reserve a hotel close to your favorite patisserie. Hotel Bonaparte is exactly across from Pierre Herme.
French Pastry - Paris Breakfasts Sometimes you will be sold les macarons sans /without a box top! Quelle sacriledge et tragedie!
French Pastry - Paris Breakfasts
Listen when the sales person asks if your dessert is "pour emporte?" Take-away and eat immediately?
Tell her it's un cadeau/gift. You need une boite /box.
Or there may be an unhappy surprise when you get back to your room to feast.


  1. Anonymous10:11 AM

    That looked fabulous, Carol! Enjoyed the video and the dessert--I was smiling at how large the portions were on that spoon and fork--yum! A very happy Thanksgiving to you! Your watercolor is beautiful.

  2. Same to you LoveItaly!
    Yes Francois Simon gets down on the plate and let's you join in the delicious fun!

  3. How beautiful! You know that I loved seeing these. Thanks for the treat. The watercolors are fabulous! They gave me a lift and a smile. Happy Thanksgiving you clever one! Yumm on the video.
    All best, Jan

  4. Anonymous12:23 PM

    I always look at your art work and photographs and enjoy all of them. This current "batch" has me longing for a place to enjoy a lovely afternoon tea!
    Thanks for sharing all the beauty in your world and the watercolor renditions of the yummy "still lifes."

  5. Anonymous12:44 PM

    Just beautiful.
    Thanks so much for the illuminated tours. I'll be sure to use "en boite" in the future.
    And 500 EURO for that meal?
    Isn't that a bit excessive? lol

  6. Anonymous12:44 PM

    Very beautiful presentation !!!;-)

  7. Carol,

    I now carry a tupperware container just for my macarons! As for our Thanksgiving (numero deux demain), I'm making a blackberry crisp, maple walnut/pecan tart and pumpkin pie. I don't think the word macaron will be mentioned.

    Happy Thanksgiving.


  8. Oh I will definitely stay at a hotel just near by PH!

  9. Anonymous12:45 PM

    I'll bet they still tasted fabulous!
    I recognize those cups, Carol, from your paintings! ;))
    (If someone brought this to me, I wouldn't be thinking it was a tragedy...;))

  10. Anonymous12:47 PM

    That fruit tarte concoction is my kind of dessert.
    Isn't that simple and elegant!
    Bet it tasted DIVINE!!

  11. Anonymous12:53 PM

    You're making me salivate ---!!! GORGEOUS painting!
    GORGEOUS Desserts!

  12. Only say, Oh my God!!!! looks delicious all!!!!! Gloria

  13. Happy thanksgiving Carol.

  14. Anonymous3:26 PM

    Carol~ I have to say...I thought this
    breakfast was going to be about the
    Mojave (just kidding~~well, almost).
    Happy bring us so
    much light and air and happiness.

    Hugs from the Mojave

  15. Anonymous3:32 PM

    One time at a dinner I attended, a guest brought a dessert that didn't travel well. It was a disaster. A four-layer cake in about seven different sections. The hostess served it nevertheless and graciously said, "What delicious ingredients". We all burst out in laughter.

    Happy Thanksgiving.

  16. Anonymous3:43 PM

    It all looks so delicious.
    And me on a low-carb diet!
    Still one can dream...

  17. Gorgeous painting and photos. Also I think that blue tea pot & cup with all those goodies on the plate should be painted by you. Sooo pretty.
    Thanks for all the visual. yummm

  18. even though the treats slipped, your photos were still mouth watering :) Happy Thanksgiving!

  19. LOL @ the slip-sliding-away picture.

  20. Anonymous10:32 PM

    You bought a few treasures intending to "paint" them, then arranged to "jostle" them on the very, very convenient! And you did it not just ONCE, but again and again....selective amnesia no doubt! Ah, well, I can hardly begrudge you your rationalizations. I'm quite attached to some of my own.
    Have a very happy Thanksgiving, josteled desserts and all!
    Almost forgot- I was enjoying the video immensely, that is till the bill came!

  21. I love your thought about staying at a hotel across form the shop...oh so true! Any edible material for research, especially from Herme does not, cannot, should not stay untouched for long!!
    Happy Thanksgiving!

  22. I sauntered along with your poor sweets' travails, giggling all the while. I paused in front of your beautiful painting. A heart warmer.
    Thank you and a very happy Thanksgiving to you!
    I am grateful to be able to feast on Paris Breakfasts every working day of the week (and then go back enjoy all the week's posts on Sundays, of course! *smile*)

  23. Anonymous7:55 AM

    I love your stories, pictures and watercolors!
    So happy each time your email arrives!!

  24. Anonymous9:09 AM

    I don't think that the dessert that I'll be taking for the feast will look quite like these...but we do what we can.

    Happy Thanksgiving!!

    Meilleurs voeux!!

  25. Anonymous12:58 PM

    I once carried a birthday cake to a friend on my bicycle, hit a bump and destroyed the entire top!
    Happy to say that 38 years later, she's forgotten all about the mess.
    Guess that's what friends are for.

  26. Anonymous4:47 PM

    The photos are beuatiful. Thanks, Carol. I would love to take the chocolate tour or the pastisserie tour any day or week. Your work is lovely. Thaks for sharing and Happy Thanksgiving.

  27. Anonymous2:23 AM

    I love your blog, but if you keep making me want to go out and stuff my mouth with sweets, I'm going to stop reading. If I can just... tear... myself... away...

  28. You and your evil-evil dessert posts. Thankfully (literally) I am too full today to be as adversely effected as usual. Will try to avoid this post tomorrow however, after Thanksgiving dinner has worn off...

  29. Anonymous7:14 AM

    Chére Carol,
    Personne n'a jamais fait de telles merveilles de simples gâteaux. C'est génial!!!!!!

  30. Anonymous10:35 PM

    I demand a divorce! And a restraining order!
    The FORMER Mrs. Peter R.

  31. Anonymous10:00 AM

    What an adventure for your desserts!

  32. Anonymous6:24 PM

    Is that your work, the painting? I love it!

    And, oh my...I LOVE your blog! I just found it but am adding it to my blogroll right now...will definately be back...delicious!



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