Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Creating October Boulangerie Map

PBers have requested a boulangerie map. I didn't realize this is an impossible proposition till I had eaten way too many croissants and pain au chocolats. But first things first. Thumbnail sketch time!
Do you love farmy, glass paintings on old traditional Paris boulangeries? A must in the map
Who else saves adorable crumpled, printed tissue paper from their jambon sandwiche? These bits come in handy when its map-creation time.
Have you been to newish Pain Pain, top of rue des Martyrs at No.88? I went boulangerie researching in Montmartre Saturday and fell inside.
Their cinnamon chausson au pomme is irresistable. Cinnamon is not a fav flavor in France so when you see it grab it.
Les Petits Mitrons at 26 rue Lepic is really a divine fruit tarte shop with some viennoisserie. An old Montmartre classic. Impossible not to include.
Very homemade style. Not elegant but absolutely yum. They have quiches if you want savory.
Almost every boulangerie in Montmartre displays award decals in their windows. Is it the altitude? Do they try harder? Lots of winners of best baguette in the 18th arrondissement.
Prize winner Au levain d'Antan is closed on Saturdays. You've been warned. It was instantly obvious to just focus on Montmartre boulangeries - an easy tour in an afternoon, rather than attempting all-Paris. Other areas will follow if you're interested. Give a shout out svp.
Maison Landemaine at  22 rue des Martyrs is another top prize winner. I'm including some 9th arrondissement boulangers. Very close by. I forgot Boulangerie Boris. Such a lovely place! The decor - painted ceiling, croissant tilework, pink and blue. A don't-miss at 48 rue Caulincourt. Its on the map
Back to the drawing board. If I get the border design worked out the rest falls into place.
Time to cut out and paste on the map. Takes me back to my obsessed paperdoll days...
Coloring in is the most fun part. The home stretch is in view. Maps went in la poste yesterday.
Voila. Don't you love mini viennoisseries? What lifesavers they are. Mini heaven.
Thank you Paris boulangeries XXX
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Salon du Chocolat opens Friday. Guess who will be there with her tiny paintbox. Hopefully with hands full I cannot sample so much. Plenty of reporting and chocolate Insta videos to come!
Stay tuned PBers


  1. Donna in Brooklyn4:04 AM

    What about the boulangeries in the 15th arrondisement? They warrant your attention, Carol.

    1. Like Maison Pichard, des Gateaux et de Pain, boulangerie Lalos..?
      Good idea Donna!

  2. Carolyn in Seattle8:44 AM

    So darn cute!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Can't wait to get mine!

  3. I love the storefronts of boulangeries..and your map is fab.
    I think 'Orsay should do an expo of all your maps:)

  4. This would make a great tea towel!

  5. Clarity Artists11:30 AM

    Ah, your images are so wonderful, we love the blue running throughout.

    1. French blue is the color compliment of golden orange viennoisserie.
      French bakers know their color wheel intuitively ๐Ÿ˜€๐Ÿ‡ณ๐Ÿ‡ฑ

  6. Bonnie1:29 PM

    What a DELIGHTFUL blog, today!!!��

  7. Can't wait for mine to arrive and, yes, of course we want more. We tried so hard to hit all your recommendations for ice cream, patisseries, boulangeries etc on our trip but just couldn't keep up with you. Also did Chantilly as per your advice & we so appreciate all of your tidbits.

  8. Janine4:13 PM

    I sure miss France and the wonderful way of life.
    You are doing an incredible creator.
    Thank you,

  9. Jane G4:18 PM

    when I read your blog?
    miam, miam!
    my friends who used to live in France are crazy for Poilane.

  10. Love the glimpse into the makings of your maps!

  11. Allie in NYC8:25 PM

    Terrific blog as always.

  12. GwenEllyn2:51 AM

    LOVE the first sketch's people all walking with their baguettes!

    1. I really did want that to be the border ๐Ÿ˜€
      But then no croissants or pain au whatevers ๐Ÿ˜•๐Ÿ˜•๐Ÿ˜•
      Choices choises

  13. Remember you are living in Paris, so enjoy it for those of us who long to return. :)


  14. Carol, your research on this one must have been divine! I love the images and the colors you chose.


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