We had a wonderful "behind the scenes" tour at Grenier a Pain boulangerie in Paris recently. Grenier a Pain won the "Best Baguette in Paris" competition several years ago, so you can be assured of their quality.
Our sweet guide, Marian, first explained the history of the bakery and described the traditional French pastries created in their kitchens every day. She then took us into the kitchens to learn from the baker and pastry-makers. Great fun, and of course, we left with free samples...baguettes still warm from the oven. Yum!!!
Had a beautiful lunch today in Paris at Les Cocottes, one of Christian Constant's three restaurants in the 7th arrondissement. Restaurant has a very cool vibe, sleek and contemporary. Diners are seated at high tables or at the long bar.
We started with purée of pumpkin soup with roasted chestnuts and croutons.
And then came the mouth-watering braised beef in red wine with baby onions and mushrooms. The onions were soft, buttery, melt-in-your-mouth deliciousness. And the beef was so tender, it just fell apart in the cocotte for you.
Here's a shot of the menu...
Les Cocottes is located in Paris on rue St. Dominique in the 7th arrondissement. Open 7 days a week, reservations not accepted.