My theme – “26 Things I’d Like To See During Our Trip To France”
H is for ” Pierre Hermé ”
What is this? Qu’est-ce que c’est ?
I admit it. I have a weakness for sweets. So it makes sense that I want to try the most iconic French sweet, the macaron, in Paris. Yes, it’s kind of cliché, but Pierre Hermé makes one of the most well-known examples of these sweets, (les douceurs toxiques or “toxic pleasures” a descriptive phrase that I learned from one of my correspondents 🙂 ) Perhaps it is because I love to bake at home that I find a particular delight in seeing (and of course tasting) the work of a master chef pâtissier. (pastry chef) As you can see at his website, the pâtisseries (pastry shops) of M. Hermé are absolutely stunning in their beauty.
Where is it? Où est-ce?
There are several locations in Paris, but I think the one in the 4th arrondissement, at 18 Rue Sainte-Croix de la Bretonnerie, will be closest to where we will stay. Hopefully not TOO close! It would be a shame to have to go more than once…oh wait, no it wouldn’t!
Why do I want to go there? Pourquoi est-ce que je veux y aller ?
For the attack on the senses. I imagine that when one walks into a shop like this, there is a sensual overload: aromas, colors, shapes, tastes, textures…all at once. It seems to me that it will be a great experience, and I am sure that there will be something there for us, something with un goût extraordinaire. (An extraordinary flavor), something that we can’t find here in the US. That is one of the reasons we travel, n’est-ce pas? To experience that which is different, that which is particular to a specific place, or which originated there. And let’s face it, the French are famous for their beautiful pastries. Of course we can get fine pastries here, even macarons, but M. Hermé and all the famous patissiers who came before him set the standard. Donc, je crois que ça vaut le détour (it’s worth going out of the way) to visit one of his shops and walk away with a delicious memory.
And you, dear A to Z-ers? Et vous ?
Do you have a sweet tooth? Do you have a favorite douceur toxique? A favorite patisserie in Paris, or somewhere else in France?
Alors à demain, chers lecteurs ! See you tomorrow!