Sunday, May 16, 2010

Fête du Pain 2010


Like every year since 1996, we are celebrating "Le Pain" (bread). It always take place in May because according to tradition, the 16th of May is the day of Saint Honoré, the Saint of... bakers! In fact the main reason for this celebration is that French people only eat 165 g of bread PER DAY! each year and that this is not good enough for the bakers' business! Problem is: bread makes you gain weight... But shush! Website: la fête du pain.

23 comments:

  1. Saint Honore....the bakers' saint. I guess I'll get out the yeast tomorrow...today...and make something!

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  2. Come to think of it...165 g of bread each YEAR? That's hardly anything!

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  3. This is what you want to eat to honor St Honoré. It is funny - as a 5 year fan of PDP, reading from Boston most everyday- tonight I sleep on Rue St Honoré, in the heart of Paris. I've had my 165g in the past two days.

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  4. Good for you, Don! I'm envious.
    Love this shot, Eric—and bread never makes me gain weight when I'm in Paris (but maybe that's because I walk 12 miles a day).

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  5. Oh, bakers! What a relief. I thought they were doctors practicing...

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  6. I will run out and get a fresh Batard tomorrow morning in honor of St. Honore'...he is one saint I will always HONOR!! ;-) LOL!! Do I sound like Michael?? I know, I know...LOL!!!

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  7. Tall Gary, I think I bust a gut on that one of YOURS!

    Only 3and 1/2 weeks to go until I get to bake my bread in a bakery in the Marais.For those who don't know, it is with the company mygenieinparis.com.
    Now Eric, how and where did you get the permission to photograph these bakers?

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  8. PS this picture of pieces of dough reminded me of the bread they sell at Bon Marche. They have baked pieces of bread done as a brochette, includiung the stick.
    On rue cherche midi, Polaine will bake a baguette for you with someones name on it for 3 euros. My friend will be in Paris while I am, and will walk her by the window of Polaine where she will see her name on a baguette, compliments of me. (I will go the day before to set it up). You can always see bread with names on it on the right hand corner of the right hand window.

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  9. Eric, 165 grams of bread per French person in a year? Eh, is that number correct? If it is, no wonder the bakers are trying to promote "zee pain." I easily consume that amount in a few settings...okay, maybe one. I would think with all the walking in Paris the weight "thang" is no big whoop! Tall G-man...funny!

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  10. Don't worry guys, Eric just made a mistake. It's 165 gr per day! :)

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  11. To paraphrase a certain headless queen...let us all eat bread...particularly french bread.

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  12. Looks delicious! My bread baking will have to wait until Monday as I have to work tomorrow :( I'm sure St. Honore will not mind.

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  13. Better yet, have gâteau Saint-Honoré!

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  14. Bread makes you gain weight? Are you sure it isn't what you put on the bread that makes you gain weight? ;)

    Low or non-carb diets are silly (rolleyes).

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  15. Don, I'm envious! I hope you're having a wonderful time.

    I think I can walk enough when I visit Paris to be able eat all the bread I can stand and not gain an ounce. But if I lived in Paris I'd probably have to have a job and I wouldn't be able to walk around all day. It's terrible.

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  16. Oooops sorry for the 165g per year mistake! I could have used my brain instead of copying stupidly what I read on the Web LOL! (Did I hear someone say "if only he had a brain"?!!).

    Going back to Paris in 2 hours, after 3 days off in Barcelona (no more tapas please!!)

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  17. I think I will be using the eating bread and walking miles approach whne I visit at the end of June.

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  18. Are you craving bread, Eric? After 3 days of tapas? lol I hope that you had a wonderful visit and can make it home in time to taste the "pain". (guess I'm infected by the Michael bug too)

    Bonjour!

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  19. Wow! A day of bread. I love French bread and anything else baked in France. And sadly, it's not weight friendly. But who cares? The Brits can definitely learn a thing or two from French bakers :D

    Joy
    Norwich Daily Photo

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  20. I would kill for French bread. Have been dieting for weeks without any bread, rice or pasta. okay, I lost weight, but also I lost some fun and hapiness in life. That cannot be the purpose.

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  21. Eric, you're always excellent when you come to diet principles ! ;o)

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