Saturday, March 09, 2013

The two week Eclair feast!


Only in France can you organize a whole event around a piece of pastry! For yes, ladies and gentlemen today the Quinzaine des éclairs (two week eclairs "feast") officially starts and will last until March 24. Principal: go to one of the boulangeries or patisseries that take part in the event (there is a map here) and taste one of this year's recipe (peach/raspberries, hard caramel/vanilla and apple/almonds). Of course it's all a big promotional event to drag customers into boulangeries, but still, I may give it a try (only because I feel my arm is being twisted!!). FYI, I took this photo at L'atelier de l'éclair, a new concept store I already told you about.

11 comments:

  1. Eclairs are not my favorite, but in the interest of science, I will participate, if only because this picture makes my knees week.

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  2. lol, nobody would have to drag me in to a boulangerie to try one.

    It is also the "season" for zeppoles which are for St. Joseph Day (March 19).

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  3. OMG! I have so many FB patisserie "like" some of them selling all types of eclairs (la patisserie des reves, l'eclair de genie, patisserie Sadaharu AOKI...and many more patisseries). I wish I was in Paris to sample them all.

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  4. "Only in France can you organize a whole event around a piece of pastry!" Oh, really? A kolache (or kolacky) is a Czech pastry. Montgomery, Minnesota, claims to be the "Kolacky capital of the world" and holds an annual festival known as Kolacky Days. Verdigre, Nebraska, stakes the same claim with their Kolache Days. Here's the Montgomery info: http://www.montgomerymn.org/kdayindex.html

    Who knew? Who needed to? I guess it's as good a reason as any to have a party in a small town.

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  5. Eric....

    Paris is the ONLY city in the world that does pastries this way AND celebrates. How great is that?

    I used to LOVE just exploring in the neighborhoods for new pastry and sweets shops and for years was never disappointed... There was at least one EVERY BLOCK!!!

    Have fun...

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  6. i would not need to be "dragged" into a boulangerie.

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  7. I wouldn't need to be "dragged" in either - in fact, I look for these kind of places when I'm in Paris - wish I was there to do it right now!!! Miam, Miam!

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  8. @Jeff "Montgomery, Minnesota, claims to be the "Kolacky capital of the world" and holds an annual festival known as Kolacky Days." OK, you made your point! Maybe not ONLY in France LOL

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  9. All I have to say is...YUM!!

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  10. Mmmmmm, that looks so delicious! I think I would indulge a LOT during the éclair feast. And please tell me why everyone in France isn't totally fat?!? Ha ha!

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