Monday, March 06, 2006

Yiddish Boulangerie


I came across this boulangerie (baker) in the Marais and had to share it with you. Florence Finkelsztajn owns this establishment, which is a cross between a caterer, bakery, and a pastry shop. Seeing the mosaic facade from the 1930's is worth the trip alone. I didn't have a chance to try the central European and Russian delicacies, but that will give me another reason to go back.

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39 comments:

  1. That boulangerie has very interesting walls. Is it painted or mosaic?

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  2. If the exterior is good then what they have inside must be good too.

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  3. It looks like some real mosaic. Nice!

    So... does everyone wear a beret in Paris? ;-)

    Manuel

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  4. very beautiful picture! The colors of the mosaics are beautiful...i hope you tell us if the pastries are good when you try them! :)

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  5. Let's all meet there for lunch this weekend.

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  6. Gorgeous store front! And look at all the stickers on the window! The pastry must be worth its weight in gold!

    Now, what's with the leather beret and the cowboy boots? ;-)

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  7. Tomate, you know it's the Marais' version of Brokeback Mountain. Oy vey! Love the colours Eric and the guy going by brings good perspective.

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  8. Michael: LOL!! You're funny!!

    By the way, in case anybody is interested, Brokeback Mountain didn't win "Best Picture" and Heath Ledger didn't make it as "Best Actor" at the Oscars tonight, but Ang Lee won "Best Director" and Hoffman won "Best Actor" for his interpretation in Capote and I kind of fell asleep through the rest... check it out here :

    http://www.oscars.com/

    if you are interested.

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  9. I love the Marais - when I was there last I was forcibly reminded of how much it has changed over the 25+ years I have been visiting Paris: how almost all the old places have gone. Well done Eric for posting this one!

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  10. Do you know if they sell bagels there? I couldn't come to Paris without having my bagel.

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  11. > Duane. It's mosaic that is what makes it so typical and beautiful.

    > Midnitebara. I have absolutely no doubt about that! But I will inquire...

    > Manuel. Of course everyone wears a beret (especially on their way to the boulangerie to buy a baguette!) You’ve been away from France too long, you don’t remember ;)

    > Cynthia. Like I said, I will inquire for you… Although more food it’s not exactly what I need at the moment.

    > Fred. OK, what time ?!

    > Michael. Nope, the part you’re talking about is on the west side of le Marais. This one is the Jewish part.

    > Tomate. Yes I heard that in the news this morning. I have seen Hoffman in Capote – It’s not out here yet – but I think Heath Ledger did deserve a best actor award.

    > Change in Le Marais?! You bet ! And wait till you’re seen what they’ve done to one part of the rue des Rosiers. It’s kinda like Faubourg Saint honoré now!! (OK, I’m exaggerating a bit…)

    > Rebecca. Seriously, can you imagine a Jewish Boulangerie without bagels?! There are thousand of places where you can find bagels in this neighbourhood, don’t worry. (but why do you want to eat bagels in Paris while you can have baguette!!!?)

    > Bob and Rodney. Thanks ;)

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  12. I'm thinking this is the place I used to frequent to purchase their incredible latki's. Nice shot.

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  13. Eric...It's me again, because I clicked Florence's link and saw the photo of her place. PLEASE don't tell me THIS is the spot where Jo Goldenburg had his restaurant??? From the photo, it looks like the spot he had on that corner. We've rented an apt. diagonally across the street.
    I am heartbroken to think Jo's place might be gone???

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  14. Here are few notes I made about Finkelsztain's from our fall 2002 visit to France. We stayed in an apartment two blocks away.

    Nearby was Florence Finkelsztajn, a Kosher Patisserie-Boulancerie at the corner of Rue des Ecouffes and Rue des Rosiers, and Toute au Buerre on the Rue Vieille du Temple that offered loads of Kosher goodies: (copied off the photo I took of window) Tarma, Gehakta Herring, Fromage Hongrois & Albanais, Gefilte Fish, Blinis, Borscht, Pirogues, Latkes, Kreplach, Strudel Pavot, Bagels, and Lekeh. I purchased some onion Bagels there.

    The exterior has a number of large ceramic tiles done in the thirties of windmills and wheat stalks. People were sitting at small round tables or standing around noshing and smoozing.

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  15. > Terri. LOL. Keep cool don't worry, it's only a bad dream... Joe Goldenberg's restaurant is still at the same corner! Not to worry.

    This boulangerie is actually not far from it.

    > Steverino. Wahoo, you're like a living encyclopedia of the place!

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  16. Hi there

    I will be returning to Paris the end of March & will definitly visit this establishment. Looks interesting. I stayed in the Marais for a week 2 years ago & love the area.

    Anyone out there a nurse? Please email me at Niefia@aol.com.

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  17. Change in Le Marais?! You bet ! And wait till you’re seen what they’ve done to one part of the rue des Rosiers. It’s kinda like Faubourg Saint honoré now!

    Well, I guess we're gonna need a picture of that! :)

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  18. Hey Eric, what's up with Blogger? I've been trying to get to your page and several others all day with no luck. Man if that isn't something to kevetch(sp?) about!

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  19. i took a picture of this Boulangerie also

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  20. Ahhhh....merci beaucoup, Monsiur Eric!
    I appreciate your answer...wow, I could have sworn this was the same corner and I'm very happy to hear it's not.
    And...I also know I need to get back to Paris pronto....I'm beginning to have hallucinations from my Paris withdrawal. Hoping to fly over in October.
    PS...reassure me, and take a photo of Joe's place though, okay?

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  21. Yeah, what's up with Blogger? I want my money back!!

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  22. Brilliant photo's. First visit here. Certainly not the last.

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  23. When trying to access this site earlier, I got a message that said "You are not authorized to see this page." I was so panicked! Thoughts of "What had I done to so offend Eric? It was the sheep thing, wasn't it?" ran through my head. Luckily, I was able to take a deep breath and remember: Blogger is kind of sucky sometimes. Exhale.

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  24. A beautiful photography ! I like yiddish songs. Yiddish bread and cakes must also be nice. The front of these boulangerie is very nice !

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  25. Warm and beautiful colors! That place looks very inviting!

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  26. Eric,
    You said:
    > Rebecca. Seriously, can you imagine a Jewish Boulangerie without bagels?! There are thousand of places where you can find bagels in this neighbourhood, don’t worry. (but why do you want to eat bagels in Paris while you can have baguette!!!?)"

    To which I reply:
    Ah, but they are PARISIAN bagels--they MUST be exquisit!! Non?
    ;^)
    -Kim

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  27. this boulangerie sells one of my all-time favourite sandwiches!! the onion bread and pastrami one with fresh vegetables... yummy! also its gateau de fromage blanc is heavenly!

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  28. Tu me rappelles que nous y étions à pareille date l'an dernier. Nous étions assis sur la terrasse. Le café et le gâteau de pavot étaient délicieux. C'est vraiment cette façade qui nous a attiré et elle m'attire encore, tu me donnes vraiment le goût d'y retourner!

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  29. There are many Jewish pâtisseries-boulangeries without bagels, as at least half of the Jewish population in France is Sephardic. They have yummy food too, but it is Mediterranean, not central and eastern European.

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  30. I was in the Marais back in November, staying just a few streets from Rue de Rossiers (at Rue du Platre). Going over to the Rue de Rossiers became a morning ritual, what with it being the one place with all the kosher eateries. I recall this boulangerie quite well. It was certainly beautiful. Alas, too bad it was not kosher (not under the Paris Consistoire Beth Din) which means I didn't get to eat there. Just down the street on Rue de Rossiers, though, there is another wonderful boulangerie called Korcarz that became our morning home. I can't wait to go back.

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  31. That's a great story. Waiting for more. »

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  32. Best regards from NY! »

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