The pain au chocolat is definitely my favourite French viennoiserie. Croissants are solid and dependable. The pain au raisin is very sweet and great for those who love...raisins. But the pain au chocolat is a little risky. What if there's not enough chocolate? When this happens (and it has definitely happened to me a few times) it is very very very very disappointing. But you get over it...You have to put yourself out there again and trust the next boulangerie where you stop and sample. Every good relationship is built on trust after all n'est-ce pas?
It took me about 10 years of learning French to get the pronunciation right (slow learner or what?) One day JB kindly took it upon himself to correct me. I was pronouncing the 'n' at the end of "pain" because it it is followed by a vowel. However you're not supposed to do that, the 'n' my friends, is silent. I'm going to have to cut back on these babies (or compromise and get the mini versions) because I've got too much junk in my trunk right now and that's no good. I have to slim down to make space for Christmas after all.
But if you're in Paris or headed to Paris, here are a few special boulangeries I would suggest for sampling the French capital's finest viennoiseries.
Yamazaki, 16th arrondissement, Metro La Muette
La maison Kayser, these are dotted around Paris
La pâtisserie, 11th arrondissement, Metro Faidherbe-Chaligny
Du pain et des idées, 10th arrondissement, Metro Jacques Bonsergent (pain au chocolat with banana at this place! srsly?!)
Plus, David Lebovitz the God of the Paris foodie scene (as well as the French foodie scene) has some good advice on how to find a good baguette in Paris
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