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Is This the Narrowest Entryway in Paris?

Saturday, August 19th, 2017
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Twenty-seven-and-one-quarter-inches-wide Door
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This door, located at 133, rue Mouffetard, is only 27-1/4″ wide (69.22 cm). Can it be the narrowest in all of Paris?

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Sunday Morning on Rue Mouffetard

Sunday, August 6th, 2017
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Sunday Morning Rue Mouffetard
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Seemingly oblivious to passersby on the busy rue Mouffetard market street, a man enjoys reading a book at the sidewalk terrace of a café.

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Sunday Morning on Rue Mouffetard

Sunday, July 30th, 2017
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Sunday Morning on Rue Mouffetard
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A little boy watches a jazz band from the shoulders of his father.

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Tasting Fig Bread with Mont d’Or

Wednesday, January 22nd, 2014
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Fig Bread and Mont d'Or

Fig Bread and Mont d’Or
Photograph by www.DiscoverParis.net

We have occasionally been stopping by a new bakery located on the corner of rue Flatters and rue Bertholet called Les Pains d’Alexis. Although Alexis does not produce a wide variety of breads, the ones that he makes are delicious. They are sold by the kilogram and customers can request the amount that they desire.

We recently purchased a half-loaf of Alexis’ fig bread and decided to taste it with Mont d’Or, a creamy, runny, raw cow’s-milk cheese made in the Franche-Comté region of France. Our favorite place for cheese is Patrick Veron on rue Mouffetard.

I told Mr. Veron that we would be eating the cheese right away, so he selected one for me that was particularly ripe.

Back home, we sliced the fig bread thinly and spread it with the runny Mont d’Or. Mr. Vernon had selected the cheese well—it had a wonderfully mild “welcome to the farm” aroma and a slightly tangy taste. The bread was chewy and tasted earthy. What a great flavor combination!

Les Pains d'Alexis and Fig Bread

Les Pains d’Alexis and Fig Bread
Photograph by www.DiscoverParis.net

Les Pains d’Alexis
18, rue Flatters
75005 Paris
Tel: 01.43.31.03.51

Patrick Veron and Mont d'Or

Patrick Veron and Mont d’Or
Photograph by www.DiscoverParis.net

Fromagerie Patrick Veron
105, rue Mouffetard
75005 Paris
Tel: 01.47.07.55.79

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Vegan Folie’s Cupcakes – Unboxing!

Wednesday, January 16th, 2013
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Box of Cupcakes Unopened

Last Sunday we spotted some delicious-looking cupcakes in the window of Vegan Folie’s, a small vegan bakery on rue Mouffetard that specializes in brownies, cookies, cheesecake, and cupcakes. We stepped in and purchased three cupcakes to take home. At 4€ a cupcake, the price was steep, but we were tempted.

Box of cupcakes opened

Arriving home, we opened the box. The three cupcakes awaited our eager bites!

From left to right:
John Lemon – Ginger and Lemon
Choc Norris – Chocolate
Sid Delicious – Orange Flower

The cupcakes had cute names: John Lemon for the ginger-and-lemon-flavored cupcake; Choc Norris for the chocolate-flavored cupcake; and Sid Delicious for the orange-flower-flavored cupcake. They looked scrumptious!

The looks, however, were deceiving, because the cupcakes lacked flavor. The frosting of the Sid Delicious was not particularly sweet; the frosting of the Choc Norris lacked richness and the cake was somewhat dry. As for the John Lemon, it lacked moistness and sweetness, but it was the better tasting of the three.

In short, the cupcakes were bland. They lacked the richness and moisture that only eggs, milk, and butter can bring to a good cupcake recipe. These were vegan cupcakes, made with vegetable substitutes for the three ingredients that are required for a really scrumptious cupcake.

Vegan Folie’s
53, rue Mouffetard
75005 Paris
Metro: Place Monge (Line 7)
Open Tuesday to Sunday from 11:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m.

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Sunday Morning on Rue Mouffetard – Christmas Is in the Air

Sunday, December 9th, 2012
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Children Carrying Christmas Tree

Children Carrying Christmas Tree
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Two children carry their Christmas tree home while Mom calls Santa.

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Tasting Chocolates Made by Vincent Guerlais

Wednesday, February 29th, 2012
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Vincent Guerlais Chocolates

The other day we entered our favorite chocolate boutique—Mococha on rue Mouffetard—where the owner Marie Gantois immediately announced some wonderful news. She was featuring the products of Vincent Guerlais, a chocolate maker in the town of Nantes, and would we like to try some? We purchased a small box containing twelve pieces of assorted ganaches and pralinés and took them home to taste.

As soon as we bit into the first chocolate, we knew that Marie had a winner. Each had a firm, yet delicate shell, and the interiors were smooth (ganaches) or crunchy (pralinés). We both liked the one named Ganache infusée au thé earl-grey. Although I found the flavor of tea a bit too subtle, Monique thought it was prominent, yet not overpowering. The Praliné fleur de sel contained delightfully crunchy salt particles mixed into a soft hazelnut purée. Gianduja noisette et noix de coco contained grated coconut suspended in gianduja, a chocolate-hazelnut paste. Although gianduja and coconut are an unusual combination, we found the flavor to be heavenly. Monique’s favorite was the Grand cru pur Madagascar, a single-origin dark-chocolate ganache that she found to be buttery and slightly fruity.

For the last three years in a row, Vincent Guerlais has won the Meilleur Chocolatier Français award conferred by the Club des Croqueurs de Chocolat. Marie will feature the chocolates in her shop until the end of April.

Vincent Guerlais has two shops in Nantes:

11, rue Franklin
Tel.: 02.40.08.08.79

Marché de Talensac
Tel.: 02.40.35.49.02

Mococha is located at 89, rue Mouffetard in Paris. The telephone number is 01.47.07.13.66.

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Tasting Tarte Tatin from Morange Bakery

Wednesday, February 22nd, 2012
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Tarte Tatin

Tarte Tatin
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Yesterday I spotted Tarte Tatin on the display counter at Morange, a bakery located on rue Mouffetard.

Tradition has it that Tarte Tatin, an upside-down, caramelized apple pie, was invented by the Tatin Sisters in the 1880s. The slices of Tarte Tatin that I purchased had beautiful, large chunks of caramelized apple resting on a flaky pastry shell. I took them home and heated them in the oven at 150°C.

To taste a well-heated Tarte Tatin is to enter gourmet heaven. The apples in the slices that I had purchased were not overly sweet and the thin and flavorful crust was crispy and soft at the same time (crispy where the apples had not touched the edges of the crust).

It is difficult to find a thoroughly-warmed Tarte Tatin in restaurants. In our experience, most of them are served with a cold center, where the density of the apples resists reheating. But the slices that we purchased at Morange came out of our oven piping hot all the way though. They were delectable!

Morange
123, rue Mouffetard
75005 Paris
Tel: 01.47.07.35.96

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Four Chocolates

Monday, August 2nd, 2010
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Four Chocolates
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Yesterday, we purchased four chocolates from Mococha, our favorite chocolate shop on rue Mouffetard: Dôme praliné fondant, Carré blanc avec pépites de praliné, Ganache pain d’épices, and Dôme vert avec caramel. All are made by Patrice Chapon, who won the Grand Prix de la Mairie de Paris 2003.

The Dôme praliné fondant (upper right in photo) has an assertive flavor. It is composed of a crispy mix of nuts (almonds, hazelnut, and pistachio) enrobed in dark chocolate. A touch of salt (sel de Guérande) gives it zest.

The Carré blanc contains a sweet hazelnut filling. The confection is topped with grains of crunchy hazelnut seed. The subtle flavors of the white chocolate and light praliné filling blend into a delicate taste sensation!

The Ganache pain d’épices with its intense spice-cake flavor of cloves and nutmeg stirs memories of the Christmas season!

Finally, the Dôme vert avec caramel (lower left in photo), is made with smoked and salted butter, lime, and dark chocolate. The finely speckled, tangy lime-chocolate dome contains a soft filling of delicious caramel.

Marie Gantois, proprietor of the shop, told us that it will close for the summer holiday from August 9 through August 23.

Sunday Morning on Rue Mouffetard

Sunday, May 9th, 2010
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Street Performer on Rue Mouffetard
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Among the picturesque street markets in Paris, rue Mouffetard is one of the most popular. Sunday morning is perhaps the liveliest time of the week, with musicians and street performers providing entertainment while shoppers buy their provisions from the colorful food stalls that line the street.

Jazz on Rue Mouffetard
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