Thank you all for your help the past few months in helping me plan my trip to Paris! I just got here this afternoon and have hit the ground running. I'll just post little reports as I go along and if you have any other suggestions, please chime in.
First, I tried two financiers from Kayser - pistache et chocolat. They were so rich and buttery and chock full of flavor. I liked that they were not too sweet. And a little went a long way. Great.
Jacques Genin: I got the chocolat praline millefeuille, mango caramel, pistachio caramel, and they included a passionfruit pate a fruit. I was bowled over by the pate a fruit - the flavor was so intense, yet not too sweet as many pate a fruit tend to be. The caramels were to die for. I especially loved the pistachio one. They're pricey little babies, but definitely worth it. I want to go back and try the nougat. The millefeuille was wonderful - I think I went in with exorbitant expectations so was not quite as bowled over as I thought I'd be, but that is one amazing pate feuillete. I've definitely never tasted anything quite as flaky.
Boulangerie Julien: I tried the demi-baguette and the pain au chocolat. I went later in the day, so maybe that explains the slightly stale PAC and also the slightly soggy baguette. That being said, I tried to also judge it on flavor and I wasn't overwhelmed.
However, then I went down the street to....
Gosselin: I got the demi-baguette there and it was amazing. The crust was still just lovely and the flavor of the bread was unlike anything I've tried. It really was rich and sweet and just the slightest bit tangy. It was truly a miraculous combination of three ingredients. Wow.
Finally, I went to Christian Constant for ice cream. Yes. I am crazy. I got two scoops - one of praline and one of lait d'amande. Holy holy. The flavor was out of this world. Both of them. I loved that it wasn't too sweet. The almonds and the praline were still nice and crunchy, beautiful toasty flavor. I had to wait a few minutes to let the ice cream come to the correct temperature, but it was beautifully creamy but not overwhelmingly rich. Now I need to go to Pozzetto and try gelato. I cannot imagine that Berthillon can be better than CC. They also had vanille, mint sorbet, and two other fruit sorbets. Do they ever have chocolate? I'd love to try that....
Up for tomorrow is lunch at Ledoyen. After today's feasting, I think I will keep breakfast limited to coffee and dinner to the market.
I'm having trouble with Saturday dinner. I am supposed to meet a friend for dinner and she doesn't want to go somewhere too loud. Unfortunately, the three places I was considering, Chez L'Ami Jean, Josephine Chez Dumonet, and La Regalade St. Honore may not work. JCD and LRSH are closed on Saturday and I'm worried that CLJ will be too loud. If we go around 7 will it be quieter? Otherwise, do you have any suggestions?