Admittingly having too much time on my hands, l tried to figure out my favorite food group. It easily came down to bread, wine, and cheese, but then I surprised myself by picking bread as my number one.
Granted this category applies in the 70+ countries l have visited only to New York City, and most definitely to Paris. Here the number of bakeries for bread is staggering. One of the problems is the bakers change, the owners change, they get bought out, l change my standards, and a lot of other variables as well. Thus it seems my favs change almost yearly. l sort of like this as new quests make the visits even more enjoyable. The trip to the baguette winner a few years back on Rue Tristan Tzara in a driving rainstorm proves the point.
Right now my favorite piece of bread in the city that l have tried comes from Rodolphe Landemaine's bakery on Rue Roquette at the Voltaire metro stop. They list the loaf as 'Pain Voltaire' and it appears as a small pocketbook sized very, very dark exterior loaf which would cause significant damage if it came in contact with your skull and also has mostly holes in the interior. This is delightful as it is only two blocks from my flat. In addition my second favorite piece of Parisian bread is also there, their fougasse. looks like and has the texture of a malignant bagel. There are two other branches of Landemaine in the city, l assume they have the same loaf. Third prize is a tie between the ficelle at Grenier du Pain on Rue Abbesses in the 18th and the Le pain des Amis from Du Pain and Des Idees on Rue Yves Toudic in the 10th.
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