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Main Street Bakery


This French bakery is called Main Street Bakery & Chez Fabien Bistro. It is located in Grapevine, Texas also known as the Christmas Capital on historic Main Street. During the holidays Main Street is especially festive as people come from all over to enjoy the Christmas spirit, holiday lights, and activities at Santa’s village.  Main Street is lined with original artisanal shops, American, French and Italian restaurants, and local winery tasting bars. This French bakery also offers a bistro experience called Chez Fabien.

 

I was referred to the area by a lovely Italian lady I met while getting my highlights done at Audra Ballard Hair Salon up the street on Main Street in Grapevine a few days before my birthday. So for the occasion, my daughter and I took a festive stroll there and walked into Main Street Bakery to pick up a French birthday holiday cake. I had taken a peek at the website beforehand and I knew it was too late to order but I had my eye on this fabulous looking cake called ” La Bombe” filled with chocolate ganache and almond paste.

As we walked in rather late in the afternoon I quickly glanced in the display to no avail until I asked the young lady who said she would go check in the back. Lo and behold she came back a few seconds later with a big white box containing that same cake I had drooled over online! The Bomb! My birthday cake patiently waiting for me 🙂 A blessing!

La Bombe au Chocolat

Of course, my daughter wanted to take home some mini strawberry tarts and the gracious young lady added a “Mini Chocolate Bomb” cake to our take-home box as a gift 🙂

The verdict:  this cake was succulent, delicate, light and so very festive and it also acted as the bûche for Christmas as it was much bigger than it looked. This cake was truly the bomb! Thank you! Merci!

 

 

 

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Georges Duboeuf Beaujolais King


On Saturday, January 4, 2020, Beaujolais, France, and the wine industry lost one of their most passionate advocates with the passing of Georges Duboeuf the founder of Les Vins Georges Duboeuf, a family affair which started in September of 1964. Georges Duboeuf aka The Beaujolais King was 86 years old.

Georges Duboeuf’s love affair with Beaujolais is no secret. His legendary palate, his ability to spot great wine and his enthusiasm and passion will continue to make him an emblematic figure in the wine industry. His wines are renowned for their consistency, quality, and value. He was the first winemaker to bring Beaujolais Nouveau to the table.

Georges Duboeuf 1933-2020 Creator of Beaujolais Nouveau

Les Vins Georges Duboeuf is a family tradition and a beautiful legacy. Georges and his wife Rolande were joined by their son Franck who manages the Vins Georges Duboeuf business today, “it is up to the following generation to join the family adventure.”  

Les Vins DuBoeuf works closely with hundreds of small family winegrowers to procure the highest quality fruit throughout the region (over 400 in the Beaujolais region alone), as well as export many small Chateau and Estate-produced wines that would otherwise not be able to bring their wines to the US and sold in 120 countries throughout the world. Les Vins Georges Duboeuf is imported by Quintessential Wines, based in Napa, California.

In the US, the most popular Beaujolais Nouveau is Georges Duboeuf. Every year and year after year we anxiously awaited the unveiling of the Beaujolais Nouveau artistic label and the release of the Beaujolais Nouveau in the USA and we will continue to do so in remembrance of Georges Duboeuf.  “Le Beaujolais nouveau est arrivé!”

 

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