Who Makes the Best Baguette in L.A ?

Who Makes the Best Baguette in L.A ? The French take their breads and baguette especially very seriously, it is not just bread especially outside of French local ingredients (although it contains very basic ingredients: wheat flour, water, yeast, and common salt) it is a cultural art to make the “perfect ” baguette! (read history of the Baguette) It is also the ultimate comfort and staple  food for the expatriated Frenchies along with the wine and cheese, baked goods and other French specialties goodies etc…  that they cannot live without. We are fortunate to have so many options and great French … Continue reading Who Makes the Best Baguette in L.A ?

Pitchoun ! Bakery Café Grand Opening

The French bakery Pitchoun ! Bakery & Café finally opens its doors in Downtown, Los Angeles ! Pitchoun looks forward to welcoming you with some authentic French bread and pastries! Grand opening Friday, May 1st from 11am and for lunch. Visit their website and Facebook page for more details. Pitchoun LA – 545 S Olive Street  – Los Angeles  CA 90013 #‎pitchoun La boulangerie patisserie française Pitchoun ! ouvre enfin ses portes à Downtown Los Angeles! Pitchoun vous attend pour vous faire déguster du bon pain et des patisseries comme au pays! Grand opening Vendredi 1er mai à partir de 11h et … Continue reading Pitchoun ! Bakery Café Grand Opening

Belle Bakery Bakery on the Blvd in Studio City!

Check it out next time you’re in Studio City! I almost don’t want to tell you about Belwood Bakery ***, cause it’s a wonderful little piece of  quiet heaven right on the Blvd in the city!  (except during lunch time rush hour)  I especially loved the private quiet patio on the side and the warm atmosphere inside with comfy work area and dining area.   Good choice of staple French items like croissants, almond croissants & variety of  pastries, cakes,  good breads, smoothies, coffee and delicious fresh sandwiches, soups & salads! *** name change/new ownership in 2015 to Belle Bakery … Continue reading Belle Bakery Bakery on the Blvd in Studio City!

FROGS! First certified ORGANIC French Bakery in the US!

There’s a new bakery in town! It’s called FROGS!  by Chef Jean-Luc Labat, the first certified ORGANIC French Bakery in Greater Los Angeles! So now you can eat delicious French baked goods from 5 star pastry chef  from the Fouquets on the Champs Elysées in Paris right here in Los Angeles and not feel too guilty about it…cause it’s all organic and good for you! Check out the beautiful hearty 100% Certified organic selection of organic breads , pastries and savory Quiche!   FROGS also makes organic “Fronut”, the croissant-doughnut hybrid  now available in four flavors online among their other organic goodies! They do look darn … Continue reading FROGS! First certified ORGANIC French Bakery in the US!

Cronut™ from Beauvais to New York and when in LA!?

Cronut™ from Beauvais to New York and when in LA!? Yes, I admit it, I resisted posting about Cronut™  Because to me a donut is a donut and a croissant is a croissant… then, I found out  that the creator and  inventor of the Cronut™ Dominiuqe Ansel is  originally from my hometown in Beauvais, France.  And that made me feel very happy…. Bravo Chef ! for your pioneer and entrepreneurial spirit!  I promise I will taste one!   Dominique Ansel ‘s Cronut™  from Beauvais to New York…and what about LA?! Check out  also the Facebook page  for the Dominique Ansel Bakery in NY  and … Continue reading Cronut™ from Beauvais to New York and when in LA!?

Duverger Macarons: Authentic French Macarons in the US!

What makes Les Macarons Duverger so delicious ? The answer is very simple: ” A pinch of childhood Flavors, a handful of natural and organic ingredients, and a great deal of love… Each Duverger’s macaron is carefully confectioned with the best fruits, berries, nuts and almond flour. The passion of  Chef  Claire Becker, is to create the perfect combination of texture and flavor : two slightly crispy shells and a lush enticing filling make every single bite a pure moment of delight. An authentic Duverger’s macaron will melt in your mouth and slowly release the taste of its raw ingredients like a symphony of flavors.” Duverger Macarons are only confectioned with upscale natural & organic ingredients. No preservatives, artificial flavoring or chemical colors. Gluten free ingredients. Enjoy Duverger Macarons in 18 tantalizing luscious all – natural … Continue reading Duverger Macarons: Authentic French Macarons in the US!

Starbucks has a French twist: La Boulange!

Starbucks has a French twist: La Boulange! Starbucks gave in to croissants and pains au chocolat and other goodies!  “Bring a taste of French countryside in to your neighborhood ” is Pascal Rigo’s new slogan  the founder of La Boulange. He arrived on the West Coast  in the early  1990s and  opened his first boulangerie in San Francisco in 1999 on  Pine Street. This is where Starbucks CEO , Howard Schultz and his team met to sign the million dollar sweet deal  bringing a French Twist to Starbucks all over the United States! A perfect  combination, if you ask me! Website: http://www.starbucks.com/promo/laboulange Starbucks Locator: http://www.starbucks.com/store-locator/search Continue reading Starbucks has a French twist: La Boulange!

Le Pain Quotidien

What he wanted was so simple: bread, hearty and wholesome, with a firm slice and a good crust. Alain Coumont learned about bread as a small child, standing on a chair every Sunday watching his grandmother bake bread. As a young chef in Brussels, Alain could not find the right bread for his restaurant. Passionate about quality, he returned to his roots and opened a small bakery where he could knead flour, salt and water into the rustic loaves of his childhood. He called his bakery “Le Pain Quotidien”. Friends and strangers alike come together around acommunal table to break … Continue reading Le Pain Quotidien

It’s All About L.A Croissants!

Well, we asked our friends on the  French A L.A Carte Facebook Page to take a little poll and tell us where they buy their “croissants” in L.A and vicinity? Thank you for participating and sharing the post and here are the results for the best croissants in Los Angeles & vicinity. Did we miss your favorite patisserie and/or boulangerie in L.A?  Check with our Top French Bakery in L.A  or please add it in the comment box! Urth Caffe Breadbar Bouchon Bakery Chaumont Bakery Pitchoun Bakery  Le Pain Quotidien Proof Bakery …/… add our own favorite in the comments … Continue reading It’s All About L.A Croissants!

Macaron Mania in Los Angeles !

Macaron Mania in L.A! A macaron is much more than an almond cookie! It is a melt in your mouth sensual experience which comes to us originally from our Italian neighbors… I think Catherine de’ Medici  brought them over to France… In Italy, macarons still exist in the form of amaretti, small almond cookies made from almonds, sugar and egg whites. Eventually the macaron became a meringue– macarons or almond-flavored meringue common in France in the first few decades of the 20th century. It wasn’t until the early 1930′s that the “macaron” took on  a Parisian flair as it known today when an … Continue reading Macaron Mania in Los Angeles !