Know Your Paris Sweet Spots ?
Every year my husband and I celebrate Christmas with his family. Luckily for me, they happen to live an hour outside of Paris. Before arriving at my mother-in-law’s home (where a fire will always be roaring, extraordinary aromas wafting from the kitchen, kids running around, a large dog barking, and fun exchanges humming about the upcoming arrival of Papa Noël – aka Santa Claus), we make a quick stop in the City of Lights to see friends. Or more accurately for me, a quick stop in the City of Sweets to keep my sweet tooth at bay… and see friends.
Out come the lists. Lists of my all-time favorite places to revisit, some even from the first time I lived in Paris in 1999, of which I never tire. And always lists of new spots to check out. Paris is never lacking in these. Or old spots with new treats to try. I have lists of those too. Without forgetting to mention the many new spots revisiting the classics. It just seems that no matter how long I am in Paris, it’s simply never long enough.
Ok, get your Paris memories and sweet radars ready. Here’s a bit of trivia for you. Below are images of some of the places I’ve been visiting over the past couple of months. Can you identify any of the shops, and/or even the gourmandises ?? Start with the first photo below left, that’s #1. To the right of it is #2. Continue down, row by row, left to right, with the very last photo on the bottom right as #14. That’s how you can refer to the photos in the comments. Give it a try… there are plenty of clues – packaging color, faded labels in the background, a hint of a store front… Bonne chance et bon régal aux yeux ! Good luck and enjoy !
I’ll post a comment on Christmas Day identifying all of the above photos. Until then, have fun with the Paris Sweets Pop Quiz, and try not to peek at other comments before leaving your own.
One more sweet treat to enjoy: a short film called Paris Pastry by Susan Hochbaum, an absolute masterpiece on the subject. In addition to the treats above, that I’ve also been devouring time and time again…