NOTE: there is some serious food porn in here. If you are offended…go read a cookbook with out pictures.
I found something akin to a real French bakery in Buenos Aires.
SO PUT DOWN THE MEDIALUNA. I am sure its delicious with its almibar coating and strangely yellow-ish tint, but that is not what I am here to discuss so please clear your mind of such thoughts (and your plate) !
We are here to talk french pastries. Flaky, buttery, fresh and ideally recently taken out of the oven. That is exactly what I found on a recent morning while walking to work. You know in movies when people literally stop in their tracks after being hit by the smell of fresh-baked whatever wafting out of a bakery? I did that lurch-to-a-halt move before deciding that I couldn’t take another step without a very important taste test.
That morning I was lucky enough to stumble onto La Patisserie Francaise.
And after being faced with this…
I bought this…(for ARS 3.50)
And I died. And dubbed this place the “Next Best Thing to a Ticket to Paris” (at least until I own my own airline…ha ha).
I, the queen of shovelling food into my mouth at a steady stream, actually ate this slowly. It was perfect–at least as far as my standards go. My French experience is relatively basic (a total of three weeks) but I made sure to make my French collegue try it. She said it was up to par. I say it goddamn SURPASSED it.
And so I went back and ate this…
At ARS 3.50 its a full peso more than the average factura (Argentine version) so I don’t know if you can spare it.
I AM SO KIDDING. You would be missing out on a
daily weekly trip to France by not trying these babies. Did I mention that the French Embassy apparently orders from here? And anyway, lets SAY that the ARS 6.27 pesos per euro was accurate (hem, inflation makes it more like ARS 7.75), then your French style pastry here would be at least half the price than the real thing. Now thats my kind of deal.
Oh, and this is what I saw when I finally turned away from the pastries…
For more details check out 2XTango’s review.