Posts Tagged ‘L’Estaminet’

Caramel Cream

Wednesday, August 8th, 2012

You may have noticed that I eat a lot of good food in Paris. It is a daily occurrence that makes the idea of ever leaving this city/country completely unfathomable. Despite the frequency of this deliciousness, every now and then I will eat something that will make me stop breathing, my eyes will pop out of my head in amazement and a large, extremely-satisfied grin will spread across my face. Holy moly.

And it happened again recently, when I met up with a friend from high school, Nat, and her friend, Chloe, who were visiting Paris for the weekend. I took them to Le Marché des Enfants Rouges for coffee at L’Estaminet where we were served by a lovely, smiley guy (miracle!) and we could sit outside and enjoy the afternoon sunshine. I ordered the cake of the day which was described as a ‘caramel tart’. Nothing exciting in that. OH BUT HOW WRONG I WAS!

caramel tart

Look at that…

The tart itself was deliciously rich without being too sweet – firm yet chewy and with a nice pastry base. Seriously good. But what made this tart so amazingly wonderful was the cream that was served alongside it. Normally, I ignore cream as it is just additional calories that don’t really taste that great. This rule only changes if 1. it is clotted cream or 2. it is the cream I was served on this day which was somehow infused with caramel. Holy mongolia, it was heavenly. The combination of the tart with the caramel infused cream created some sort of magic land in my mouth and all three of us couldn’t get over how good it was. My “this is making you fat” brain did stop me from eating ALL of the cream, but Nat happily picked up a spoon and inhaled the remnants. This tart sits alongside my favourite chocolate cake from Le Jardin d’en Face as a delicious sweet good that I think about daily. Anyone who can tell me how to make caramel cream OR (better still) deliver it to me now, will be my favourite person ever.

Another Day, Another Cake

Saturday, August 20th, 2011

Not many days go by that I don’t eat cake. Yesterday was no exception when Tom and I went for a walk (I was continuing my search for a restaurant for Monday night and once again was not surprised to see it was a construction site) and decided to try L’Estaminet, a cafe at the Marche des Enfants Rouges. I had seen it on my walks and had decided it looked like a ‘good cake place.’ What can I say? It’s a skill – I can spot them well.

Nectarine Tart

A piece of homemade tarte au nectarine.

The tart was homemade with a delicious crunchy crust and a soft almond paste centre. The nectarines were tart and combined well with the sweet almond filling. So good. The coffee was good too, and they served it in a nice red cup which always makes me smile. I’m going back for more.