on the lookout for new bakeries and pastry shops that have opened in
Paris. Although to be honest, it’s hard to keep up these days! The number
of new boulangeries and pâtisseries that are focusing on everything
from artisanal grains to organic flours, are spreading like wild yeast
across the city.
Alice Quillet a few years back, when she, and her partners ran Le Bal
Café. A few years ago she went on to open Ten Belles
coffee shop with her business partners, Anna Trattles and
Anselme Blayney (who co-created Belleville
Brûlerie), a few blocks from the Canal Saint-Martin. (I
can’t remember if it’s one block or two, because I’m always racing up the
street because I need my coffee!) They were instrumental in being
part of the coffee “revolution” in Paris, as a growing number of young
people are opening cafés that focus on good-quality, well-made
coffee. And now, bread is getting its turn.
Bread is an
important staple in the French diet and even at Asian and Indian
restaurants, you’ll see locals searching around for a bread basket.
(I have a couple of French friends that simply cannot eat unless there is
bread on the table, no matter what.) I love bread, and thankfully, Paris
has over a thousand bakeries where people line up morning, noon, and late
afternoon, for their daily bread. As part of the vague (wave) of younger
people making their mark on the food scene, Alice is at the forefront,
kneading up whole-grain loaves and using dough to create treats for a new
generation of Parisians.