That's right! Sure, it's a chain -- just one of many in Europe, though the first in the U.S. -- but it's French. Which means that my diet during the workday now consists primarily of pains au chocolat.
|Pain au chocolat|
I do have one bit of criticism for our friends at Paul, though: If you're going to hold yourself out as a French bakery -- to the point of having French labels on your pastries and encouraging your employees to greet customers with a cheery "Bonjour" -- then you had better be able to play the part. More specifically, when I ask for a "chausson aux pommes," I shouldn't be met with a blank stare until I translate it into "apple turnover."
|Chausson aux pommes|