Friday, June 09, 2006

Champion of the World!

How to avoid spending the evening in front of my television, watching the opening game of the Football (Soccer) World Cup, like most French, and at the same time prove the superiority of pastry over football? Very simple: paying a visit to the Champion of the World of Pastry is the answer!

Two months ago, Pascal Caffet opened his first shop in Paris (at the lower end of rue Mouffetard, a ten minutes walk from La Sorbonne university), after three in Japan, and three in France far from Paris.

The marvels left before the shop closes at 8 p.m.

Exotique: light fruits mousse, exotic cream, pineapple and wild strawberry, coconut macaron biscuit.

How delicate and light this wonderful pastry is! Two welcome qualities now that Paris is experiencing summer temperatures. Add to that the tenderness of the very tiny pieces of pineapple, the coconut fibres you feel one by one as if they had been delicately separated, and the subtle crispness of the macaron biscuit...all simply one of the best desserts in Paris!

Quantity of sugar: 2 out of 5. Very reasonable, especially considering the difficulty of mastering the presence of very sweet fruits like pineapple and coconut.

Price: 4.5 euros. Comparable to La Maison du Chocolat, less expensive than Pierre Hermé.

Internet site.