When I see the sign for a boulangerie or patisserie, such as this one on Rue St.Jean close by our hotel in Quebec City, I just know there will be fabulous FRESH baked goodness waiting inside.
Even before I smell the early morning perfume of warm bread and pastries wafting out the open door and windows, I've made my breakfast choice......and I'm almost back in France where baking is an art and a boulangerie rarely disappoints.
Jasmin loves French bakeries too - we trained her well during her time in France. A gooey Pain au Chocolat was her morning choice, twice!
Bob and I each devoured one of these two mornings in a row - Creme Amande - a still warm croissant loaded with almond paste and topped with crunchy sliced almonds....fantastic!
We started our day sitting at the open window early morning before the crowds filled this busy street......sipping good coffee with our "best ever" croissants, breathing in the yeasty bread................
...........and eying the beautiful warm loaves as they were carried from the kitchen by the elderly baker (most surely Monsieur Baluchon), and his female assistant. This was obviously a favorite place with locals on their way to work. They popped in non-stop to pick up breakfast pastries, good coffee, and even baguettes.
Guess what, couldn't come home without at least one beautiful bread......tucked a loaf of Olive avec Fines Herbes into a carry-on bag!