If you happen to find yourself in New York and Paris this summer, here is a glimpse of the trendiest pastries you have to try in each city!
While New York is not regularly recognized for its cuisine, Dominique Ansel’s standout Cronut™ has made quite the commotion in the city this past year. I first heard about it last summer, and many a time I tried to convince my friends to wait in the minimum two-hour long line to get my hands on one of these magical pastries. Regretfully, I never woke up early enough on the weekends to get to the bakery (located in SoHo), and since the cronuts were limited in supply, they usually ran out by 9:30am (the bakery only opens at 8am if it’s any indication of its popularity).
Last month, I used my boyfriend’s visit from Paris as an excuse to finally visit the famed bakery while we explored other New York landmarks. After one failed attempt to get the last batch of cronuts, the second time was the charm. We arrived at 8:45am and by 9:30 we had survived the cronut line (there is a speedier line if you’re not buying cronuts) and entered the bakery. Each person can get up to two cronuts, so of course, we bought two each. The flavors change every month and April’s flavor was passion fruit caramelia. Was it worth the wait? You bet it was! Our cronuts were the perfect mix of sweet and salty with a slight tang from the citrusy passion fruit. Every bite was a flaky piece of heaven and I never wanted it to end.
Back across the Atlantic, L’éclair de Génie has also been in the Parisian spotlight since its opening in 2012. Considering all of the other desserts that make Paris one of the gourmet capitals of the world, it is quite impressive that this small éclair shop has risen the ranks to get this much attention.
To be honest, I was never a die-hard fan of éclairs, but my friend insisted that I visit during my time living there. After a visit or two (or maybe more than three), I am now the spokesperson for this delectable dessert. Please, please do yourself the favor and indulge in a couple if you’re in the neighborhood!
The store tries to vary the flavors every month, but their most popular ones, such as caramel beurre salé, are always present. My favorites were the passion-framboise (passion fruit raspberry) and the choco-coco (chocolate with vanilla frosting and coconut sprinkles). The fruity ones tend to be on the lighter and tartier side, but if you’re a chocolate fan there is definitely a rich cocoa option waiting to satisfy your palette.
As the old saying goes, an éclair or cronut a day will keep the doctor away, so try to leave the guilt aside and enjoy!