Saturday, October 23, 2010

Baguette et Chocolat

I met Corey for lunch yesterday at a new restaurant on Bee Caves called Baguette et Chocolat. He was told about it the day before by our neighbor. He went for lunch that day, and then came back yesterday and took me. They bill themselves as an authentic French bakery. And they appear to be so. The place smells like heaven—like fresh baked bread and sugar.

In addition to pastries, they have a full lunch menu of croquettes, crepes, panini, and salads. The previous visit Corey had the croquet madame (french bread, ham, swiss, french mornay sauce and egg on top). For dessert he had a cream puff (although he said it wasn’t called a cream puff). He highly recommends both. Yesterday he had the Texan crepe—barbecued chicken and red onions, which he enjoyed, but not as much as the previous lunch. I had the Montagnard panini (prosciutto, goat cheese, red onions and tomato). The bread was amazing, crunchy on the outside, chewy in the middle. The contents were a bit too salty for me. I am quite salt sensitive. The French macaroons made up for it though. They came in a variety of flavors. I had the rose and the pistachio. Yum. Next time I think I’ll try the caramel. Corey enjoyed his chocolate almond croissant too. We’ll be back.

By the way, if you are epileptic, avoid their website. There are so many flashing, blinking moving parts, I felt like I needed to take some Dramamine. But the gallery of pastry photos is drool inducing.

Baguette et Chocolat

As an aside why is it Texas has special forces praying manti (mantises?). Here is how they look in L.A., normal and green.

Check out this one I spotted outside my office yesterday. It's in camo. I almost didn't see it. I'm sure it was on a highly classified mission.

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