It started drizzling one afternoon so we decided to duck into Caffe Nero to relax and people watch. The coffee was pretty tasty and the chocolate twist was delicious. The pastry was flaky on the outside and soft and chewy on the inside. The chocolate wasn’t overly sweet so that was also a good thing.
Caffe Nero, London ENGLAND
Agatha Christie Statue, Ben Twiston-Davies, Covent Garden.
Cantaloupe, honey dew melon, butter.
San Francisco (SFO) to Paris (CDG), United Airlines
Nothing says, “Welcome to Paris!” quite like an United Airlines breakfast – NOT! This was a veritable slap in the face, lol. The croissant was limp, chewy, and rock hard in some places. And they served the cheapest fruit you can buy. Huh, I’m really not surprised at the quality and item choice from United though. I’ve never associated United Airlines with delicious food or outstanding service. C’est la vie!
Styrofoam Hummer H1 (low mileage, always garaged), 2005, Andrew Junge, SFO Terminal 3.
Chocolate raspberry croissant. 2,40€
Miss Manon, Paris FR
French breakfast pastries, yay! This was pretty good. It was flaky and buttery, and the fillings were delicious. I have to admit that I wasn’t blown away though. A friend of mine gave me a false expectation that French pastries were gonna absolutely blow my mind. I mean, they were good but I think that some of the local San Francisco bakeries can hold their own.
Medici Fountain, Jardin du Luxembourg. This is a very peaceful section of the garden where people relax on benches on either side of the pond.
Quiche poireaux, lardons. 5€
Miss Manon, Paris FR
Ok, we made an amateur tourist move this morning. We wanted to eat at this cafe/bakery so we waited in longish line to look at the display cases and order our food before we grabbed a table. WRONG, lol! So they charge differently if you eat the food there (with service included in the price) or take the food to-go. So we ordered our food and informed the woman that we wanted to eat it at a table. She told us that we need to be seated and then order our food. UGH, so difficult! Not really, but I WAS a little annoyed because I was SO hungry. We finally get seated and then have to wait for the one lady servicing all the table to make it around to us. Now I know never to wait in line if I’m gonna eat the food at the restaurant.
The quiche was pretty tasty, but I wish the crust was a little harder. They had reheated the quiche before serving, but the crust was limp and lifeless, almost soggy. The egg filling was delicious though.
Cafe creme avec emulsion – coffee with cream and foam. 4,50€
Pont des Arts bridge covered with love locks.
I think the bakery items at Starbucks taste like crap (at least at the U.S. stores), but if it’s the only coffee shop open at a small airport when it’s really early in the morning, I’m not past buying one. I swear these muffins have no flavor and taste like cardboard so you really need the coffee to help wash it down.. $2.59
Starbucks, Palm Springs International Airport (PSP)
Bighorn sheep statue with oasis theme, PSP Airport.
Puff pastry filled with custard, bruleed sugar. $3
Knead Patisserie, San Francisco CA
This pomme d’amour really is a delicious dessert for breakfast! It’s small enough that it isn’t a morning sugar overload, and it’s super tasty. The custard filling is delicate and smooth, and pairs perfectly with a warm cup of coffee. Noms!
7×7 Magazine’s The Big Eat San Francisco: 100 Things to Eat + Drink Before You Die – 2013
Spectators in the Marina for the America’s Cup.
This is a delicious way to get your weekly allowance of sugar! Be careful if you have any loose crowns or fillings because all the sticky, gooey caramelized sugar may just pop one out, hehe. $2.95
Duboce Park Cafe, San Francisco CA
Kayaker near the Bay Bridge.
Java Detour, Las Vegas NV
I attended another conference in Vegas and always had to run to the coffee shop downstairs to grab food beforehand. None of it was really that good but it kept my stomach at bay during sessions.
16 ounce coffee. $3.49
Statues facing the Flamingo.
(Clockwise) Butter croissant, rhubarb danish, onion gruyere thyme pastries, kouign amanns, gougeres, pear tartlettes.
Honore Artisan Bakery, Seattle WA
Omg, this box was heaven! I tried a little bit of everything and each seemed tastier than the previous. I don’t think I could choose a favorite; they were all good. What a marvelous bakery with delicious creations for us common folk!
Approaching sunset on the Puget Sound, West Seattle.
Perhaps I’ll refer to this as an open-face ham and cheese croissant, hehe. Or danish? Whatever you call it, it was delicious! $3
Cafe Besalu, Seattle WA
Lush sidewalk plantings, Ballard.
Mmm, the pastries at Cafe Besalu are delicious and this strawberry danish is no exception! I love the cute twist they add on the corners. $3
Cafe Besalu, Seattle WA
Eye Benches, Louise Bourgeois, black Zimbabwe granite, Olympic Sculpture Park.
Freshly baked with walnuts. $4.50
Cafe Chloe, San Diego CA
This was warm and sticky, and utterly delicious! I’m glad it wasn’t super gigantic because I would have eaten it all.
Balboa Park Botanical Building.