Category Archives: bakery

Beaucoup Bakery & Café – Vancouver

My friend has been raving about Beaucoup Bakery for a while and bought some goodies for me to try!

counterclockwise from top left:  Apple tart / passion fruit tart / kouign amman / croissant / salted chocolate rosemary cookie….

The apple tart was really interesting because it’s apple puree set on top of custard. The passion fruit tart, however, was a bit too sour.  Also, the custard of both tarts were a bit too liquidy.. I don’t know if it’s because the weather was really hot that day……

The kouign amman were ok.. but not as flaky as Dominique Ansel….

The salted chocolate rosemary cookie was an inventive combination but the rosemary was a tad too strong…

chocolate almond croissant….

love the croissants! It’s on par with Thomas Haas!


Beaucoup Bakery & Café

2150 Fir Street, Vancouver, BC V6J 3B5
+1 604-732-4222

Parisian Boulangeries & Pâtisseries Version 2

This is another post about Parisian Boulangeries and Pâtisseries (Version 1 is here) and it’s about all the carbs I ate in Paris!

There’s nothing really opened on a public holiday night.. even Carre-Four was closed. We ended up grabbing some dinner at a bakery…

quiche from a random bakery…. soggy soggy soggy


There’s also a boulangerie near our apartment that won Best Baguette in 2013 and decided to give it a try…

I can’t possibly eat a baguette for breakfast but I can eat sweets haha!pistachio eclair

pain au chocolat….

Coincidentally, when I went to visit Notre Dame, there was the Fête du pain( Bread Festival) in the courtyard.Inside the tent, there were demonstrations of bread making and freshly baked goodies on sale…

I went on two separate days and tried… baked apple tart?????

baguette with nutella! 

 breakfast with a view!

Another new find on this trip was the Pâtisserie  Pain de Sucre in the Marais.Tentation (raspberry and pistachio tart)…… it was very pretty and tasted as good as it looks…

Because it was so good, I bought another cake to eat later by the banks of the river..Bollywood (pineapple mousse infused with cilantro, pistachio cake base, candied pineapple core)….the prettiest bridge in Paris, Pont Alexander III

One of my favourite places to go is the gourmet floor of department stores.  I went to Galleries Lafayette again and even thought there’s so much variety to choose from, I only bought sweets.pistachio mousse tart…..

There’s also a counter that specializes in gourmet éclairs…Vanille noix de pécans….. I love the crunchy pecans on top as it gives the normally soft éclair a crunchy texture…

Passion chocolat laitthis éclair had a very strong passion fruit taste.. which gave this a bit of a kick!


pistachio macaron from Ladurée ….

Venezuela macaron from La Maison du chocolat…….

salted caramel macaron from Pain de Sucre



24 rue St. Martin, 75004

Pain de Sucre

14 rue Rambuteau, 75003

Lafayette Gourmet

35 bd Haussmann, ground floor and lower ground floor of Lafayette Maison and Gourme


La Maison du Chocolat


Eating in Avignon – France

Our next base in Provence was Avignon.  Avignon is famous in history as the place where the Popes fled to during the corruption of Rome in the 14th century.

Seven Popes lived in the Palais des Papes during the Avignon Papacy (1309 to 1377).

The city is also famous for the French nursery rhyme about dancing on the bridge of Avignon…

Sur le Pont d’Avignon
L’on y danse, l’on y danse
Sur le Pont d’Avignon
L’on y danse tous en rond

The bridge is actually called Pont St. Bénézet and it is such a big tourist attraction that there’s an admission fee.  Like many other tourists, I also sang the song on the bridge!

We also had really good meals in Avignon…

First off, crêpes! We found a crêpe cafe near our apartment and the prices were decent too.

This was the first time I saw a crêpe-making machine and it’s so efficient!

tomato and pesto crêpe with orange juice…..they actually left out the pesto…

Nutella crêpe with orange and strawberry juice….

We also had ice-cream at the Place de l’Horloge, the main square of Avignon…pistachio and hazelnut ice-cream

For dinner, we ate at Le Petit Gourmand twice… cause it was THAT GOOD. Velouté et foie gras… yummmmmm… mushroom soup with a perfectly piece of pan-fried foie-gras…..  the most-stand out dish of foie gras on the trip..

Tartare terre et mer….. smoked salmon and smoked duck breast marinated in sesame sauce….. very Asian like…

La secca d’entrevaux.. this is their special.. thin slices of beef tenderloin that has been dried for months in spices, covered with pesto and parmesan cheese…

Saint Jacques sauvages poêlées, risotto aux asperges vertes, émulsion aux pignons de pin….  another scallop risotto dish.. this was less flavourful than San Telmo but this has most scallops…

Tagliatelles fraîches à la truffle de Vaucluse et sauce crémeuse à la truffle….. this truffle pasta was sooooo aromatic and had a very strong truffle taste…

Macaron au chocolat noir, crème Anglaise, glace vanille…. soooo delicious.. all my favourite things put together….

For breakfast, we headed to the market place, Les Halles..The market is so big and clean…. when compared to the wet markets in Asia..

a stall just for potatos!

we had coffee at the bar… authentic!pain au chocolat from the boulangerie…

We arrived and  also departed Avignon from the TGV station..

The train station is a relatively large hub so it has shops and an Eric Kayser bakery and cafe!

Eric Kayser is one of my favourite boulangeries and I was so happy to grab breakfast there.

I tried the double baked almond croissant… love it!



Rue de la République, 84000 Avignon, France

Regal Glace

2 Rue du Changé, 84000 Avignon, France

Le Petit Gourmand

37 Rue Vieux Sextier, 84000 Avignon, France
+33 4 88 07 84 94

Marché les Halles d’Avignon

18 Place Pie, 84000 Avignon, France

Eric Kayser

Gare d’Avignon TGV

Eating in Nîmes – France

Nîmes is another town in Provence that has a rich Roman history and like Arles, it also has an arena.

Les Arenes…

I only had a coffee as lunch as I was eyeing for more pastries later..

another millefeuille!


Boulangerie Maison Villaret

13 Rue de la Madeleine, 30000 Nîmes, France

Eating in Arles – France

We planned a day trip to Arles and Nîmes and to make use of the day, we arrived in Arles before 8:20am.  It was a bad plan as we arrived too early! The sun wasn’t fully out yet so it was really really cold… and nothing was opened before 10am….

We ended up killing time by first having breakfast at a cafe that had a big sign saying crêpe……it was one of the worse nutella crêpe on this trip… the crêpe was pre-made and was reheated in the microwave……… I was so disappointed with this cafe that we decided to have coffee across the street. By the time we finished coffee at about 10am, the sun was finally out!

the famous UNESCO Roman-era Arena…

passed by a boulangerie and couldn’t resist getting a strawberry millefeuille…


Boulangerie Soulier

66 Rue de la Republique, Arles, France

Eating in Grasse – France

From Cannes, we took the bus to Grasse, the perfume capital of Provence.

breakfast before touring Fragonard’s perfume museum…..

We had a free tour of Fragonard’s perfume museum was actually quite informative.. and there was perfume shopping at the end!

For lunch, I picked a restaurant that served traditional Provençal cuisine. 

Lou Pignatoun has decent lunch deals starting from 10.5 euros for one main dish…aïoli (supplementary 2 euros)this is actually the name of the sauce made of garlic, olive oil, egg, lemon and mustard…   It was a bit too mustardy for my liking…



Lou Pignatoun

 13 Rue de l’Oratoire, 06130 Grasse, France
Phone:+33 4 93 36 11 80

Eating in Antibes – France

We spent a wonderful afternoon exploring Antibes, another resort town on the Côte d’Azur.

There’s a Picasso Musuem in the old town but online reviews of it was meh… so instead, we decided to walk around town and have ice-cream.

There’s Amorino everywhere in France and Italy!

 hazelnut and speculoos…. They scooped the icecream into flower-shaped… so pretty!

the town is really small.. we walked around twice to find someplace for dinner….. but instead found a famous pâtisserie.

Foie Gras et Confit d’Oignons / Chocolat 80%.……. The foie gras onion macaron was toooo weird to be good…. I could taste a bit of foie but the onion was too overwhelming… I had to rinse my mouth so many times!!! The chocolate was decent but wasn’t crispy enough….

Since it was Monday, a lot of restaurants and shops were closed …  we ended up eating an early dinner at a less “touristy” restaurant..

moules-frites…. 3rd night in a row! In comparison, these mussels were the smallest and the least fresh……

FAIM? un peu…


45 Rue de la République, 06600 Antibes Juan les Pins, France

Jean Luc Pelé

27 Rue de la République, 06600 Antibes Juan les Pins, France

Cafe des Chineurs

28 Rue Aubernon, 06600 Antibes Juan les Pins, France