Monday, November 2, 2009

Heaven Sent . . .

If you are watching your weight, you may want to skip this one . . . I've been seeing quite a few posts around the blogs about Halloween, so I thought I'd toss in my two cents, even if Halloween isn't really celebrated much in France. Nearly all towns in this country have at least one bakery / patisserie, which I guess one would translate as pastry shop. Strolling by the window of this one in Albert the other day, I couldn't help notice the handwritten label saying "La Sorcière d'Halloween". . . the Halloween Witch, which witch was hiding in among the "Rouge Désir" (Red Desire), the Royals, the Melodies, and other assorted goodies which would put any diet in a shambles quickly. What I really liked here though were the little cupids holding the signs, as though these diabolically sweet concoctions were actually gifts from heaven . . . and as this is only a photo on a blog, I can only invite you to feast your eyes . . . sweet dreams everyone . . .
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28 comments:

Steve said...

Must... have... chocolate...!

clo said...

mmm...quel post appétissant Owen...
une petite tartelette rouge désir...
tout un menu...
bises sucrées...

K'line Bloom said...

Bonsoir Owen, comme Clo je fonds pour le Rouge Désir...cela me fait davantage penser à un rouge à lèvres qu'à une tartelette, mais cette appellation est tout de même très appétissante..et évocatrice !
Je ferai bien une petite entorse à mon régime pour cette sympathique gourmandise...
Bises,
K'line

Kristi said...

Halloween is my all-time favorite holiday (I live in America) but with the looks of those yummy pastries, every day could be Halloween there...I think I just gained five pounds looking at that picture. :)

Jo said...

When my daughter and I went to Paris, we stayed at a lovely little hotel called Hôtel de Banville. It was right in between a patisserie and a cheese shop. Across the street was a fabulous restaurant and next door to it was a wine shop. Needless to say, it's a good thing we did a lot of walking... :-)

The food in France is really the best in the world!

Now I'm hungry...

jeff said...

Et alors...! Et la flûte de Champagne... elle est où ?
Mais, très très apétissante cette vitrine !

Ciao Owen !
Bye !

The Sagittarian said...

Hand over the chocolate and no-one gets hurt....

Patricia said...

There is no trickery involved...only magical treats! yum.

TechnoBabe said...

Wonderful bakeries over there, huh.
These all look divine and decadent.

@eloh said...

MMMmmmmmmm Yes please.

Owen said...

Steve, just bring a bib... sounds like there's going to be some serious drooling happening !

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Howdy Clo, ahhh, et est-ce que tu voudrais un café avec cela ? (juste un seul, eh ?) Bon appetit !

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K'line, pour toi, la lune...

Quoi ? Tu y es déjà ? Pendant que tu y es, pourrais tu confirmer si c'est vraiment fait en fromage, la lune ? Moi, j'ai une théorie, je pense c'est plutôt en meringue... je te vois mieux en tout cas sur une belle meringue un peu argentée que sur une tranche de rove au ciel... mais bon... j'attends ton reportage concernant la surface de cette belle et mystèrieuse objet au ciel, qui est bien pleine ce soir en plus...

Alors, après cette entorse à ton régime, souhaites-tu emprunter une paire de béquilles pour rentrer ?
Bisoux...

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Hi Kristi, I've heard of thought influencing hormonal activity, but gaining five pounds all at once !?! Wow, these must really look good ! Good thing the photo isn't really all that great and in better focus and all, otherwise you might have gained ten... I purposely kept it a little fuzzy...
:-)
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Jo, your hotel sounds like a very, very dangerous place !!! France can be bad that way... hopefully Vancouver has a good French restaurant or two for when the cravings really get unbearable ?

Owen said...

Jeff, la flute de champagne et les flutes qui jouent de la musique et des gens bien élévés qui disent "flute" parfois au lieu de dire "zut" ou "m...e" sont juste à coté dans le salon de thé... on t'attend... aller, pédaler vite dans ton camionette tube..., oui, viens vite pendant que la lune est pleine, et amenes ton téléscope, peut-être si l'on regarde bien on verra une petite fée verte là haut ?
:-)
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Saj ! Put that banana down, that's not a pistol !

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Patricia, enjoy, you can have as many as you want...

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TechnoB, VERY decadent. I'm still a sucker for a simple chocolate éclair, or a coffee flavored éclair, just never seem to get tired of those...

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@eloh, hhmmm, not sure how well these would travel in the mail... you may just have to head back over to France...

Stickup Artist said...

That's a far cry from a bag of Skittles and those little angelic card holders are just too cute.

I think when food becomes art, we appreciate it a lot more, like a gift that is too beautiful to unwrap or too unwrap in a frenzied manner.

Trick or Treat...

Margaret Pangert said...

Hi Owen! What a perfectly charming window display! Despite the "Halloween Witch" sign, everything else seems to be pointing to Valentine's Day! Cupids, red hearts, cherries, and strawberries. Sort of a cross-reference, if you will!

Nevine said...

Yum yum yum. I would like to sample at least three of these delicacies. Well, not sample. EAT!!!

Nevine

robert said...

What an alluring sight to see at four in the morning.

A wonderful sweet tasting week for you.

louciao said...

It's window-lickin' good!

lady jicky said...

We do not "do" halloween in Australia either.
Now, those cakes are a work of art- only the French can cook like that!

Bleeding Orange said...

Nice find. I'll have a Sorcière d'Halloween please!

BLOGitse said...

No Halloween in Egypt either.
About the cakes.
I could eat the strawberries - I don't have a sweet tooth but I have a tooth for good salami, ham, cheese etc. :-)
Have a great Tuesday afternoon!

Jilly said...

Pastry shops that sell chocolates are one of the many joys of France. I agree with you about the little cupids. Too tempting, Owen!

A Cuban In London said...

Delicious and decadent, especially the latter. Many thanks.

Greetings from London.

.:: Karine ::. said...

la gourmande que je suis aurait du mal à résister !!!!
ils ont l'air trop bon :-)
bisous owen

J said...

If I was there, I'd have to try them all , wouldn't want anyone feeling left out. The look so squidgyly delicious.

Nathalie said...

oui oui oui, les patisseries c'est mon péché mignon et puis cette sorcière d'Halloween est trop mignonne, à essayer d'urgence avec le champagne apporté par Jeff ;-)

Owen said...

Hi Stickup Artist, and there is no end of artfully prepared food in France which one may easily hesitate to desecrate by eating it... but then, after all, it was meant to be eaten finally... (he said with his mouth quite full, which is very impolite, but some temptations are too strong to resist...)

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Margaret, yeah, maybe they're starting to subconsciously start getting us warmed up for Valentines... or it could be that all the blood red colors here were meant to attract vampires for the witchs' Halloween festivities ?

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Nevine, ... only three ? You are showing great self-control, restraint, and moderation... I applaud you !
:-D

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Robert, if you try eating a few of these for dessert, you may find yourself sleeping soundly through the entire night...?
:-)

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Lynne ! I was wondering who left all that slobber all over the window that the shopkeeper had to clean up so I could take a picture... now I know ! It's better to go into the shop, pay three euros, and lick the real thing !
:-D
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Lady Jicky, well, I'm not sure the French have a monopoly on great food, but they work hard at it...

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Bonjour Bleeding Orange... well, I'm not sure there are any left, but if you hop on a train to Albert in the morning, you'll be able to see in the afternoon... but then, they must have something like this where you are, I would guess ? No need to take a train...
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Greetings and Welcome Blogitse, well, I guess we can let you have the strawberries if that's your fancy... many thanks for dropping in here, always happy to see new company...

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Ah, Jilly, I sense that you also can be tempted on the odd occasion to sample the wares in such establishments of sin ??? Indeed, one of the major joys of France...
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Dear London dwelling Cuban... very decadent indeed ! Debauched ! The iniquities of pastries ! Welcome aboard !

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Bonjour Karine, ah, donc, toi aussi, un petit coté gourmand ? Bon, la vie est courte, je pense que ce serait cruel et injuste de se priver des bonnes et simples choses comme celles-ci... c'est innocent, n'est-ce pas ?
;-D

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J, Now that's the spirit ! I'll be right there with you to make sure that none get missed !!!
:-)

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Nathalie, excellente et très mignonne idée... alors, où est-il ce Jeff avec ces flutes ??? A bientôt...

Roxana said...

nooo

i am eating dark chocolate right now, what a coincidence - and yet craving for those, you cruel Owen!!!

:-)

Owen said...

Roxana, ahh, so now I better understand where some of your creative energy comes from...

Yes, yes, very cruel indeed when it comes to chocolate; speaking of which, there is a dessert called a marquise au chocolat, now that I think of it... maybe named after the Marquis de Sade's wife ?