The morning rhythm of heels against the cobblestone sidewalks woke me on our first morning in Paris. I tried to go back to sleep, we had checked into our apartment only six hours earlier, but my empty stomach was impatient. Croissants, pain au chocolat, baguettes, I craved all of it. When Michael finally stirred I asked him, “You want to find a boulangerie with me?” I had already done the research and found we were surrounded by bakeries in the Le Marais, a Paris arrondissements that spread over parts of the 3rd and 4th districts.
The streets of Paris in the early morning smell of fresh baked bread. Setting out for a boulangerie became our morning ritual. Most mornings the kids would wake to their favorite; Isabella the pain au chocolat, Estrella, the butter croissant, and Joaquin was in heaven with a baguette. Our nights often ended with bread too.
We dipped slices of baguettes into small dishes of olive oil and a balsamic reduction creme, and topped the crunchy wedges of bread with an assortment of french cheeses, olives, roasted peppers and washed it all down with organic French red wine and local beer.
My introduction to organic bakeries in Paris was Le Pain Quotidien, The Daily Bread. Their organic baguettes dipped in big mugs of Chocolat Chaud was heaven.
And it turns out, this boulangerie serves up sustainable foods in 200 locations around the world, including a spot 25 miles away from me. Until I can return to the City of Lights again, I can satisfy some of my favorite flavors with an organic bakery close to home. And of course, I can always bake my own French baguette-style bread in my own kitchen. Click here for the recipe.
Eat less water at the kitchen table.
There is power in the collective!