after nate and i
finished scarfing lovingly enjoyed our box of macarons, i asked myself ‘why do we not breakfast like this more often?!’ the lurking fear of diabetes cost of eating out perhaps is what grants me restraint. in any case, this was certainly money well spent.
we ventured to the squirrel hill neighborhood to enjoy some french pastries at newly opened gaby et jules. the place is so fresh that it’s currently still in the ‘soft opening’ phase. let me just say, i cannot WAIT for the grand opening party!
a little background on the shoppe from the site: Fred and Lori Rongier, proprietors of Paris66, the popular Shadyside/East Liberty bistro, wanted to share their love of authentic French pastry with Pittsburgh by investing in the best talent they could find. While traveling in France, they reached out to longtime friend David to be Head Pastry Chef of Paris66.
et voila! a dream of theirs and mine realized ever since our trips to paris in 2010 and 2012, i couldn’t help but feel a twinge of loss leaving behind a menagerie of baked delicacies that didn’t exist in pittsburgh. it was always a sad flight home haha. you try making a box of pierre hermé macarons last more than an evening
what i appreciate the most about chef david piquard is his willingness to take risks with the flavors. it takes the petite confection to another level entirely; creating an experience for the diner. i love the vibrant colors, the scent of floral or herbal notes and then the texture of the crisp outside sinking into a creamy center! the standout flavors in my box were: white chocolate basil, peach-violet and vanilla bean. yep, boring ole vanilla was other worldly due to the high volume of bean packed into that tiny cookie!
so merci gaby et jules, i’ll be back soon!