I wander the streets of Paris looking for the best sweets... It's a tough job, but somebody's got to do it!
@Chapps: Berthillon twice a day - that's the right idea!
@Rio Yeti and KarmaFreeCooking: yes, Grom is wonderful, too! I love their liquirizia (licorice), with a scoop of chocolate.
They are not only located in Paris. As an Italian company- gelato- they have locations in (I believe) 34 cities in Italy. Internationally, they are in Paris, as well as Malibu, New York, Osaka and Tokyo. If you'd like to read more, I know Ed Levine and Erin Zimmer have posted about the NY locations.
RE: wild strawberries: For the wild strawberry sorbet, they remove the seeds. Muriel's father took a few of those seeds and sprinkled them by the door. You would never notice it, but there is a tiny sprig of scraggly leaves that is actually a strawberry bush! Of course, they could never eat them. But Muriel said her father always jokes with the street cleaner 'Be careful, I want my wild strawberries!'
@ phillamb1684: Oui, ils sont ouverts l'hiver aussi - they are open in winter, too.
@ illinijojo1: The wild strawberry sorbet is one of their signature flavors, for the reasons I talked about in the article.
@ VioletG: Yep, it's memorable. I also love that their flavors are usually simple, and let the ingredients shine.
The chocolate is amazing! Best chocolate ice cream I've ever had, far and away.
@iDano: The bakery near my place has a wonderful apricot flan, and as I was researching the pain au chocolat, I came across a bakery with a raspberry one that looked gorgeous. If I hadn't been working my way through my umpteenth pain au chocolat of the day, I definitely would have tasted it! I'll just have to go back.
@mmfood: I'm glad you enjoyed it! It was my first article for Serious Eats, and a pleasure to research.
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