Wednesday, March 21, 2007
Happy Birthday Paul!
Paul, the Formula One and James Bond fan, shares his birthday with Ayrton Senna and Timothy Dalton. It hit me a couple of days ago that Paul was going to be sixteen! Sixteen! I can't believe it! That's probably my mental age! He doesn't go for big chocolate cakes the way Alex does but he does love custard tarts so I spent the afternoon making one for him. (Why do new recipes take so long?) He also loves chocolate macaroons so I had the gruelling and difficult task of hunting them down this morning!
Actually, I know exactly where to go to find the best ones - Auer on the main shopping street. It doesn't look much from the outside especially next to a shabby looking cinema.
Inside it has glass cabinets with elegant displays of hand made chocolates. Since I had my camera with me I took some photos of their window display.
That gold plate of chocolate macaroons is there every day and we check it every time we pass to see how many are left! They look so unassuming don't they? But what a taste and texture sensation! We only discovered them by accident last year as we popped in to buy what we thought were meringues. The lady had put them in the bag as I realised my mistake but as I couldn't speak French I said nothing rather than get into a complicated conversation. We buy them every now and again when we want a real treat!
I thought it was about time for another update on the chocolatier's displays now it's almost Easter. This is my favourite window although I've forgotten the name of the shop now. There were huge chocolate fish in it last week to celebrate April 1st or Poisson d'Avril.
Can you see the marbled hare on the top shelf?
I like the eyes of those bunnies below!
A new find, Du Rhone at the other end of the road. I happened to be passing it as the door opened and the smell of chocolate hit me! I think I put on three pounds just breathing in!