9 October 2013

Designer Eclairs & The Worlds Geekiest Bar; living life as a Parisian

There are some things you have to do in Paris. Visit the Eiffel Tower, buy a hot baguette from the boulangerie (I'm kinda puzzled as to why they sell them with the ends missing and hubby has such a guilty face...oh, wait...), drink espresso outside the local cafe watching the world go by, try snails and frogs legs and stroll the Champ Elysee.
Being old hands, in addition to this we were pretty keen to try something new, something fun.

L'ÉCLAIR DE GÉNIE
There are 80 flavours of Eclairs that are rotated through their two Parisian stores.

80 Flavours!?!? The chef who owns the stores has revamped the traditional 18th Century combo of Choux, cream & topping, with the addition of fun flavours - popcorn, yuzu, melon; and some of the most gorgeous icing I've seen.
  
The only trouble is, how do you pick just one, or two? Luckily, I got to sample the flavours of four. I don't have one of those husbands who won't share, which is lucky because he doesn't really have a choice. (I sure our vows included "to have, to hold, to share any yummy stuff...")

We tried the;
Chocolat grand cru - Madagascar Chocolate Cream with 64% de Cacao
Passion-framboise - Crème Passionfruit & freeze dried Raspberrys
Rouge Framboise - Raspberry Cream, Chocolate and Grand Cru Chocolate Milk
Caramel beurre sale - Salted Caramel Mascarpone

Apparently the revival of eclairs as a gourmet indulgence is being driven by chef Christophe Adam. He's made them smaller (as with anything gourmet), shaved the sweetness slightly and introduced some beautiful flavour synergies. Our favourite flavours? For me it was the - ubiquitous - salted caramel, and for the boy it was the Passionfruit.
At €5-6 each they aren't cheap, but they are heavenly. The day we went it was really quiet so we wandered straight into the shop, but from all the stories I've heard it can get super busy. But if divine pastries aren't worth queueing for, what are? For directions check out the website - it's about a 10 minute walk from Notre Dame Cathedral.
  The little aliens room.
Whilst we wandered Paris, re-aquainting ourselves with her cobbled streets, I had a second place firmly in mind for exploring.
DERNIER BAR AVANT LA FIN DU MONDE, or “Last Bar Before the End of the World”

You enter to a weapons cabinet full with a Klingon bat’leth, Harry Potter wand, Jedi light saber, and the One Ring; turn right for the steampunk-esque room with a wall, yes a wall of comics, RPG source books, novels, and stacks upon stacks of tabletop games and two more downstairs bars. It's uber geek heaven.
 
All of the cocktails are all sci-fi themed - I couldn't being myself to say no to the ginger infused TARDIS (above & just as bright as it's namesake) and the 42 (which of course is the meaning of life). I'm with @RunawayKiwi on this one - it IS really hard to pick your drink in order to align with your Sci-fi allegiances. Who doesn't want to order a Pan Galactic Gargle Blaster just to say they've had one? The cocktails are delicious, but almost a by-the-by. 
All 3 levels are stuffed with geek chic to make your heart happy. References to Sailor Moon (below), Revolution masks and a large sculpture of the Millennium Falcon above a clock counting down to the December 21 Mayan apocalypse to name but a few.
Heaven. 
Further details can be found here.
Ps. You should be reading Runaway Kiwi because she pointed us in these two delicious directions.

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    1. Don't they just - I wish I had one right now...!

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  2. 80 ECLAIRS?? How would I even choose?? The ones you tried look amazing! I also wanna go to that geeky bar and have a tardis to drink!

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    1. Luckily, they only had around 30 in display, but that was hard enough!
      It was SO cute - it was so nice to go & let our geek hang out.

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  3. I love everything about this post! And those eclairs look like they are to die for!

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  4. oh. my. word! I need one of those eclairs!

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    1. I know... I can't quite convey the flavours. I wish we have taste-o-vision already!

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  5. This sounds like so much fun, both the eclairs and cool bar. I wouldn't be able to choose either, they all look way too good!

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    1. We only went in for one each...! Clever marketing...

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  6. What a fun bar, I love out of the way and quirky things like that!

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    1. There were SO many quirky things, everywhere. It was just delightful - and so funny.

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  7. I could use one off those eclairs right now...or maybe two! L'eclair de Genie is noted on my to-do list for the next visit to Paris. Don't know how you managed to choose between 80 flavours without any regrets, but I take it you're only waiting for another trip to have a different one :)

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    1. Oh, you have to have two! Yep, next Paris trip already hatched - hopefully they'll have the art eclairs out.

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  8. I have serious eclair envy right now! *books Eurostar tickets*

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    1. Do, I can't recommend them enough.
      Any excuse to go to Paris!

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  9. Ehehe I always bring home the baguettes with the broken ends. I don't know how I always pick 'em like that... and sweet mother of all that is good those eclairs look ridiculous.

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    1. They are pretty well foodporn, no?

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  10. I need one of those eclairs! I don't know how I would have coped with so much choice!!

    That cat poster is so cute too :)

    Hmm maybe...

    Hmm maybe...

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    1. It was tough - a very real case of FOMO

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  11. Wow! I am so impressed with your trip! The cocktails sound immense, and I never even considered all those different eclair possibilities. I may actually have to attempt to make some myself.

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  12. Those eclairs.... oh France... it totally has my heart! :) Thanks for linking up!

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